Greece Party Islands (Updated for 2023)
Are you dreaming of dancing the night away by the beach? Partying next to your favorite celebrities? Visiting world-class clubs that host super-star DJs? Then you need a list of the best Greek party islands!
We have created a complete list of the islands with the wildest nightlife in Greece along with some insider tips coming straight from local partygoers. Keep reading to find the perfect Greek party island for you!
There’s no denying it: Mykonos is the most popular Greek party island. Collectively reffered to as the Ibiza of Greece, this Cycladic superstar knows how to throw an epic beach party like no one! Glamorous, luxurious, and extravagant, Mykonos is adored by international celebrities, athletes, and moguls, who visit it every summer to have a taste of its hedonistic party scene. While Mykonos Chora is the epicenter of the island’s party scene, legendary beach parties also take place in Paradise Beach (Cavo Paradiso), Super Paradise Beach (Super Paradise Beach Club), and Paranga Beach (Scorpios and SantAnna). Life doesn’t get more wild and fun than on Mykonos island!
Don’t miss: Delos, Little Venice, Windmills, Panagia Paraportiani
Where to Stay: Boheme Mykonos, Santa Marina, A Luxury Collection Resort, Myconian Naia, Myconian Utopia Resort, Mykonos Blanc Hotel
Where to eat: Avra Restaurant, Remezzo, Coya, Kalita
Best beaches: Psarou, Paraga, Super Paradise, Kalo Livadi, Elia
How to get there: There are daily direct flights to Mykonos from Athens and other Greek islands and ferries from Piraeus and Rafina ports in Athens, as well as from several islands of the Aegean.
Distance from Athens: 40 minutes by plane/ 3-5 hours by ferry
Located between Mykonos and Santorini, Paros is a heaven for partygoers of all ages -from youngsters to older travelers. The party scene on Paros island is buzzing! There are many clubs and bars scattered throughout the island, but Naoussa, Parikia, and Pounda Beach are the absolute party hotspots. The picturesque Naoussa village is full of nightclubs, including Linardo Club, Toca, and Vareladiko Club. In Parikia, you’ll find plenty of nightlife options, from the legendary Dubliner Irish Bar (particularly popular with Australians and New Zealanders) to the locals’ favorite Island Ellinadiko Club, which will introduce you to the authentic Greek nightlife. As for Pounda, Pounda Beach Bar, one of the island’s most iconic beach clubs, is a go-to for wild beach parties!
Don’t miss: Lefkes village, Panagia Ekatontapiliani Monastery, Venetian Castle, Archaeological Museum
Where to stay: Parilio, Mythic Exclusive Retreat, Summer Senses Luxury Resort, Quartano Luxury Cycladic Residence, Bohemenian Luxury Boutique Hotel, Yria Island Boutique Hotel & Spa
Where to eat: Les Amis Restaurant & Wine, Rammos, Kima Seaside Restaurant, Siparos
Best beaches: Golden Beach, New Golden Beach, Kolymbithres, Santa Maria, Marchello, Pounda
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Piraeus to Paros and regular flights from Athens International Airport to Paros throughout the summer
Distance from Athens: 40 minutes by plane and 3-6 hours by ferry
It may not be as glamorous and expensive as Mykonos or as sophisticated as Paros, but Ios is the best Greek party island for youngsters! A favorite for young party-goers from all over the world, Ios receives an influx of students and teens every summer. On Ios island, the parties are wild and last from dusk till dawn all summer long. The best party places in Ios are Chora, the island’s capital, and Mylopotas, the best party beach in Ios. As for the best bars and clubs, Far Out Beach Club on Mylopotas beach, and Sweet Irish Dream Pub, Slammer Bar, and Orange Bar in Chora should be on your list.
Don’t miss: Panagia Gremiotissa church, Skarkos archaeological site, Tomb of Homer, Odysseas Elytis theater
Where to stay: Ios Palace Hotel & Spa, Levantes Ios Boutique Hotel, Relux Ios Hotel, Liostasi Hotel, Calilo
Where to eat: Vilaeti Taverna, Ithaka, Mozaik, Almyra by the Sea
Best beaches: Manganari, Mylopotas, Koumbara, Gialos
How to get there: There are daily ferry connections from Piraeus to Ios throughout the summer. There are also some ferries from Lavrio port in Athens to Ios.
Distance from Athens: 4-6 hours by ferry
Another youngsters’ favorite, Skiathos became particularly popular with tourists after the Mamma Mia movie, parts of which were filmed on the island. Since then, many travelers go to Skiathos every summer to see the filming locations and take in the beautiful setting. However, Skiathos has been loved by the local party-goers long before its Hollywood debut! Combining natural beauty with epic parties and vivid crowds, this island is a must-visit destination for summer parties in Greece. The main nightlife hubs in Skiathos are the area after the harbor, Polytechniou Street, and Papadiamantis Street. There, you’ll find a bunch of fun clubs and bars, like Apotheke, Tesla Cocktail Bar, Danny and Zoe’s Blind Dog, Pedrock Bar, and Gin Fish.
Don’t miss: Sea Caves, Bourtzi, Medieval Castle, Papadiamantis House, Strofilia Lagoon
Where to stay: Elivi Skiathos, Mystery Skiathos Hotel, Kassandra Bay Resort, Suites, and Spa, La Piscine Art Hotel, Skiathos Avaton Hotel
Where to eat: Johny’s, Agnadio, Giardino Segreto, Crazy Cow Wine Bar Restaurant
Best beaches: Lalaria, Koukounaries, Banana, Agia Paraskevi
How to get there: You can get to Skiathos either by air or by ferry. Skiathos has an airport, Alexandros Papadiamantis International Airport, which receives flights from Athens and the islands. Ferries to Skiathos depart from Volos town and Mantoudi Port in Evia. Keep in mind that there are no ferries from Athens to Skiathos.
Distance from Athens: 30 minutes by air
An idyllic island of the Ionian complex, Corfu is an irresistible combination of verdant landscapes, wonderful beaches, and buzzing nightlife. When the sun goes down, the island’s bars and clubs fill with both local and international revelers who want to spend the night dancing and drinking. The epicenters of party life in Corfu are the Old Town, Kavos, Dassia, Ipsos, Glyfada, and Sidari. In these areas, you’ll find a wide selection of cocktail bars, clubs, and beach bars, like 54 Dreamy Nights (Corfu Town), Edem Beach Club (Dassia), Bristol Cafe (Corfu Town), Pazuzu (Glyfada), and Montecristo (Ipsos).
Don’t miss: Achillion Palace, Spianada Square, Old Fortress, Mouse Island, Mon Repos Palace
Where to stay: Domes Miramare, Grecotel Corfu Imperial, Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa, MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, Ikos Dassia
Where to eat: Venetian Well, Avli Restaurant Corfu, Etrusco, Pomo D’Oro
Best beaches: Myrtiotissa, Agios Gordios, Paleokastritsa, Arillas, Issos
How to get there: You can reach Corfu both by plane and by ferry. Ferries to Corfu depart from Igoumenitsa town in Greek mainland and from islands, like Kefalonia, Zakynthos, and Ithaki. There are also direct flights to Corfu from Athens, Thessaloniki, and several European countries.
Distance from Athens: 1 hour by plane
One of the most beautiful and vibrant islands of the Dodecanese island complex, Kos is famous for its wild party scene. There is a wide variety of clubs and bars scattered throughout the island, but the top areas for partying in Kos are the main town, Agios Stefanos, Kardamena, and Tigaki. Kardamena is a seaside resort, which is a hotspot for party animals and particularly popular with British tourists. Some of the coolest party spots on Kos are the Wild Bull Club and the West in Kos Town, and Downtown Club, Starlight Club, and Status Club in Kardamena.
Don’t miss: Asklepieion, Basilicas of Saint Stephen, Ancient Gymnasium, Neratzia Castle
Where to stay: Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso, Michelangelo Resort & Spa, Albergo Gelsomino Hotel, OKU Kos, D’Andrea Lagoon All Suites
Where to eat: Alchimion, Stavlisio Steak House, Alibaba Beach Bar, Noah’s Ark
Best beaches: Alchimion, Plaza Beach Restaurant, Koako Mediterranean Taverna, Noah’s Ark
How to get there: You can get to Kos either by ferry or by air. Ferries to Kos depart from Piraeus port in Athens as well as from other Dodecanese islands, like Rhodes. There are also domestic flights to Kos from Athens, Thessaloniki, and some islands. In summer, there are also some flights to Kos from some European cities.
Distance from Athens: 11 hours by ferry & 1 hour by plane
The exotic Zakynthos, one of the most popular Greek islands when it comes to nightlife, provides the perfect setting for endless parties by the beach! This Ionian stunner tends to attract students and young party goers that flock to the island every summer to spend the nights drinking and dancing. The epicenters of the island’s nightlife are the main town, Laganas, Tsilivi, Bochali, and Argassi. In these areas, you’ll find some of the best bars and clubs, including CherryBay Zante (Laganas), Minima Club (Argassi), Waikiki Club (Laganas), and Zero’s Club (Laganas).
Don’t miss: Blue Caves, Post Byzantine Art Museum, Askos Stone Park, Marathonisi Islet
Where to Stay: Contessina Suites & Spa, ABATON Luxury Resort, Olea All Suite Hotel, Lesante Blu, Zante Maris Suites
Where to eat: San Leon Tavern Restaurant, The Halfway House, Premier Restaurant, Eliameze
Best beaches: Navagio, Kalamaki, Banana, Porto Zoro
How to get there: There are frequent ferry connections from Killyni, a small town in the Peloponnese, and flights from Athens International Airport.
Distance from Athens: 1 hour by plane
Crete is famous for its enduring history, the Minoan civilization, and delicious food, but did you know that it also has a wild party scene? The epicenters of nightlife in Crete are Malia and Hersonissos, which both attract young crowds from all over the world. Some of the must-visit clubs in Crete are Apollo (Malia), Star Beach (Hersonissos), New York Beach Club (Hersonissos), Club Sensation (Hersonissos), Zig Zag Club (Malia), and Mylos Club (Chania).
Don’t miss: Knossos Palace, Samaria Gorge, Gramvousa Castle, Phaestos Palace, Spinalonga
Where to Stay: Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa, Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas, Lux Me White Palace Grecotel Luxury Resort
Where to eat: Serenissima Restaurant, Oinoa Wine Restaurant, Merastri, Yialos Wine Restaurant
Best beaches: Elafonisi, Balos, Preveli, Vai, Falassarna
How to get there: There are daily overnight ferries from Piraeus to the main cities in Crete (Chania, Heraklion, Rethymno) and regular flights from Athens throughout the summer.
Distance from Athens: 1 hour by plane and 9 hours by ferry
Frequently Asked Questions: Greek Party Islands