Traditional Greek village vibes and miles of powder soft sand make holidays to Alikanas perfect for some peace and quiet.
This quaint fishing village turned laidback beach resort couldn’t be a better fit for those hoping to switch off on the sand. Found on Zante’s north east coast, Alikanas breaks will see you stepping back to simpler times. The old part of the village is as quaint as it gets thanks to charming cobbled streets, olive groves and the occasional horse drawn cart passing by.
Crescent-shaped Alykanas Beach is where most of the action is, from authentic Greek tavernas to places to hire water sports equipment. Continue in either direction along the coast and you’ll discover dozens of dreamy coves with some of the clearest water in the Mediterannean.
History in Alikanas
Alikanas has fast become a site of historical interest thanks to various excavations revealing numerous wonderful artefacts. In fact, the resort’s old village is thought to be the site of the ancient city of Arcadia!
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Your guide to Alikanas holidays
Whether you’re fascinated by the past or just want to laze around on sandy beaches, package holidays to Alikanas offer a plethora of things to see and do.
- Zante's (also known as Zayknthos) beaches are the main draw of Alikanas breaks. The resort is blessed with a long stretch of golden sand with views across to Kefalonia.
- Stroll away from the main resort area to Old Alikanas. Sometimes called Xehoriatis, the old village sits within a valley and trails all the way to the coast where you’ll spot a handful of tavernas.
- A fantastic activity for kids is Trainaki. This little touring train departs from Alikanas and neighbouring Alykes and takes you to several traditional villages. Ride through pretty olive groves and stop off at a tiny folk museum and a local winery.
- Travel inland to visit the small yet intriguing Helmi’s Natural History Museum. Despite its size, it’s jam-packed with ancient fossils and beautiful displays of preserved butterflies.
- Craving an adventure at sea? As well as diving trips, take a boat tour to Smuggler’s Cove (also known as Shipwreck Beach). The tranquil bay sits on the west side of Zante and is reached by ferry from Agios Nikolaos, just up the coast from Alikanas.
Outdoor attractions in Alikanas
Endless sunshine, a glittering sea and soaring temperatures make outdoor living an essential part of holidays to Alikanas.
- Water sports are definitely up for grabs on Alikanas holidays! The resort’s main beach and Alykes Beach both have water sports centres where you can hire paddle boards, kayaks and pedalos.
- Want to get up close to amazing marine life? Head to Xehoriatis Beach where you’ll spot a dive centre offering trips for all abilities.
- There’s lots of stunning scenery to soak up on holidays to Alikanas. Pull on some comfy shoes and explore the pretty village on foot. You could also drive thirty minutes south to Zakynthos National Marine Park for fantastic coastal walks.
- Instead of hiring a car, why not cycle around Alikanas? It’s possible to hire bikes at hotels and rental car offices, plus you’ll find the roads are incredibly scenic.
- Another way to admire the local Greek countryside is on horseback. Yanni’s Horses is a stable just south of Alikanas which offers treks through ancient olive groves. Alternatively, check out RODEO in Alykes.
Your Alikanas questions answered
Greece’s islands typically have long, hot summers and mild winters. This makes holidays to Alikanas possible for most of the year, although you’ll experience the most sunshine in July or August.
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