Two Brothers Studios - (Accommodation in Kalamaki)

Sue F          7/10

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We stayed at the Two Brothers Apartments in Kalamaki for a week in September 2007 – very laid back, quiet and had a nice pool area. Very clean and simple room, with fridge, kettle and balcony, perfectly adequate for our needs. However, make sure you have spare loo roll as they are very stingy! The towels have seen better days too. If you want them changed mid-week throw them on the floor as they don't bother otherwise. A couple of occasions the cleaners left our balcony doors open which we weren't too happy about! However nothing was stolen. Only had breakfast there once – not very impressed with the microwaved chocolate croissants which tasted funny. The rest of the time we bought our own breakfast and ate on our balcony – a good way to socialise with the neighbours. The Two Brothers is in a good location being only 1-2 minutes from the main strip and 10-15 minutes walk to the beach and I would recommend staying here as well as Kalamaki.

Kalamaki Resort - (Resorts on Zante)

Sue F          8/10

Kalamaki was lovely – lots of restaurants, supermarkets and shops but still quiet and peaceful. Lovely long sandy beach. Would definitely recommend this resort if you're not into clubbing. We bought some cheap lilos and used them instead of paying for sun beds each day. We found September was a good month to visit as not too hot.

 

All in all I would definitely recommend Zante – apparently one of the greenest Greek islands too. We had a lovely relaxing time and found majority of people very welcoming.

Hermes Car Rental - (Other Things in Kalamaki)

Sue F

Would definitely recommend Hermes Car Rental in Kalamaki – friendly guy who was very helpful in advising what we should see etc. Basic jeep but did the job and we had fun! Had 3 days for the price of 2 which was just right in order to see the whole island.
 
Nowhere else on the website to add the following places to visit - hope you find it useful.
 

Roxa – bizarre lunar landscape with rock pool to swim in but worth seeing for the island contrast.

Limnionas – swam first in the rocky bay and then ate here to watch the sunset which unfortunately didn't happen that night but would definitely recommend the Taverna Porto Limnionas for a great location and fantastic local Greek food.

Maries – very quiet sleepy village. Ate at the Olive Tree Taverna – lovely food and very friendly owner who spoke great English.

Volimes – peaceful village with some interesting pottery shops. Not much in the way of tavernas though.

Vakhos Restaurant in Kalamaki (on the Beach Road) – very friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately we only found this on our last night as it had the best food on the island. The owner was lovely.

 

 

September - (Best Time to Visit)

Sue F

We found September was a good month to visit as not too hot but still good enough to get a tan! We only had one windy day and a couple of hours rain during one night.

Askos Animal Park - (Places to Visit on Zante)

Sue F          8/10

click to enlargeReally interesting wildlife park. Helpful man guides you round the park handing out food so you get to feed some of the animals such as deer, goats and racoons which were especially cool!

Keri Lighthouse - (Places to Visit on Zante)

Sue F          1/10

Found both customers and staff unfriendly and unwelcoming on two visits. They ignored us so we just got up and left which we're glad we did as ended up driving to the end of the road and saw a great sunset.

Porto Vromi - (Places to Visit on Zante)

Sue F

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Enjoyed the drive down to Port Vromi and got some great pictures though didn't go past the car park. On the way down to Port Vromi the view on the bend on the right hand side is amazing. Have to stop and get out of the car to look. The colour of the turquoise sea was just unbelievable. Our favourite viewpoint as we came across it unexpectedly.

Zakynthos Airport - (Places to Visit on Zante)

Sue F

We had a 3 hour delay on the return but fortunately were able to sit outside the café on the outskirts of the airport for most of that time as once we ventured into the airport building it was packed with hardly any room to even sit on the floor. The toilets weren't all that enticing either. However, other than the delay, we didn’t find the return journey as bad as we were expecting having read the other reviews in advance. Just be prepared taking your own food and drinks and something to read!

Shipwreck Viewing Platform - (Places to Visit on Zante)

Sue F          8/10

Navagio (Shipwreck Bay). Lovely view from the viewpoint though a bit scary standing on thin metal sticking out of the cliff! The colour of the turquoise sea was lovely. The beach looks a beautiful sandy white beach but apparently it is pebbles! Unfortunately we couldn't take the boat to the beach or the Blue Caves as the weather was too choppy. But if you want to do this we had been advised to not take the all day trip especially the one advertised by the rep but instead take a half day trip from Skinari for example.

Zante Town - (Places to Visit on Zante)

Sue F

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Zante – drove through here but didn't think much of the capital at all, very run down and the bin men on strike so rubbish everywhere. Didn't stop other than in the old town – great views looking down over Zante and the harbour.

Cave Bar - (Bars in Kalamaki)

Sue F          7/10

Definitely worth a look although drinks are slightly more expensive than elsewhere. Would have liked to have gone during the day as well to see the view from the turret.

Down Under - (Bars in Kalamaki)

Sue F  (October 28, 2007)        8/10

Run by an Ozzie funnily enough! Great fun, party atmosphere, friendly bar staff. The best cocktails and shots. Fire eater every night.

Keri Resort - (Places to Visit on Zante)

Sue F          9/10

Keri Beach - very laid back and peaceful atmosphere – one of our favourite places on Zante to just chill.

Dafne Beach - (Beaches on Zante)

Sue F          9/10

Lovely quiet peaceful bay – probably our favourite beach (there was no rubbish when we were there!). Bit of a long trek down a narrow steep road to get there but fun in a jeep. Recommend the taverna at the far end on the left as looking towards the sea – great melon juices and Greek salads. Can use the sun loungers for free. However, after reading the comment below about bulldozing the dunes etc to stop the turtles I don't feel so good about this beach!

Gerakas Beach - (Beaches on Zante)

Sue F          10/10

Beautiful natural sandy beach, very peaceful – one of our favourite beaches.

Keri Beach - (Beaches on Zante)

Sue F          9/10

Keri Beach – very laid back and peaceful atmosphere – one of our favourite places on Zante to just chill.

Heavens Kitchen - (Restaurants in Kalamaki)

Sue F          9/10

Very efficient, friendly and professional head waiter, delicious food. One of our favourite restaurants. Shame about the karaoke guy in red lycra next door!

Mermaids - (Restaurants in Kalamaki)

Sue F  (October 28, 2007)        5/10

Not sure the food justifies its famous reputation and there was no soap on at least 2 different occasions. Very busy at night so best to eat very early. Had our last lunch there as couldn't get in two previous nights – definitely not the best meal we'd had.

Zakanthi - (Restaurants in Kalamaki)

Sue F

Unfortunately we only ever had a juice here as we never made it back in the evening as we ran out of time. Lovely location especially sitting outside and very peaceful. The owner could not have been more friendly or informative.

Sarakina - (Restaurants in Laganas)

Sue F          6/10

On the outskirts of Laganas. Need a car or take the free bus from Laganas. Greek dancing every night although they looked like they were just going through the motions. One of the dancers looked like Johnny Depp - yum! Food ok but not brilliant.