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Sitting right on one of the finest beaches in Greece – a miles-long stretch of fine sand and warm, sheltered blue water on the south-east coast of Zakynthos (Zante) – Kalamaki basks (so locals claim) in more hours of sunshine than any of its neighbours. But that's not all.
Holidays to Kalamaki are designed to be low-key; they’re about spending each day beside a peaceful sea unspoilt by the roar of jetskis and powerboats and kicking back after dark in a local restaurants and friendly music bars.
Just minutes from Zakynthos International Airport, holidays to Kalamaki are the definition of fly-and-flop; not long after your flight touches down you can be lounging poolside at an affordable apartment complex or enjoying the feel of sand between your toes on the beside a great value resort hotel.
You'll find every variety of global cuisine in Kalamaki, from moussaka to Tex-Mex, sushi, pizza, curry and kebabs. There are plenty of local wines to sample (not just retsina, but sophisticated vintages from island vineyards), though if you fancy a satisfying pint, that's no problem, either.
If you want more from a cheap holiday to Kalamaki, there's plenty to see and do beyond the beach or pool. There's throbbing nightlife at Laganas, a five-minute drive away, and a bevy of watersports on beaches a just little further.
On a cruise around the island, you can swim and snorkel in azure grottos and picnic beside an iconic shipwreck. In Zakynthos Town, the island's capital, you can browse for silver jewellery and stylish beachwear and discover the island's medieval past at a ruined castle.
For a bigger adventure, amateur archaeologists can plunge deep into the past on a day trip to the nearby Greek mainland and the wonders of ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games.
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