Zakynthos Laganas beach


Laganas Zakynthos: The huge beach of Laganas is the most popular and cosmopolitan resorts of Zakynthos located 9 km north of the main town. The settlement lies around the natural bay which is full of sunbeds and umbrellas, toilets and canteens. Plenty of water sports facilities are offered to visitors like beach bars, snacks bars and seaside taverns overlooking the beach.

It is the most crowded spot of Zakynthos during the day and especially at night for the numerous pubs and cafes where mostly young tend to explore. The main road of Laganas is boarded by many restaurants, bars and touristy shops and, behind the road, various luxurious hotels with swimming pools and many other facilities can be found.

Laganas Beach is protected by the Greek and international legislation as a birthplace of the endangered species of sea turtle Caretta-Caretta and is part of the Greek National Marine Park. The little pine-clad islet of Agios Sostis, located opposite the beach of Laganas, can be reached by a lovely wooden bridge.

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petarbg wrote on Oct 01, 2013

Very long sandy beach.

stefan wrote on Oct 01, 2013

Sandy beach with dirty areas and clean areas.

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wrote on Dec 26, 2013

The sandy beach of Laganas is preferred for swimming and sunbathing by tourists staying in the area. It is the most crowded spot of Zakynthos during the day and especially at night because of the numerous pubs, restaurants and cafes where mostly young tend to 'hang around'. The beach of Laganas - as the ones of Kalamaki and Gerakas - is also selected by the carretta-carretta sea turtles a favourite place for nesting. Meanwhile Laganas beach has become the example of how things can really go wrong in a very short period of time. For those who have their hart on the right place and still do care about nature, please avoid the area. Wondering where Stefan spotted still clean areas.

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wrote on Dec 27, 2013

ARCHELON and the preservation of the carretta-carretta sea turtle.

Since 1983, the primary objective of ARCHELON - the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece - has been to protect the sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles.
ARCHELON works closely with state agencies, the local authorities, institutions, other NGOs, fishermen and local inhabitants in order to mitigate and reverse population reduction of sea turtles. Certain projects are co-funded by the European Commission. Priority is given to the elaboration and implementation of integrated management plans in the major loggerhead nesting areas in Greece (Zakynthos, Bays of Kyparissia and Lakonikos, and Crete). On Zakynthos ARCHELON conducts its projects under an agreement with the National Marine Park (NMPZ). Pilot sand dune restoration projects have been carried out behind nesting beaches.

Some facts and figures :
ARCHELON relies heavily on voluntary work. Every year over 500 volunteers from all over the world are helping with the work on the nesting beaches and in the Rescue Centre.
Every summer the major nesting areas in Zakynthos, Peloponnesus and Crete - around 75 kilometres - are daily monitored.
Every year over 2,500 nests are protected against human threats, predation and sea inundation.
Every year around 300 turtles are tagged in order to monitor their movements in the sea using satellite transmitters.
Over 50 injured sea turtles are treated every year at the Rescue Centre at Glyfada.
About 200,000 tourists are directly contacted through ARCHELON's diverse information programmes every year.
Over 15,000 students participate every year in the educational programmes.
Before visiting the beautiful beaches of Laganas, Kalamaki, Daphni or Gerakas ... please be aware of the efforts and resources that are made to preserve these areas. As they also have been selected by the carretta-carretta sea turtles as their environment for breading. Both humans and sea turtles do share the same locations, the same planet and the same future.

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