Laganas

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Laganas has got the best beach on the whole of Zante and ranks as Zante's most popular holiday spot.

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Laganas has got the best beach on the whole of Zante. Not surprisingly, Laganas ranks as Zante's most popular holiday spot with a great number of tavernas, snack bars & restaurants. The lively bars guarantee a good number of new friendships. However if that still isn't enough for you, Zante town is only five miles away.

Who goes to Laganas?
Laganas especially appeals to young people looking for nightlife.

Destination Profile

Green valleys, lush picturesque countryside and golden sandy beaches fringed with crystal clear waters entice holidaymakers to Zante year after year. In fact, the island has been colourfully billed as 'the green island of poetry, song and love', mainly because it was the home of Dionysios Solomos, who wrote the Greek national anthem, 'The hymn to liberty'.

It is however the loggerhead turtles that really take centre stage on Zante, with the island being the most important nesting spot in the Med for them. The best place for spotting these amazing creatures is Laganas Beach and particularly at sundown between July and August.

Zante Town is reminiscent of Venice, with its historic St Mark's Square and Solomos Square lined by reconstructed neo-classical buildings. The picturesque town even curves around a bay, dominated by a Venetian Fortress and the St Dennis Cathedral. In and around the town, holidaymakers will find a range of activities to partake in - from shopping and sightseeing to visiting the local wineries.

The lively resort of Laganas in the South of the island, with its 5 mile sandy beach is known as the place to party on the island while Tsilivi with its fabulous beach of fine sand, just 6 kms north of Zante Town has managed to maintain its traditional village charm whilst still offering a wide range of bars and eateries. Argassi, with the mountains as its backdrop and with a long sand and shingle beach is becoming increasingly popular offering a wide selection of bars, tavernas and restaurants and being the closest resort to Zante Town it is a great place from which to launch shopping trips to the island's capital.

Other must-see attractions include Zante's traditional tavernas, the island's stalactites and blue caves, and a 'ship wreck' sunk in the sand.

Climate

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Zante 18 24 28 32 32 28 24
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Zante 7 10 12 14 12 10 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3


Laganas Holidays - 5 Day Forecast

Highlights

  • Superb beaches and lively nightlife
  • Best sandy beach on Zante with 5 miles of golden sand
  • Over 50 restaurants/tavernas, disco bars and 3 discos

Things To Do

Popular activities for those taking holidays in Laganas include scuba diving and other watersports.

Great Excursions During Laganas Holidays


Friday Night Takeaway: On arrival to the funkiest beach on the island St Nicks you have a chance to experience the discounted watersports before joining your Olympic crew for a night of pure entertainment and performances from our very own team. Our exclusive DJ will be belting out tunes whilst you dance with drink in hand and the sand between your toes. Included in this is one hour of free flowing wine and a chicken BBQ buffet, and a trendy cowboy hat is thrown in for good measure.

Robinson Crusoe: Cruising to the North of the island to discover the most picturesque view of the island, the famous shipwreck. One of the most photographed sights in Greece. A great day exploring caves and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Ionian sea whilst achieving that ultimate tan. When visiting Zante this day is a must!

Land Rover Discovery: Get your adrenalin flowing with this great fun packed adventure, known as the Heineken tour as it reaches parts that others don't. Off the beaten track through the lush green forestry, olive groves and vineyards bringing you to villages and beaches that can only be reached by 4 wheel drive. A day of adventure and discovery with Mr Tassos and his knowledgeable, fun loving team.

Lazy Dayz Cruzzzz: Zante is the home to the Caretta Caretta loggerhead turtle, who nest on this island of dreams. Heading out of Zante town looking back sugar cube buildings, before heading towards Keri the old fishing village. Whilst on route we normally spot one of the many turtles in the clear waters. Caves and translucent waters will be awaiting us for a couple of swim stops. A day for all.

Splash: A fun day for all at Zantes water park with tempting slides and rides to get you in the mood. With the black hole and new boomer bowel along with other slides there is plenty to keep you occupied. Even the young kids have a mini aqua park in the cool waters. Or for those who just want to relax there are plenty of loungers and the lazy river to just take it easy. So all the big kids and the little kids get on down to Splash!

Scuba Diving: After preparation and a talk, put on your suit, pick up your flippers and walk into the crystal clear waters of St Nicks beach with your British speaking one 2 one Padi instructor, for your introduction dive to the underwater world. A photo opportunity can be had whilst underwater to keep as a momento. You may even want to try an advanced dive which we can arrange for you in resort. Pool demos take place in or around your hotel.

Kefalonia Magic: Across the Ionian waters to our sister island Kefalonia, the home were Captain Corelli's mandolin became one of the greatest movies of all time. An island unspoilt by tourism still having culture at its best. Sit and watch the world go by in the square of Argostoli, whilst sampling its homemade ice-cream, before going up to the view point of Myrtos Bay. Learn of the many Greek myths and legends of this beautiful island , Melissani underground lake being just one of them. A two in one holiday is an opportunity not to be missed.

Due to high demand and limited places, we advise you to confirm your places on any of our days or nights out at the Welcome Get Together or contact your Olympic representative.

Things To See

Shipwreck at Smugglers Cove: It is certainly Zante's most famous landmark.

The Byzantine Museum of Zante: The Byzantine Museum of Zante is situated in Solomou Square, in Zante town. Here you can admire a rich collection of hagiographies from the Byzantine times to the 19th century, Hellenistic and Byzantine sculpture and statues, and some beautiful icon-stands from the island's churches. The Museum houses, the works of great Zante hagiographers such as Doxaras, Koutouzis, Tzanes, Kandounis and Damaskinos

The Cultural Centre of Zante and the Library: Another imposing building next to church of Saint Nikolaos on the Mole. It houses the Cultural Centre of Zante and the renowned Public Library. The Library includes a small art gallery, small dolls with local costumes, photographic material and the historical archive of Zante with codices and documents.

Monastery of St George Gremon: It is said that pirates destroyed the monastery in 1553, only to have it rebuilt in a Venetian style in the 17th century. The lodger, famous for its icon stand and roof, was renovated in 1803. Near the monastery, one can see the ruins of a castle which protected the area from pirate raids.

Keri: From where to admire the sunset and the stupendous view of the sea caves below.

Skinari: Where the famous Blue Caves are located. At the northern tip of Zante, the afternoon sun shines on the sea to create patterns in every conceivable shade of blue on the cave walls.

Olympia: The birthplace of the modern Olympic Games and where the Olympic Flame burns. Official guided tour of the archaeological sights including the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera. Visit the Olympia museum & the main village of Olympia.