Quick Guide to Alykanas
Zante has been a popular resort for British holidaymakers for decades. Attracted to the island's stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife and friendly locals, tourists pour into resorts like Tsilivi and Laganas every summer. Lately, the smaller resort of Alykanas, on the island's north-eastern coast, has been on the up. One of Zante's more secluded towns, it retains its traditional fishing village feel, and serves up a quieter retreat than many other of the island's resorts.
Thought to be the historical site of the ancient city of Arcadia, Alykanas has everything you want from a small Greek Island fishing village: a sandy stretch of beach, magnificent sunset views, and plenty of tavernas dishing up local cuisine, as well as British and other international food. Its charming old quarter is made all the more lovely by being nestled amongst olive groves, vineyards and orchards. While Alykanas isn't noted for its nightlife, it does have several pubs and restaurants where you can pick up a cocktail, and karaoke bars have also sprung up in the area more recently. Its beach is perhaps Alkynas's main draw, thanks to its stretch of golden sand encompassed by towering verdant mountains.
Fab holidays for:
Watersports, History, Sunbathing
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Did you know?
Almost all the buildings on Zante were completely wiped out during an earthquake in 1953. They were all reconstructed to strict anti-earthquake standards.
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Top Things to do in Alykanas
Like any Greek Island village worth visiting, Alykanas is all about its beach. Here it's a thin strip of golden sand lapped by the bright blue waters of the Ionian Sea and framed by lush green mountains. There's plenty of places along the shoreline where you can pick up a cheap bite or beer, and swings and trampolines to keep the kids entertained. You can also easily hire a pedalo, banana boat or windsurfing board, and there are boat trips to nearby islands and beaches frequently departing. Head down the coastline to Makris Gialos - with its white cliffs, strip of sand and deep, clear water, it's considered one of the most picturesque beaches on Zante.
If, for some reason, you start to tire of the lush scenery of Alykanas, the rest of the island offers up plenty to keep you entertained! Smuggler's Cove is considered one of Zante's must-see attractions. A stretch of white sand, surrounded by cliffs, is made all the more spectacular thanks to the enormous shipwreck that has been swept onto its shore. The waters surrounding Zante are blessed with thousands of loggerhead sea turtles. Get the best chance of glimpsing them on a snorkelling trip, where you'll also be lucky enough to feast your eyes on coral reefs and plenty of colourful fish as well. History buffs will love the old Venetian fortress that protected the island from around the 15th century, as well as the ancient ruins of Olympia, on the mainland, just a ferry ride away.
When to go to Alykanas
Like other Greek Island destinations, July and August are the most popular for Alykanas, meaning these are also the most expensive months to visit. Head to the island in June if you're looking for summer weather without the high tariffs, or even late spring and early autumn if you want to beat the crowds (and soaring prices). Winters here are mild, and while you won't be able to go swimming, the weather is ripe for hiking and exploring Zante's historic sites.