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Weather and climate

Temperature: 10-27 (°C)

Explore Kalamaki’s wild countryside in the spring, before the peak crowds have arrived and temperatures hover in the mid-teens (°C). The town’s long, dry summers start in May and run through to September or even October. Average temperatures in the mid-20s make this the ideal time to hit the resort’s famous white sandy beach, but remember to bring sunscreen on your holiday so you can make the most of those lazy days on the beach without burning.

It's not unusual for the thermometer to climb well above 30 (°C) in July and August, although temperatures will still be much cooler than on the Greek mainland. Things start to cool down in autumn, and rain becomes more common by October, but you can still enjoy plenty of sunshine and warm sea water even at this time. Winter in Kalamaki is wet, but still much milder than what you'd expect in northern Europe. Temperatures very rarely drop below 10 (°C) throughout this season.

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Kalamaki is best for...

Beach lovers: The spotless white sand is the perfect place to relax, with wild beauty and a peaceful atmosphere.

Families: Families of any age will love Kalamaki’s beaches, mini-golf and bike rides, plus one of the island’s best waterparks.

Couples: Explore the peaceful countryside, dine in a seafront taverna, and take a walk along the beach after dark to spot the turtles during your holiday here.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is Greek, although you'll find a basic level of English is spoken in most hotels, restaurants, and other tourist locations. Local people always appreciate any attempt to speak their language, even if it is just a few words, so grab a Greek phrase book or download an app.

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

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

Fly to: Zakynthos International Airport. Kalamaki is just 30 minutes away.

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

Tourist information: Further Kalamaki tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/ionian_islands/zakynthos

Visa health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Kalamaki.

Holiday destinations related to Kalamaki:

  • Alykanas
  • Laganas
  • Tsilivi
  • Alykes
  • Argassi
  • Getting around

    By bike: Kalamaki is a small and reasonably flat resort that is enjoyable to explore on two wheels. Bicycles can be hired from local companies or your hotel, for just the day or longer.

    By bus: Zakynthos is well connected by buses, which are a cheap and efficient way of getting around the island. A bus service stops regularly at the resort, on its way to neighbouring resorts like Zante Town.

    By taxi: Grabbing a taxi is a quick option for short journeys, including airport transfers, as Zakynthos Airport is just a 10-minute drive away. There's a taxi rank in the centre of Kalamaki, although always remember to agree a fare before you set off.

    By car: Hiring a car can give you more flexibility on where you travel to and when during your holiday here. However, Zante is a small island with a good public transport network, so hiring a car is not essential.

    Events

    Carnival: The favourite event on Zakynthos’ calendar is Carnival, held for two weeks every February to March. Nearly all towns and cities on the island take part, with traditional parades, food and dancing, as well as events like bike rides, concerts, and street theatre. This is a fantastic way to experience a traditional Greek celebration during your Kalamaki holiday.

    St. Dionisios celebrations: In August every year, the island’s residents get together to celebrate their patron saint. As well as a large market, there’s a parade through the town where the body of the saint is carried in his golden casket; people suffering from illnesses will lie on the floor so the casket passes over them, as the saint is believed to be capable of performing miracles. The town celebrations end with a spectacular fireworks display.