Europe’s best summer parties of 2013

summer festivals

Summer in the UK can seem all too brief, so why not extend the fun by getting along to some of the best festivals in Europe?

Catch a few and summer will feel like one long party, especially when you know that your festival tickets will take you to places where the sun shines brighter  and for longer. Here are some of Europe’s finest festivals in 2013 – take your pick!

What are your favourite summer festivals abroad? Let us know in the comments below!

Electric Elephant, Croatia – 11–15 July

This is everything a festival in Croatia should be. Think eclectic acts and dancing well into the night, with hedonistic boat parties or dips in the Adriatic by day, all within spitting distance of a charming old town. This year, Electric Elephant is set in the Garden Tisno, which boasts a private sandy beach, and Carl Craig and Frankie Knuckles lead a diverse roster of electronic, reggae and house DJs and live acts.

Getting there: Fly from the UK to Split, and Tisno is just 1 hour by airport transfer.

Adriatic Sunset

Low Cost Festival, Spain – 26–28 July

The fifth Low Cost in Benidorm is anything but low rent. This year the three-day festival boasts some impressive indie headliners, from Portishead to Belle and Sebastian and Two Door Cinema Club. It does, however, provide the kind of hedonistic party experience you’d expect in Benidorm. When FHM attended Low Cost in 2011, it reported that on most nights the party lasted until after 4am.

Getting there: Fly to Alicante for transfers to Benidorm.

Benicàssim, Spain – 18–21 July

This is one of the biggest of Europe’s festivals, for sure. But if you love to be with the crowd – and you don’t mind some sangria, sun and Spanish beaches, either – then you’ll truly belong in this raucous celebration of music, art, fashion and film. Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr joins Queens of the Stone Age, Artic Monkeys and The Killers in this year’s line-up.

Getting there: Check the festival site for details of the bus service from Barcelona airport.

benicassim crowds

Unknown, Croatia – 10–14 September

We’re unrepentant for including another Croatian festival in this list – its summer parties may be newcomers but they’re already firm favourites among Europe’s partygoers. Unknown will make its debut in Rovinj this year, but it’s already hotly anticipated as it comes from the organisers of Hideout, Croatia’s most prized party ticket. Jessie Ware, Django Djando and Four Tet will headline in what promises to be an immersive and unique experience.

Getting there: Fly to Venice, then take transfers to Rovinj via Pula, on the Italian border

What are your favourite summer festivals abroad? Let us know in the comments below!

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About the Author: Jessica

Jessica is a passionate traveller and regular contributor to the Monarch blog.

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