Stretching all the way from Kalamaki in the east to Agios Sostis in the west, Laganas Beach is as busy as you’d expect. Lined with thousands of sunloungers and backed by lively bars and restaurants, the resort finds peace and tranquility in its calm, clear water, dotted with canoes and pedalos. In an attempt to protect the loggerhead turtles who swim and nest in the area, other watersport activities are forbidden.
You’ll find quieter sand if you keep walking up the beach – where development has been prohibited by the Marine Park – or head to the nearby haven of Porto Koukla. At the Agios Sostis end of the beach you’ll discover Cameo Island which can be reached over a wooden footbridge. Enjoy a cocktail or two at the beach bar and take in the beautiful ocean views.
Learn to dive
If you’ve never scuba-dived before but have always thought about it, Laganas is the perfect place to finally learn at one of the resort’s reputable diving schools. The calm, transparent emerald water hosts a magnificent underwater world that simply can’t be missed.
Immerse yourself among limestone reefs covered with sponge and soft coral, and teeming with life. Swim alongside loggerhead turtles in their natural environment, and watch octopus and moray eels dart in and out of rocks. Dive at the popular ‘Arc de Triumph’ site and make your way through the natural cathedral-like arch of rock bumping into cuttlefish, flying fish, grouper, break, parrot fish and schooling tuna and amberjack along the way.
Nights out on the Golden Mile
Laganas’ biggest selling-point is its nightlife, and nowadays it’s on a par with the likes of Ibiza. The neon-lit Golden Mile, lined with pubs and nightclubs, offers every kind of evening you can imagine on cheap holidays to Laganas.
If it’s been a lifelong ambition to drink a cocktail out of a toy truck or powder your nose in a Star Wars-themed bathroom, the slightly off-the-wall venue, Cheeky Tiki’s, might be the one for you.
For a general night of debauchery, start your evening in the likes of Ghetto Club or Drunken Duncan’s Cocktail Factory for fish-bowls, fresh-fruit cocktails and happy-hour specials. For serious clubbing head to Barrage or Rescue where you can expect cage dancers, fire shows and big-name DJs across the summer.
Head away from the centre of the main strip and you’ll find quieter bars like Buca Lounge Bar offering chilled-out cocktails and sunset views. Traditional Greek tavernas also make for a great alternative where you can eat meze, drink ouzo and carafes of local wine and experience an authentic Zakynthian evening.
Explore the island
Zante has so much more to offer than party nights and sunloungers. Even if you choose Laganas All Inclusive holidays, be sure to take an organised tour and head for the hills for the chance to explore the beautiful island of Zante off the beaten track. You’ll find a wide range of tours available from Laganas, whether you want to go on foot or mountain bike, quad bike or 4×4.
Your guide will take you to secluded spots offering stunning views, and fill you in on the history and culture of the island. Explore traditional villages, old monasteries and vineyards and get a real taste of Zakynthian life in the rural mountains.