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The peaceful village of Kalamaki is located on the southern side of Zakynthos Island, just seven kilometers away from Zakynthos Town. It is right next to the popular resort of Laganas, and Kalamaki Beach is most famous for being a place where the Caretta sea turtles are reproducing. The beach is protected by the Greek law and is a part of Zakynthos National Park. Because of the fine sandy beach and the perfect crystal-clear sea waters, Kalamaki is regularly among the top destinations for spending a holiday on Zakynthos. It equally attracts younger generations, families with children and couples.
Kalamaki has a fine weather from early May up until late September. With average temperatures in the upper 20s C, it constantly attracts tourists from everywhere. Temperatures in June, July and August often climb in the upper 30s C.
Most of the shops, bars, restaurants and tavernas are located on the main road in Kalamaki. There are plenty of international restaurants, as well as Greek fish tavernas. When it comes to shops, you will find all kinds of traditional shops, souvenir shops, handicraft stores, leatherwear shops and supermarkets. Kalamaki nightlife is not very wild, and it mostly revolves around several live music bars, cocktail bars and pubs. For those interested in more energetic nightlife, the close resort of Laganas offers all kinds of night entertainment.
Near the Kalamaki main road you will find a court for mini-golf, and on the road to Laganas you will also find a track for go-karts. If you are interested in horseback riding, you can do so in a fenced area close to Kalamaki. For the children there are plenty of playgrounds in Kalamaki area, as well as some attractive waterslides.
Kalamaki Beach extends from the Laganas Bay and there are many roads that go directly to the beach. It is well organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire, and there are plenty of showers and changing cabins. Because of the strict Greek laws for protection of rare sea turtles, watersports are forbidden on Kalamaki Beach. Interestingly, Caretta sea turtles are reproducing in the middle of the summer holiday season. July and August are the months when female sea turtles are coming to the beach and laying their eggs. Baby turtles are coming out of the shells after eight weeks and get back straight to the sea. You are not permitted to visit the beach after sunset as a measure for protecting the turtles. Although Kalamaki Beach is often crowded with tourists there are plenty of quiet spots where you can relax peacefully. At the eastern end of the Kalamaki Beach, well sheltered behind big rocks, you will find one nudist beach known as Vrodonero.
There are plenty of boat trips going from Kalamaki to the nearby resorts on the southern coast. The most interesting trip is riding on a boat with glass bottom and observing the sea turtles. You can also visit some less frequented beaches on the island, and another popular boat trip leads to the nearby Marathonissi Island.
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