Exams are over, and if you listen carefully you might just be able to hear the clicks of last minute holidays being booked. Flights to Magaluf, Ibiza, Zante and similar party destinations will soon be packed. But personally, I think that these places are overrated. Here are a few of the main reasons why people jet off to these destinations when term’s over, and why you should consider some more unique locations for your holiday.
If it’s partying you’re after, you might be surprised by the quality of the night life in some of Europe’s cities. In fact, Hamburg has come to be known as ‘the Ibiza of Germany’, with its notorious red-light Reeperbahn district home to a whole host of bars and clubs as well as its own festival.
Ibiza and Magaluf come hand in hand with risky behaviour and a load of regrets. For people who want an unforgettable night out without the walks of shame and hand drawn tattoos, big cities can provide a classier alternative. Budapest’s ruin bars and spas transform from relaxing getaways to insane parties by night, and Berlin, Barcelona and Copenhagen are brilliant alternatives brimming with cool clubs.
Ibiza is known for attracting top DJs and artists from across the world, but it’s not the only place you can go to listen to some top headliners. Why not consider one of Croatia’s famous music festivals? Ultra Europe, Hideout and Outlook are just some of the hidden musical gems that this small country and its surrounding islands have to offer, with many of the festivals taking place in picturesque beach locations.
The beaches of Magaluf, Ibiza and Zante are undoubtedly stunning, but the same beauty can be found in a surprising number of resorts. Just round the coast from Cyprus’ party-central Agia Napa is the dreamy Nissi Beach, a stretch of crystal clear water with modern bars dotted along the shore. Spain’s La Concha is an urban beach, ready made for holiday-goers to enjoy all the amenities of a city centre as they lounge on the sand.
The rise of Airbnb has knocked most hotels out of the park, letting couples or friendship groups stay in flats and homes for cheap as chips prices per night. Although Airbnb leaves you to cook your own food, the extra independence means you’re free to explore the city without the worry of wasting whatever facilities you might have paid for at a hotel.
What’s more, Budapest was recently named the cheapest city for drinks in Europe, as researchers found that the most expensive round was still half the price of a round in Ibiza. Forget coke and redbull, you’ll be mixing your drinks with a bit of culture in Hungary’s historic capital, which provides a great best-of-both-worlds mix for any friendship groups with varied interests.
So before you automatically book your next summer holiday to one of the popular party locations, search around and see whether a more unusual choice might offer everything you’re after.