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Aegina Night Life Greece Nightlife Aegina

Aegina Night Life Greece Greek Nightlife

Aegina offers a lively nightlife to cater for both the package holiday hordes and the armies of Athenians who descend on the island every weekend.

The harbourfront of Aegina Town is lined with cafes and tavernas and is a popular place to while away the summer evenings. But you'll find better value for money if you follow the locals to the ouzeris and tavernas which pack the narrow streets around the fish market. Here you can savour delicious but inexpensive seafood mezedes, cuttlefish and calamari washed down with ouzo or barrel retsina served in metal carafes. Local fishermen discuss the day's catch amid lines of octopus strung up to dry.

Mezedopoleio to Steki is one of the most popular places in town, consistently packed with people enjoying this excellent ouzeri's barbecued octopus and tasty seafood snacks. If you're not a fish fan head for Lekkas, a small waterfront taverna which serves up simple but tasty meat grills at an affordable price.

The favourite dining spot among the locals is Vatsoulia, about 10 minutes walk from the town centre along the road to the Temple of Aphaia. Jasmine and honeysuckle scent the garden which is a lovely dining spot on a summer evening. In winter you can tuck into a hearty hare stew in the cosy indoor dining area.

Later in the evening you'll find plenty of music bars offering a choice of Greek pop, international chart hits, Latin, rock and rembetika. One for the Road, Apocalypse and Perdiotika are among the liveliest places in town, always packed with young trendies in the summer months. A more "mature" crowd can be found at Avli, a cosy bistro bar in Pan Irioti where you can listen to 60s and Latin music until the small hours. Upmarket Kanellas on the waterfront is the place for bouzouki music and Mousiki Skini has rembetika (a kind of Greek blues) until 5am at weekends.

There are two open air cinemas where foreign films are normally shown in their original language Akroyiali at the southern end of the harbour on the road to Perdika and Olympia at the other end of the harbour near the football grounds and Miranda Hotel.

Most discos are on the other side of the island but there's the giant Vareladiko dance club in Faros, down the coast from Aegina Town.

Several local festivals take place around the island throughout the year involving time honoured religious rituals usually followed by feasting, dancing and general merrymaking. Check with one of the local travel agents or your tour operator for details.