Kalamaki Rent a Car
Kalamaki seaside resort is located in the south of Zante, 5 km away from the Port of Zakynthos. Kalamaki area is part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos because its wide sandy beach is a nesting and hatching area for the Caretta-Caretta turtles. As many beaches in Zakynthos are considered protected areas, there is a restriction to the public from sunset to sunrise. There are limited beach facilities and no tourist shops or hotels along the beach. Moreover, there are specific rules and restrictions you have to comply with in Kalamaki Beach in order not to harm the sea turtles. You can, however, walk along the beach, go turtle spotting, and swim in the crystal-clear waters but always with caution. Swimming and snorkeling in Kalamaki beach is amazing and the sea bed is really interesting to explore. Speed boats and boat tours are not allowed in the area, but you can still discover the sea and the beach on foot or on a kayak.
The beach is a unique natural paradise for sea turtles, and sadly, some owners have placed umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach. It is recommended not to use these facilities and enjoy a peaceful swim, snorkeling, or a walk on the beach whilst keeping an eye out for turtle nests. If you want to use organized beach facilities, you can head to nearby Laganas and to the naturist spots of Vrontonero and Katsika Beach for a tranquil swim away from the crowds. The beach of Katsika is sandy with shallow and warm waters, but Vrontonero is a pebble beach dominated by a rocky and wilder landscape.
Car Rental Kalamaki
Even though Kalamaki Beach is a strictly protected area, the main street and center of the village are comprised of several hotels, apartments, villas, bars, and restaurants. Some of the best accommodation options in Kalamaki include Kalamaki Beach Hotel, Elegant Villa & Maisonettes, Bitzaro Grande, and Antonis Pool Bar Apartments & Studios. All of them offer fully equipped and modern rooms or villas where you can stay with your couple, group of friends, or family. Furthermore, all of the hotels have a swimming pool, sea or garden views, and some of them offer all-inclusive packages. Availability in Kalamki is limited so make sure to book your hotel well in advance. If you want to have a tasteful lunch after a long day on the beach, Zepos Garden Restaurant offers a wide range of Greek or international cuisine dishes in a nice beachfront environment. For a night out in Kalamaki, Iguana Rooftop Bar is the place to be to marvel at sunset views on their terrace, drink delicious cocktails, and have a light meal.
What to Do in Kalamaki Zante?
⦿ Caretta Fun Park opens after 18:00 o’clock and offers entertainment options for children. These include water slides, trampolines, inflatables, and much more.
⦿ Formula Zante Go-Kart is a fun and adrenaline-filled experience you can have in Kalamaki with your kids or friends. The driving experience in the circuit is easy and it’s a great way to spend your evening with your children before heading to the restaurant.
⦿ Take a walk inside the marine park’s area to discover the rich natural heritage and admire the sea and forest views. One of the best hiking routes starts from Skopos and will take you toward the Monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa. The route is moderate, so it’s ideal for both beginners and experienced hikers.
⦿ Happy Horses is a horse-riding center where you can learn how to ride a horse, swim with the horses, and ride along the sandy coast. Prefer to go horse riding in the afternoon when the sun isn’t that strong for the horses.
⦿ Grampsas Winery & Restaurant is a short drive away from Kalamaki in Lagopodo area. This is where you’ll experience a great wine tour of the vineyard, learn info about the wine-making process, taste different local wines, and have an exceptional and attentive dinner.
Car Rentals Kalamaki
Kalamaki makes a great starting point to explore the south part of Zakynthos as well as its center. From Kalamaki, you can drive for 30 minutes towards Myzithres Viewpoint to take pictures of the imposing rock formations, turquoise waters, and overall breathtaking landscape. You can rent a boat from Keri to access Myzithres Beach and the nearby sea caves. From Myzithres, you can drive towards the rocky cove of Plakaki and take the steep path down the beach. If you’re afraid of heights, it is best not to go down the beach, as the trail is challenging, but you can admire the views atop the hill.
Another day trip you can do from Kalamaki is to head north to Agios Leon village and visit the 17th-century Monastery of Yperagathou to admire its painted walls, religious icons, and overall interior. San Leon Taverna is a traditional taverna set in a lush environment and serves homemade Greek food and mezedes (small Greek plates accompanied by wine or tsipouro). You can drive to multiple areas in Zakynthos and discover the beaches and villages from the comfort of your holiday car. Our services come with no hidden fees or extra costs, no credit card or deposits paid in advance, and unlimited kilometers to make use of while on Zante.