Our pick of the best Spanish party holidays
Attracting millions of tourists annually, and with a reputation for particularly zealous UK party-makers making the hop across the ocean, Spain is one fun country in which to have a holiday.
Whilst the country goes through one of the toughest economic tests of its history – labelled ‘the new Greece’ last week by the Independent newspaper – Spanish tourism nevertheless appears to be healthy and well.
With the firm favourites like Ibiza holidays from the likes of On The Beach still going strong for revellers, alongside alternative party locations and dates, its’ an excellent place to head in the summer for a taste of superclubs, or local fería (festival). Here’s our top three dates and places:
Barcelona Beach Party by iamdonte on flickr
The Catalan capital has long been one of Spain’s biggest draws – its long history of resistance to the state, its openness to visitors and new communities and its distinct culture and language have served as a haven for immigrants and artists alike. And it has some very distinctive traditions of its own. June has the two which are the most ‘Barcelona’, old and new. From 14-16 June is Sonar, one of the world’s greatest music festivals. Then of Sunday 24th June is Sant Joan, the city’s biggest party, where bonfires and fireworks are lit constantly, the whole town floods to the beach to leap the bonfires and party til lunchtime…it’s the only night of the year you can legally sleep on Barcelona’s beaches, so make the most of it.
It seems that anytime in the summer is a good time to go to Ibiza, but July is a great month to combine partying with a bit of a VIP lifestyle too – August is way too rammed with revellers and June is just a bit quieter. In July, you’ll get some of the biggest names, especially towards the end of the month, plus ongoing parties like Ibiza Rocks, playing host to stars such as Kasabian, Mark Ronson and Example in July.
The Valencia area is the only place to be in August, for the mind-bending tomato-throwing day La Tomatina, which takes place on the last Wednesday of every August during the week of festival in the small town of Buñol. Come, wear something white that you’ll never need again, and get into the most exhilarating foodfight of your life. Way better than clubbing – and the perfect antidote if you’re all danced out!
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