Destination Spotlight: Spain

Spain is undeniably a beautiful destination, with something sure to excite every kind of tourist. Something Spain does better than many European countries is that tourists a variety of destinations in which they’re able to party, and party hard. Trying to detail as the Spanish party possibilities would result in a very long post. So instead I’ve outlined a few destinations below and what you can expect should you find yourself there.

Ibiza

Ibiza is often referred to as a ‘clubbers paradise’ with it being host to some of the biggest and best clubs in the entire world. Ibiza’s clubbing pedigree is enviable. It is host to Space – regarded as the World’s Best Club, Privilege – the World’s Largest Club with a capacity of 10,000 and Pacha – the most famous club in Ibiza. David Guetta, Taio Cruz and Carl Cox are just some of the DJ’s who have held residence at some of Ibiza’s many clubs. The party scene is taken seriously here, with most clubs not becoming busy before 2am. For those looking to partake in the Ibiza party experience, tickets aren’t cheap. You can usually save about 20% by getting your tickets through a ticket seller, as opposed to the venue. When you’re out be sure to take care; avoid drugs, and drinking to excess and be aware of your friends at all times. In such large crowds it’s easy to lose each other. When you need to unwind for last night’s party, Ibiza has beautiful beaches on which you can relax and prepare yourself for the next round of clubbing. A little known fact about Ibiza is that it’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site meaning it’s not prone to the development and commercialisation you may find in other major cities.

Magaluf

Another popular Spanish party destination, Magaluf is located on the Spanish island of Majorca. The island destinations is popular with British, Russian and Scandinavian holidaymakers. More recently it played host to those crazy kids from Geordie Shore. Its party cred is significantly lower than that of Ibiza’s but it can still provide tourists with a good time! (You can read about someone’s experience here) Currently a large scale upgrade of the facilities at Magaluf are underway, expected to be completed in the next five years. Something to be aware of is that Magaluf largely shuts down in the colder months, with only the locals left. So if you find yourself there in winter, it probably won’t be the party experience you were expecting (or hoping for). However Magaluf offers more to tourists than just another Spanish island on which to get drunk. You can jet ski or wind surf on Magaluf Beach or swim to Black Lizard Island in the middle of Magaluf Bay.

La Tomatina

La Tomatina, or the Tomato Throwing Festival takes place in Bunol near Valencia on the last Wednesday in August. La Tomatina usually attracts between 40,000 to 50,000 people each year. There’s more to this festival than just throwing tomatoes; why not try climbing the Palojabon: a soap covered pole with a Spanish ham on top. Whoever can climb the pole gets to keep the ham! Considering the crowd La Tomatina does come with some rules. Be sure to follow them, it ensures your safety and that that of the people are you.

  1. Tomatoes must be squashed before being thrown to avoid injuries
  2. Only tomatoes are allowed – you can’t bring other items to throw
  3. Participants must give way to all trucks and lorries
  4. You must not ripp off other people’s shirts
  5. After the second shot is fired signalling the end of the tomato throwing, no tomatoes should be thrown!

Recently the local government has looked to reduce the number of people who take part in the festival to around 20,000 people, so you must ensure you have a ticket to the event – no ticket, no entry! Also with such a large number of people descending upon a small town it is important that you book your accommodation in advance! If your accommodation is not within Bunol ensure you have also arranged transportation to and from.

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6 responses to “Destination Spotlight: Spain

  1. I also went to La Tomatina back in 2010 and I have to say, to this day it is still one of the best/coolest/most fun/exhilarating/hilarious/completely insane things I have ever done, and that’s despite travelling to over 20 countries! Having travelled extensively around Spain and Europe at the height of summer, suffering several 40+degree heat waves (particularly in Valencia); the key piece of advice I would give about staying healthy abroad would be to protect your skin. In Europe, if not more than is in Australia, it is all the rage to strip down to the bare minimum on the beach and oil yourself to lap up the sun’s rays. It wasn’t even overly uncommon to see people completely naked, exposing extremely sensitive parts of their body with very delicate skin that doesn’t often see the light. While I’m no kill joy, and indeed enjoyed many hours by the pool and on the beach, I always made sure I was lathered up in suncream, wearing sunnies and a hat, sat in the shade, and if I wasn’t wet from swimming I would put some light clothing on over the top. Trust me, having been to Ibiza as well, which is basically just a little Britain, you don’t want be affiliated with one of the red roasted poms who look like they can’t handle the heat. In Europe, as in Australia, the sun is hot and we have to be careful of our skin and sun exposure. Too many of my friends found this out the hard way by having to stay in during party nights because of the pain from their burns.

    • That’s a great point to bring up! A lot of people forget that the health risks posed by the sun don’t simple go away because you’re on holiday. Thanks so much for the comment!

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