Top holiday destinations for students

When exams are behind you and term's over, it's time to jet off somewhere with your best pals.

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If you’re looking to forget about the essay deadlines and unwind somewhere on the white-sand beach or in an underground party, this guide is exactly for you.

Find an inspiration for this year’s summer break with our top 10 student-friendly holiday destinations.

You might think a proper holiday’s out of reach, but our hand-checked deals and student discounts will help you find out the best place to enjoy the sun, snorkel or party all-night-long without busting the budget.

Best summer holiday destinations for students

Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

With its historical canal houses, World Heritage Listed canal system and artistic atmosphere, Amsterdam is the kind of destination that lets you drink up history while letting your hair down.

Things to do:

Ride a bicycle along the canals, find the hidden Wooden House which was built in 1548, take and interactive tour in the former brewery of Heineken.

Best sites for trips to Amsterdam


Tenerife

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Tenerife is one of seven Canary Islands, known for idyllic beaches as well as remarkable ecological diversity. It’s a fantastic location for travellers looking for active holiday experience in a natural paradise.

Things to do:

Climb Mount Teide, try snorkelling and surfing in the Teide National Park, walk above the clouds, swim in the natural pools.

Best sites for trips to Tenerife


Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Easily one of Europe’s trendiest cities, the German capital is a wondrous location for a student holiday. People flock to the metropolis for its underground nightlife, flourishing arts scene and hip vibe.

Things to do:

By day, explore sights and galleries of the Museum Island, walk along the Berlin wall. By night, check out the vibrance of nightlife of the best European clubs.

Best sites for trips to Berlin


Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

You’ll fall in love with this “Pearl of the Adriatic” as soon as you set eyes on the beauty of its old town, which takes you back centuries along cobbled streets lined by noble Baroque stone buildings. Outside the medieval city walls, you can bathe in the deep blue Adriatic at trendy Banje beach or catch a taxi-boat to Lokrum islet instead, with its botanical garden and vibrantly coloured peacocks.

Things to do:

Take the Game of Thrones walking tour, go sea kayaking, walk the city walls.

Best sites for trips to Dubrovnik


Zante

Zante, Greece

If you are more of a party animal and beachgoer kind, Zante is the best choice for both. By day you can explore the beautiful caves and catch some sun on hidden beaches, while by night you can stay restless clubbing along the main Zante club strip.

Things to do:

Visit one of the most photographed beaches – Shipwreck beach, go snorkelling at Porto Limnionas, party hard in Zante.

Best sites for trips to Zante


Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary’s capital city, is a great destination for students who want to have holidays with plenty to do and see at very affordable prices. After a long day of exploring the city you can relax and chill with a cold refreshing beer at a local pub making new international friends.

Things to do:

Unwind in one of the Budapest baths, cruise the Danube River, explore the Buda Castle, stop for a drink in a ruin bar.

Best sites for trips to Budapest


Ibiza

Ibiza, Spain

Spanish island close enough that flights won’t cost you a fortune and exotic enough that you can enjoy the summer while getting tanned under a palm on a white-sand beach. What’s more, here you will be surrounded by the world-famous clubs sound tracked by famous DJs.

Things to do:

Explore the narrow, cobbled streets of Dalt Vila “Upper Town”, climb Island of Es Vedrà to explore the wildlife and enjoy beautiful views.

Best sites for trips to Ibiza


Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal’s capital is the perfect beach and city break combination. Stroll past pastel-coloured buildings or jump aboard the wooden Tram 28 as it rumbles through the city’s most historic streets. Pink Street features Lisbon’s liveliest nightlife while jaw-dropping Guincho Beach is just half an hour from the city centre.

Things to do:

Visit St George’s Castle, get lost in the LX Factory district, enjoy live fado music in one of the clubs or bars.

Best sites for trips to Lisbon


Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Jaw-dropping architecture, fascinating history, world-famous beer, delicious food and abundant nightlife – all of this is about Prague. Spend an unforgettable time in this majestic city and meet new friends when enjoying a pint in one of the numerous bars.

Things to do:

Wander through Prague Castle, go on a beer-tasting tour, visit the 2nd ugliest building in the world, dance the weekend away into the weekdays.

Best sites for trips to Prague


Essaouira

Essaouira, Morocco

If you’re looking to escape from your comfort zone and explore something outside of Europe, Essaouira is the right place. This colourful town on Morocco’s Atlantic coast is an ideal place to learn how to surf as well as explore a new culture.

Things to do:

Go kite surfing, bag a bargain at the local Medinah, walk, swim or ride a camel, check out local fish market.

Best sites for trips to Essaouira

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