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Most party-goers know that the real magic happens on the seas, in secluded islands, creating all-night, fully-packed events catering to all types of people in different age groups!

While it is fun to go on romantic cruises in Paris at night, taste the best nightlife in Barcelona or spend a night in Budapest soaking in all the glitz, it certainly feels special to wake up to a turquoise ocean and humming waves after a night or two of pub-hopping and dancing.

Plus there’s no better place to be than on a sun-drenched island in the Mediterranean for a perfect summer European trip. 

Check out this list of the best party islands in Europe for your summer party trip in 2024.

BEST TOURS TO ENJOY IN THE PARTY ISLANDS IN EUROPE

✅ Santorini: Sunset Cruise with Greek Dinner and Transfer 

Rating: 5/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Climb aboard a luxury catamaran for a romantic 5-hour sunset cruise off the coast of Santorini.

Marvel at the coastal landscape as you enjoy a full meal of Greek food and unlimited drinks. Check more details to book here.

✅Santorini: Luxury Sunset Cruise with Dinner & Open Bar

Rating: 4.8/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Cruise across the picturesque Caldera landscape of Santorini. Sail to the famous volcanic islands, the hot springs and the most unique beaches of the island. 

See the spectacular colors of the world-famous Santorini sunset. Check out more details here.

Santorini: Sunset Caldera Cruise with BBQ Meal and Drinks

Rating: 4.8/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 5 hours

Sail into the Caldera on a 5-hour sunset cruise on board a luxury 45-foot sailing catamaran. 

Visit the Hot Springs, see towering volcanic cliffs, swim, snorkel and enjoy a delicious barbecue meal. 

Get stunning views of the sunset over the Aegean Sea. Check out more details to book here.

Santorini: Private Romantic Guided Tour with Sunset & Dinner

Rating: 4.8/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 3 hours

Feel the romance on a private tour of Santorini from Fira, Oia, or Mesaria. 

Tour a vineyard, take in panoramic sunset views from Profítis Ilías, and indulge in a candlelight dinner on Black Beach. Check out the details here.

Kos: Greek Dinner with Music, Dancing, and Unlimited Wine

Rating: 4.8/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy an authentic Greek dinner with music, dancing, and unlimited wine on the beautiful island of Kos. 

Dine on a full menu of dishes, then try your hand at a spot of Greek dancing. Check out the details to book here.

Athens by Night: Sightseeing, Spirits, and Food

Combine the cultural delights and delectable bites of Athens on this 3-hour nightlife and food tour of the Greek capital. 

Accompanied by a guide, delve into the culinary scene of the city by visiting several popular bars and restaurants. Check out the details to book here.

Athens at Night Small-Group Walking Tour with Dinner

Experience ancient Athens through a 4-hour walking tour. 

You will pass by all of the illuminated sights of Athens before resulting in a traditional restaurant to taste local food. Check out the details here.

Ibiza: Boat Party with Unlimited Drinks and DJ

Rating: 5/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Dance and party into the night on a large catamaran sunset cruise party in Ibiza. 

Listen to the best summer hits, have fun with water slides and giant inflatables, and enjoy drinks at the open bar. Check out more details here.

Ibiza: Premium Boat Party with Unlimited Drinks, Lunch & DJ

Rating: 5/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Indulge in drinks and lunch on a floating beach club cruise from Ibiza. 

Relax on sun beds and sofas while listening to beach club sounds. Take a swim stop with floats and paddle boards. Check out more details here.

Paphos: Wave Dancer Fireworks, Buffet Dinner & Show Cruise

Rating: 5/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Prepare yourself for smooth sailing on this memorable evening cruise. 

On deck, enjoy a musical show and dance performance, take in spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea, savor a buffet dinner, and watch a breathtaking firework display. Check out more details here.

BEST PARTY ISLANDS IN EUROPE

IBIZA, spain

BEST FOR – COUPLES, YOUNG CROWDS

Ibiza is one of the top party cities in Spain that needs no introduction.

This European island has consistently ranked top among the best party destinations worldwide, and it is no wonder.

Ibiza draws young and young at heart, including celebrities from around the world, thanks to its extravagant nightlife. 

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A night in Ibiza comprises wild beach parties, yacht and boat parties that go on until early morning hours, high-end clubs, swanky rooftop bars, themed pubs, and all sorts of wild, entertaining activities you can never imagine.

Ibiza is home to gorgeous beaches and splendid views you can enjoy from its cute fishing villages, but after sundown is when Ibiza transforms into a party paradise.

The beach shores and strips across the island illuminate as you hear thumping music from rock to electronic music amidst neon-lit bars and pubs.

Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni are the top entertainment districts home to major European nightclubs and world-class rooftop bars, pubs, and restaurants.

Come summer, the party capital of Spain, Ibiza, gets millions of young crowds and couples flocking to disco bars, beach shores, and pubs for their wildest nights.

You can party all night, dance and drink away until morning hours and then head straight to famous pools for pool parties to keep it going if you still got it in you!

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The island never sleeps or stops entertaining you.

Plan your wild nights packed with tons of unique, entertaining activities, from pirate-themed parties to paint nights and raunchy strip clubs to everything in between.

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The world’s best DJs come to Ibiza, so watch out if you want to attend shows at renowned nightclubs like Pacha and Amnesia.

The island also boasts some of the best cuisines in Spain that you can try at fine-dine restaurants or local markets and traditional bakeries.

Visit hippy markets, explore beach clubs, take the best sunset boat cruises, hop to tapas bars for local snacks.

Or watch comedy shows, and stroll the beach side to join the crowds – There are plenty of ways to have fun nights when in Ibiza.

RECOMMENDED TOURS FOR YOU

WHERE TO STAY?

Can Jaume Private Villas by Ocean Drive, Casa Mamita Ibiza and Cas Gasi

HVAR, CROATIA

BEST FOR – COUPLES, YOUNG CROWDS

The party capital of Croatia, Hvar, remains our favourite European party island.

Home to fantastic beaches, charming medieval streets, and vibrant parties, Hvar’s charming nightlife attracts the elite and celebrities. 

You can easily add Hvar to your itinerary as it is an easy ferry ride from Split.

When it comes to parties, Hvar is famous for its great vibe and a fantastic selection of bars and clubs. 

The distinguished Carpe-Diem Beach Club is a top favourite that should not be missed when in Hvar.

Open all night, Carpe Diem is known for amazing DJs, swimming pools, campfires, and excellent drinks on their private island, 10 minutes off the coast of Hvar, reachable via a water taxi.

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Another top party spot on Hvar Island is Hula Hula Beach Bar, which closes early though, so ideal if you want to party but also be back in time for bed!

TENERIFE

BEST FOR – COUPLES, STUDENTS AND YOUNG AT HEART

If you’re looking for the best party Islands in Europe, Spain is where you want to look.

After Ibiza, one of the best party cities in Spain is Tenerife, the biggest of the canary islands. 

Tenerife has stunning landscapes, incredible beaches, gorgeous views, many outdoor activities, and the best Spanish food.

After enjoying all these, stay tuned for the nightlife in Tenerife because it shines as one of the top entertainment destinations in Spain.

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Gran Canaria has many islands ideal for partying, but Tenerife is where it all starts, attracting solo travellers, couples, and youngsters alike.

Tenerife is smaller, quieter, and more relaxed, so it has become a popular alternative to Ibiza.

Except for the summer months, you can even expect to enjoy Tenerife nightlife on a budget.

From expensive nightclubs and fancy restaurants to rooftop bars and karaoke pubs, you have plenty to choose from to enjoy the nightlife in Tenerife, with the best spots along the famous beaches.

The gay scene here is famous, and so are the Irish pubs, drag shows, cabaret and strip clubs.

WHERE TO STAY?

Cottage Hibiscus among Avocados, Sweet Home Masca, La Finquita – Adeje, Don Rafael Luxury Suites

MYKONOS, GREECE

BEST FOR – COUPLES, YOUNG CROWDS

While Mykonos is known for being one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece, known for its exotic beaches, hidden coves, clifftop views, traditional windmills and excellent seafood, many are yet to find out that it is one of the places for the best nightlife in Europe.

This gorgeous island is the best European party island destination if you are looking for sunshine, sand, and beaches in Europe that offer plenty of things to do at night.

Do not underestimate the size of this island as this Mediterranean paradise, which is sleepy and appears aloof during the day, is packed with fun nightlife activities for everyone.

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Whether you want to have romantic dinners in an expensive restaurant overlooking splendid views of the Mediterranean coast, you can do it all.

Chill at one of the many relaxed bars with the best cuisines, party and dance away all night, you can choose how to have a fantastic nightlife in Mykonos.

Also, Mykonos is one of the LGBTQ+ party islands in Europe.

There are many popular bars and nightclubs famous among the community.

Come summer, and the whole island practically stops sleeping.

While thousands of travelers flock to the beaches during the day, they head to continue the fun that extends to days together in the dozens of lavish clubs, pubs, and bars.

Many of them are known for their quirky themes, unique music, drag shows, taverna parties, dance and musical performances.

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The best DJs arrive here in summer, so if that’s what’s on your mind, plan a trip to Mykonos during these months.

But expect to shell out a lot more on everything, especially if you plan a spontaneous trip as the prices skyrocket during the peak season.

Paradise beach is the top place where all the action happens.

Paradise Beach Club, known for its full-moon parties, is the most visited.

The best DJ lineups turn on the vibes with thumping music, accompanied by excellent food, drinks, dance and musical performances, and lots of crowds will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning and beyond.

Super Paradise Beach Club, Babylon, Cavo Paradisio, Tropicana Beach Bar, and Moni Club are other popular venues to enjoy the nightlife in Mykonos.

RECOMMENDED TOURS

Mykonos: Semi-Private Aegean Sunset Cruise with a Drink

WHERE TO STAY?

Bonzoe Homes & VillasVilla Orion MykonosDioni Villa MykonosVilla Victoria!, and Mykonos in White

MAJORCA, spain

Another destination on the list of the best party islands in Europe for fantastic nightlife in Spain is Majorca, known for its wild nightlife that often gets too rowdy during peak seasons.

The sun-soaked resort town of Magaluf in Majorca is world famous for its nightlife along its long, fine-sand beaches.

These gorgeous beaches transform into a wild party paradise as the bars and cafes lining the promenade draw tourists with live music performances, DJ nights, and dance floors.

You can experience all quirky parties in Majorca, from neon paint to car wash parties.

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A top spot in Magaluf is the Puenta Baena or the Strip, a half a mile of pure notorious nightlife with over fifty trendy bars and five nightclubs.

BCM Planet Dance Magaluf, voted one of the top ten resort clubs in the world, is on this promenade and can accommodate at least 5000 partygoers on holidays. 

Sa Porrassa island offshore will be your type if you want to go for something milder and beyond drinking and clubbing.

This island is known for its unique theme parks hosting many night events.

WHERE TO STAY?

Ca’s Cuscanti, The Salvia, Blue House Mallorca and Es Fasser

SANTORINI, greece

BEST FOR – COUPLES, YOUNG CROWDS

Among the top party islands in Europe is the magnificent Santorini.

One of the most photographed and among the most beautiful places in Greece is the island to be on your list if you are visiting Greece for the first time. 

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Santorini is so gorgeous that it has been consistently rated among the best places to visit in Greece for couples – drawing honeymoon couples every year.

The island is renowned for its delicious Mediterranean cuisines and wine so that foodies can have a feast in Santorini.

Wander through the cobbled alleys dotted with whitewashed buildings.

Don’t miss the black sand beaches of Perissa and Perivolos.

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Watching a beautiful sunset in Santorini, one of the most beautiful places in Greece

While it offers so many attractions for you to explore during the day, it turns into a hot and happening island as DJs light the pubs, clubs and dance floors after sunset.

Recommended Tours

These are some of the best Catamaran cruises that you should check out:

✅ Santorini: Sunset Cruise with Greek Dinner and Transfer 

Rating: 5/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Climb aboard a luxury catamaran for a romantic 5-hour sunset cruise off the coast of Santorini.

Marvel at the coastal landscape as you enjoy a full meal of Greek food and unlimited drinks. Check more details to book here.

✅Santorini: Luxury Sunset Cruise with Dinner & Open Bar

Rating: 4.8/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Cruise across the picturesque Caldera landscape of Santorini. Sail to the famous volcanic islands, the hot springs and the most unique beaches of the island. 

See the spectacular colors of the world-famous Santorini sunset. Check out more details here.

Santorini: Sunset Caldera Cruise with BBQ Meal and Drinks

Rating: 4.8/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 5 hours

Sail into the Caldera on a 5-hour sunset cruise on board a luxury 45-foot sailing catamaran. 

Visit the Hot Springs, see towering volcanic cliffs, swim, snorkel and enjoy a delicious barbecue meal. 

Get stunning views of the sunset over the Aegean Sea. Check out more details to book here.

Santorini: Private Romantic Guided Tour with Sunset & Dinner

Rating: 4.8/5  🤩(180+ reviews)  Duration: 3 hours

Feel the romance on a private tour of Santorini from Fira, Oia, or Mesaria. 

Tour a vineyard, take in panoramic sunset views from Profítis Ilías, and indulge in a candlelight dinner on Black Beach. Check out the details here.

ZAKYNTHOS

BEST FOR – COUPLES, FAMILIES AND YOUNG CROWDS

Zakynthos in the Ionia sea is one of the gorgeous Greek islands that has been admired since Homer’s times.

One of the most beautiful places in Greece, Zakynthos is the greenest island famous for its dense forested mountains, splendid turquoise clear beaches, traditional villages, and spectacular natural beauty in all directions.

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Explore the best and the most beautiful beaches like Navagio or the iconic Shipwreck Beach, Porto Limnionas, Xigia, home to hot springs underwater.

Take the boat trip from Skinari to the Blue Caves.

After an action-packed day, it is time for you to hit the streets for parties.

From boat parties to romantic cruises to EDM and everything in between, you have plethora of options to choose from.

SKIATHOS, greece

BEST FOR – COUPLES, YOUNG CROWDS

Skiathos is the smallest island in the Sporades, which is a family-friendly island in Greece that’s home to stunning soft white sand beaches, cute towns, and hilltops.

Idle away in the town of Skiathos, home to a colourful harbour, a few beaches, many restaurants, and a few bars, which makes it one of the underrated party islands in Europe.

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Another thing for which Skiathos is known are the stylish Greek tavernas scattered everywhere.

Don’t miss experiencing dining in one of these places.

As for the parties in Skiathos, the old port, the backstreet around Trion Lerachon Square, and the airport road neighbourhoods are the best bet as they are home to many pubs, clubs and excellent restaurants.

CORFU, greece

BEST FOR – Beaches, towns, and villages

If you want to witness a gorgeous Greece island that has a perfect blend of British, Venetian, and French influences, post-card perfect villages dotting the coast overlooking splendid beaches, head to Corfu in the Ionian sea, one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

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You have beautiful coves of Nissaki, Agios Stefanos, or Kerasia for relaxing.

For parties though, Kavos is the most popular destination most attracting young folks from all of Europe.

Head to the 42th street for club hopping, dance nights, and live music performances including techno and pop.

PAROS, greece

BEST FOR – Beaches, nightlife, towns, and villages

One of the amazing islands in the Aegean Sea that has become popular of late is Paros, one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

It is best known for its splendid beaches and traditional Greek villages, most of them are still unspoiled by tourism.

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Although it might not be the most famous place in Greece for nightlife, Paros is turning out to attract more and more party-goers after Mykonos and even Ios. 

Relax at Kolimbithres beach, home to the coves, and explore the best beaches – Monastiri Beach, between the hills, and also Faragas, Punda, and Lageri.

Among the popular clubs to check out in Paros are Saloon Door and Galea.

IOS, GREECE

BEST FOR – Beaches, nightlife, towns, and villages

If you are visiting Naxos or Santorini, one of the islands in the Aegean sea that you should also add is the hilly Ios Island, especially if you are a night owl, because it has become the top party islands in Europe.

It is a tiny island with less than 10,000 inhabitants, but its incredible beauty enchants everyone.

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Among the beaches you should definitely check out are Theodoti, Mylopotas, Kolitsani, and Valmas.

PAG, CROATIA

BEST FOR – Beaches, nightlife

A fantastic island that has gained immense popularity in recent years is Pag in Croatia.

Pag is Croatia’s fifth-largest island and is an underrated party hub on the Dalmatian coast.

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With many beautiful beaches and a wide range of clubs and bars that are open until the early hours of the morning, it is one of the best party islands in Europe, loved by young party-goers.

If you are here in summer, do check out the signature of Pag, the legendary Hideout Festival, considered ‘the ultimate electronic summer party‘

Novalja in Pag is the place to be for nightlife.

Charter a boat from Zadar and sail up to the port of Mandre; then, head to the famous Zrce beach, the most popular party spot on Pag.

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Some of the top clubs along this stretch include Noa Beach ClubKalypso and the Papaya Club in Novalja.

For electronic music and dancing, check out The Cocomo Club.

We highly recommend you book a tour that doubles the fun and experience, especially if you are with your group of friends.

KOS, GREECE

BEST FOR – Youth, beach parties

If you are looking to escape the crowds, one of the best party islands in Europe is Kos, located in the southeastern Aegean Sea.

Known for spectacular beaches and many hiking trails leading to spectacular views of the Mediterranean, Kos has a lot to offer when it comes to nightlife.

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It is conveniently located near Mykonos and Rhodes, so if you want to get away from these expensive Greek party islands, Kos offers excellent relief.

The heart of Kos nightlife is on the lively Bar Street, located between Diakon and Naykirou streets.

This bustling neighbourhood is famous for its many fabulous discos and bars open to entertainment until the early morning light, with many even offering free entry.

Kardamena is another area usually packed with European youth seeking entertainment and nightlife, thanks to the many bars, pubs and discos.

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For beach parties, head to Lambi Beach in Kos town. There are many fun festivals in Kos as in any other Europe party island, like the famous Summerstar.

It is best to book in advance if you want to be here during that time.

RAB, CROATIA

If you want to skip the expensive Croatian islands, one of the best party islands in Europe is Rab.

Also, Rab is packed with many fantastic fun festivals come summer, all of which have led to the popularity of this Croatian party island in recent years.

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The town of Rab is known for its lively bars and clubs, which are popular with locals and tourists alike. 

The Rab Medieval Festival, Rabska Fjera and the Rab Island Music Festival are the most attended summer festivals in Rab you should attend if you are into carnivals.

The most happening neighbourhoods to kick-start your nightlife in Rab are heading to the historic centre of the town.

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Stroll the streets of St. Christopher Square to Donja Ulica (Lower Street) and up to Municipium Arba Square, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Mediterranean from the rooftop bars and hop clubs and watch live music.

If you want to do club hopping, the top one is Santos Beach Club, one of the largest and most popular clubs on Rab Island, in the town of Lopar. 

AIYA NAPA, CYPRUS

Considered by many to be one of the top party islands in Europe, you should head to Ayia Napa, home to over three hundred bustling bars and pubs!

This island, a Mediterranean resort town on the southeast coast of Cyprus, attracts beach lovers and romantics.

It is one of the top spots loved by the youth as the island strip transforms into a paradise.

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The neighbourhood around the storied, Venetian-era Ayia Napa Monastery, in the central square of Plateia Seferi, is where you should go for excellent seafood, amazing views, tons of bars, pubs and clubs, and also live music performances.

Napa Square has music scenes of all types, from R&B to disco and house beats. 

Some of the most popular clubs include Carwash Disco, Castle, Starskys, River, and the Makronissos Beach Club.

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