Alykanas (Alikanas) is a popular tourist resort located 16 km southeast of Zakynthos town,just a short walk from the neighbouring resort of Alykes.The long sandy beach is known for the crystalline waters and fantastic tourist facilities that occupy the biggest part of the sandy beach.
Alikanas has developed many tourist facilities, including luxury accommodation, restaurants, taverns and many water sports centres along the beach. The region gets very popular during the summer months. In close distance from Alykanas is Askos Stone Park with many wild animals. A bit northern you will find the lovely resort of Agios Nikolaos Shinari, which serves ferries to Kefalonia and boat trips to Navagio beach.
Shipwreck or Navagio Bay
The beach of Navagio or Shipwreck cove is the most famous beach of Zakynthos lying on the western side of the Ionian island, close to Anafotiria village. The Shipwreck is one of the most photographed landscapes in Greece. It is considered as one of the best beaches in Greece. It was initially called Agios Georgios but owes its new name to the shipwreck of a boat that transported illegal cigarettes, in 1983. The ship was washed ashore.
With the years passing, the sand completely surrounded the ship which looks now as it emerges from it. The vestiges of the ship can be seen in the middle of the large white sandy beach which has amazing turquoise and crystalline waters. Huge vertical cliffs of white rocks are surrounding the sand creating a unique and enchanting image. To reach this paradise, one has to take a little boat from the small port of Porto Vromi. These taxi boats are leaving every hour and the trip is about 30 minutes. Source: www.greeka.com
The huge beach of Laganas is the most popular and cosmopolitan resorts of Zakynthos located 9 km north of the main town. The settlement lies around the natural bay which is full of sunbeds and umbrellas, toilets and canteens. Plenty of water sports facilities are offered to visitors like beach bars, snacks bars and seaside taverns overlooking the beach.
It is the most crowded spot of Zakynthos during the day and especially at night for the numerous pubs and cafes where mostly young tend to explore. The main road of Laganas is boarded by many restaurants, bars and touristy shops and, behind the road, various luxurious hotels with swimming pools and many other facilities can be found.
Laganas Beach is protected by the Greek and international legislation as a birthplace of the endangered species of sea turtle Caretta-Caretta and is part of the Greek National Marine Park. The little pine-clad islet of Agios Sostis, located opposite the beach of Laganas, can be reached by a lovely wooden bridge.
The area of Alykes Zante (or Alikes) is located 18 km north-west of the capital of Zakynthos and took its name from the salt-pits (alykes in Greek) hidden behind the village of Alykes. Those salt-pits used to be the main source of income and wealth of the islanders. A beautiful sandy beach can be found in Alykes, attracting many visitors for its amazing sand and crystalline waters. The main road passing through the settlement is boarded by a lot of restaurants, bars and tourist shops.
Numerous accommodations are available in the area. The coastal settlement of Alykanas is to be found a couple of kilometres from Alykes and is less popular (and less crowded) than Alykes. It offers a beautiful sandy beach which is the continuation of Zante Alykes Beach and also has crystal-clear waters. The whole area has many archaeological sites of great importance and interest for one to visit.
The beach of Agios Nikolaos is located 32 km north west of Zakynthos Town and owns its name to the little chapel that stands on the left side of the beach. It is one of the liveliest and fun-filled beaches, wide with many water sports activities and tourist facilities. Nearby is a nice restaurant and a bar. It receives mostly young crowds and families. Sunbeds and umbrellas occupy the biggest part of the beach while on the right side you will find some quiet spots. Source: www.greeka.com
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