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Greek nightlife: the best destinations for a sparkling holiday
Greece is known for its friendly people, historical heritage, healthy cuisine - and vibrant nightlife! Which comes as no surprise, as Greeks are outgoing and fun-loving.
Greece for young people: the best choices
The best Greek islands for nightlife include Mykonos, Ios, Paros (and many others), which for decades have attracted young people from all over the world to dance from dusk to dawn. But what is really the best choice? You can always go island-hopping by ferry so you don’t miss a thing… But let’s have a look at those considered a must for young people on holiday in Greece.
The cycladic island of Ios, located between Naxos and Santorini, has a solid reputation as a party island, despite having a more relaxed atmosphere. But a laid-back vibe doesn’t mean low key parties! In Chora, with its vast array of bars and clubs, the night literally never ends, while Mylopotas is known for hosting one of the top beach parties: here you’ll come across the well-known Far Out, where you can enjoy an aperitif by the pool until after sunset. The island has a very young population (18-23 yo) especially in July, and slightly older (up to 30 yo) in August and September.
Probably the first destination that comes to mind when talking about nightlife (even before Athens or Thessaloniki), Mykonos, in the Cyclades, has often been nicknamed “the Ibiza of Greece”. This cosmopolitan island has many popular bars and clubs where you can hang out with celebrities and regular people. As the night draws in, Mykonos turns into a wild party island, with beach bars and clubs pumping out loud DJ sets and partygoers dancing the night away, champagne flutes or cocktails in hand. The most famous beaches, like Paradise, Super Paradise and Paranga, are full of clubs where partying is always on the agenda. There are also discos (like the Cavo Paradiso or the Paradise Club), plenty of clubs (like the Scandinavian) inside the Chora, and bustling beach bars hosting the most celebrated parties in the Mediterranean.
Despite its strong historical background, the island of Rhodes is surprisingly one of the best Greek islands for partying. In Rhodes’ old town, you’ll find a mix of romantic bars and wild discos to suit all tastes. Hippocrates Square is the most famous nightclub in the medieval town. Parties in Rhodes often gather around the famous seaside resort of Faliraki, which is particularly popular with British tourists aged 18-30, and where the hottest discos are located. Reaching Rhodes is also quite easy, as there are frequent ferries departing from Athens and other Dodecanese islands.
Corfu’s brilliant nightlife encompasses many places: from the trendy bars that crowd the old town where to enjoy a drink in a relaxed atmosphere, to the fantastic parties in Dassia and Acharavi, for a truly exciting night out. Especially popular with British tourists, the resorts of Kavos and Sidari also have a lively nightlife, with beach parties, popular DJ sets, karaoke nights, outdoor clubs - and a fine selection of drinks and cocktails. So, if you’re after a buzzing atmosphere, board a ferry to Corfu from the mainland port of Igoumenitsa in Greece, or from Italy.
Kos is one of the trendiest islands in the Dodecanese group when it comes to nightlife, with its wide selection of clubs and bars to suit all tastes. Concentrated in two streets in the heart of the main town, these host wild parties every night during the high season. Number two is Kardamena, located outside the main town, and especially popular with British tourists. More nightclubs and bars await you in Tigaki and Agios Stefanos.
Nightlife on the island of Patmos is mostly confined to Skala and Hora - but don’t expect a real ‘movida’: nightlife here is more suited to people over 30. Tourists flocking to Patmos don’t happen to be particularly interested in nightlife, so after dinner they choose some disco pub, or a club with a panoramic terrace, where to sip cocktails and listen to music. Aman, in Skala, is a very famous place: located inside a garden with relaxing music, it is frequented by locals and tourists alike, and is perfect for an aperitif or an after-dinner drink. Nearby is the Consolato Music Bar, which is open late and certainly livelier. The Stoa Café, popular especially with young locals and Greek tourists, is located in the central square of Hora.
Skiathos also has a pleasant but quieter nightlife. The evening scene does not consist of discos, but of small clubs and bars, often outdoors, and mostly distributed along the old harbour promenade. Famous are those on the steps at the end of the old harbour, where you can sit on comfortable cushions or benches… and have a very cozy drink!
The ionian island of Zakynthos, with its gorgeous beaches, is also an attractive nightlife hub. You will find nice bars in Zakynthos town, but if you prefer discos, Tsilivi and Laganas are the places to be. Tsilivi is a lively resort in the north-eastern part of the island, close to the main town. With its wide range of clubs and bars, it has something for all kinds of partygoers. Undeniably the most popular resort is Laganas, in the south-west, which has a long string of clubs and bars pumping out loud music, and is visited by large party groups throughout the summer.
If you’re looking for the best places in Greece to go on holiday with friends, here you’ll find the top destinations on the islands and mainland