Whether you’re here for a semester of studying abroad, or planning a trip from your home college, there are so many things to do in Europe for Spring Break. From partying, to culture, to culture and partying, the Old World really has it all – and with budget airlines now crossing the Atlantic multiple times every day it’s never been cheaper for a quick trip to Europe.
Let’s party in Europe for Spring Break
We’re going to lead with the obvious choice, which is to take advantage of Europe’s barely-there, 18+ liquor laws and relaxed attitude to getting partiers wasted. In most bars across the continent it’s not uncommon for the bar staff to dole out free shooters just because you did them the service of entering the bar. As far as partying in Europe is concerned you can get it done just about anywhere, but here are our favourite spots.
Spring Break in Ibiza
The White Island – so named because of the preponderance of white villas, not because its visitors prefer to wear white linen ala P-Diddy on a yacht (nor because they powder their noses so often) – is the perfect European Spring Break destination. Not only does the second biggest of Spain’s Balearic Islands host the world’s best clubs, it was the original island destination for hedonists, from hippies to EDM fans, and is a summer playground of the rich, famous, beautiful and wasted.
Ibiza’s popularity stems from its immense natural beauty more than anything, with picture perfect cove bleeding into beautiful bay and perfect beaches, all lapped by a calm, blue Mediterranean sea, and backed by mountains, farms, and villages dotted with the island’s namesake whitewashed villas.
The beauty of Spring Break in Ibiza is that the busiest season hasn’t fully kicked in by April, which means that you won’t have to suffer the island’s infamous traffic jams while you’re taking in the sights, and the clubs are more manageable. Also, as it’s a little earlier in the year we can get amazing Spring Break Ibiza deals, like three nights of accommodation, club entry, a boat party, pool parties, free drinks every night, pub crawls, awesome party hosts and more for just €220. Check it out here.
Other notable Spring Break party options include:
- Prague, Budapest and the other unbelievably cheap watering holes of the former Eastern Bloc
- The Greek Islands, for similar reasons to Ibiza, but without the super clubs
Culture and partying in Europe for Spring Break
While focusing on partying for Spring Break is the obvious choice, we are aware that for some of you having a good time and nourishing the old noodle aren’t mutually exclusive events. Perhaps you don’t push it too hard into the wee hours of the AM or, heaven forbid, you know when to say STOP on the free shooters; whatever it may be, you have the energy and inspiration to use your days for some higher good, and well we just respect that.
Spring Break in Barcelona
We’re biased here at Stoke because Barcelona is where we’ve been based for the past decade or so, but for the visitor the Catalan capital really has so much to see and do that will tickle the cerebellum, and then obviously more bars, clubs, discos, restaurants and street beer sellers than even the most ravenous partier will know what to do with.
A few days here will see you busy seeing sights, snapping Insta-worthy monument selfies, discovering the impeccable local gastronomy, writing off getting wasted on wine as a cultural experience and then doing all those shooters we keep talking about.
And in the greater Catalunya region there are a bunch of wine producing areas, including the red wine stronghold of Priorat-Montsant-Terra Alta, and the Barcelona adjacent white wine enclaves of Allela and Penedes. Is there any better way to combine culture and partying then on a snob sanctioned wine tour where spitting out the gods’ nectar is most certainly frowned upon.
Other culture and party Spring Break options in Europe:
- Paris! For obvious cultural reasons, and a partying scene that, believe it or non, goes far further than the Moulin Rouge
- Anywhere in Italy. The music can be trash, but by golly it’s enjoyable trash, and some antipasti, table wine and grappa to finish will get anybody in the mood to rage
- Pretty much anywhere. This is what Europe does best – culture and party combinations. You can turn up just about anywhere with a pulse and find super interesting things to see and do that will eventually lead to you getting tipsy. Throw a dart at a map!
Come to Europe for Spring Break just for the culture
Ummm you’re not going to party just a little bit?
Spring Break in Ibiza is the real winner here – and that’s not because we have a trip there, more like we have a trip there BECAUSE Ibiza is the best place for Spring Break. How about you come out to Barcelona for a few days and then hop a cheap flight out to the island, rage, and then recover with a few nights of being pampered in wine country? Or, just get your squad together and reserve your beds in Ibiza. We’ll be heading out there from April 12th to 15th, and again from the 19th to the 22nd, to line up with the Easter break.