Holidays in Kalamaki are popular with a variety of nationalities, most notably British. The long sandy beach gently slopes into the sea, making this the perfect resort for families with children. The busiest parts of the beach are fairly developed but large areas are protected as they are the natural breeding habitat of the Loggerhead Turtle (known locally as Caretta Caretta).
Many people arrive in Kalamaki on package holiday deals so you might find it difficult to get a room in high season if you decide to book independently. There are some very basic but affordable properties in Kalamaki, making this a popular destination for a budget break. Dining out in Kalamaki tends to be a laid-back affair, with friendly, family-run tavernas and restaurants the order of the day. Menus are geared towards British tourists, with fast food and English breakfasts widely available alongside traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka, stuffed vine leaves and stifado.
Nightlife is fairly low-key as many holidaymakers return to the hotel bars for drinks after dinner. Those who want a more lively night out will find the neighbouring town of Laganas is just a walk or short taxi-ride away. Laganas is the polar opposite of Kalamaki: all-night clubs and countless bars line the main street. Daytime entertainment tends to be based around the beach or swimming pools but it’s possible to take a trip into the island’s capital, Zakynthos Town, where you can enjoy a spot of shopping followed by a leisurely lunch. Boat trips are popular days out on Zakynthos, and most stop off at the famous Smuggler’s Cove, allowing you to explore the wrecked boat on the beach.