There's a water village at Sarakinado that's only an eight-minute drive away. In to water slides and exhilarating rides? Then Sarakinado is a wonderful place to spend a fun-filled day. As well as the rides, there's a mini-golf course, a bouncy castle, and trampolines too. There's also a henna tattoo shop and a fantastic selection of cafes and bars, so all generations of the family will be occupied. With Kamikazi and Free Fall rides as well as the more laid-back Lazy River, Sarakinado is a brilliant local attraction.
Tragaki is within very easy reach of five main beaches. The shingled Kato Tragaki is a five-minute drive away, and this is the place if you're a watersports enthusiast. From water-skiing to paddleboarding, both novices and more experienced enthusiasts will be sure to find a sport that attracts them. There's always diving and snorkelling if you want to explore what's under the sea, and there are numerous companies where you can either learn diving from an experienced instructor or develop your skills.
Lovers of sunbathing will find that the Amboula's Blue Flag beach is close, and Tsilivi - with a stretch of sand that'll take you 15 minutes to walk along, and fantastic amenities - is only a six-minute drive away. Families will be able to enjoy Splash Waterpark, or simply lounge on Tsilivi's stunning beach. The waterpark has an Aztec Jungle fountain feature, as well as all types of wonderfully adventurous rides. The Green Boomerang is a fantastic ride for those who are daredevils – there are also smaller slides for younger family-members. This is also a wonderful resort for lovers of a lively nightlife, and it has a wide range of restaurants for all tastes and ages.
For those who prefer to take life at a more gentle pace, then Psarou and Amoudi beaches are idyllic. Bicycle hire is easy if you want to spend a day simply exploring this region's wide selection of beaches. There are plenty of restaurants and beachside bars should you feel in need of a bite to eat.
Laid-back village wanderings
Tragaki is set in some of the most beautiful landscape on Zante. The little stone village has several traditional Greek restaurants, including The Old Vineyard. There are also coffee shops if you just want to sit with the locals and indulge in some people-watching. Outside the village there is some excellent terrain for those who love hiking or simply exploring the countryside.
The Avouri theatre is a fantastic facility for those who want to enjoy some open-air music and plays. Constructed from stones and pebbles from local beaches, the theatre is situated in the nearby village of Skalia. It's famous for its range of cultural activities throughout the summer season and well worth a visit. The theatre is named after its founder, Dimitris Avouris, who founded the venue as a labour of love and of the arts.
Stunning Spilia monastery
Perched on the hillside and close to Tragaki is the ancient monastery of Spilia. Dating back to the 15th century, this magical place is an unexpected treasure. Legend has it that the Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary was found in a nearby cave. Whether the legend is true doesn't really matter as simply spending a while in this peaceful and beautiful site is a splendid way of taking a step back from the hustle and bustle of 21st-century life.