Crete is not as well-known for its nightlife as some of other Ionian Islands. That said, it has its fair share of appeal, particularly within the busy resort towns of Heraklion and Limenas Hersonissos.
Bars, clubs, discos, lounges and pubs abound in Heraklion Town, Iraklio, Hania, Rethymno and Agios Nikloas. By contrast, Malia, Chania and Hersonissos are hot spots for package holiday tourists, though bars and clubs cater to a younger crowd intent on a lively night out.
Older travellers will enjoy Chania's fantastic restaurants, pubs, lounges and tavernas. Other options include joining the locals for their volta: a leisurely stroll or a horse-drawn carriage ride before sundowners or dinner.
All in all, visitors will find different 'moods' on Crete. Some may relish the bustling clubbing scene, while others will prefer experiencing local traditions in quiet villages.