This is my third post in my it is all Greek to me series, documenting my recent time on the Ionian island Zakynthos otherwise known as Zante, Greece. You can read posts one (Dawn Rocks) and two (Jump in the Pool) here.
Banana Beach is the first international beach to feature in my DimExcuses beach guides.
Banana Beach is to the north of the island in a traditionally Greek village called Vassilikos. You need to get the free bus that collects from the tourist centers of Kalamaki and Laganas, which then takes you on a secluded road cutting through a pine forest before taking you straight to Casa Playa, the large beach bar that dominates Banana Beach.
Banana Beach is 12 kilometers from the airport and 10 kilometers from Zante Town. It is a blue flag standard beach, described as having “golden silky sand that is certain to deliver that relaxing paradise you’ve been dreaming about” by Casa Playa Beach Bar.
They don’t exaggerate, it is fantastic, total luxury. The bars plays the best blissed out Ibiza tunes over the boardwalk keeping your feet off the hot white sand. You can then rent a sunbed under a straw sunshade as you order cocktails via waiter service. Or you could just go the whole hog and get a four poster double sunbed!
The sea is the closest the Mediterranean comes to surf with a tiny swell making bathing fun. Banana Beach is water sports central and you can end up doing all sorts of crazy things tied to the back of a speed boat. We risked spinal injury in a big rubber ring, but walked away laughing.
The water is very clear on the whole of Zante, but it was even clearer at Banana Beach.
This Beach is all about the luxury laze. It is a far cry from the wind swept Gower walks Molly, Sharon and I usually get up to, though Sharon wasn’t complaining.
Casa Playa is the perfect dream bar, and provides showers and toilets, so no need to worry about any alfresco rest stops. I could stay there all day and time flies when you are relaxing, but the return bus pick up is 4 pm.
I could get used to this luxury lifestyle.
Danielle I think was starting to call it her spiritual home.
I love the orange sunbeds under the straw sunshades.
I loved this beach and its Casa Playa beach bar.
Pure chilled out luxury. It was the real highlight of our trip, which was literally all Greek to me, DimExcuses.