The Best Greek Islands You Should Visit for Nightlife

Kos is one of the top Greek islands known for its vibrant nightlife scene
Kos is one of the top Greek islands known for its vibrant nightlife scene | © Travel Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo
Greece is known for its warm people, ancient heritage and fresh cuisine, but also for its lively nightlife. And that’s not surprising, as Greeks love to have fun and party. While Athens and Thessaloniki boast a great after-dark scene, the same can be said for the islands. From Mykonos to Corfu, here are the top Greek islands for nightlife.

Mykonos

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Probably the first destination that comes to mind when it comes to nightlife is Mykonos, in the Cyclades. Often dubbed the Ibiza of Greece, the cosmopolitan island has numerous famous bars and clubs where you can rub shoulders with celebrities and regular people alike. As the night settles in, the area turns into a wild party island, with beach bars and clubs pumping DJ sets and partygoers dancing the night away, a glass of champagne or cocktail in hand. The most famous beaches, such as Paradise, Super Paradise and Paranga, are filled with bars where partying is the order of the day. For an alternative Mykonos getaway, why not stay in one of the iconic five windmills of Mykonos Town? Located minutes away from everything, this picturesque building has been cleverly adapted into a romantic one-bed with a gorgeous private terrace overlooking the ocean.

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Ios

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The Cycladic island of Ios, between Naxos and Santorini, also has a solid reputation as a party island, but with a more laid-back vibe. But don’t mistake that relaxed attitude for lacklustre parties. In Chora, the night never ends, with its endless supply of bars and clubs, while Mylopotas is known to be a major beach party scene. Large groups can enjoy a private swimming pool in this eco-friendly 10-person villa. With an en-suite in every bedroom, air conditioning throughout and a large terrace space surrounding the pool, this is the perfect place to chill, get ready and have a few drinks before making the 15-minute walk into Chora.

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Zakynthos

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The Ionian island of Zakynthos, with its stunning beaches, is also an important nightlife hub. You will find nice bars in Zakynthos town, but if you prefer dance clubs, Tsilivi and Laganas are definitely two places to check out. Tsilivi is a busy resort in the northeastern part of the island, near the main town. With its ample supply of clubs and bars, Tsilivi always has something to satisfy a wide range of party people. But undeniably the most popular is Laganas, in the southwest part, which has a long strip of clubs and bars with loud music and is frequented by vast groups of partygoers all summer long. Live a life of luxury in this amazing four-person villa in Tsilivi. Large rooms are matched by an even larger infinity pool overlooking the Ionian Sea. There’s even a small gym in the house, perfect for anyone looking to sweat out a hangover.

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Skiathos

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During the summer months, Skiathos, the busiest island of the Sporades, is a favourite for partygoers. While the island has many charms, including peaceful villages, beautiful beaches and a verdant interior, the island and mostly Chora, the main town, are bursting with life. There are two hubs, including the area after the marina, on the eastern side of Chora, on the way to the airport, which is lined with bars and clubs. There’s also downtown, where, during high season, the bars on Polytechniou Street are filled with people. Don’t like the music in one spot? No worries; go to the next one across the street. Enjoy romantic views from the terrace of this lovely one-bed townhouse. Overlooking the old port of Skiathos Town, as seen in the film Mamma Mia!, this place is perfect for relaxing after a long night on the dance floor.

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Kos

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Kos is one of the popular islands of the Dodecanese group when it comes to nightlife, with a wide selection of clubs and bars catering to all tastes. Concentrated in two streets in the heart of the main town, the bars and clubs host wild parties every night during peak season. Outside the main town, Kardamena, a popular destination for British tourists, comes second when it comes to partying; there are a few nightclubs and bars in Tigaki and Agios Stefanos as well. Not only is this four-person house perfectly located in the middle of Kos Town, but the place also comes with two bikes to help guests get around that little bit faster; it’s ideal for those looking to see as much of the island as they can.
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Corfu

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Corfu also counts a few nightlife hubs. While you can find cool clubs and bars in the Old Town, you will definitely get to experience awesome parties in Kavos and Sidari. Both enjoy a lively nightlife, including open-air nightclubs, beach parties and a wide collection of bars. And you won’t find a more private spot to stay in the whole of Kavos than this six-person beach house. Leave the spacious rooms and tranquil balconies, walk through the huge garden and head directly onto the quietest bit of beach in town. Just don’t forget about the buzzing nightlife around the corner ready for you to explore.

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These recommendations were updated on September 4, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.