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Kythira Night Life Greece Greek Nightlife

Don't come to Kythira expecting the liveliest nightlife in Greece. This is a serene and peaceful island where evenings out consist of a sundowner in a waterfront bar followed by a leisurely meal in a traditional taverna. Kapsali, in the south of the island, has a handful of lively music bars which stay open late on hot summer nights. But the island's night scene is essentially low key so if you're after karaoke and all night discos the Ionian islands of Corfu or Zakynthos will suit you better.

Kapsali is the only place on the island which is really geared to tourists. The larger of its twin bays is lined with bars and tavernas where you can enjoy a waterside drink with views out to the stark Avgo rock (the reputed birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite).

You won't find all the Brit bars and international restaurants which dominate the more popular package holiday resorts but there are some good tavernas offering reasonably priced Greek staples and local specialties. The best of the bunch is Hydraggio, a lively seafood taverna at the Hora end of the beach. Treat yourself to lobster and other fresh fish dishes including tasty mezedes. A cheaper option is Vlastos where "kokoras" (cockerel cooked in wine) is the local specialty.

Don't expect to find strobe lit discos but there are opportunities for after dinner dancing at some of the bars which play Greek and international hits late into the night.

If you have your own transport it's worth heading out to the village of Kalamos, north east of Kapsali, to dine at one of the island's best restaurants Filio where a wide range of Kythirian specialties are served in a lovely garden setting. If you're staying in the main port of Agia Pelagia, head out to Karavas in the north of the island to eat at the excellent Amir Ali restaurant. This is one of the most beautiful villages on the island and the taverna's streamside setting, delicious mezedes and occasional live music make it a pleasant place to spend an evening.

At the village of Logothetianika, just south of Potamos, the popular Karydies taverna has regular live music. And there's often impromptu evening entertainment down at the solitary beachfront taverna in Paleopoli on the east coast.

Several villages host religious festivals and cultural events throughout the year, many of which are centred around local churches and monasteries. But don't let the religious aspect put you off because the Greeks use the feast days of their patron saints as a good excuse for a party. On August 15th there's a traditional festival in the main square in Potamos and various cultural events take place in the local open air theatre throughout the summer. On August 8th 9th the village of Mitata, in the centre of the island, hosts a wine festival with free wine for all visitors. During the pre Lent carnival celebrations there are masked parades in the villages of Livadi and Potamos.