Introducing Holidays to Lithakia
A tiny hamlet in southern Zante, Lithakia is the ideal spot to spend a laid-back getaway. Located at the foot of Megalo Vouno Hill, it has a backdrop of gorgeous green hills leading down to a spectacular coastline – perfect if you’re looking for luscious landscapes to explore and plenty of sunshine to soak up. While the area itself is quiet and unassuming, there’s enough to keep you occupied nearby too. Nightlife might be limited to family-run tavernas but you’re just a 10-minute journey away from Laganas and its eclectic mix of evening entertainment. What’s more, Zante’s capital is just 15 minutes away, so you can even spend your holiday in Lithakia sampling some of the nightlife this island is famous for. Whether you fancy lounging on the sand or taking the time to do some island hopping around this glorious area of Greece, you’re sure to fall in love with this rural retreat.
Top Attractions in Lithakia
Lithakia is perhaps best known for its beautiful beaches. There are three that prove particularly popular for visitors, with each providing a scenic spot to land your beach towel. Laganas is the busier of the bunch, with thousands of sun loungers dotted around, and an array of water sports to keep you occupied. To the west, there’s the sandy space known as Agios Sostis –those seeking a romantic getaway will enjoy uncovering its sandy coves and taking a leisurely stroll over the wooden bridge to the islet set there. If you’d rather get away from it all, spend a sunny afternoon at Keri beach. While it doesn’t boast an endless supply of activities, the view is definitely worth seeing and there is a selection of charming tavernas on the promenade.
If you’d rather expend some energy on your holiday in Lithakia, you might want to take advantage of the island’s spectacular surroundings and enjoy a hiking trip. Megalo Vouno, a mountain peak found in the area, is a favourite with those seeking a challenging climb. Take in the view of stunning cypress tree set forests all the way to Laganas Bay. Alternatively, visit Keri beach for leisurely strolls across the sand that will lead you to a century old lighthouse well worth visiting.
Holidays in Lithakia are perfect for culture vultures, with several notable historical sites found in the area. Don’t miss a visit to the Church of St. Ioannis, one of the only remaining buildings to survive the monumental earthquakes of 1953 that destroyed almost every structure on the island. Marvel at its architecture or take a peek inside to immerse yourself in traditional Greek culture.
Another must-see experience is spotting the island’s oldest inhabitants, a group of loggerhead sea turtles. A rare and endangered species, you’ll want to take some time to catch a glimpse of these fantastic creatures, and a boat cruise is often the best way to do it. Sail from Zante to Keri and across Laganas Bay for a leisurely way to enjoy an afternoon, while keeping your eyes peeled for turtles. You might even spot a dolphin or two, if you’re lucky!