Spain boasts of scenic views, rich history and culture, iconic architecture and a gastronomic experience like no other. But the partying in Spain has also built its own notorious reputation. Feast on tapas, indulge in one to several copas, dance, and jive to all kinds of music until sunrise!
Beef up your Spanish travel itinerary of escapades that start long after the sun sets, as we list down the 13 best party cities in Spain for nightlife lovers.
24-hour clubs, 2-day parties, seemingly impossible but true anecdotes of hedonistic getaways – all these got Ibiza tagged as the Party Capital of the world!
Go bar and club hopping at the Ibiza Strip, where all these restaurants, bars and clubs are located one after another. You can also visit other towns on the island to see just how diverse the Ibizan party experience can be!
Electronic and house music keeps everyone moving, but live concerts and rock and roll have also dominated the island.
One of Ibiza’s most significant establishments, Pikes Hotel is even known for housing celebrities and rock ‘n roll artists! Imagine even being dubbed as the favorite hotel of THE Freddie Mercury!
However, in recent years, the locals have tried to enforce restrictions on unruly partying and to shift to a tamer and more sustainable type of tourism. The parties may not be as wild as before, but still, nothing beats the Ibiza party experience!
But one of the most unique experiences in the Spanish capital city has to be the various ‘themes’ per district.
Going for something trendy, drop by the restaurants, pubs, and clubs in Calle de Fuencarral.
In the mood for something eccentric, like from hip-hop to flamenco? Proceed to the multi-cultural neighborhood of Lavapies.
Or be a part of the colorful pride community in the gay-friendly Chueca.
And there’s one custom for any party-goer in Madrid. Finish off your all-nighter by getting your fix of churros con chocolate!
Barcelona is the second-biggest city in Spain and is the home of the iconic La Sagrada Familia Church. But for partygoers, Barcelona lets you carouse into the wee hours of the morning, by the beach!
Get dancing to the pounding beats of techno, EDM and other music genres at nightclubs and concert halls like Razzmatazz, Moog and Sala Apolo. The electronic dance music scene is quite prominent in Barcelona, being the stage of the best beats from world-renowned DJs!
The Barcelona party scene gets even more heated during summer music festivals. This city hosts several big festivities like Sonar, the Primavera Sound, Crui’lla, Barcelona Beach Festival, Festival Jardins de Pedralbes and the International Jazz Festival.
Quick trivia! It was said that before Ibiza was put on the map for having the best parties, Valencia had that crown first. It grew its reputation back in the late 70s until the mid-90s, after decades of censorship and dictatorship.
As an expression of freedom, thousands of partiers hopped from club to club at a certain highway. This movement became popularly known as the La Ruta. Techno and electro music also swept the country, keeping the nightclubs thriving.
While these were mostly stories from the past, Valencia’s party legacy is still alive. Its most popular nightlife district is the Barrio El Carmen in Old Town.
Prefer to party by the beach? The port and Malvarrosa Beach area also hosts great bars and clubs by the seafront.
Want to join the younger crowd? Av. d’Arago is an area close to local universities and known for pubs and live music venues.
Alicante’s Benidorm is one of the top tourist destinations in Costa Blanca or the Mediterranean coastline in the southeast of Spain.
Though the area is small, Benidorm is packed with numerous bars, clubs and pubs, making it a fun establishment hopping experience. It is said that this island is also a top choice for hen nights and stag parties.
Comparing it to Ibiza, Benidorm is said to be the cheaper and less ostentatious version, but no less intense.
This Andalusian city and capital of the Costa del Sol is an eclectic mix of the old and new and is best known to be the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Malaga is a university town, filling it with young and vibrant energy. From pre-game drinks, tapas and clubbing, establishments around Plaza del Merced and Plaza Uncibay will quench your desire to party in Malaga.
The streets of Granada, Beata and Alamos are also fascinating areas to explore. Rooftop bars and terraces are also offered by many hotels.
And where else can you find a bar that is actually Pablo Picasso’s favorite? Antigua Casa Guardia was established in 1840 and is the oldest bar in Malaga.
Situated some kilometers away from Malaga is the resort city of Benalmadena.
With an airport nearby, weekend trips to this city are very convenient. Locals and even tourists add this to their list of party destinations in Spain.
There are three key areas to experience the nightlife in Benalmadena. Plaza Solymar caters to the younger crowd; the Marina for the upscale partiers and the Bonanza Square for those who are not afraid to be in the thick of the noise.
Just how much can you party in this place? There is the 24 Hour Square in Plaza Solymar. As the name says, drink the whole day, every day!
Benalmadena is also home to the Kiu Nightclub. This is the largest nightclub in the city, with three dance floors. Now, who wouldn’t be tempted to dance with that?
Torremolinos is another town in Costa del Sol, a few kilometers away from Benalmadena and Malaga.
Originally a simple fishing village, Torremolinos was developed until it boomed to be a popular tourist destination in the 60s and 70s.
Visitors get to fully maximize their holiday by lounging by the beach during the day and by partying all night! Discos, clubs, pubs and cocktail bars are open for all, especially in Plaza Costa del Sol.
Live entertainment has also made its name as a must-experience attraction in the establishments in Torremolinos.
If Benalmadena and Torremolinos cater to the general tourists of Costa del Sol, Marbella draws in more of the affluent and famous crowd.
Facilities for boats and yachts, Michelin-starred restaurants, exclusive nightclubs with world-class DJs… you get the picture.
This resort town even has a premium and swanky residential area called the Golden Mile. If you manage to snag a prime spot, you might have politicians, businessmen, aristocrats or even sheikhs and kings as neighbors!
Puerto Banus is the well-known port and harbor for luxury yachts and boats. Its seafront bars, pubs and nightclubs such as Tibu, Pangea and Funky Buddha make sure their guests have an unforgettable party and clubbing experience. However, the price of admission and drinks may be more expensive than average.
Magaluf in Mallorca is known for its fine-grained sand and turquoise waters. It became a holiday haven after the resort town was included in a British holiday package in the 60s.
But Magaluf has also earned its reputation as one of the party cities in Spain with all the wild and boisterous partying.
Get the night started at the Magaluf Square. Put some food in your belly at The Emporium before the pre-game alcohol and cocktails in nearby bars.
Then head over to the Strip or Punta Ballena, where the neon lights and nightclubs are. This is the main party location and where things can get wild and uninhibited.
And if you want to experience dancing to international superstar DJs and other live entertainment, the BCM Superclub got you covered.
Situated in Spain’s Basque Country, Bilbao is best known for being the home of the Guggenheim Museum.
Gastronomy is also such a big part of the city and the whole Basque region’s identity. It is said to be one of the areas with the most Michelin-starred restaurants. Thus, making each meal excursion truly a fine dining experience.
Ravers and party-goers can feast on delectable pintxos, which are appetizers similar to tapas and are traditionally popular in the Basque country, to a wide range of drinks to match everyone’s preferences.
12. Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands is a tourist haven. Beach lovers enjoy the island’s warm climate all year round, even during the winter season. For the nightlife enthusiasts, it’s worth scheduling a trip during spring and summer when the seasonal establishments are fully open.
There are three thriving locations on the island for the best party experience.
Playa del Ingles is teeming with nightlife establishments, one of which is the Yumbo Centre, where the gay scene of the island is flourishing.
Not sure if you want a chill night or to let all out at a nightclub? Las Palmas’ eclectic options will surely cater to your desires.
Now, if you are with your family or looking for a quiet romantic night with a loved one, then Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria (not Puerto Rico the country!) may be more up your alley.
Another captivating Canary Islands destination is Tenerife. Its warm summer all year round, makes each visitor enjoy the sights and the beaches on this island.
Going for something laidback? Or want to turn your night into something wild and special? Tenerife’s party landscape will gladly cater to your wants.
The island is filled with restaurants, beachfront bars, cocktail lounges and nightclubs teeming with beats from international DJs.
Party all day long at Playa de las Americas, the party capital of Tenerife! Go historical and cultural at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Enjoy the beach bum vibes at Puerto de la Cruz. If you are more into upscale hangouts, Costa Adeje at the southmost tip of the island will give you the luxury you are looking for.
If you are going for a vacation to relax, why restrict yourself to just hanging out by the beach or just following a tour itinerary? Fully absorb the Spanish custom and not be too pressed about schedules. Take this time to truly let loose and shake the stress away.
Whether you go wild or just chill, clubbing and partying in Spain is an unforgettable experience, giving you maximum enjoyment.