Take a boat cruise
The coast of Zante is adorned with coves, caves and secret bays and no cheap holiday to Zante is complete without exploring a few of them. Regular boat tours leave from Alykes to the most popular sights, including Turtle Island, Blue Caves, Shipwreck Beach and the Keri Caves.
Many of the cruises take place on glass-bottomed boats and, once anchored, you’ll be invited to jump into the water and try your hand at snorkelling. The warm, turquoise sea is rich with marine life and visibility is excellent. As Zante is a breeding ground for endangered loggerhead turtles, you can expect one or two of these reptiles to swim past and, if you’re really lucky, you may even spot a dolphin.
Go on a jeep safari
There is no better and easier way to see the hidden parts of the island than on a jeep safari. Head inland and experience rural Zante as you journey through authentic Greek villages and mountain ranges. An experienced guide travels with you to explain the history of the island and its culture, inviting you to look around scenic churches and monasteries – and stopping off to taste local delicacies and meet local craftsmen.
The island itself is quite small and can easily be crossed in a day. From its highest point you’ll enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the whole of Zante.
Relax on golden sand
Enjoying Blue Flag accreditation in recognition of their cleanliness, the long, sweeping beaches of Alykes and Alykanas are divided by a small canal. Both are ideal for families with small children as the warm, transparent water shelves gently into the Ionian sea, making it perfect for paddling and swimming.
Relax and unwind on one of the sunloungers serviced by the beachside tavernas, and enjoy ice-cold beverages and fresh fruit while you soak up the sun. If you fancy some action, take advantage of one of the many watersports on offer. You’ll find everything from pedalos, jet skiing, banana boats and paddleboarding. Alykanas Beach also offers up some great surf. If you’re booking All Inclusive holidays to Zante, it’s possible your package will include watersports activities or use of equipment, so make sure you check and get the most from your stay.
After the second world war, Alykes was chosen by the Greek government for the production of salt – the name Alykes actually means salt flats. Since 1980, when production stopped, the salt flats have remained undisturbed and are now a thriving habitat for local wildlife. Take a walk through the fields and keep a look out for geckos and owls.
Day trip to Kefalonia
If you’d like to experience another Greek island on your package holidays to Zante, neighbouring Kefalonia can be reached by boat in 45 minutes from Alykes port, and makes for a lovely day out.
Local tour-operators offer boat and bus trips which represent good value for money and are a fantastic way to pack in all the major sights. Potter around the Monastery of St. Gerasimos, visit a local wine factory and sample the exquisite produce, explore the magical underground Lake Melissani and relax on the famous Myrtos Beach.