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Holidays in Alykanas
Alykanas is a relaxing beach resort on Zakynthos, the third-largest Greek island off the country’s west coast. Zakynthos (sometimes called by its Italian name, Zante) is Greece’s southernmost isle in the Ionian Sea. Being situated on the northern coast of the island and 20km from Zante Town, Alykanas is a perfect choice for a more secluded, off-the-beaten-path Greek island destination.
Thanks to its long, hot summers and mild winters, Alykanas is a year-round destination.
3 hours 35 minutes
Zakinthos (Zante) Airport (ZTH) is 13km from Alykanas
For endless fun in the sun, both on the beach and in the sea, book your Thomas Cook holiday to Alykanas today.
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As if the serene rolling hills and fine-sand beaches weren’t enough to draw you in, Alykanas’ locals will welcome you with boat tours, family-friendly excursions and customised cocktails. Spend your days relaxing on the beach or exploring seaside caves, then feast on fresh seafood at neighbourhood restaurants and take a romantic horse and carriage ride back to your hotel. Other popular activities in Alykanas include pedal-boating, jet skiing, and paragliding.
The quiet beaches of Alykanas are safe and less crowded, which attract all types of beachgoers, from families to couples and friends. Lounge on a sunbed and perfect your tan, or build sand castles with your kids. On a holiday in Alykanas, you can take a swim or snorkel in the clear sea, which reaches temperatures of 26°C in August. After basking in the gentle waves, relax with a beachside cocktail as the sun goes down.
Visitors will find many activities in Alykanas both in and out of the sea. Hire a pedalo boat or a kayak; take your teens jet skiing or paragliding. You can even be your own sea captain, courtesy of a private boat hire. Locals offer good-value boat tours to the nearby Blue Caves and Smuggler’s Cove, which are remote and dramatic sites only accessible by boat. Other family-friendly excursions include tours of traditional Greek villages, with their historic churches and welcoming taverns, and horse rides through the olive groves and along the coast.
Though a compact area, there are many places to eat and drink in Alykanas. Dining options range from traditional Greek restaurants to snack bars. Sports bars have TVs and pool tables, and cocktail bars provide giant mojitos or cosmopolitans. Some venues have live music or karaoke, and a few bars even have kids’ play areas. All are family-run and pride themselves on friendly, personal service.
Families: Take turns being Captain and steer your own boat in the Ionian Sea.
Photographers: Visit the Blue Caves and Smuggler’s Cove for stunning photo opportunities.
Couples: Enjoy the peaceful village atmosphere on a horse-and-carriage ride.
Language: The language spoken in Alykanas is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Alykanas is the Euro (€)
Local time: Alykanas is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly: Zakinthos (Zante) Airport (ZTH) is 13km from Alykanas
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3 hours 35 minutes
Tourist information: Further Alykanas tourist information can be found at www.zanteweb.co.uk
Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Alykanas, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Temperature: 12-24 °C
With temperatures often climbing to the low 30s between June and August, summer is the best time to come if you’re planning on a beach holiday. Explorers may want to visit in the spring or autumn when the weather is a little cooler and the sea is still warm enough for a dip. Or soak up the local culture during the winter, when the crowds have dispersed but the weather is pleasant enough to get out and wander.
By foot: The resort is small, with restaurants and bars in easy walking distance.
By bike: Quad bikes and bicycles are available for hire in Alykanas.
By horse and carriage: Take a romantic route and travel by horse and carriage between hotels and restaurants.
Folk charm: The village bars and taverns offer live music events with Greek dancing.
Island festivals: Zante hosts DJs and international bands in the summer months at several beachside music festivals.
Saintly celebrations: A three-day festival takes place in late August to honour the island’s patron saint. Activities include a parade through Zante Town, fireworks show and extensive street market.