Maria Studios and Apartments

Maria Studios and Apartments is perched on a quiet hillside above Alykes. Traditional villas house simple, comfortable studios and apartments with kitchenettes. The hotel’s social life is centred around the pool and the adjacent bar. You can grab meals and drinks there, and in the evening there’s a fun programme of music and entertainment. It’s just a 10-minute walk to Alykes’ restaurants, bars and beach.

Overview of Zante

With its warm Mediterranean climate and Instagrammable beaches, it’s little wonder that holidays to Zante are such crowd pleasers. It’s a very popular package-holiday destination, with lots of lively resorts. But it’s still possible to find tranquil bays, quaint clifftop villages and tavernas selling local delicacies. If you’d like to explore Zante’s quieter side, head to the unspoilt town of Alykes. You’ll have a particularly warm welcome at Maria Studios and Apartments.

Things to do in Zante

Saunter into Alykes to shop for souvenirs – try to pick up some of the colourful ceramics the region is renowned for. You’ll also find cake shops, outdoor cafes and friendly local tavernas here. Alykes also has two stunning beaches, renowned for their calm atmosphere and translucent waters. And if you fancy trying your hand at jetskiing and paragliding, check out the watersports centres. To explore further afield, take a boat trip to Smugglers’ Cove, one of the most photographed spots in Greece. It’s a secluded bay with shimmering blue waters and powder-white sand, surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs. Look out for dolphins on the way. Offering access to some of Europe’s best beaches at pocket-friendly prices, it’s easy to see why Zante pulls in the crowds. After a holiday on this stunning island, you won’t want to leave.

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.