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Alykanas

Best restaurants in Alykanas

With its mix of scenic coastline and the dramatic landscape of its interior, Alykanas also has a fine reputation among food lovers. You don't simply have to stick to a local Greek menu when you make Alykanas your centre for Zante holidays – you can satisfy your passion for Indian or Chinese food too. Half the pleasure in dining out on holiday has as much to do with a restaurant's atmosphere as the food itself. Bouzouki playing as an accompaniment to your meal may not be your cup of tea, but that's no problem – Alykanas has plenty of eateries to suit all tastes. Here are ten restaurants we think you'll most enjoy during your holidays to Zante.

Pizzas, pancakes and more at Apollo restaurant

For traditional Greek food in a relaxing atmosphere, Apollo presses all of the right buttons. You don't have to stick with the local fare -- try some of the restaurant's tasty pizzas or opt for a delicious pancake. Apollo's has a children's play area and large groups of diners are also welcome.

Traditional family recipes at Mantalena restaurant

Whether you love stuffed vine leaves or wonderful walnut cake, you can rest assured the food at Mantalena is prepared with love – most of the recipes have been handed down through the generations. With budget prices and generous portions Mantalena's is open for breakfast and doesn't close until around 1am.

Two cultures at the Taj Mahal/Golden Dragon restaurant

Lovers of both Indian and Chinese food will be tempted by the menu of the Taj Mahal/Golden Dragon restaurant. With both Chinese and Indian chefs in the kitchen and a full menu demonstrating the very best culinary repertoire of these cultures, this restaurant makes a refreshing change from the local cuisine.

Imaginative food at La Caretta restaurant

With octopus, tasty prawn salads and other seafood delights on the menu, La Caretta is also popular with lovers of steak and chips and other more international flavours. Romanian dishes can also be enjoyed here.

Tasty snacks and meals at Bekiri's Grillhouse

Family-run restaurant catering for the snack-eating crowd as well as those who're looking for something a little more substantial. Quality is key at Bekiri's Grill – you can even watch your meal being prepared across the open-plan restaurant. Whether you're looking for gyros to go or a delicious lamb souvlaki to enjoy for your supper, the budget prices and extensive menu add to Bekiri's charms.

Beachside bliss at En Elladi

Close to the beach and with a wide range of delicious salads and other delights on the menu, this small taverna is definitely worth a visit. With its generous portions, the taverna is popular with locals and visitors alike. Dishes such as pork in lemon sauce and mixed grills feature, as well as tasty meze.

Live music at Neraida restaurant

Lovers of Greek music and singing will enjoy the ambiance at Neraida. Overlooking the beach and serving a mixture of Greek food and pizzas as well as burgers and chips, Neraida offers great views as well as fantastic food. If you're looking for a little authenticity on your holidays to Greece, Neraida is an excellent choice.

Sublime views at the Shoestring restaurant

Perched high up and overlooking Alykanas beach, the curiously named Shoestring restaurant is great for special occasions as well as holiday dining. The menu offers a large choice of international and Greek dishes.

Celebrate your holiday at Memories restaurant

This place is rather good at putting on a show if you're in the mood for celebrating while on your holiday, with festive cakes a particular speciality. Expect souvlaki, lamb chops and other Greek standards as well as the occasional carafe of free wine.

Waffles, pizzas and Greek food at Rua Mat restaurant

Fast food is often essential on holiday – you don't always want to spend all of your time eating, and this is where Rua Mat plays to its strengths. If you're looking for waffles, burgers or a tasty kebab, you can either eat in the restaurant or use its takeaway service. The food is all homemade.