If you're looking for almost guaranteed summer sun, you can't do much better than Zante. This is one of the sunniest holiday destinations in Europe, receiving an average of around 12 hours of sunshine per day from June to August. That's almost double what you would expect in the south of the UK. The sea is also warm enough for swimming from around June to October, with temperatures peaking in the mid-20s, although it's often still warm enough for a dip even in November, depending on the air temperature. Just another reason why holidays in Alykes are perfect for beach lovers.
Families with children: A convenient base for families looking for a relaxed atmosphere and easy access to the beach for those sandcastle competitions, and tons of ice cream.
Couples: with its good range of eateries and bars, Alykes is a paradise for romantic couples looking for a low-key resort and a quieter atmosphere than Greece's larger holiday destinations.
Language: Zante's official language is Greek. However, English is spoken in most hotels and at tourist attractions, and many staff working in restaurants, bars and shops will have a basic command of the language. But the locals will always appreciate it if you attempt to speak their language, no matter how bad your pronunciation. Carry a phrase book or download a Greek-learning app during your Alykes holiday.
Currency: like the rest of Greece, Zante uses the Euro.
Local time: Alykes is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Zakynthos International Airport. The transfer time to Alykes is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Alykes is 3.5 hours.
Visa and health: click here for the latest information on visa and health requirements for your holiday in Alykes.
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By bus: Well served by Zante's public transport network, with regular buses to the capital of the island. It's worth checking bus times before you travel, though, as online timetables may not always be up to date.
By taxi: taxis can be a quick and convenient way to travel to and from the airport, and to tourist attractions near Alykes. Just remember to always agree the fare before you set off.
By car: you'll find hiring a car gives you more freedom and flexibility during your visit to Alykes, Greece, especially if you're a family with small children. The easiest place to hire a car is at the airport, where you'll find a good choice of vehicles and rental companies. However, hiring a private vehicle is not essential for holidays in Alykes.
Come to Zante during the Carnival fortnight from late February to early March, when you'll enjoy street theatre, live music, dancing, parades, and great food.