With a new year comes a new birthday! Are you thinking of celebrating a special birthday abroad, but stuck for ideas of where to go? Here are 15 great ideas for anyone looking to blow the candles out in the sunshine. From the all-night party island of Ibiza to the UK’s London town, let us inspire your next holiday! Make a wish…
For the ultimate party holiday, a trip to Ibiza ticks all of the boxes. A great destination for groups, your birthday celebrations will be filled with beach parties, bar hopping and sunbathing thanks to around 300 days of Spanish sun each year. And just a few hours flight from Ireland, you’ll be there in no time.
With much of the island’s nightlife in the resorts of San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars, restaurants, boat parties and clubs hosting world-class DJs. Come to Ibiza in July/August, and you can attend the infamous Ibiza Rocks annual music festival that takes place across multiple venues. But Ibiza holds so much more than just great nightlife; you can explore the Old Town, hit the shops of San Antonio Bay, or take a day trip by boat to Formentera for fun day out with your group.
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Looking for a place to enjoy your birthday weekend? A short city break to Barcelona offers just enough time to soak up the Spanish culture, enjoy some good weather, take in the sights and enjoy some local nightlife. Book into a central hotel and spend days exploring the city’s top attractions, city beaches or simply hang out at a local park.
It’s the second most populated city in Spain, with an incredible mix of arts and culture, modern and Gothic architecture, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Don’t forget to explore some of Gaudi’s finest works and visit the Barcelona Camp Nou – a must-do for any football fan!
Whether you’re planning a girl’s shopping trip or a boy’s holiday to New York, you won’t be disappointed. Celebrate your birthday in style in the Big Apple and you can look forward to the bright lights of Manhattan’s shopping and Broadway district, and visit famous landmarks like the Empire State Building, Central Park, Ground Zero and Brooklyn Bridge.
Foodies will appreciate New York’s growing food scene, from breakfast bagels and indulgent Italian fare, to full-on burger feasts and fresh sushi. For entertainment, spend your evenings at stand-up comedy shows in Harlem, late night bars in Soho or a at a theatre show in Midtown.
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If your birthday isn’t enough reason to visit the Caribbean, then what is? Hitting a landmark birthday like 30 is great excuse to treat yourself to a big holiday with loved ones, and with so much to offer the Caribbean is a great choice. Not only are the people warm and welcoming, some of the best all inclusive resorts in the world can be found here so if it’s a stress-free holiday you’re after then you’re in the right place.
Whether you choose somewhere like Jamaica for the party culture and miles of golden sand, Barbados for the annual Crop Over carnival celebrations, or Tobago for the marine life, the spirit of Caribbean people will ensure your birthday is a truly magical one. And of course, with endless amounts of sunshine, rum and great food on offer, you can enjoy some downtime in paradise.
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For a birthday celebration with the wow factor, Dubai hits the mark. There’s a playground of opportunities at your feet, and the location alone is enough to impress you and your party. Whether you decide to spend days enjoying watersports on the Arabian Gulf, cruising along the Dubai Creek, diving out of planes at Skydive Dubai, or shopping in Dubai Mall, there’s something for everyone.
Dubai offers some of the best nightlife, too. Get dressed up for a night on the town, enjoy cocktails at the top of Burj Khalifa, or enjoy dinner at one of many high end hotel restaurants in the city. You may even want to enjoy a desert sunset safari for a truly out of this world experience. No matter how you spend your birthday, Dubai will leave lasting memories.
The city of love is ideal for a romantic birthday break. The charming French capital is bursting with arts and culture for the culture vultures wanting to soak up some history – start with a trip to the Lourve, Musée d’Orsay, Petit Palais and National Museum of Modern Art. If sightseeing is your priority, then the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur and Notre-Dame are just a few landmarks that should be on your to-do list.
Once you’ve filled up on coffee and pastries, discover some of Paris’ best vintage and designer shops near Champs-Élysées, or wander around the mind-blowing department store Galeries Lafayette. And when it comes to nightlife in the city, the districts of Bastille, Montmatre, Le Marais and Oberkampf are highly recommended.
Full of eastern European charm and character, Croatia is the type of holiday destination that allows you to experience a little bit of everything on holiday – and it’s a great country to celebrate a birthday. Growing in popularity, here you can enjoy beach days along the coast or explore one of the many historic towns such as Dubrovnik, Split or Hvar. For the adventure-seekers, island hopping around Croatia will give you the freedom and opportunity to see some hidden gems too.
Croatia also offers good opportunities to go on group hikes through nature parks and mountains, snorkel in the azure Adriatic Sea, or get stuck into some of Europe’s biggest music festivals including Hideout and Fresh Island in Zrće, and Outlook in Pula. It’s the perfect destination to enjoy with friends for a truly unforgettable birthday!
Head to Mauritius for your birthday and you’ll experience a slice of paradise! Boasting some of the finest powder-white beaches, marine life and national parks, there’s plenty to enjoy on a relaxing break. Perfect for couples, secluded beach resorts offer the ideal surroundings to spend quality time enjoying a luxurious massage, while day trips offer the chance to see more of this beautiful island nation.
Explore Black River Gorges National Park, island hop to Isle Aux Cerfs for a day of beach fun, or marvel at Chamarel Waterfall. Mauritius is also home to some beautiful gardens and nature parks such as Le Jardin de Pamplemousse and La Vanille – home to giant tortoises.
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A few days in Berlin is a great way to celebrate a birthday, especially with friends. It’s a relatively cheap city break, so it won’t break the bank. This vibrant and once divided city blends old and new perfectly well, so whether you want to explore the architecture of the Holocaust Memorial or have a night out in the trendy district of Kreuzberg, you can experience everything Berlin is famous for. The city has quite a liberal attitude to opening hours, so expect plenty of parties until the early hours!
With so many cool parks to hang out in such as the iconic Mauerpark (home to Bear Pit Karaoke), modern café’s and coffee houses, and countless bars and restaurants, Berlin is a fun place to explore and the transport system is very efficient. You can also get around by bike or take one of multiple walking tours of the street art in Mitte. During the summer, there are plenty of beer gardens and beach bars to hang out in too.
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The capital of the UK has endless places to celebrate a birthday, at any age. From a wild 21st party in some of Soho’s best clubs, to a sophisticated 40th celebration in Mayfair, London offers a plethora of amazing venues with the wow factor – and fun factor! Plus, when it comes to choosing where to stay, the choice of hotels is impressive.
You may want to enjoy a romantic dinner in one of London’s tallest buildings – the Shard, Sky Gardens or the Oxo Tower. Head to the West End to see your favourite theatre production, or even try a group activity such as bowling at All Star Lanes or mini golf at Junkyard Golf in Shoreditch. Music fans will appreciate the city’s endless summer festivals and outdoor entertainment in iconic parks and commons, while foodies can indulge at street food venues and pop ups in some of London’s trendiest areas.
Want to go all out? Hire your own private boat on the Thames for a truly unforgettable party.
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Another of Germany’s top cities, Munich is a great option for a celebratory trip. Best known for its stunning architecture and Bavarian beer festival Oktoberfest, the well-connected city welcomes thousands of visitors each year. It has something for everyone – over 80 fantastic museums and art galleries, great shopping, and equally great food and beer. You’ll find some of the finest restaurants in southern Germany here, and be sure to visit a couple of breweries such as the Lowenbrau or Weihenstephan.
In the day, explore Altstadt (the Old Town) for top attractions such as Neues Rathaus and the Glockenspiel, and enjoy the thriving nightlife in Ludwigvorstadt. In need of some downtime? Head to a local park such as the English Garden in Schwabing, or the beautiful Old Botanical Garden.
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If you plan on going all out for a milestone birthday like a 21st or 30th, consider Las Vegas. Late nights and early mornings in Vegas are full on, with casinos and world-class stage shows at your fingertips. Plus, you can indulge in some of the best shopping on the strip in Fashion Show Mall.
Adrenaline junkies can even experience skydiving, bungee jumping and zip lining in the city. Be sure to visit the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area or take a day trip to the Grand Canyon. Walk in the footsteps of Elvis and Frank Sinatra on a magical trip to Vegas!
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There may not be any beaches in Madrid itself, but with year-round sunshine and plenty to keep you occupied, you won’t be missing out. A young and vibrant city with a new look, Madrid bursting with nightlife and tapas bars making it a great place to get a real feel for Spanish culture. And of course, its home to one of the most famous football teams in the world so a tour around Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is the perfect birthday treat for sports fans.
Discover hidden rooftop bars near to the Plaza de Cibeles and Calle de la Montera, or soak up the old quarters of the city including the Parque del Buen Retiro. If you visit Madrid for its art scene, don’t forget to visit El Prado, which has more than 4,000 works of art.
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A foodie’s dream destination, and what better way to indulge on your birthday than with pasta, pizza and gelato? Head to Rome for a romantic city break full of sightseeing, delicious food and photo opportunities!
Rome is Italy’s charming capital city, where you can explore the remnants of the Roman Empire and capture Renaissance art. Wander through pretty piazzas, cobbled streets and antique shops, or visit the iconic Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Roman Forum.
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Malta’s beautiful scenery, famous Blue Lagoon and festival culture are just three good reasons to book a flight for your birthday. As well as the nightlife in St Julian’s and Bugibba, some of Malta’s biggest annual events include the Jazz Festival, Annie Mac Presents: Lost and Found, Rock ‘n Malta and Creamfields. They also host a Music Week in June where Isle of MTV takes place.
Steeped in history, Malta’s capital Valletta, is known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the European Capital of Culture 2018. The National Museum of Archaeology, Siege Bell War Memorial and St. John’s Co-Cathedral can all be found here.
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