Even though Zante is no longer regarded as one of the top 3 clubbing summer holidays, it once had a reputation to be jealous of. Around 10-20 years ago it was battling Ibiza for top spot when it came to nightlife. Regularly, world renowned DJ’S would reside in one of the many bars and clubs until the early hours. Even though it’s lost some of it’s reputation, it is deserving of a resurgence and comparable to a lot of more popular venues.
Laganas is the heart of this scene and while a couple of towns in Zante have tried to compete, if you are looking for the best night, you can only have it in Laganas. I will give a brief mention to other areas later in the article. With the Eurozone crisis and Greece being one of the worst hit, prices to anywhere in Greece have dropped as the government tries to use tourism to boost the economy, and that should be reason enough to give it a shot.
I travelled to Laganas around 10 years ago on a lad’s holiday with some friends. It was my first clubbing trip and I really was unprepared for what Laganas had to offer. When I first visited Laganas over a decade ago I was totally unprepared for what I would see. It had a tacky feel to it but a party atmosphere like no other. All of the roads were filled with revellers, mainly British and Australian and they were all geared up for partying. It was a truly unique feeling that surrounded the area that I am still yet to experience again.
Laganas is a party town and a party town only, putting all it’s eggs in a basket, but it’s a really good basket and the eggs are awesome!. Nearly every bar has a happy hour that last 4 hours or more and it’s much cheaper than Ibiza for drinks and club entry.
It would be a shame to write an article on Zante and solely focus on Laganas and it’s legendary nightlife. Travel to Tsilivi and you will be treated to a much quieter and more family orientated area. It’s a typical relaxing holiday resort, and because of the lack of restaurants, probably worth doing half board or all inclusive. If you do though, you will miss out on a beautiful beach less than 5 minutes walk away from most of the hotels. You can see endangered turtles on the south of the island on Gerakas beach. The turtles often lay their eggs on secluded beaches on the island and this is a reasonably big tourist attraction, although to strict regulations as the turtles are naturally shy and so try to avoid human contact.
On the 3-4 months that Zante is ‘open’ (a lot of bars, clubs and restaurants closed down in off season), It can be as energetic or relaxing as you need, but make sure you pick the correct area to stay in to suit your needs as the towns are so different.