Nightlife in the Balkan Peninsula
The Balkan Peninsula includes quite a range of countries and cultures, which you’ll find echoed in your choices for evening entertainment. Rich traditional folk music will rise out of bars right next to discos playing the same things you hear at home – sometimes. Ancient theatres still in use are magical venues for enjoying theatrical performances.
Can you even think of Greece without also thinking of theatre? Traveling in Greece gives you the splendid opportunity to see Greek plays and modern works performed in ancient amphitheatres that add another dimension to your evening out. A typical night out in Athens is long and opulent, so wear your blue jeans or your tux, put on your high heels and let yourself enjoy the experience of Greek carousing! The Psyrri area has evolved into one of the most important centers of nightlife, with scores of bars, tavernas, ouzeris, and clubs. Follow the rhythm of Patras: Spend your morning admiring the city’s beautifully restored neoclassical buildings. When you feel tired, enjoy a fine meal, then relax at a lounge café. When night truly sets in, see the streets transform into avenues of fun as Patras’ nightlife awakens.
Don’t think you’ll be going to bed early in Serbia! Belgrade has some of the best nightlife in Europe, particularly on the floating restaurants and nightclubs along the Sava, Danube and Ada Cinganlija. A semi peninsula on the Sava River and four kilometers from the city center, Ada is one of Belgrade’s most popular spots, which also boasts over 50 sports facilities, including a golf course and waterskiing.
Your most exciting nights in Slovenia will be in its capital, Ljubljana, which offers the most opportunities for entertainment and satiating your curiosity. Different clubs and diverse cultural and social events take place here, from exhibitions to film festivals. Maribor is the place to party in the summer during the during the Festival of Lent. In Celje, the pulse of a contemporary town is framed among the ruins of the castle – how cool does it get? People who love entertainment can have a blast at casinos in Slovenia, mostly found along the borders with Italy and Austria, testing their luck or watching diehard players.
It may be one of Croatia’s smaller towns, but Vodice is lively night and day, always offering something new and unusual. The traditional folk festivals and entertainment including evenings of Dalmatian a'cappella songs and more augment the rich nightlife that makes Vodice one of the most attractive towns on the Adriatic. You’ll find theatrical performances popping up on some islands in the summer, but also consider the Eurokaz festival in Zagreb. Luxurious productions and superb performances lure actors and spectators from around the globe.
Towns in Montenegro all have their own special story but what they have in common is the corso – a cobblestoned main street lined with one bar after another. Gossip, coffee and a short drink happen all day long, but the pub atmosphere emerges in the evening hours, accompanied by strains of both traditional and contemporary music. Entertainment in the mountainous part of Montenegro is mainly connected with the ski resorts. Pljevlja is widely known for its traditional music played by the living legends; Žabljak and Kolašin are no slackers, either, famous for their great New Year’s Eves. Fireworks above the snowy summits and music in the city make these memorable nights.