Holidays in
Alykanas

Traditional seaside charm in Zante

The pretty coastal village of Alykanas offers a slice of authentic Greece. Alykanas holidays are brimming with family-run tavernas and horse-drawn carriages, which sound a pretty clip-clop through the quaint square in the afternoon sun, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back in time.

Holidays to Alykanas are the perfect place to experience the island of Zante’s stunning nature, blissfully far away from the crowds. The village is best known for its vast salt flats and, although they are no longer used to harvest salt, the area is home to masses of rare wildlife and plenty of birds, and it’s the ideal place for an early evening stroll.

Alykanas beach is one of the prettiest on the island, with fine golden sand and shimmering waters. It has a secluded and intimate feel, as it’s separated from the coastal road by a fringe of lush foliage. After a short time relaxing here, you’re sure to start planning a return visit to this beautiful beach haven.

Your Alykanas questions, answered

Yes – the water at the beach is shallow and there are many water sports on offer. Plus, there’s an adventure playground and horse-riding tours a few minutes’ walk away in the village of Alykes.

Alykanas has a smattering of bars, pubs and cafés where you can order traditional food and drink. Live entertainment and karaoke nights often run at the weekends.

The summer – when temperatures hit the mid-30s and there’s an average of 12 sunny hours a day – is great for beach lovers. The cooler autumn and spring seasons will suit walkers well.

Best things to do in Alykanas

Chill at the beach

The 1,200-metre long beach has wonderful golden sand and clear, blue water. Read a book in the shadow of a cypress tree or grab a drink at one of the lively beach bars.

Take a hike

Many walking trails around Alykanas lead up into the surrounding mountains. Wander to the St John the Baptist Monastery, then climb to the top of its bell tower for stunning views to Kefalonia.

Explore the salt flats

The salt flats between Alykes and Alykanas date from World War II. Not only are they visually striking, but they are home to masses of wildlife, including exotic birds and plenty of cats.

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