If you enjoy relaxing on the beach on your holiday, Laganas Beach is the largest on Zante and considered one of the best on the Island. Nature lovers will find the largest breeding ground in Europe for loggerhead turtles between June and August at Laganas Beach, which limits the watersports that you’ll find on offer. If you want some beach action on your holiday, this location offers regular shuttle buses to ferry water sports enthusiasts to the nearby Agio Nikolaos Beach.
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The region around Laganas is very beautiful and exploring the countryside makes a great change from the beach during the day. Walking, hiking and mountain biking are the easiest ways to see the sights and enjoy the scenery as there are plenty of paths and trails. Horse riding can be a relaxing and novel way to see the region.
There are plenty of opportunities for sports in Laganas for those who fancy an afternoon away from the beach. There are tennis courts for hire as well as mini golf courses and facilities for volleyball all near the beach and easily available. The town also has some go karting facilities nearby for a more exciting day out.
The glass bottom boat trips are a great way to see a little more of the area. They are also a great way to go turtle spotting, as the region is famous for its turtles which return every year to breed and lay their eggs.
If you want to learn to dive there are dive schools and centres where you can gain licenses. If you are already qualified you can hire out some gear for an afternoon discovering the beautiful underwater marine life of the area.
Laganas is the largest and liveliest resort on the island of Zante and there are plenty of nightclubs that are open well into the early hours. The majority of the clubs open at midnight and are free to enter or have only a small charge. If you are looking for trance or techno, disco or 80’s cheese then there is a club for you in Laganas whatever your taste.
The Golden Mile is the stretch of town that is full of bars, pubs and clubs; the liveliest part of the region. During the day the atmosphere is busy and there are a number of venues that are open but night is when the area comes alive with bars and clubs open late into the night and the morning with plenty offering drinks deals and live music.
There are plenty of places to eat out in Laganas many of which are open into the morning providing food for the revellers as they pile out of the bars and clubs that Laganas resort is so famous for. The majority of restaurants serve international cuisine and you can find almost anything you want such as burgers, pizzas, kebabs and even Chinese food. If you are looking to try out some of the local cuisine there are also a number of traditional style restaurants dotted about.
Smuggler’s Cove, also known as Navagio bay or Shipwreck Cove, is one of the most popular attractions of the region. The Cove is in fact a large bay with a sandy beach that is the site of a shipwrecked ship that is docked there. The surrounding scenery is some of the most beautiful and well photographed in all of Greece.
The Blue Caves are some of the most spectacular natural formations in the world and are approachable by boat from Laganas. The caves are well worth a visit if you can as they are truly breathtaking, the white chalk of the cliffs reflects the blue of the water into a spectacular sight.
Caretta Caretta is the Latin name for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle which lives in the waters around Laganas. Every year the turtles lay their eggs on the beach and the region is a protected habitat for the rare creatures. A great viewing spot to see these beautiful turtles in their natural habitat is at the nearby Kalamaki beach.
Laganas as well as being a modern tourist resort has a number of culturally significant and historic buildings scattered in and around the town. There are a number of beautiful churches dating back hundreds of years as well as an important Byzantine museum celebrating the history of the region.
Wet n Wild Water Park in Laganas is a popular attraction for most of the year. There are plenty of slides and rides to keep visitors entertained for an afternoon.
Lagunas Beach is a beautiful stretch of beach that has lovely shallow waters that are perfect for swimming and relaxing in. The beach is great for kids as it is lovely and sandy and the water isn’t deep. No water sports are allowed because of the turtles that breed offshore and nest nearby.
There are plenty of shops in Laganas, whether you want to pick up some souvenirs of your trip or some new clothes at one of the boutique shops around the town. There are also a number of weekly markets that sell everything from local crafts and souvenirs to local produce and foods.
There are plenty of hotels in and around Laganas that cater for families of all sizes and many which cater for children, with children’s areas as well as shows and activities for the kids. For those who fancy self-catered there are plenty of apartments available for rental. Try the Turtle Beach Hotel for a cheap getaway.