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Weather and climate

Temperature: 12-30°C

With temperatures often climbing to the low 30s between June and August, summer is the best time to come if you’re planning to spend hours of your holiday on the beach. Explorers may want to visit in the spring or autumn, when the weather is cooler and more suitable for long walks.

The sea is still warm enough for a dip from around May to October, if not early November. Soak up the local culture during the winter, when the crowds have thinned out a bit, but the weather is still pleasant enough to get out and wander.

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Alykanas is best for...

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 during your Alykanas holiday.

Couples: enjoy the peaceful village atmosphere on a horse-and-carriage ride, and long lazy days on the beach.

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Fast facts

Language: the language spoken is Greek, and if you're eager to practice the local language, download an app or buy a Greek phrasebook. However, don’t worry, because English is spoken in most tourist spots. Do have a go at the basics, though, as the locals will always appreciate any effort you make to speak their language.

Currency: the currency used is the Euro (€).

Local time: Alykanas is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Zakynthos International Airport. The transfer time to Alykanas is 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Alykanas is 3.5 hours.

Tourist information: further Alykanas, Greece tourist information can be found here.

Visa and Health: before your holiday to Alykanas, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Holiday destinations related to Alykanas:

  • Kalamaki
  • Laganas
  • Tsilivi
  • Alykes
  • Argassi
  • Getting around

    By foot: the resort is small, with restaurants and bars in easy walking distance.

    By bike: bicycles are available for hire during your Alykanas holiday.

    By horse and carriage: take a romantic route and travel by horse and carriage between hotels and restaurants.

    By car: while hiring a car can be a convenient way to get out and about, bear in mind that Zante is a small island with a good public transport network, so a car isn’t essential.

    Events

    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, a fireworks show, and extensive street market.