Perched on the south coast of Zakynthos, Kalamaki is a laid-back beach resort clustered with traditional tavernas and bars. It’s renowned for the endangered loggerhead sea turtles that come to lay their eggs on the sand and forms part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, an important habitat for seals, dolphins and birds.
Things to do in Kalamaki
Rent a sun lounger and umbrella for a day on the sands of Kalamaki Beach, which are lapped by the crystal clear waters of Laganas Bay. Pedalos are available for observing the loggerhead turtles in their natural habitat and horse rides are offered at sunset. At the eastern end of the beach is a small nudist area, Vrodonero, that’s protected by tall rocks.
Rising atop Mount Skopos is the Monastery Panagia Skopiotissa, which lies on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to the Goddess Artemis. Admire its Greek cross-shaped church and the Baroque-inspired marble iconostasis, as well as the frescoes dating back to the 17th century. From the monastery, there are sweeping views across the south-east of Zakynthos and Laganas Bay.
A short boat ride from Kalamaki will take you to Marathonisi, which has been nicknamed “Turtle Island” due to its shape. Surrounded by emerald green waters and boasting two idyllic beaches, it’s one of the most popular cruise excursions from Zakynthos. The island is blanketed in pine, oak and olive trees and dotted with fascinating sea caves just waiting to be explored.
Getting around Kalamaki
Kalamaki is a 10-minute drive from the town of Zakynthos and five minutes from Zakynthos Airport "Dionysios Solomos”, which has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Buses connect Kalamaki to Zakynthos while renting a car or scooter is the most convenient way of getting around the island.