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Skyros Night Life Greece Greek Nightlife

The nightlife on Skyros is fairly low key as this is a holiday destination for nature lovers and "alternative types" rather than serious partygoers. There are a number of lively bars in Skyros Town and a handful of discos to satisfy the needs of energetic young things who think a night out starts at 2am.

When it comes to dining the island offers many excellent restaurants, particularly for seafood fans who will delight in some of the freshest fish imaginable (in many cases landed by the taverna owner's boat). One of the best places for fish and grilled meat dishes in Skyros Town is Margetis on Agora (Market) Street. Tuck into delicious lobster, sea bream or mullet accompanied by highly quaffable barrel wine. Get there early because this is one of the most popular eateries among locals and visitors alike.

Another top spot is Kristina's at Pegasus, down the alley to the left just past Skyros Travel. This first class restaurant, housed in a 19th century building in the centre of town, is run by Australian Kristina who serves up an innovative range of Greek and international dishes, including many vegetarian choices.

The town's main square and the street running past it are chockfull of noisy bars, tavernas and fast food joints. You'll usually be able to find a music bar or two open until the small hours even out of season because of the military presence on the island.

The oldest music bar is Kalypso in Agora Street where you can enjoy an after dinner cocktail to the strains of jazz and blues music. Late night dance spots clustered near the central square include Kata Lathos, Iroon and Rodon.

The biggest and flashiest disco is Skyropoula, down the steps from the Archaeological Museum on the way to the beach resort of Magazia. The evening here starts with international chart music but Greek hits are played in the early hours. You can't miss the club's laser light show illuminating the kastro which dominates the town.

Some hotels on the island organise their own in house evening entertainment for guests. The luxurious Skyros Palace, three kilometres north of the capital, has two restaurants, a bar and soundproofed disco. And guests of the Skyros Centre at Atsitsa, which runs two week holistic holiday programmes for visitors from all over the world, are treated to Greek nights, impromptu concerts and a last night cabaret show laid on by the staff.

If you're visiting in late July and August, ask at the Faltaits Museum in Skyros Town for details of the festival of theatre and dance which is an annual event hosted by the museum. And if you're lucky enough to be around at carnival time, in the lead up to Lent, you'll be able to witness one of the most famous and outlandish festivals in the Greek islands. The Skyros Goat Dance has its origins in pagan rites and involves an elderly man, wearing a goat mask and clanging sheep bells, cavorting through the streets accompanied by younger masked men dressed as Skyrian brides. The event takes place on the last two Sundays before Lent and involves much feasting, drinking, singing and dancing.