Party in Europe! Yes, going on a work placement abroad is also about partying. If you’re going to stay cooped up and not meet anyone, you might as well stay in France! Can you combine a big party with a work placement abroad? Slovenia, Hungary or even Cyprus? Here are a few tips to help you have fun and make the most of your work placement in Europe!
Going out on your work placement in Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, has a lively nightlife to suit all party-goers. The Metelkova district is a must. It’s a former military district transformed into an alternative cultural space, where you’ll find underground clubs, eclectic bars and artistic events: rock, electro, pop … you name it! And it’s absolutely incredible! The graffiti-covered buildings and art installations give Metelkova a unique atmosphere. The capital’s music scene is also vibrant, with concerts of various genres taking place at a number of venues around the city.
Maribor, Slovenia’s second-largest city, also offers a lively nightlife. Head to Lent, a pedestrian zone on the banks of the Drava River. There are plenty of bars, cafés and clubs to keep you entertained. Lent is also home to the Lent Festival, which takes place every year in summer. This multidisciplinary festival features a variety of music, theatre and dance performances, as well as culinary events. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the town’s festive atmosphere.
If you prefer to party in spectacular natural surroundings, Lake Bled is the place to be. As well as admiring the beauty of the lake and its surroundings, you can enjoy lively evenings in the lakeside bars and clubs. With Bled Castle overlooking the sparkling waters and Bled Island with its picturesque church, you’re in for a unique experience while having fun.
Portorož, a seaside resort on the Slovenian coast, is renowned for its lively nightlife. The town offers a variety of clubs, discos and casinos to keep you entertained until the end of the night. Take a stroll along the seafront promenade and discover the many establishments where you can dance, listen to live music and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
Slovenia also hosts a number of music and party festivals throughout the year. Among the most popular events is the Ljubljana Summer Festival, which takes place every year from June to September. The festival offers a variety of shows, including classical, jazz, rock and pop concerts, as well as theatre performances and art exhibitions. There’s something for everyone!
The Sončni Udar festival is a must for fans of electro music. Held every summer, it features an eclectic line-up of internationally renowned artists. The festival takes place in a magnificent setting by the sea, offering a unique musical experience.
Finally, the Overjam Reggae Festival is a must for reggae fans. It takes place in the village of Tolmin and brings together national and international artists to celebrate reggae music in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The festival also features activities such as dance workshops, film screenings and art exhibitions.
Don’t forget to check the latest information on festivals and party venues before planning your visit, as the festive scene can change. Enjoy your stay in Slovenia and have fun!
Partying during your work placement in Hungary
Budapest has a vibrant nightlife, particularly in the Jewish Quarter. You’ll find plenty of lively bars, pubs and clubs. Ruined bars such as Szimpla Kert are a must for a memorable evening.
Ruin bars are alternative party venues located in abandoned or neglected buildings. Some of the best known are Szimpla Kert, Instant, Fogasház and Dürer Kert.
A unique experience in Budapest is to take part in a party at the thermal baths, such as the Széchenyi and the Rudas. You can relax in the pools while enjoying the music and festive atmosphere.
The Gozsdu Udvar district, located in Budapest’s Jewish quarter, is bustling with restaurants, bars and clubs, providing a dynamic atmosphere for a successful evening out.
Don’t miss the Sziget Festival, which takes place on the island of Obuda for a week in August. This is a major music festival in Europe, attracting renowned international artists and offering an unforgettable party experience.
Don’t forget to check the latest information on events, festival venues and times at the thermal baths before planning your visit. Enjoy your stay in Hungary and have fun!
Partying during your work placement in Cyprus
Ayia Napa is the number one party destination in Cyprus. This seaside resort is renowned for its lively nightlife. The central square of Ayia Napa is where the action is, with a multitude of clubs, bars and discos where you can dance the night away. Some of the most popular clubs include Club Ice, Aqua Club and Soho Club.
Paphos, another coastal town in Cyprus, also has a lively nightlife. You’ll find a variety of bars, pubs and clubs where you can spend a pleasant evening. The streets near the port are particularly lively, offering a friendly atmosphere in which to enjoy the party.
Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is home to a lively nightlife scene. The city is full of bars, restaurants and clubs where you can spend a pleasant evening. Popular areas to go out in Nicosia include the Laiki Geitonia district and Lidras Street.
As far as festivals are concerned, Cyprus offers several musical events throughout the year. For example, the Paradise Jazz Festival takes place in Pomos, offering a unique musical experience in a beautiful setting. The Limassol Carnival is another major event, with parades, colourful costumes and street parties.
Easy also for your internship in Ibiza
Ibiza is world-famous for its lively nightlife and legendary nightclubs. And I can tell you all about it, I was there for 4 months! Here are some of the island’s most iconic nightclubs:
- Pacha: Pacha is one of Ibiza’s most famous nightclubs. It is located in Ibiza Town and attracts top international DJs. Pacha is known for its glamorous atmosphere and varied electronic music. Theme nights are common, and you can expect to see people dressing up according to the theme of the night.
- Amnesia: Amnesia is another Ibiza nightlife institution. It is located near San Rafael and is famous for its memorable parties. Amnesia offers a diverse programme ranging from electronic music to techno. Theme nights are common, and revellers like to dress up to match the mood of the evening. I did a Disney night there once … fireworks, monster DJ set remixing Disney songs, fancy dress everywhere … I also had a Rocco party there, and you can imagine the films shown on the walls all night long and the clothes of the people hosting the party. It’s absolutely insane.
- Ushuaïa: Ushuaïa is a resort and open-air nightclub located in Playa d’en Bossa. It offers open-air parties with top EDM (Electronic Dance Music) programming. Ushuaïa is known for its extravagant events and impressive visual spectacles. And there are sometimes days, evenings, of partying H24 with showers on the beach – it’s an absolutely crazy atmosphere!
- Privilege: With a massive capacity, Privilege is one of the biggest nightclubs in the world. Located near San Rafael, it offers a great party experience with international DJs and spectacular stage productions. Theme nights are popular, and revellers don’t hesitate to dress up according to the evening’s theme.
Ibiza also hosts a number of events and themed evenings throughout the summer. For example, the ‘White Party’ evenings where participants are invited to dress in white to create an elegant and festive atmosphere. Boat parties are also popular, offering a unique experience combining music, dancing and sailing.
Well, all cities are pretty festive, but to be honest, if you like nightlife, no matter where you go, you’re going to have a blast. All you need to do is find out what’s on and plan the best nights out! Partying in Europe combined with an internship abroad is a real treat. For more info and tips: contact us!
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