When it comes to party islands, Europe has it all. Greece, Spain and Croatia all boast fantastic resorts dedicated to open-air clubbing. Foam parties, paint parties, beach parties, champagne debauchery, DJs, music festivals, private beaches: you won’t be limited when it comes to picking activities. You won’t be short of places to visit either. There’s a whole universe beyond Ibiza out there (although it remains a classic choice, of course, and needs to be done at least once in a lifetime). Below, you will find a list of:
And why only choose one island to party on? Europe is a relatively small continent (as continents go), and many of its islands are in close proximity to one another. Rent a boat and get your party on, boat style.
And here are some party island recommendations to get you started.
If Dubrovnik is the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’, then Hvar is its naughty mermaid cousin who loves to dance until the sun rises. In its article on the best beach clubs and bars in Europe, The Guardian mentions no fewer than two venues in Hvar. Hvar has a great vibe and a fantastic selection of bars and clubs. It’s far less crowded than places like established party capital Ibiza but at the same there are enough people from around the world and enough truly spectacular clubs to make Hvar any partygoer’s dream.
For a somewhat meta experience, try island-within-the-island bar Carpe Diem. Head over to the harbour for midnight and sip some bubbly until you get ferried to the bar island after 1am. DJs, swimming pools(!), campfires, palm trees, dancers, and cocktails out of this world – Carpe Diem has it all.
Other notable venues include Hula Hula – by far the best place to mingle and have a drink as the sun sets behind the waves of the Adriatic. The bar is located right in the rocks over the water – and it’s the place to be for drinks and pre-party mingling.
Hiring a boat might be a good idea as there are many hidden gems you can only reach by boat. Rent a boat in Hvar here.
Home to two of Croatia’s most famous clubs, Kalypso and Papaya, Pag is the fifth largest island in the country, and also the one with the longest coastline. Naturally, this means there is a lot of space for beach parties. Come June time, revellers from around the world visit Pag for its famous Hideout festival (this year it’s on 26-30 June). The festival describes itself as ‘the ultimate electronic summer party’ – and they might just be right. The event attracts a huge number of great acts – Jamie XX is one of the headliners this year.Have a look at this video for a glimpse of last year’s electronic extravaganza:
There’s much more to Pag than its music scene and open-air clubbing. It’s a beautiful island with long sandy beaches, surrounded by pristine water. On a very different note, Pag is also known for its lace making and local cheese. So there’s that.
Zante, or Zakynthos, is a Greek island on the Ionian Sea famous for its stunning beaches, secluded coves and wild nights. There couldn’t possibly be a more beautiful location to blow off steam – your holiday snaps will make every single one of your Facebook friends green with envy. There are a LOT of rad events to choose from in July and August: VVIP Sunset Yacht Party, the White Party, the paint party – have a look here for a taste of the good stuff.
Mykonos is of almost the same calibre of awesome as Ibiza, while also preserving its rich history and charming ambiance. Hardcore clubbers can enjoy some of the best open-air parties in the Mediterranean and still wake up and explore the island’s diverse cuisine and natural beauty.
Have a read here for more information on where to go in Mykonos.
There are some 250 bars and clubs welcoming partygoers at one of Europe’s most loved islands. Napa Square is where most of the best places are located – and you can’t miss it. Top places to try include Senior Frog’s, The Castle Club and Pepper Bar Lounge See more here.
Rent a boat in Greece to truly experience what the country has to offer not only in terms of partying, but also history and culture.
Although less popular than Ibiza, Mallorca’s clubs attract some of the world’s best DJs and promoters. Magaluf, one of Europe’s clubbing-destination giants is located here, and it’s home to some of the most famous summer parties – here’s a useful resource to finding the best parties in Magaluf.
What are your favourite party islands in Europe?