It’s getting more and more important to get a degree or diploma of some sort. And we thank our students by chucking tens of thousands of pounds of debt onto them! No wonder students want to make the most of what free time they get, and do it at great value prices. The stress is on while you’re studying, so letting off steam with like-minded escapees on your annual break is all the more important. You could head off on a city break and top up your learning with some culture, language practice and history. Or you could set your sights on one of the great party destinations and leave that stuff until you return – mightily refreshed - to the seminar room next term. loveholidays.com has got you covered whichever you choose.
Ibiza – beauty and the beats
Islands tend to encourage you to think you’re in a world of your own. On Ibiza that’s a world that includes the best summer clubbing on the planet, from elegant beach bar parties to head-banging hedonism. The White Isle also has beautiful beaches, excellent water sports, splashtastic water parks, and a beautiful island to explore. Since the UK’s clubbing revolution was sparked here in the Second Summer of Love, Ibiza’s been the place to go for Europe’s best dance music, in super clubs like Pacha and Space and even on the boat or the beach. It’s not all banging beats, though, the Ibiza Rocks series of gigs covers all musical bases, including Kaiser Chiefs and LCD SoundSystem, Skrillex and Dizzee Rascal in its weekly schedule. Ibiza’s got a long history of celebrating alternative lifestyles, and if you want to recover with a bit of yoga in a field, you’ll find that side of the island fascinating too.
Going mad in Magaluf
Ibiza’s neighbour, Majorca, is also an international partying hotspot. Magaluf is the island’s clubbing mecca, and anything Ibiza can do, it can do too – probably a bit louder and a bit wilder. There are booze cruises, foam parties, weekend-long raves, adult shows… you name it. It’s also home to BCM Planet Dance, the island’s own super club, that’s home to the legendary Cream organisation, who host a version of their Cream Fields bash at the swanky BH Mallorca. You won’t need wellies or a tent for this festival. And like Ibiza, Majorca has a lot more than just the Magaluf strip. It’s a brilliant place to lose yourself in rocky mountains or enjoy a sophisticated modern city in Palma, the capital. The island’s a sporting centre par excellence too, particularly for cycling, so you can get fit as well as getting wrecked in the perfect Mediterranean weather.
Club it in Crete
What is it with these islands? And why aren’t the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man hosting a summer of crazy partying? The weather plays a part, of course, and Crete has sun in spades. In fact, some visitors find the largest Greek island too hot at the height of summer, which hits in August with cloudless sunny 40°C days. Those who can stand the heat will need to head to Malia or Hersonissos for the best of the mainstream clubbing action. Malia is a big Club 18-30 destination and the beats throbbing out of its main-strip bars tends to be R’n’B and Garage. Hersonissos has a more cosmopolitan scene with lots of visitors from the rest of Europe and a music scene that focuses more on trance. Both have a good selection of bars and clubs and guest DJs. Check the schedules for Star Beach in Hersonissos or Warehouse in Malia to get a flavour of what to expect.
If you fancy having somewhere new to tell your friends about when you return to the UK, then take a look at Praia Da Rocha on the Algarve in Portugal. This coast has been a holiday favourite with British visitors for decades. But it’s not all about golf and sunbathing, Praia Da Rocha, has a lively reputation. Babylon and Katederal are the resorts two main clubs, opening from midnight to 6am. The music’s diverse and laid-back, taking in everything from pop to Latin American dance, and you’ll get a real change from the UK in this up-and-coming and very stylish party destination.