Kalamaki is located at the eastern end of the bay of Laganas on the south east coast of Zakynthos
island. It’s just 6 kilometres south of the capital, Zakynthos Town
and that would usually be a short 10 minute drive.
The unique characteristics of Kalamaki make it a place that some people love and come back to year after year. Those people enjoy the huge sandy Kalamaki Beach
that’s pretty much unspoiled by tourist facilities like water sports or tons of sun loungers.
This is because the beach is a haven for the endangered Logerhead turtles that nest here. This is also why the main bulk of the village is set back from the beach which is quite different to most villages in Greece where the tavernas and shops line the rear of the beach.
If you’re a nature lover then you’ll love Kalamaki, get up early and head down to the beach where you may be lucky enough to see a turtle nest hatch and see the dozens of tiny turtles make their way from the beach down to the water.
During the day, you can explore the shops and taverns in town, hire a pedalo for a close-up look at Loggerhead turtles, or enjoy a coastal horseback ride. There are also plenty of activities for kids and a wide array of restaurants, not just traditional Greek tavernas but also international eateries.
Despite Kalamaki not being one of the most busy resorts on the island it’s still popular and boasts a good array of accommodation available from large all inclusive hotels with pools to smaller family run apartments. There’s also a decent selection of supermarkets, souvenir shops, vehicle hire and travel agencies as well as multiple ATMs so everything you need is right there.
Night life in Kalamaki is fairly low key, particularly in comparison to the much more lively Laganas
. You should still have plenty to keep you and your group entertained though, there’s Karaoke, Greek nights with dancing and live music too.
Cocktail bars that stay open late but no real clubs. If that’s not enough for you then there’s the option to go down the coast to Laganas or head up to Zakynthos Town, either of which has night life in abundance.
Kalamaki is in a superb location for exploring the popular south eastern region of the island. You can easily get to Zakynthos Town, Laganas and the Vasilikos peninsular.
This means that you'll have easy access to the churches and museums in the capital as well as some of the best beaches on the island like Banana beach
, Gerakas beach
and Dafni beach