Holidays to Lithakia take you to a rural idyll in the south of Zante, where it’s just you, a couple of tavernas and some great countryside hikes.
A rural retreat
Lithakia is a tiny inland hamlet in southern Zante. It sits at the foot of Megalo Vouno hill, with green plains stretching all the way to the coast a few kilometres away – so it makes for a charming rural escape. Nightlife revolves around a couple of traditional tavernas housed in old Venetian mansions. You’re not cut off here, though. The brights lights of Laganas are just up the road, and the capital is only 15 minutes away.
A trio of beaches
Lithakia is 10 minutes’ drive from 3 of Zante’s most popular beaches. To the east, there’s Laganas, a boisterous beach with thousands of sunloungers dotted along a huge stretch of fine sand. Westwards, you’ve got sandy Agios Sostis, famous for a little islet that’s reachable by a wooden bridge. Last but not least is quiet Keri, a narrow pebble beach that comes with shallow turquoise waters and little tavernas on the shaded promenade.
Hill walks and coastal trips
When it comes to getting out and about, hikers love Megalo Vouno. Easy routes start at Lithakia and take you 500 metres up, where views stretch across the pine and cypress forests to Laganas Bay in the distance. Or there’s a 15-minute drive to Keri for tours of the 100-year-old lighthouse. And the same distance will get you to Zante Town for shops and the church of Aghios Dionysios.
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The narrow sands of Lithakia sweep dramatically around the bay so you can find your own piece of paradise in which to unwind in peace. A continuation of the endless sands of Laganas Bay to the north, the silvery sand softly dissolves into indigo waters, which offer safe bathing and are particularly suited to snorkelling. Stretch out and listen to the surf lightly splashing the shores as you melt into the sleepy daytime pace, being broken only to perhaps buy some mouth-watering fresh fruit or to sip a refreshing drink.
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