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Limnos Night Life Greece Greek Nightlife

Limnos may not have the hottest nightlife in the Aegean but the island offers many excellent restaurants, plenty of lively bars and some late night dance spots on the outskirts of the capital. Like most Greek islanders, the locals love their festivals so don't miss the chance to join in a traditional knees up in honour of one of the island's patron saints.

If you're a fish fan you'll think you've died and gone to heaven when you arrive on the island which is famous for the high standard of its seafood tavernas. Limnos' location at the mouth of the Dardanelles puts it in the path of many migratory fish which get snapped up by local boats and served beautifully fresh at the numerous seafood tavernas in the capital and villages around the island.

There's a cluster of good fish tavernas around the port in Myrina including To Limanaki where you pick your meal straight from the tank. A cheaper but popular alternative in town is O Platanos which draws crowds of locals and visitors alike on summer evenings. You'll find it on a charming small square beneath two huge plane trees halfway along Kyda, the main thoroughfare.

The capital also offers a good helping of cheap and cheerful souvlaki and gyros joints. To get a real flavour of Limnos, sample some of the local produce including the island's excellent cheeses, halva and wines.

As the sun goes down you'll notice the islanders enjoying their traditional "volta" an evening stroll with no particular aim or destination in mind. The beachfront of Romeikos Yialos, north of the castle, has the liveliest night scene on the island with plenty of cafés, music bars and clubs. It's a great place to watch the sunset with wonderful views of the castle and all the way over to Mount Athos on the mainland.

Many of the hotels organise in house entertainment for guests, such as evening barbecues and Greek nights with traditional music and dancing. The deluxe Akti Myrina bungalow complex at the northern end of Romeikos Yialos has its own disco amongst other first class facilities. But unless you're with an Italian tour group you'll be lucky to get a room there in high season.

Look out for posters around Myrina advertising various disco theme nights and theatrical and cultural events which take place in the capital during the summer. And ask at the tourist information kiosk on the quay if any religious festivals are taking place during your visit. Don't be put off by the religious aspect of these celebrations which invariably involve much feasting, dancing and general merrymaking. On August 6th in the village of Nea Koutali, on the western edge of Moudhros Bay, the locals don island costumes and perform traditional island dances to the strains of a local instrument resembling a lyre. On June 22nd islanders build huge fires and burn flower wreaths to celebrate the Feast of St John.