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Gerakas Zante travel guide

The beach at Gerakas is found to the east of Laganas Bay and about 17 kilometres south of the capital port at Zakynthos Town.

The long beach is relatively remote but remains popular due to good, soft sand and a dramatic location at Cape Gerakas with impressive cliffs to the south of the beach.

Tourist development here has been restrained, not only because of the remote setting but because this is one of Zante's notable turtle nesting beaches.

The rare and endangered turtles are a protected species and access to the beach is limited and watersports are prohibited. The beach may also be closed to the public at night during both turtle nesting and turtle hatching seasons.

Most holiday visitors to Gerakas stay on the northern stretch of sands where there is good car parking near the beach and a beach cantina in the summer.

The large cliffs to the south of Gerakas are a mix of limestone and sand and visitors would mix it with water to form a natural sunblock paste. But a series of rock falls has meant that access to the cliffs is now blocked to the public.

Opposite Gerakas beach is the uninhabited islet of Peluso which has more turtle nesting sites.

There is some spectacular scenery on this side of the island and some good walking trails through the woods.