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Rhodes Night Life Greece Nightlife Activities

The rampant "anything goes" nightlife of frantic Faliraki, the most popular resort on Rhodes, made international headlines in the summer of 2003 sparking a major crackdown by the Greek police. The drink and drug induced excesses of young British visitors resulted in a series of much publicised bar brawls, arrests, court cases and jail sentences. Even British tour guides were arrested on the grounds that they had incited trouble by organising pub crawls and binge drinking.

Those who abhor the British yob culture will be relieved to know that Faliraki is likely to be a far safer night time venue in future. But exponents of lager lout lunacy should be warned that the Greeks aren't putting up with it any longer!

It's a great pity that all the media attention has left an impression of Rhodes as a rather unpleasant dumping ground for drunken Brits. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's safe to say that the island has one of the liveliest night scenes in the whole of Greece but it's rich and varied consisting of bouzouki clubs, Greek folk dance nights, many reputable dance clubs and some of the country's finest restaurants which have found favour with royalty and international celebrities.

It's been said that Rhodes has more bars and discos per person than New York, Paris or Berlin. The island certainly boasts a huge array of lively cafes, music bars, discos and night clubs most of which are centred in the capital, Rhodes Town, and the package holiday resort of Faliraki on the east coast.

If you find the drunken frolicking of Faliraki a total turn off head for the capital's old quarter where you'll find some wonderful restaurants and traditional entertainment. The classiest place in town when it comes to dining is the ultra upmarket Alexis Taverna where the chef prepares a tailor made seafood feast for you (as long as you've got money to burn!). The owners use organic vegetables grown in their own greenhouse on the outskirts of town and will recommend wines from their well stocked cellar which represents the finest vineyards in Greece. Seafood specialties include sea urchin (ouch!) and octopus carpaccio. The restaurant's guest book reads like a hall of fame and includes Winston Churchill and Jackie Kennedy.

One of the highlights of an evening out in the medieval Old Town is the Son et Lumiere (Sound and Light) show in the grounds of the magnificent Palace of the Grand Masters. The show tells the story of the Turkish siege of the island in the 16th century. There are regular performances in English check the notice board outside for details.

For traditional Greek dancing head for the excellent Nelly Dimoglou Dance Theatre in the Old Town behind the Turkish baths. Male and female dancers dressed in colourful embroidered costumes perform dances from all over Greece in a bid to keep the country's time honoured customs alive.

If you fancy trying your luck at the gambling tables, Rhodes has one of the country's few licensed casinos a club run by Playboy International next to Elli Beach. There are 30 tables and 300 slot machines offering you the opportunity to risk your money until 5am.