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Enjoy a sophisticated dose of solitude on holidays in Kalamaki, a chic resort in the south-east of the Greek island of Zante...
The beautiful Ionian island of Zante, also known as Zakynthos, sits off the western shoreline of mainland Greece and enjoys week upon week of uninterrupted sunshine. Sun-baked relaxation is usually top of the agenda on Kalamaki holidays, which are popular with couples, quiet families and other travellers who don't need the pounding beats of a nightclub to round off an evening.
There are many excellent hotels in the resort that will enable you to unwind, with poolside bar service and spa treatments on tap. Self-catering accommodation is also a good option in Kalamaki, though, with a range of villa and apartment holidays to choose from.
And wherever you stay, a visit to Kalamaki's main beach, or one of the secluded coves that pepper the coast, is a must during your stay. This isn't an overcrowded resort, so you can find a peaceful spot wherever you lay your towel. In fact, you're more likely to be sharing the beach with the loggerhead turtles that come ashore of an evening and lay their eggs than with hoards of other tourists. Seeing them in their natural habitat, in both Kalamaki and the nearby resort of Laganas (which is the place to go for sunset cocktails and late-night partying), is well worth giving up access to some parts of the local beaches so that they can come ashore in peace.
Laidback Kalamaki is just a short hop from Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH), which means holidays in this resort can begin within minutes of arrival (after a flight time from the UK of around four hours). So why not hire a car to get from the airport and use it to see more of this green and lovely island during your stay? Popular day trips include Zante Town for rich flavours of Greece and Navagio, or “shipwreck”, Beach, which will take your breath away. It can be reached via day trips on board boats that depart from harbours around the island.
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The whole island tends to shut down during winter, but April to October sees plenty of opportunity for holidays to Kalamaki...
Temperatures in Kalamaki climb to 28C and beyond in July and August, when long days of sunshine tempt visitors to the island. Spring and autumn are also warm, but winter temperatures only just hit double figures, which means that Kalamaki is not really open for tourism between November and April.
A Kalamaki holiday will often fall amid some sort of festival or celebration; “Yamas!”
Holy Week; Easter: Easter is a big holiday in Greece and the Holy Week processions, especially those in the nearby capital of Zante/Zakynthos Town, are a moving sight.
Laganas Flair Open; July/August: You've come to Kalamaki for peace and quiet, but consider a night out in neighbouring resort Laganas, when the best cocktail makers mix drinks with real style.
Wine Feast; August-September: Taste the fruit of the island's vines during this annual celebration of Zante's wines, which is held in Zante/Zakynthos Town.
Cheap holidays to Kalamaki are snapped up year round by all kinds of visitors who find no end of things to do...
Babies & toddlers: The warm, shallow waters of Kalamaki's beach are perfect for little ones.
Romance: Hire bicycles and pedal through the olive groves that dot this lush landscape, stopping for a picnic in a secluded spot.
Kids & teens: Kalamaki has plenty of family-friendly restaurants offering delicious Greek cuisine that will appeal to the whole family.