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Crete Nightlife


Crete is not as well-known for its nightlife as some of the other Ionian Islands, but it has its fair share of nightime fun within the busy resort towns of Heraklion and Limenas Hersonissou. Head to Heraklion Town, Iraklio, Hania, Rethymno and Agios Nikloas where bars, clubs, discos, lounges and pubs abound. The towns of Malia, Chania and Hersonissos are also worth a visit but these are mostly hot spots for package holiday tourists with bars and clubs catering to a younger crowd, intent on a lively night out.

Older revellers will enjoy the fantastic restaurants, pubs, lounges and tavernas with live music in Chania, which are great venues for a pleasant evening out. Other options while in Chania include joining the locals for their 'volta', a leisurely stroll along the waterfront or ride in a horse-drawn carriage before settling down to a sundowner or dinner. Crete is a big island and there are a lot of different 'moods' and lifestyles on offer for visitors. For those who enjoy the bustling tourist clubbing scene at resorts this will be easy to find, but those who enjoy experiencing the local flavour and following local traditions will also find good venues in the quieter villages.

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