In just a few decades Laganas has transformed from a sleepy fishing village to the Greek island of Zante’s answer to Ibiza. Home to a mile-long bustling strip packed with bars, clubs and lively restaurants, it’s impossible to get bored here. There’s an effervescence that underpins Laganas holidays, thanks to the youthful crowd that come here to dance the night away to tunes spun by internationally renowned DJs.
Despite its party reputation, holidays to Laganas aren’t just about nightlife. The local beach, which stretches for nine glorious kilometres, is not only one of the longest beaches in the Mediterranean, but also one of Zante’s loveliest. Its white sands are home to nesting loggerhead turtles, which you can catch a glimpse of throughout the year. Holidaymakers can also take a boat to nearby Marathonisi Island, another breeding spot for turtles. A place where the wildlife is as vibrant as the nightlife, this Greek island resort is about as full of life as it gets.
Get on the dance floor
The main strip in Laganas is home to some of the best bars and clubs in the Greek islands – everything from karaoke nights to large venues where famous DJs take to the decks.
Visit the turtles
Go turtle-spotting on Laganas beach, or get a boat to Turtle Island, which is shaped like its namesake occupant. There are visiting restrictions to safeguard the turtles, so check timings beforehand.
Explore on horseback
A local family-run horse riding centre provides supervised trail rides on the islet of Cameo that take you through the sand dunes, forest and along the beach.