Europe’s best party beaches
If you’re a fun-loving, sun-seeker and partying it up on the beaches of Europe is your idea of a good time, then these Euro beach hot spots need to be on your radar...
Portugal’s Algarve region is a mecca for fun-loving sun seekers, and the picturesque city of Lagos, the “jewel of the Algarve” does not disappoint. Tucked away behind 16th century walls, the historic town of cobbled streets, medieval churches, inviting plazas, restaurants and nightclubs galore – the town is as pretty as it is fun. The sun-drenched coast of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and hidden coves make for great exploring, and there are lots of different waterspouts and activities going on through summer on Lagos’ beaches. If you like the idea of sunning yourself on the beach all day, wandering round the historic sites, gorging yourself on a delicious seafood buffets, and dancing the night away. Get among the summer crowds of Lagos and lose yourself in all the action.
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Legendary Mykonos is one of the most glamorous Greek Islands. If it’s a party you're after, Mykonos has some serious impressive credentials. World famous DJs flock here to entertain heady crowds at pumping waterfront bars that stay open until dawn. The sandy beaches fringed with the crystal-clear azure Aegean Sea make the perfect base for day-time lounging and recovery after all-night partying. Past the beach and the bars, there’s some seriously gorgeous traditional Cycladic architecture in Mykonos town, and the world-famous archaeological site of Delos is just a short boat ride away.
Spain’s bustling jewel of the Med has long been a popular summer holiday haunt for Europeans. It’s pretty white sand beaches, sculpted cliffs and relaxed al fresco seafood restaurants set the scene for relaxed island living. The summer throngs flock to the island for the wildly seductive nightlife with stylish beach-side bars and clubs where you party hard all night long, before washing away your hangover in the sapphire blue sea. Despite its hedonistic party scene, Mallorca also has a beautiful hinterland where you can discover the charm of traditional island culture.
Infamous Ibiza is equal parts naughty and nice. One of the best-known beach party destinations in the world, Ibiza is home to many summer outposts of some of Europe’s hottest nightclubs, and you’ll find world-famous DJs pumping out tunes all night long to the fun-loving crowds. Spain’s picturesque Balearic island also has pretty countryside with quieter rural lifestyle where you can escape the crowds and enjoy the scenery, but if it’s a party you’re after, Ibiza Town and San Antonio rage all summer long.
The beautiful Croatian island of Hvar dubbed “the sunniest spot in Europe” has a fascinating history dating back to the 4th century BC. Nowadays tourism, fishing and lavender cultivation are the main industries, and it’s also renowned for its wild party scene. The fairytale pretty town of Hvar is where you’ll find clubs that party all night long, many based around the historic harbour. By day visit the ornate Gothic palaces, wander the cobbled streets, see the town’s 13th century walls and throw yourself into the inviting ocean to cool off.
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