With summer in full swing it’s no wonder we all secretly dream about golden sands kissed by crystal waters, freezing cocktails to cool off, plenty of fun under the sun and beach parties. Well, Eastern Europe, behind its heavy architecture, the rich history and the unparalleled cultural vibe, boasts an amazing choice of party destinations that can successfully compete with the iconic Ibiza when it comes to party all day and night. Here are five of the best party destinations in the area:
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Ayia Napa party scene, Wikipedia
Also known as the home of Garage music, the resort offers plenty of activities such as clubbing, watersports, shopping and sightseeing. However, the party scene develops mainly in The Square, where a great amount of trendy lounge bars, clubs, discos, restaurants, fancy terraces and stand-up comedy clubs are located. But while The Square is the epicenter of nightlife in Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach is the ideal spot to enter the resort’s flamboyant atmosphere. Mainly popular among clubbers, the glamorous beach offers partying all day long with live DJs, foam parties, and numerous entertaining events, promising guests a wonderful experience.
Hvar Island, Croatia
Hvar Island sunset, Wikipedia
The Traveller Magazine named it “one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world“, most people say it is Croatia’s most fashionable destination and partygoers simply call it “the Mediterranean paradise“. This is Hvar Island, a melting pot of crystal blue waters, never-ending meadows of lavender, wonderful beaches, rich culture, history and architecture, picturesque vineyards, natural beauty, plenty of sunshine and exciting nightlife.
The island’s party scene revolves around the lovely Hvar Town, where the romantic Venetian-like architecture blends beautifully with the lushest nightlife on the Adriatic. From wooden beach taverns to glitzy saloons, waterside lounge terraces, stylish oriental bars and world-famous clubs, there’s nothing you can’t find in Hvar when it comes to party.
Budva at night, Wikipedia
Nightlife in Budva is vibrant, diverse and definitely spectacular. Once just a small harbor in the Adriatic, the city has now become Montenegro’s party capital, hosting hundreds of clubs, bars and hot spots to have fun.
Whether you fancy dancing till dawn on an open-sky dance floor, attending an after-hour party on the beach, chill out on a trendy terrace with live music, have fun at karaoke, clubbing all night or partying like the glitterati, Budva will grant your every wish, offering plenty of opportunities to whoop it up.Moreover, if you find yourself for the first time in town and perhaps you’re not very familiar with the city’s party hotspots, you can always book a full-night tour.
Most of Budva’s nightlife takes place on the city’s main promenade that stretches along Slovenska beach but there are also numerous bars, restaurants and cafes inside the walls of its charming old town.
Little Venice – Mykonos, Wikipedia
From all the beautiful islands of Greece, Mykonos is particularly known for being a Mecca for partygoers. The fashionable jet set island with its lovely winding streets, whitewashed buildings, iconic windmills, turquoise waters and wonderful beaches has something for everyone.
Very popular among celebrities, Mykonos features a cosmopolitan nightlife and a lifestyle of its own. However, its party island fame comes from the capital, Chora, where roisterers can indulge in a lot of bars and discos. There’s no doubt that one of the most charming areas on the island is Little Venice, a romantic neighborhood with balconies perched over the sea, waterfront cafes and amazing sunsets. There are plenty of entertainment options here from elegant restaurants and trendy bars to pulsating clubs where the party lasts until dawn.
The best thing about the beautiful island of Mykonos is that the day has just as many party options as the night. You can easily find yourself attending a beach party at Psarrou at noon, enjoying the sunset in a wild atmosphere on Paradise Beach; having dinner at a classy restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean, kicking off the night in a groovy bar in Little Venice and wind it up in a club on the same Paradise beach, where the fun continues until the sun rises.
Krystal Club – Mamaia
Located on the Black Sea coast in Romania, Mamaia has always been the most popular beach destination in the country. However, in the last few years, the resort has become a paradise for partiers and an exclusive spot for local celebrities.
With an amazing choice of traditional restaurants, fancy bars, posh clubs and various discotheques, Mamaia is a true hidden gem that party haunters should consider when traveling to Eastern Europe. During the day, the action takes place on the resort’s most famous beaches – Playboy and Kudos, where renowned DJs heat up the atmosphere, throwing party after party right on the seashore.
When the sun goes down, Mamaia’s party scene comes to life with plenty of tempting opportunities, from lavish mega clubs and glamorous lounges overlooking the sea to live music venues, rustic beach bars and Latino dance clubs.
Moreover, the resort hosts an abundance of concerts and music festivals during the summer months, which mean you’ll never get bored on the Black Sea shore.The prevailing atmosphere is one of luxury and clubbing, but there are still numerous opportunities for any tastes and budgets out there to have fun in Mamaia.
To wrap this up, communism has finally gone , leaving behind a vibrant Eastern Europe where parties are no longer taboo, where people are not afraid to have fun and where everyone is welcomed to experience some of the best party destinations on the continent.