Just got back from two fabulous weeks in Kalamaki Weather was absolutely gorgeous and the restaurants and cafes were great value for money. We stayed at the Cavo D'Oro which was great. Akis and Alison were great and Harry in the pool bar was lots of fun too. We experienced two earthquakes whilst we were there but was nothing to worry about. Laganas is great for evenings out, lots of bars, nightclubs and cocktail bars to choose from. We had an absolutely fantastic time and it was a shame we had to come home I would recommend going to Kalamaki and also staying at the Cavo D'OroSo much so that we are going back there again the middle of October for a week
hi just come back rom zante had a lovely time 10th july 2006 wish i was back, beach was ok not best i have been on quite dark but ok but the sea was beautiful excellent for kids as it goes out for ages before it gets deep lovely and clean water and lots of fish around you so do take bread my daughter spent ages with a net trying to catch one but they are so fast, hardly any waves lovely and calm like sitting in a warm bath, if only i was back there we always stayed by the snack bar just up from the beach, he is absol brill great prices considering how close he is it was only 1 euro for a slush puppy all in all lovely happy holidays
After reading all the comments about the lovely beach I have to say I was disappointed. The sand was pretty dark and you have to pay to use the sunbeds. Perhaps I've been spoilt with the golden sands and free facilities in Goa but Kalamaki beach just didn't do it for me. We prefered to stay by the pool at our appartment instead which was clean and had excellent bar service!
Just had 2 weeks in Kalamaki - 14th to 28th May 2006.
Â Kalamaki beach is greatÂ for familys of all ages, and our 19mounth daughter loved playing in the sand and paddling in the clear blue sea.Hiring a canoe or peddaloe is really cheep and is a great way to see the Loggerhead Turtles without paying for the boat trips to see them.and if you dont mind a walk you walk down to lagana along the beach. IÂ would deffently recomend this beach to other familys.
This beach is lovely apart from the odd cig butt here and there. Just watch your feet when you first step on the sand, it's quite hot but after a couple of steps you soon get used to it. You can go far out into the sea, and even at the waters edge there are tiny fish swimming around your feet. Its quite nice to have a stroll along the beach in the evening to watch the sun set. Me and my friends also like to go onto the rock at the top of the beach to watch the planes coming in.
Julie and I visited Kalamaki last year (2004) and the sea was rough and the wind was high. We had lunch in Mermaid's taverna. Put pic on later. The date was the 14th October. We had had 4 days of high winds, thunder and lightening and heavy rain. The last trip we went on before the weather changed was the Island tour by coach.
Brilliant Beach...10/10...Greek Salad 3 Euros!!!!
Have been to Zante three times, twice to Kalamaki. I love the place beach is great for kids and there is no hassle just layed back sunny days. Our apartment was quite a way from the beach but that was not a problem. We always stopped off at a taverna for a couple of drinks before wandering down to the golden beach.
kalimaki is by far the best beach found plenty of quiet places to sit although most of the beach is quiet the sea is very calm so safe for children.Only see one baby turtle being put into the sea by a local greek man most turtles have gone now best time to see the turtles is between june and september. Got a pedlow a few times see plenty of jelly fish some small some big but plenty around ignore them and im sure they will leave you alone.
My husband and i went to kalamaki for our honeymoon in oct 2003. we had such a great time and felt like kids again. we went back in oct 2004 and again wrote our names on the ship wreck at smugglers cove. we have recommened the holiday to our friends. we met some friends on the 2004 trip and stiil visit them on a reg basis. kalamaki is in our hearts and we fully intend to go back soon and we feel it is now a tradition to go back there year after year as it is so beautiful and the people make us feel welcome. Thanks to kalamaki my husband and i have a safe haven where we can be free and relax.
Hi. we're just back from Kalamaki & had a gr8 holiday. Unfortunately the beach was a bit of a hike from our apartments in the heat so we only went a couple of days. The sea was so clear and lovely to swim in. We hired a pedalo for an hr but unfortunately didn't see any turtles . The girl who took the money for the sunbeds & parasol (€7) was very nice and there were guys selling doughnuts & fruit salads walking up & down the beach, so you didn't even have to move if you felt hungry!! The sand was a bit dirty with a some cig buts & the likes but not as bad as I thought it would be. We saw some dead jelly fish washed in on the bit of beach between kalamaki and Laganas and we heard other holidaymakers say they saw them in the sea, but they were far out. We however didn't see any jellyfish and spent a huge amount of time in the water, so don't let it put you off!!
LOVELY UNSPOILT NATURAL AND QUIET BEACH, WHERE THE SEA WAS LOVELY AND CLEAR AND VERY SHALLOW, HAD TO WADE OUT ABOUT 50 YARDS TO SWIM,BEAUTIFUL!!! SAW ONLY TWO JELLYFISH IN THE WHOLE OF THE FORTNIGHT.WE WERE THERE END AUGUST BEGIN OF SEPT 2005. YOU CAN WALK TO LAGANAS BEACH AS IT IS THE SAME STRETCH ( QUITE A LONG WALK THOUGH) BUT NOT WORTH IT AS IT IS FULL OF SUNBEDS AND PEOPLE MOSTLY YOUNGSTERS. KALAMAKI BY FAR MUCH NICER WITH BACKDROP OF HILLS. QUITE PRETTY.
Lovely long, golden sandy beach to walk on. We thought it was very tidy and well maintained. Sunbeds are reasoabley priced.
just a quick note that we noticed the beach to be more untidier than previous years,but it was always clean near the places where sunbeds ect are for hire.
Kalamaki beach is very nice and we used it most days on our holiday, it costs around 7 euros to hire two sun loungers and an umbrella which you can have all day, the beach can get quiet busy so if you wlk down abit further you can have a more quieter spot if you dont mind lying on the sand with a towel, the sea was very clear and shallow good for kids and the water was warm, you must take a snorkel as there are lots of little stripey fish and they are very sweet. We reccommend that you hire a pedalo it costs 10 euro for one hour and we went quite far out and if you travel out on it further to Laganas you get more chance of seeing turtles we saw loads and they are wonderful! but you must respect them and be quiet as they seem quite timid, its much better to see them this way than on a boat trip as they seem to harrass them more. The beach does have alot of fag ends in the sand unfortunatley which is not fair on the turtles that nest early mornings.The restaurant/snack bar in Kalamaki beach was good with a nice Greek salad we reccommend!! Im sure you'll like it!!
We went to kalamaki on the 3rd july 2005 for two weeks, we went most days to the beach, which generally is quite clean and the sea was lovely and clear. If you want to look for turtles they are definitely out there, we would go snorkelling at about 5pm and you dont need to go out that far to see them. The beach is protected as the turtles are nesting there at the moment and the only down side was there was nobody patrolling the beach to protect any nesting sites and to ensure that people left the beach tidy (alot of people do not know how to use a dustbin!) and also to ensure nobody used the beach on an evening, so if you are going to this beach please try to think of the turtles, keep off the soft sand (as there could be eggs underneath) and take your litter home with you!
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We had a Great Time the Turtles our out there and are great ot see, IT'S BEST FOR THE TURTLES TO SEE THEM FROM A PEDDLO THEY ARE OUT THERE AND IF YOU LOOK YOU WILL SEE THEM, THE BOAT TRIPS ARE OK BUT THEY DO HARASS THESE FANTISTIC ANIMALS WHICH IS NOT GOOD AND IT'S BETTER FOR YOUR FIGURE MORE ROOM FOR LOVELY MEALS AT THE ROOF GARDEN.
Didn't stay at Laganas or Kalimaki and went to Kalimaki beach to watch the turtles at the end of May. Was there about 6pm and the beach was empty. It was great to see the turtles popping up all over the place before they were due to nest later that night. I much preferred to see the turtles that way than on a boat trip, felt like it would harass them at an inportant time, but can't comment on how good the boat trips are.
Well, this is for all the ignorant people who go to Kalamaki with their eyes closed , Kalamaki Beach is actually a national park and a site of special scientific interest as Caretta Caretta nest there every may/june.Caretta Caretta is the giant loggerhead turtle and the beaches on the south of the island are the only place in the world they nest. Because of this the beaches cannot be cleaned by mechanical means as this would destroy the nests so everything that naturally floats into the bays along with all the litter left by all the ignoramouses collects on the beach. We agree that the problems with cigarette ends is a problem but the fact that smokers dont care who they affect with their smoking, why should they worry about where they dispose of their butts!!!! If you are very lucky and are patient you may get the honour to swim with one of these wonderful animals, as we did twice, as they wait just off shore for night to fall and time to lay their eggs. All in all Kalamaki beach and Kalamaki is a wonderful place to holiday and we would reccomend it to anyone who is not looking for a wild time.
Returned from Laganas on 26 May 2005 after staying 14 nights at the Alexander Hotel. The hotel mostly have people who fly in from Manchester and Glasgow. The hotel is a large one as its been extended, this means there's a lot of noise from people getting to bed , up to 4 am in the mornings and if you are a light sleeper -- just pray you will be there for 7 days. Laganas is a real rip off resort as most of the holiday makers are from Britain. Meals and drinks are expensive -- the resturants and bars are making huge profits from us. Currency exchange is best by changing your English pounds to Euro's in Laganas. On the main street , I got 1.42 for a £1 , no commission --- Thomas Cook gave me 1.38 before I travelled. Average Euro exchange is 1.41 in Laganas. The beach at laganas is good but the sand is hard packed yet it is clean. Kalamaki Beach is a nightmare, litter is strewn over the long beach, bottles, cans, poly bags and millions of cigarette ends. Be careful if you have children. Kalamaki Beach is long but theres hardly any hotels or snack bars and if anyone is hurt --you could be waiting a long time for assistance. Don't bother with the excursions especially the boat trip 'around' the island --- they always say the sea is rough and they have to return -- even though the sea at Laganas is like a millpond. i haven't met anyone who has gone round the island yet. Nudist sunbathing at the end of Kalamaki Beach is a dead loss as the beach is strewn with dried sea grass and to get to it you have to walk into the sea to round some rocks -- careful there is a tide. Alternative route is climbing a hill, walk through a large thistle field - ouch- and the path down to the beach is for landrovers - though scooters have got there. Once seen you will never go back.Take a car hire, I did for 3 days and the rates are very good. when you see the other beaches on Zante, particularily Alikanas and Tzvili its brilliant. Keri is a lovely port and the swimming in clear water was great - nice for kids as well. Banana Beach is a waste of time - a real banana skin.
Laganas is a small beach, hard packed sand and in average condition. Kalamaki Beach is an absolute disgrace, strewn with litter ie poly bags, bottles, tins, and cigarette butts all over the beach. Its a long beach, if you feel like walking to nowhere. The end of Kalamaki beach has been known to have nudists on it however some people take offence if you whip them off. Don't bother to climb the hill to reach the small beach at the extreme left of Kalamaki Beach as you have to walk through a field of thistles - ouch- and you will be hugely disappointed when you get there because the beach is covered in 'dried sea grass'. People do try a visit but they never visit it a second time.
hi im goin to kalamaki in 5 days and we are staying in the hotel roseland can anyone tell me wot it is like and if it is good for children???? is there a childs play area
Does anyone know how far from the beach the Sofia Apartments are???????????
Would i get a better exchange rate in zante than at thomas Cooks. Cheers Juanor2@msn.co.uk
amaryllis apartments are, as you coming from laganas and you pass the airport
just on the right side. At the begining of kalamaki.
Sorry you'll need a magnifying glass to see that map.
Hey Jill, if you head for Paolos restaurant on the main road - the Amaryllis Apartments are just down the road on the left. Have a look at the map on this link...you should be able to view it in pdf format
I visited Argassi last year with a few of my friends but spent EVERY day on
We went to Kalamaki as a family for the first time last year on returning we decided to book for this year. s We stayed at the Carretta beach, the people were very helpful, and made us feel very welcome. We are staying at the Amaryillas Apartments also in Kalamaki this year so if any one knows where they are in relation to the Carretta beach it would be good to get an idea of where they are.
Resort was great. Spent 2 weeks there at the end of August, there was plenty to do. Beach was clean, and if you walked a little way towards Lagana, was empty, which was great for peak season. Lots of hire places, restaurants, and a couple of clubs.
Just come back from Kalamaki, we were actually a bit disappointed with this beach. A lot of rubbish & litter lying around. Although Kalamaki beach might be the largest strip of sand, the beaches south of Argassi are superior, being less crowded & cleaner.
We loved the beach it was fantastic to swim in lovely clear water and still warm enoughh in October! There was a bit of litter on the beach but that is down to some of the ignorant tourists obviously. Lovely beach though, wish I was still there!
We were disappointed with the beach. There was lots of fag ends and rubbish on the beach, towards the Crystal end of the beach. Right at the end of the crystal beach end there is a nudist section.
Kalamaki beach is lovely 2 swim in
the beach is the same as laganas. would not recommend the taverna on the beach. the food wasnt up to much the toilets were horrible!!
Excellent beach. Only down side is the fag butts that smokers seem incapable of discarding responsibly. Needs more signs to stop people walking across turtle nesting areas.
its just the same as lagana
the beach was nice enough it would have been lovely if everyone took their rubbish away with them! the sea was beautiful, very shallow and safe for children!
Great beach, warm clear sea, very safe for kids. Gets a bit crowded near the entrance, so you need to walk a bit further along. As someone else said, there's quite a few fag ends in places - another reason to walk to a quieter area where there aren't so many.
the beach has some lovely soft sand but u have to be careful of turtle nests but theres also hard bits of sad nearer the water, the sae is luvly you can walk out for ages until it starts getting deep and its so clear you can see to the bottom really far out. turtle trips are very popular there ok but u can hire a cheap pedlo and follow the trip boats around u can see them better or wake up early in the morning and go see them or late at nite, but its a nice beach.
Sorry to disagree but we found the sand was full of cig ends and rubbish, which shocked us as they claim to protect the turtles. The sea is fantastic though how it gently slopes down so it is very safe for the kids.
The beaches are the only thing that lets Kalamaki down as the rest of the resort is fantastic. Highly recommended.
We stayed at Denny's in (july 04) and loved every minute, never bin to Greece or a Greek Island before, but will be returning. The Hotel was fab, the breakfasts were good, (dont listen to the moaners, what did they want an english fry up every morning)the whole point of going on holiday, is that, GOING ON HOLIDAY!!!!!!!
At the end of the drive you turn right onto Kalamaki beach, beautiful, clean and fantastic clear water. A very family friendly beach, with excellent sand,fantastic water and not a long walk from the hotel. 40 mins walk along the beach takes you to the resort of Lagana (didnt go, but was told it took 40 mins). A great walk along the beach (away from Lagana) took you to some fab taverna (Stani, Jepos)then a short walk to the other end of Kalamaki main street!!!!!
Went to Amarylis Hotel,Kalamaki in start of june 2004
Absolutely brilliant,great hotel,great pool and the planes flighing
overhead is brilliant.
You would think this would annoy you but everyone stops when a plane goes up.Very quiet at night and a what seemed to be purely british
The food and cocktails were excellent everywhere we went and great value.
We came home and booked up again for next year only this time we are taking all the Family.
Final comment :Its like Spain 30 years ago
this is are 5th time of going to zante i would like to say well done to stanis from helping the logger heads from extinsiotion
Brillant. nothing eles about it. Great walk to Laganas. take plenty of water though
We have been to Kalamaki twice, beautiful beach and clear blue seas. The bonus is the turtles, saw so many this year (May 2004), no matter how many you see its more amazing than the first time. Beach is clean and there are loads of sunloungers at a great price. A nice walk to Laganas, though Kalamaki beach is far more superior.
Basically we love the whole place, could not wish for a better holiday. Sad to leave, cannot wait to return!
KALAMAKI BEACH VERY NICE SUNBEDS ONE END TOWELS THE OTHER.PEDALOS CAN BE RENTED AND THE BEACH BAR IS GOOD VALUE.SWIMMING IS GOOD DUE TO THE SANDBANKS ABOUT 100 YARDS OUT,LATE AFTERNOON,AROUND 5.THE TURTLES CAN BE SPOTTED MOST DAYS AND IF YOUR LUCKY ENOUGH GET TO SWIM NEAR THEM,THE BEACH IS PRHIBITTED AFTER SUN DOWN DUE TO THE TURTLES NESTING.ALSO THE REAR OF THE BEACH CANNOT BE USED DUE TO THIS ALSO.DEFINETLY A GREAT BEACH
Kalamaki beach is just fantastic - great for families, safe sand, shallow sea etc, but also for those who prefer the all-over tan. The end opposite Laganas is used by naturists. Come down to the beach from Kalamaki to the Crystal Beach Hotel, go onto the beach and turn left. The sunbeds and umbrellas soon peter out and not far after it is usually safe to strip off and catch some sun, however, most naturists tend to sunbathe under the cliffs at the very end. Myself and my two mates came back with cracking all-over tans. The fruit seller even comes down to the naturist section about three or four times a day so you won't starve! But take some water with you. The whole stretch of beach from Kalamaki to Laganas is devoid of water sports due to the area being a conservation area for the Loggerhead Turtle, but you can hire pedalos and sail round the bay. You may even see a turtle. This beach is definately one of the best on Zante and we will return soon.
We went here for a couple of hours just to try and see the turtles. The guy who hires out the pedalos told us to pedal out towards the little red speed boat as the man on it guides people to the turtles. Half way there my friend nearly had a fit as a turtle swam right along side us, we weren't expecting them to be so big. It stayed near our pedalos for a few minutes and we took some video and photos and my son got in and swam with it. It was amazing, it really made our holiday!
Kalamaki beach is lovely, especially early in the morning or early evening, when you can spot more turtles splashing around.
Also if you walk or swim out you may be lucky enough like us to spot the turtles close up. The taverna on the beach offers great food and friendly service.
Turtles swimming in it , need I say any more!!!
hi i have been 2 greece 9 times and i love it i recoment to go there i had a wicked time
We went to Zante in 2002.
Part of KALAMAKI BEACH was all nude ( FKK ) can anyone tell me if this is still the case.
I went with 5 girls from London and we had a great time.
If anyone knows if this part ( away from Laganas ) is still nude then please let us know.Do you know of any other naturist beaches on the island ? -Many thanks
Jayne - Camden North London..
we stayed in denny's inn for two weeks in the beginning of october.
we had heard great things about zante and the deal we got for this hotel was too good to miss. we had never been to any of the greek islands before and it will not be our last visit. we have traveled or worked all over the world but this island is up there with the best. in particular was the dennys inn hotel, its staff, cleanliness, and welcome.
cant do with people who want to eat the same as at home, whats the point of going abroad if not to try the taste, culture and sights of some where else.
dennys inn you are brill for us so what if the karaoke is loud on saturday night, so what if breakfast isn't what you get at home, dont bother coming back (the meldrews) we will be coming back and so will plenty of others mmmmmmm more for us. keep up the good work denny's we will see you later this year, you have done the island proud.
great great great.
having been to kalamaki as a destination on arrival we were quite amazed at the high level of quality at the resort and especially the accomodation the hotel marelen
the beach was just great in all counts and we couldnt find fault anywhere thus why we have already booked to go back with all the kids nxt yr
all i can say is we cant wait to go again
The beach was clean, the sea was clear blue with fish swimming around your feet. Great for kids as they can run around to their hearts content. 10/10
have just returned from kalamaki and enjoyed it very much.We stayed at the Marelen Hotel which was only a couple of hundred yards from the beach.The hotel was relaxed and informal with the staff helpful but never'in your face'.We particularly enjoyed the Greek Night,which was very entertaining.The tavernas were generally ok,particularly one called'The Mermaid',where the food was very good with friendly staff and good portions.
We used Kalamaki beach twice it was 200m from hotel (prefer to venture out & explore) it was clean except the fag butts sunbeds are expensive 7e for two had one taverna/cafe which served great English brekkies 4.5e (if you watch Eastenders one of the waiters looked just like Dennis Watts junior) all very polite like all the Greek people the water was warm & clean swam with some little silver fish No distraction from the incoming flights bit of a novelty really
Good beach but please use the bins provided for rubbish folks. Was very windy two days I was there so watch the waves!
Got a bit of an All Over tan at far end of beach near cliffs opposite end from Laganas. Stony there but enopugh sand to lie down, no facilities so take your own water etc.
WE HAVE JUST COME BACK FROM KALAMAKI, WE STAYED AT THE SIRENNE APARTMENTS, WHICH WAS 10-15 MINS AWAY FROM KALAMAKI BEACH
(NOT CRYSTAL BEACH)THIS NEW NAME HAS ONLY BEEN ADAPTED BECAUSE OF THE HOTEL. WE WAS IN KALAMAKI 13 YEARS AGO AND IT WAS LOVELY TO GO BACK, THE BEACH IS STILL THE SAME AND BY FAR THE BEST BEACH ON THE ISLAND, WELL WORTH THE VISIT, YES, YOU DO COME ACROSS THE ODD FAG ENDS, BUT THATS DUE TO THE ENGLISH BEING LAZY AND NOT PICKING THEM UP AND PUTTING THEM INTO THE BIN BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE BEACH. THE BEACH PEOPLE DO THERE BEST TO KEEP IT NICE AND CLEAN, I DO SUGGEST GOING DOWN TO THE BEACH WHEN THERE IS A FULL MOON,WEATHER ALONE OR WITH YOUR PARTNER, ITS BREATH TAKING. EVERTHING AND EVERYONE IS VERY LOVELY IN KALAMAKI. GLAD WE WENT BACK, AND WE WON'T BE LEAVING IT ANOTHER 13 YEARS BEFORE WE RETURN THIS TIME.
The sea here is very clean and clear with shallow water, ideal for swimming and for children. The water is also full of tiny silver fish which eat away at your ankles whilst you sit at the edge of the water! However, the sand is full of cigarette ends and the sun loungers are old, dirty and rusty. We much preferred our pool area to the beach, which is very unusual for us. There is also a lack of good places to eat on the beach front.
To all those lucky people who are visiting Zante for the very first time. All you need to get around cheaply is a taxi or hire a car, or scooter. You will find all the information you need from the many local tour operators like Spring Tours. Please don't make the mistake of asking your rep because they will take commission and they don't know the island as well as the locals do. You will find everyone really friendly. This is just one of the reasons why I am going back again for the second time this year - alone! The other reason is that I can't wait to have another wonderful relaxing body massage from Christine who comes from Scotland and has a studion on the main road in Kalamaki near Pelargos Tours office! See you in September. Yes I forgot to mention the excellent fresh fruit salad that you can get on the beach in front of the Crystal Beach Hotel and huge fattening doughnuts! You must try Tasos snack bar at the other side of Crystal Rock and opposite the second information hut where you will be well informed about the nesting turtles. He makes fantastic jacket spuds and sensational sandwiches. A proper cup of tea for us Brits and chips! Plus he also has a super sense of humour. Good value too! The baby turtles should be making their way to the sea at this time of year so watch out for them but please don't pick them up. If you don't see any turtles when you are swimming in the sea at Kalamaki beach don't despair because you can always book yourself a glass bottom boat trip to turtle island or a trip to Smugglers Cove. Believe me you will see one and it will be one of the most memorable moments of your holiday!
Hi , just wonderin about turtle protection projects that i heard bout , rumour or truth?
im goin on the 28th september 2 Amerylis Aparthotel with a big group , all family. 3 under six , 2 young teens ,3 early 20s and 3 in there 40s (parents) , intrested in range of things , any places 4 all ages or bright ideas , desperatly want bus times and other transport details , possibly prices plz.
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lovely beach, plenty of room, nice clear water.