Top 3 Party Holidays

Where’s best to let loose around the world?

A great night out can mean very different things around the world. From gambling your way to a fortune in Las Vegas to tango-ing the night away in Buenos Aires, it seems that hedonism takes all forms in each distinct culture.

As well as some of the UK’s most popular overseas party destinations – from Ibiza to Zante and Crete – we collaborated with beach holiday experts On The Beach, who offer great deals on holidays to Zante amongst other top locations, to think up our dream party destinations worldwide.

Here we go:

Mardi Gras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Top 3 Party Holidays

We might have just missed it this year, but you’d have to be crazy not to put this top of your list. Music? Check. Endless caipirinhas? Check. Beautiful people with beautiful spirit? Check. Kicking off the Lent fast, in Brasil, carnival lasts a week long coming to a head on Fat Tuesday. From Rio to Sao Paulo to Belo Horizonte, the whole city takes to the streets, in incredible costumes, live music all over and the chance of spontaneous new parties and encounters on every street corner.

Burning Man Festival, United States of America

A true alternative to the raft of increasingly similar music festivals springing up from Devon to Dakar. You won’t find big headline acts here; what’s more, you’ll find it rather difficult to even get a place. This is one big community that comes together in the Black Rock Desert under pulsating dry heat and creates its own world for a week, culminating in the burning of that eponymous man. You might end up building a ship out of cigarette papers. You might find the love of your life. You might discover something very new about yourself.

La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain


The ultimate mucky pups choice, on the last Wednesday of August, the small town of Buñol (population 9,000) welcomes thousands of tourists and revelers for the best food fight ever. Kicking off the day with a competition to climb el palo de jamon – the Valencian equivalent of a greasy pole contest, with a ham on top – when the pole is conquered and the ham thrown to the crowds, it means tomatina time. over 400,000 ripened tomatoes from Extremadura are used as the participants run the city, covered in the squishy red stuff. The best excuse to act like a child again…and taste good!

Photo Credits: Rio by Mark Scott Johnson/ Burning Man by Tanais Fox

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