Avra Studios

Everything you love about Greek culture is captured perfectly in the family-run Avra Studios. Overlooked by forest-covered mountains, these terracotta-coloured apartments create a homely atmosphere for visitors here. Avra Studios are light and airy, and well equipped for a relaxing self-catering break – and there’s a mini-market on your doorstep for essentials. Each apartment has its own balcony or terrace, so your meals are enjoyed al fresco. In the centre of the resort is a large pool, with its own sun terrace dotted with loungers and parasols, plus a dedicated children’s area. And with its friendly bar serving cocktails and snacks late into the evening, you’ll soon leave your cares behind.

Overview of Alykes, Zante

Located on the north-eastern side of the beautiful Greek Island of Zante, is the town of Alykes. Once famous for salt production, today it’s the perfect location for a relaxing family holiday. Full of character, you’re surrounded by lush olive groves and vineyards, traditional taverns, with plenty of shops selling quaint, locally produced souvenirs. That is, if you can drag yourself away from its superb sandy beaches and crystal-clear warm waters, with panoramic views of the turquoise Ionian Sea that are to die for. But you won’t want to be sitting down for long. There are a host of great watersports to try, for some extra excitement, plus take the opportunity to go hiking, cycling and horse-riding all around the island. As one of its most picturesque resorts, this holiday to Zante is hard to beat.

Things to do in Alykes, Zante

Take a ten-minute stroll from Avra Studios and you’ll find yourself in Alykes centre, filled with bars, shops and tavernas. Hop on to the free horse and carriage, or simply browse at your leisure and be amazed with the opulent church here, and the 13th-century art in the museum. You’ll soon see why Alykes is so popular once you’ve visited its sandy Blue-Flag beach. One of the best beaches on the island, its location makes it equally perfect for lounging in the sun or windsurfing. And don’t forget to visit two of the island’s best landmarks, Blue Caves and Smugglers Cove, available from here on a daily boat ride. For a relaxed and friendly holiday that captures everything that’s great about the Greek lifestyle, you won’t be disappointed with Alykes. It has been proven time and time again, that once visited this place is never forgotten.

Resort Summary

The unspoilt village of Alykes, while less developed than neighbouring Laganas and Tsilivi, is bursting with charm and is popular with families and couples looking for some down-time from modern life. From the old stone bridge over the Skourtis River to the wildlife-filled salt flats, Alykes has managed to retain its Greek authenticity.

There are plenty of activities on offer – including boat excursions and watersports – and a picturesque beach where you can spend your days lounging in the Mediterranean sun. Everything you need is within walking distance including supermarkets, gift shops and a fantastic array of outdoor dining establishments. The resort enjoys a wonderful selection of traditional tavernas too, where you’ll find freshly prepared, homemade local dishes, and fresh seafood straight out of the ocean. Centred around the church square in Katastari, a 20-minute walk from Alykes, you’ll find street markets selling local produce and freshly cooked souvlaki.

Every July, a three-day festival is organised in the area to celebrate the arts from all over Greece and its European neighbours. Local performances include musical concerts, operas, traditional Greek plays and dance.