With the summer season springing into action, yachts across the Mediterranean are setting off to explore the glittering seas, beautiful coastal cities and, yes, the pumping nightlife. No Mediterranean charter is complete without a few nights spent sipping sundowners and dancing under the stars. Whether you’re in search of sunset cocktails in elegant wine bars, live music venues, or a dance-til-dawn nightclub, the Mediterranean’s top destinations are dusting off their shakers and turning up the tunes.
Here we take a look at the top nightlife spots in the Mediterranean;
1. Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza needs no introduction, the reputation of this Balearic party island most certainly preceding it. Whether you choose to head to the west coast to Playa d’en Bossa, with its wide sandy beach and booming nightlife, or San Antonio in the east with its seafront bars and legendary clubs, you’ll find the perfect place to let your hair down and party the summer nights away here. By day, Ibiza is home to hip beach clubs, beautiful natural scenery, and some of the most forward-thinking and innovative restaurants in the Mediterranean.
2. Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos takes its role as Greece’s party island very seriously. In fact, you don’t even need to wait for nightfall, as the festivities roll around the clock. Beach clubs host live DJs all summer long, lounge bars make for the perfect spot in which to sip something fruity, and there is an impressive list of clubs to choose from, especially along the busy Matoyanni Street. Chic, welcoming and downright fun, Mykonos – known for some of the world’s most famous gay bars – promises you’ll be partying in style.
3. Hvar, Croatia
Hvar Town manages to exude both old town charm and an exhilarating nightlife vibe all at the same time. No wonder then that this beautiful little island in the Adriatic Sea is fast gaining popularity for its pretty beaches, local food, and its after-dark antics. Begin with a sunset cocktail at the Carpe Diem Beach, and then see where the night takes you – from elegant bars, to booming clubs. Back in town the famous Carpe Diem Club might be at the heart of the action, but there are plenty of top venues to get your hips swaying.
4. Barcelona, Spain
Cosmopolitan, edgy Barcelona knows how to throw a good party. It has an eclectic nightlife scene, with every taste catered for. From booming techno clubs to sultry live jazz performances, as well as elegant wine bars, international DJs and funky tapas bars, the choices are endless. Things get going late in Barcelona and end when the sun comes up. So after a leisurely tapas dinner, enjoy an evening of bar-hopping before the clubs get into swing in the small hours. No wonder the locals take an afternoon siesta.
5. Saint Tropez, France
No list of Mediterranean nightlife destinations would be complete without Saint Tropez. The town transformed from a sleepy French fishing village in the 1960’s and has long-been the summer retreat of glamorous movie stars. Today it’s at the heart of the summer Mediterranean yachting scene, offering a dash of wild fun to a Cote d’Azure. Don’t miss the epic parties which take place on Pampelonne Beach.
6. Costa Smeralda, Sardinia
The twinkling Costa Smeralda and Porto Cervo are not new kids on the block in the world of glitzy socializing. Since the 1960s, yachts have been arriving here, their guests enjoying a summer of swanky bars, unforgettable sunsets, yacht parties and exquisite restaurants. The Costa Smeralda has the perfect dash of everything – backstreet wine bars, swanky cocktail bars with stunning sea views, and a club culture of elite VIP lounges.
Another titan of the nightlife world is Monaco. Step off your yacht in Port Hercules and into the glitzy world of casinos, yacht parties and nightclubs. May is the principality’s hottest month, when the Monaco Grand Prix comes to town and the Cannes Film Festival spurs an impressive and star-studded line-up of yacht parties. All summer long however, Monaco is the perfect night-time playground. Chic, sophisticated bars with glorious Mediterranean views are the perfect way to start an evening of opulence and glamour.
8. Marbella, Spain
Puerto Banus is the beating heart of Marbella’s legendary nightlife scene. After a day of hip beach clubs it’s time to let your hair down in this Mediterranean party hotspot, where getting dressed up to the nines is almost compulsory. International DJ’s, live music, rooftop dance floor, and more bars than you could shake a cocktail umbrella at make this one of the Mediterranean’s hottest and most flamboyant nightlife spots.