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Our Forbes Travel Guide editors report that the vibe of Crete’s nightlife scene can lean local, international or just plain touristy, depending on where you go. You’ll almost always find a wild party at the bars clustered in the more touristy sections of the island, such as in Agia Galini and Plakias, or you can spend time listening to Cretan music at a Greek club in Heraklion, Chania and Rethymno. All have clubs and bars that play international pop, Greek pop and traditional Cretan music.
In Heraklion the bars and clubs around the main squares start to fill up after midnight, while the foreign party animals tend to revel at the Heraklion resort towns of Hersonissos and Malia. Rethymno’s sophisticated nightlife is right in town at the old harbor, with a variety of beach bars and clubs by the sea as well. Locals love to just go for a stroll in their beautiful city of Chania, where after your walk you can grab a drink at the many bars and clubs centered in the Old Town.