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      29.05.2012 09:25

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      Well, we got engaged here in 2009, had our honeymoon here in 2011 and are going back with a 22 week bump in 2012!This place cannot be praised highly enough, from the wonderful Sunshine Studios, to the BEAUTIFUL food at Michaels and Cool Peppers and the amazing nightlife (hgihlight being Jesse at Pink Panther!)The beach is to die for, with bath warm water, snorkelling with turtles and wonderful excursions.Just incredible.

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      19.01.2010 02:20
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      Sun, alcohol, nightlife!

      I have been travelling to zante for years and have stayed in Laganas every time. Laganas is known to be the party resort of laganas which lives up to its name at around 11pm! The strip is full of bars and clubs offering many different drinks offers to attract tourists in. Its a defo place to be for 18's to 30's as it has everything they would want. Sun sea and a great nightlife. None of the clubs or bars charge to get in unless there is a themed night on e.g. Hedkandi nights which are ticket only. The clubs are all different, some have just RnB, other Dance and some have a mixture. Although the strip at night is aimed mainly for youngsters, there are still places further up which would appeal to families e.g. kareoke bars and entertainment.

      Laganas beach has improved over the last few years as it used to have cars driving up and down the sand during the evening which ruined it. There are many pedalo's and speed boats available gto hire during the day. I would recommend hiring the speed boat as you can travel over to a small island known as turtle island, which takes approx 30 minutes to get there, which you can stop off on or even visit some caves once there. Its also a great chance to look out for the loggerhead turtles that nest on laganas beach. I have seen loads and have some lovely pics to show for them! Hiring the boat is also a great way to top up your tan as you cant feel the heat!

      There are many restaurants in Laganas that are a defo must! If you like traditional greek food, then Vazels or the Blue Sea along the sea front are lovely. If you get bored of greek food and fancy some home from home english food then there is a small restaurant half way down laganas strip called 'Pauls'. It sells real pukka pies and home made chips and heinz beans, full english brekkies, fish fingers and chips etc! Very lovely for a bit of a change and a chance to catch up on eastenders haha.

      Laganas isnt the place to go if you are looking for traditional greek holiday as the tourists have taken over and converted it, but if your looking for a good laugh, good nightlife and lovely weather then its definately the place to be!

      I am returning for my 8th year this august as I love the relaxation during the day and the lively nightlife that it offers! Defo recommended for 18's-30's. I would personally say that Kalimaki would be a resort more recommended for families.

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      26.08.2009 11:27
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      Good young peoples holiday destination

      Laganas is the main holiday resort of the Greek island Zakynthos. Home to many cheap and cheesy nightclubs, it makes for a good holiday destination for young people wanting to party on a budget. Attracting many seasonal workers for bar work and repping, there are always bikini clad girls wandering around trying to attract your attention to hand out the evenings cheap drinks deals and lure you into their clubs. On many levels I liked Laganas, it is a great night out with loads of clubs to chose from, not to mention the most impressive bottle flaring I have ever seen by topless barmen!! Drinks are cheap with most bars doing some sort of promotional offer of buy one get one free etc. However, my time in Laganas was somewhat ruined by the thuggish behaviour of two bouncers at one of the bigger clubs on the main street. The night ended in a trip to hospital with two friends, a broken jaw, a broken collar bone and some nasty memories of a baseball bat bearing bouncers..! I wouldn't personally go back there because of this experience, however, I would like to think this was an isolated incidence. I would recommend anyone who goes to Laganas to keep safe and keep a cool head with your wits about you, because anywhere with that many testosterone and alcohol fuelled men is bound to get a bit lairy!

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      22.07.2009 22:17
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      Not a Family holiday

      I lived in Laganas, Zakynthos for just over a year, returning home in October 2006. I worked as a decorator and handy man at one of the bigger hotels during the winter and then during the summer season I worked in a restaurant. I am not going to name the restaurant because I do not want to be seen as promoting!

      Laganas is pretty much the place for single friends to have a heavy partying wild week away - any longer than that and your liver may as well be taken out and stored in a glass jar in vinegar. There was always young kids passed out, outside of a club or bar or vomiting at the bottom of the steps!

      The Strip (as it is known) is full of some great bars and clubs with music to suit almost every taste. There are loads of resturants too, some good, some bad. At the bottom end of the strip is the beach. The beach is absolutely beautiful with some lovely beach bars to serve you cocktails as you relax on the beach. Running the stretch of the beach are various hotels and more restuarants. There is lots of variety from traditional Greek food to pizza.

      There is lots of opportunity to hire a car, a buggy or a moped, just make sure to take your driving license else nowhere will hire you a vehicle. Some beautiful sights to be seen aroun dthe whole island and some great boats trips to go on. Shipwreck Island and Turtle Watching are must go trips.

      There were always a lot of kids (very young children and babies) around begging on the streets, selling tat and there were quite often reports of skinny-dippers clothes being stolen by them. and after closing time I would see the kids fathers collecting them in their shiny BMWs. Be careful of them and do not be fooled!

      I may go back one day to see the place where I met the love of my life and reminisce.

      It is a beautiful island with lots to see but because of the nightlife it is packed with horny 18 year olds - if that floats your boat then this is probably the place to be.

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      22.06.2009 03:26
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      brilliant holiday

      I visited Laganas in Zante (Zaknythos) in July 2008. I had heard some pretty bad things about the town, as a boy was killed when bouncers threw him down some a steep staircase the week before I flew out. We flew with Thomas Cook which was, as always, pleasent as ever. Our group of 6 were 18 so obviously we wanted to have fun whilst in Zante.

      WHERE WE STAYED-

      We stayed in the Alexander Hotel (also known as Alexander the Great) around 10 minutes away from the airport and as most places, it was not as described as in the brochure. We were greeted by around 20 teenage drunk teenage boys even though it was around 7 o'clock in the morning. We soon found out that our hotel had a 24/7 bar serving alcohol the whole time- not such a good idea if you want to sleep! The rooms were tiny with three small beds, and a small balcony off it. The rooms got quite hot however you could buy air-con, we found it was just as effective to open the balcony doors with the blinds shut. The bathroom was disgusting, and tiny, I actually had to sit down in the shower as it is just a corner of the room with a shower curtain, and the water would have gone all over the floor had i not sat down and actually held the shower head to wash myself.
      The pool was clean, and not too cold. There were always plenty of spare sunbeds even in the afternoon, so we didn't need to get up early or anything. I only ate from the small cafe bar once, and the food was horrible. We never were up in time for breakfast.

      WHERE WE ATE

      Some of the restaurants around Laganas were excellent, we would barter between two restaurants outside out hotel and ended up with as much as 25% off our meals and free cocktails. Also interesting mixes of food such as an Italian/Chinese restaurant which catered for everybody in the group really.

      THINGS TO DO-

      We went on a Thomas Cook booze cruise, was a bit disappointed. Took us to some nice sights though of beautiful beaches. Got to jump off the boat into the sea to cool off which was quite good, didn't have much alcohol available though and it was just one thing- sex on the beach (was sick of it by the end!).
      We went on a speed boat, went out to a small island and some caves, they were quite good! One problem, its really easy to break the motor, ours kept smashing agaisnt the rocks, managed to get it fixed though, oops! Also some water sports apparently but in local towns because Laganas and Zante as a whole are famous for the turtles here and they don't want to disturb them with water sports. Turtle watching is also an activity option.

      THE WEATHER-

      The weather was gorgeous every day we were there. The first day was slightly cloudy and we were really apprehensive about it despite the good weather reports. The sun shone from about 8 in the morning til 7 o'clock at night so brilliant for the serial tanners. One day a Thomas Cook represenative even said over the intercom that it had reached 41 degrees C. Brilliant weather especially for those who can stand the heat!

      THE BEACH-

      We went to the local beach once, and I cannot say I was impressed. The sand was not as we expected (white sandy beaches) it was more of a grey colour, however I guess tourists have ruined it. Apparently there were some great beaches in towns nearby. We did go on a booze cruise one day from Zante Town and saw some beautiful beaches from the boat, however couldn't really go on them whilst sailing!

      THE NIGHTLIFE-

      The nightlife was brilliant for young people, generally 18-30s. Most were in late teens/twenties and there were so many different bars and clubs to choose from. One of our favourites was an Irish bar called Mad Murpheys. We also liked Cocktails and Dreams (this was the bar the boy was killed at) it is always so brightly lit. This town is seriously not for families, older couples or those wanting a relaxing time. The noise is very loud, and everybody ends up on the beach at night (probably a reason why it isn't very nice). A lot of the bars are open front, and a lot just have a door at the back saying "club entrance". So once your in the bar, you think its quite big and cool and walk through the back door and theres a whole new massive room with lots and lots of people in there!


      MY VERDICT:

      As an 18 year old, I loved this holiday and would recommend anybody in the same situation as me, wanting to go on holiday with mates and do the whole party holiday. I really would not recommend if you had small children or were not up for this sort of holiday. I recommend you to stay in quieter areas on the island. I can appreciate why people wouldn't like this sort of holiday...... but hey thats you!

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      02.02.2009 10:54
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      Good for groups of friends and couples

      Sitting in the travel agents me and my friend were about to book our holiday, it was between Puerto Del Carmen in Lanzorote and Laganas in Zante. Due to the price (it was only £190) we opted for Zante, and I have to admit I did have some slight reservations as I had never been here before and so was unsure as to what to expect!

      On arriving at our hotel we were impressed with what we saw, a nice sized pool outside the apartments and the rooms and bathrooms were a nice and decent size, with a balcony that looked over the pool.

      During the day Zante has as much to offer as other places you can go on holiday to, from watersports, hiring quad bikes, as well as tours to an island with the shipwrek on to see the turtles (sorry i forgot what ti was called!) But mainly we chose to relax and sunbath during the day as it can get very hot! We did also experience some thunderstorms here as Zante is one of the wettest greek islands to visit but only on 2 days did we get this and to be fair we did go begining of may so it was out of season!

      The main strip of Laganas is not that long and runs up to the beach, however even though it's not that big they've managed to pack loads into it. As you have an outstanding choice of restaurants, bars and clubs so your never short of somewhere to go. Our best club to go to was Rescue and spent many a night dancing away on the bar (if you do you get free drinks!).

      One drawback though id the gypsey children as they will gather around you bugging you to buy the glow bracelets and trying to put them on you, you just have to try and ignore them and be careful as one little lad was trying to get in my handbag! But if you keep on walking genrally they will go off and try and fins someone else to bug!

      What's good about zante which i have found compared to other places i have been to is that the prs dont tend to bug you as much about going into there club, dont get me wrong there still telling you their offers but there not grabbing you and trying to drag you in like some places i have been to (malia for instance!)

      Overall this holiday is mainly for groups of friends and young couples as there are clubs if you prefer the more rowdy night out but restaurants and quiter bars if you'd prefer. However this is definatly not a place for families with small children as most of the hotels dont offer entertainment and down the strips you wont find much to appeal to you.

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      30.03.2005 22:56
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      Having been to Kavos for two years, i decided to take a detour to another greek island, Zante. Laganas was the resort, and the holiday was booked for two weeks at the start of september, 2004.

      Arriving in Zante was a pleasurable experience, the island seemed clean and not smelly (as oposed to Corfu, which stank!). The transfer time from the airport to resort was in the region of about 45 minutes, but dont really remember as it was 7 am and we were very sleepy!

      We arrived at a lovely set of apartments called the sea-side apartments. It was situated exactly on the beach, about 400 metres from the main strip. The beach itself is probably only about 10 feet wide, but is mostly clean, as is the sea. We were there at the start of september, and the temperature was about 35 during the day, but rather chilly at night.

      The main strip of zante is probably just over a mile long and packed with fantastic bars and clubs. It is much more of a european resort than kavos which mainly only catered for the british. all the bars offer discounted cocktail during "happy hour" which sometimes lasts 2 to 3 hours, but be careful of watered down alcohol! The strip is quite clean itself, the main problem being the gypsy children whch contantly pester you to buy things. You have to watch your money around thouse little chaps!

      Our favourite bar in Lagans was a bar called Chevvys, which was an american style diner, which offeres digestible food during the day (not bad prices, huge portions, and doesnt give you food poisoning") and cheap cocktails with free shots at night, and a rather amusing set of waiters!

      There are probably about 5 main clubs open down the strip, with unfortunately only 1 beach bar, called cherry bay beach bar which was undoubtedly our favourite club, playing everything from old school to cheese, with encouragement to dance on the tables and bars!

      Among many delights that the strip has to offer, you should try the dentists chair at the coyote bar, where they strap you down and pour a litre of spirit down your throat!

      We didn't do many excursions during the day, but we did go on a boat tour of the islandto "smugglers cove" which is a beautiful shipwreck on a white sandy beach, and we went on a boat trip to see the turtles, which is a must when visiting zante. There is a beach called turtle beach which is where the turtles lay their eggs. it is very beautiful, and offers some excellent snorkelling opportunities!

      The positive points of zante are;
      1)Is a beautiful island, very typical greek
      2) excellent nihtlife (not too brash)
      3)plenty of things to do during the day
      4) the turtles

      The negatives are;
      1)the sleazy greek perverts
      2)some cockroaches were spotted!
      3)narrow beach
      4)drinks aren't too cheap.

      Overall, compared to Kavos, i would give this resort 8/10 (and kavos 9/10)

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        I’m just back from a week in the sun soaked island of Zante and despite events in America I had a pretty good time. The island is as near to Britain as Greece gets with a flying time of 3 hours 40 minutes from Glasgow. But wait seeing as I’ve recently learned bullet points I’ll list this in easily accessible (and updateable) portions…  Getting there The island’s main or at least local airport to our chosen resort of Laganas is Zakynthos airport and it is , unreservedly, the worst airport I have ever visited .It is so small that my local taxi rank would dwarf it but despite this they have at least three flights an hour. To be exact it has three check-in desks,three gates and one microscopic baggage carousel .When we arrived we struggled to get into the building , not because of rigorous security but because the previous three flights were still awaiting their cases.All told it took two sweaty hours to get our bags which was outragous. One solitary poor sod had the job of loading and unloading all flights with none of the Reps having the thought to muck in.Our rep said this was unusual but we had a similar experience on departure.This time three flights were leaving within the same hour and we had one desk each – some scheduling !.If you want a vision of Hell visit this dump – not even the Wright brothers would have tolerated this!  Accommodation We stayed at the Olympia hotel which is (thank God) the first drop off from the airport.As with the whole resort it is new and still sparkles.Built to a high standard (except for the plumbing – paper in the bin please) it has a nice pool,bar and snack bar area. Only two floors high with nice views it was a good choice.The brochure did say “breakfast provided” but discount this unless DIY toast and orange coloured drink is your repast of choice.They do offer cooked breakfasts at a price s
        o the whole ‘free’ thing is little more than a marketing scam.The are strict on the no outside food or drink policy at the pool side but the loungers are free and the bar reasonable.  The Resort Similar to Sidari on Corfu (see last year’s review!) the town is new and has the air of a frontier village.There is hardly any pavement and the meagre road space is taken up with fast cars and scooters as well as pedestrians .It is dangerous when dark or drunk and my good lady nearly had her bag snatched by a moped desperado!. The entire length of the town is taken up by bars and tatty souvenir stands interspersed by Gyros sellers and excursion salesmen.The resort has no redeeming cultural features so I fitted in well.The beer is cheap with the local brew ‘Mythos’ costing about 550 drachma – about £1.Prices are already quoted in Euros so forget Drachmas come January. The beach is at the far end of the main street and not worth the effort.The locals use it as a car park and the sand is compressed and dirty.It is always packed and vendors hassle you constantly with their vile do-nuts or fruit salads. We found three internet cafes but at £4 an hour not the cheap way to keep in touch – the postcard will be here soon I bet!  Eating Out Liking my grub a lot I found Laganas to be poor nosh territory .The first night we ate at ‘The Butterfly’ which is about half way along the main street.Despite it offering both Indian and Chinese the food was great.The chichen saag and the bombay aloo were devine.The bill at £40 was expensive by local standards but did include two bottles of wine and a pudding. Tightening our wallets if not our belts we tried some more basic places and found the grub lacking.It was all OK but bland.I had the thinnest T-bone steak on earth as well as meatballs thoughtfully served with chips – as a starter!.Always h
        eavy on plate fillers expect chips,rice peas and carrots with almost any choice!.On average a dinner bill should be about £20-25 which is not bad. Some of the places we tried had slow service with glaciers racing past one waiter as two hours passed during our meal.Seafront places were more expensive but no better fayre.I had a meal of a pizza with a 2” doughy base although the Greek salad was a meal in itself.  Nightlife No idea!.Previous reviews have said it didn’t liven up ‘til midnight and that’s the latest we stayed up!.The bars are pretty good with all night happy hours and free shots on arrival.Most has widescreen TV’s which were a god send given the American crisis but surreally they had pop hits and karaoke playing over the top of harrowing images. Most showed free movies with ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Scary Movie 2’ on frequently .Poser barmen rule the roost in most places with cocktail shakers flying along with the ice cubes.Better bars include ‘Bad boys’ on the front and ‘Cocktails and Dreams’ on the main street offering less than deafening music even if it is Geri Halliwell singing. MEN!beware the packs of flower sellers who plague you with £4 roses for your loved one – pick posies in the street it shows more love anyway!.The atmosphere seems good with no coppers round.All night boozin appears to be the norm with the multiplicity of kebab shops matching them – poor gyros though – too greasy!. Packs of 18-30 revellers wander the streets later on so rich pickin’s for those still standing and that‘s not me!.The climate is not too humid and it’s easy to drift off although the massive storm we got soaked in is the price you pay!.  Excursions There are loads of these on offer with two days in Athens for £70 at one end and a two hour boat trip for £7 at the other - gu
        ess which one I splashed out on?.The boat trip was pretty good and took us 'turtle spotting'. Turtles are big business here with cuddly ones and fridge magnets jostling for space amongst the saucy playing card on the souvenir stands.The time to see them is supposedly May but our guy promised a reund if we didn't see one. Well true to his word we did see one,a single one.I think it was his pet , tied to the boat but hey it looked real!.A good afternoon away and you get an hour at turtle (free) beach too! Conclusion ========== A decent resort but the infastructure of airport and roads needs a lot of attention.No doubt it's expanded too fast but if they want the punters they need to supply the service.I was undecided wether to recommend the resort or not but then the flight home movie started 'Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles' enough said....

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          08.09.2001 20:42
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          Laganas is a small town in the heart of Zakynthos. Myself and my partner visisted Laganas in August of this year after many people recommending it for a holiday. What to say? Well, I shall start with this- If you are about 18 years old then it is paradise for you as there are clubs open until 6am and the temperatures were around 40oC every day. If you are a family or couple looking for a good night life but something to keep you interested in the day then I would not recommend this resort. I found that other than turtle watching there was not alot to do in the day, the speedboats could only be hired for a small radius of the bay and that was that. I came down with a type of food poisoning after 2 days and apparently one of the representatives told me that is very common in August in Laganas due to the heat. Also along with this we had a lot of stories form other English holiday makers that the Greek locals did not like tourists and threw bottles of water/spat at them. Do not get me wrong, this is only my oppinion and the Island is lovely and picturesque but I can see that in the next 5 years it will be the new Aiya Napa/Ibiza.

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            12.08.2001 21:25

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            In the evening Laganas lights up like a Christmas tree, daytime it looks like a sad, dusty Blackpool - Advantages: weather, people, food - Disadvantages: mosquitos, cockroaches, commercialism

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            Hot, hot, hot!! Definately THE island to top up your tan. I went to Zante/Lagana with two other girlies in July 2001. The whole resort is just buzzing 24/7, where ever you stay your are not more than a 10 minute walk from the nightlife, which i have to say is pretty superb! To anyone going to Lagana i would say that it is a lot more lively than any of the brochures make out. The only one that gives you any idea of what it is like is 'Club 18/30's' We went with a family tour operator but we had an idea as what it would be like from looking at 18/30's. Although we didn't have the whole picture. We thought that we would have the option of the nightlife when we wanted it, but if we fancied a different scene there would be other things to do! OH NO!! Only go to Lagana if all you want to do is Party, Party, Party. There is absolutely nothing else to to except eat out or stay in, which, if you are in basic accommodation like we were, becomes very boring, very quickly. But like i have previously mentioned the nightlife is good. There are 4 clubs on the island, Zeros, Rescues, Cherry Bay and Ocean Inn. Unfortunately we never got to Ocean Inn, but from what we heard from the reps we didn't miss out on much!! Cherry Bay Beach Club is the fantastic 'get in the party mood' club! And it is right on the beach. It plays all the cheese from high ho silver lining to to Robbie and Kylie's 'Kids' The bar men are hysterical and all round the club there are tv's showing the explicit antics from the year before. The place to go when you've had enough of the likes of Wham and Abba is either Rescues or Zero's. Our personal fav was Zero's. It is really dark and moody with only red and white flickering lights to illuminate the dance floor. It has two levels and 3 podeums which, needless to say, we were on every night, often the barmen would give you free shots if you dance on the bar.
            A handy hint to all you English clubbers out there that are planning to go at any stage, you maybe used to going out at 8.30-9 in England, but be prepared to not leave your apartment till midnight, at least. Nothing kicks off till then, and if you do go out early you won't be able to hack the pace or you will get so bored waiting for things to 'happen' that you'd probably go home early anyway! The best bar on the island has to be The Globe bar, now anyone who has been will probably say that they either never noticed it or that if they did noticed it was dead. Now that maybe so, but if you want cheap drinks then there is no where better to go. Cocktails are 700 dr ALL night (most places only have happy hour then prices return to normal) And you get a free shot when you arrive. If you make a friend of the mad bar lady, then instead of the watered down free shots, she will supply you with proper strong mini cocktails. She also gave us reduced fish bowls (cocktail the size of a fish bowl) There are also tv's that we could watch Big Brother on that was totally crucial!!! Another good bar is Sunrise coctail bar and you can sit out on the roof and see the whole strip of nightlife. The cocktails here are also 700 dr all night. If music is what you want while your downing your favorite tipple the go to Bad Boys near Cherry Bar, they have excellent music, it's cheesey up until 1am, when it turns to garage. They also have their own mini dance floor so you can have a boogie. I could go on forever about Lagana as i had a really excellent time, all i can say now, is to go there yourself and try your hardest to proove me wrong because i can guarantee you, you won't!!!! :o)

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            "Laganas (Greek: Λαγανάς, alternatively called Lagana) is a town located in the southern part of the Greek Ionian island of Zákynthos. It is a modern place on an old style Greek island, with a high proportion of nightclubs and bars. The main attraction of Lagana is the migration of the loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta). Each year during the months of June, July and August the turtles migrate to the bay of Laganas to lay their eggs on the beach. This is a protected beach which is watched over by ecologists at all times. The beach is quite shallow even when you walk out for a long distance. The resort has a large number of Club 18-30 hotels, being their second largest destination, and a few run by 2wentys."