Alykes beach

Alykes - the best beach in Zakynthos for water activities

Alykes is one of the best beaches of Zakynthos for water sports, which is especially loved by surfers. The name of the settlement, which passed to the beach coast, is translated as "salt marsh". This is due to the location in its vicinity of salt mines, due to which this area is considered the main center for salt production on the island.

Beach description

The Alykes Beach is located near the village of the same name in the northeast of the island, about 17 km away from its capital. It consists of a long stretch of clean golden sand which, along with well-developed infrastructure, attracts many visitors. It's very crowded during the high season.

A smooth descent into water along with small depths near the shore make this beach one of the safest ones to come with children to on Zakynthos. That's why this place is very popular among family couples. You can easily reach the next beach - Alykanas - from here as there are no distinct borders between them.

Breeze is frequent here which is why it's not as hot a place as some other on the island. This feature of Alykes attracts many swimming enthusiasts and those who like water sports that require wind. Since the winds and the waves aren't high here, it's a great place for novice surfers to better their skills.

When is the best time to go?

Greece - a country with a long length from north to south, so the recommendations will vary depending on the place where you are going. The holiday season  begins in May and reaches a peak in July-August: there are too many tourists, and the temperature on the southern islands reaches 40 degrees, which may still not play a role on the beach, but certainly not suitable for sightseeing. So the best time to relax in Greece is the end of spring-beginning of summer or September-October. 

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Aliskes resort is rather lively and rejoicing its visitors with the well developed infrastructure. There are various stores, cafes, confectioneries, and taverns. Rather often, they have colorful shows with traditional songs and local dances.

The beach is equipped with umbrellas and sling chairs, it's rather cheap to rent them. You can find several cozy cafes, bars, and pubs on the beach as well. But this resort is not a center of night life so active beach party goers should look for a different place.

People who love water activities can find the center renting the required equipment on this beach. You can rent a motor boat or bicycles to have a ride in the neighborhood, or order horse tours.

Alikes offers wide range of accommodation options for any taste:

  • hotels (including several 2-3 star mini hotels);
  • apartments and studios;
  • seafront villas surrounded with beautiful gardens;
  • small camping site

the prices are different, and you can choose the most desirable option in terms of location and budget The most popular hotels are: Oscar Villa&Studio, Pouliezos Koklanis and Hotel Koukounari.

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Alykes Park Bungalows & Apt
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Koukounaria Hotel
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Useful information

You can get to this beach by taxi or rented car. There is no bus service.

This is one of the most interesting beaches of the island in terms of exploring the attractions located next to it. You can visit:

  • the ancient monastery of John the Baptist, erected in the 16th century;
  • the traditional Greek village of Katastari, where there are many excellent viewing points;
  • the village of Pigadakia;
  • Ethnographic Museum of Verzaggio;
  • Church of St. Panteleimon dating from the 17th century.

The village of Alikes is interesting archaeologically. Here, during excavations, ancient Mycenaean ships were found, which allowed historians to assume that it was in this place in ancient times that Arcadia was.

There is always the opportunity to book fascinating sea excursions around the island, including a visit to Navagio, Cape Skinari and the Blue Caves (closest to it), as well as other Zakynthos beaches and colorful coastal villages where local residents maintain a traditional way of life. From here it is relatively close to get to the beach Ksigiya by car.

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