I went to Zakinthos Laganas in 2004 i was there and returned to see the whole of laganas 'the strip' closed down.. basically the locals leave it throughout the winter months to recupperate after the tourists mess it up..
Have you ever seen a local greek in the waters in that area???
NO, heres why, the tourists drink beer all day and then sick up in the sea, and pee by night, and then the lovely tourists come back out for a swim in it the next day!
yes there have been reported rapes, not due to the greek locals but mainly down to the Albanians, English dont generally know the difference, but being part greek i have been trained to know the difference!
A friend of mine-quite drunk at the time- was stopped on the beached being lurred by one of the above named, god knows what he would have done, but all im saying is she had a lucky escape..
If you want to go somewhere to see the culture and taste the foods of the greek hire a car and find the small tavernas, dont go on holiday to BE a typical british lout! and dont hassle the locals for not speaking english...
To be honest the locals of the island dont like the tourists especially the english, but they will not say this as you are their livelyhood.
Just keep this in mind be polite and dont mess up other peoples space..
i have a little boy now and altho i would love to go back im not putting him thru laganas, so im waiting til after season and he can see the real island instead..