Now is the time to plan your leaving cert holidays. The promise of all night parties in scorching hot sun should be enough to get you through the tough year ahead! But where to go? Check out my top leaving cert holiday resorts and get planning.
- Magaluf, Majorca
- San Antonio, Ibiza
- Laganas, Zakynthos
- Hersonissos, Crete
- Albufeira, Algarve
- My Top Tips
Despite some bad press over the last few years, Magaluf is still the most popular destination for leaving cert holidays. You can try to persuade your parents that you will stay in Santa Ponsa instead (lively but no way near as crazy), but realistically you will end up taking a taxi into Magaluf every night. Parents if you are reading this, you may as well let them stay in Magaluf, it will avoid late night taxis and the expense…
Magaluf has some of the best clubs in Spain with celebrities like Calvin Harris and David Guetta playing there regularly. BCM is the most popular night club and once you go you will see why, there is no place like it – foam parties, pyrotechnics, its all here. Prepare to party all night and sleep all day, although you may venture out one day for the must-do booze cruise.
Popular complexes like Mallorca Rocks include concerts in the price of the accommodation but there is no doubt the place to be seen is BH Mallorca. This 4-star hotel comes with the world’s first over 18’s water park, an upmarket beach club and most importantly the BEST open air festival venue in Majorca. They also throw in free wifi & air conditioning too.
San Antonio, Ibiza
San Antonio has been the number one party town for many years now and is another popular choice for leaving cert holidays. Clubs like Es Paradis and Eden are household names, but its the luxurious Ocean Beach pool party venue, that is getting the massive crowds lately.
Ibiza Rocks is also popular, as the cost of live music is included in the price of the accommodation. And of course a visit to the original sunset bar Cafe del Mar just has to be done. Remember although there are lots of great clubs in San Antonio, the super clubs like Pacha and Space are 20 minutes drive away. They do offer a great ‘disco bus’ every night though so no need for expensive taxi fares. Like Magaluf a boat party is a must, so make sure you at least surface from your bed one day to do this.
Laganas is becoming more and more popular with leaving cert students for a few reasons. Although it has loads of nightlife, it is more low key than the Spanish islands. It still offers fantastic clubs like Rescue ( famous for paint parties) and Zeros which are open till sunrise so no need to worry, it is a serious party town.
Prices are cheaper than Spain too, so you will have plenty of money available for partying. You can also go swimming with the turtles or take a trip to the Instagram favourite, Shipwreck beach. Make yourself do this while you are there, trust me it’s worth getting up for. TUI offer great package deals to Zakynthos, with flights and hotels included in the cost – they may prove better value than trying to put a package together yourself.
Crete has been the top leaving cert holiday destination for many years, in fact up to recently students didn’t go anywhere else. The Inbetweeeners coming of age movie helped boost visitors to this lively Greek island, and the low cost of living and great night life saw them return year after year.
There are disco bars, super clubs and chill out bars, you name it its here, and many are free in. Amnesia in Hersonissos and the Banana Club (located in nearby Malia) also attract world class DJ’s so you can still enjoy the celebrity lifestyle.
This is the dream destination for parents, they will love you when you say you want to go here. Although still a serious party town, you are less likely to see half-naked bodies or fall over people asleep on the street. It is a good choice for those of you who want a lively holiday, but without the madness of Magaluf or San Antonio.
The old town is quite civilised and even pretty, but the nearby strip in Montechoro is where it all kicks off. A 2km strip of nothing but bars, restaurants and discos, there is plenty here to get the party started. Don’t worry Albufeira has super clubs too. Kadoc houses 7,000 clubbers but is located outside the town centre, it is probably wise to keep it away from the many families and couples who also holiday here.
Where ever you decide, don’t forget my leaving cert holidays top tips.
1. Book with a trusted travel agent. If something goes wrong you will have someone to call and it will keep your mammy happy.
2. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Late nights mean you will inevitably fall asleep on the beach. Make sure you put your sunscreen on before you leave the hotel.
3. Drink lots of water. No doubt you will have plenty of booze, but at least if you drink water too, you might just be the last one standing at the end of the night.
4. Text your parents at home when you arrive back to your hotel each morning, to let them know you are home safe and sound.
5. Remember the age we live in, everyone has a phone with a camera, don’t do anything you don’t want to see on YouTube the next day!
6. If you are going to get a tattoo, make it a henna one….
8. Don’t come back whiter than you left! Find some time to catch some much needed vitamin D.
9. Make sure you have travel insurance. Multitrip.com offer a yearly policy from only €15.95 – don’t risk going without it.
10. Stay safe. Don’t go anywhere alone and just use your head.