Partying in the Greek Islands – The Pink Palace in Corfu

Young travellers need look no further than Corfu’s Pink Palace for the ultimate partying experience on the Greek Islands.

Travelling whilst young and carefree is probably one of the most exciting experiences of a person’s life. With no responsibilities to fulfil, that is the time to grab friends and see the world.

It’s no secret that a number of Greek Islands, such as Mykonos and Ios, have the reputation as being ‘party islands’. However, the Pink Palace offers more than just the partying experience, and it’s all within the one complex, too. Situated on the north-western Greek island of Corfu, the Pink Palace is a young traveller’s paradise…literally in paradise!

Corfu island, Paleokastrica bay
Corfu island, Paleokastrica bay

Getting there is easy too. Flights to Corfu International Airport run from various cities all over Europe, while ferries from the Italian cities of Bari, Brindisi, Ancona and Venice, as well as the Greek cities of Igoumenitsa and Patras, also go to Corfu. Alternatively, the management at the Pink Palace has set up the ‘Pink Bus’ that runs between Athens and Corfu to make it easier to access the complex from the Greek capital and vice versa.

Accommodation

Travellers deciding to stay at the Pink Palace can choose between three different types of accommodation. The best and most value for money – at 25 Euros a night per person – is the ‘A Class’ which offers a basic hotel room with a picturesque seaside view to boot. For three Euros less, the ‘B Class’ lacks the oceanic view and the rooms aren’t as aesthetically pleasing.

For the sake of three Euros though, the ‘A Class’ is the way to go. However, for those who just want to do the ‘hostel thing’, and especiallythose travelling alone, opt for the ‘C Class’ or the dormitories. Starting from 18 Euros a night, the ‘C Class’ is cheaper and also gives another avenue to meeting new people. Further to this, all accommodation includes free breakfast AND free dinner.

Things to Do at the Pink Palace

Scheduled daily activities include a typical booze cruise, quad safari and kayak safari. The cruise itself offers an abundance of activities to make this boat ride a memorable one. Cliff jumping and snorkelling are the headline acts of this nautical experience, and they don’t call it a booze cruise for nothing: drinking is simply just another drawcard demonstrating that this cruise is not for the faint-hearted.

It’s surprising how many people can’t ride a four-wheeler, so people forgetting their lefts and their rights are a common theme on the quad safari. Despite all this, they’ll discover everything that the island has to offer including isolated beaches, villages, monasteries and spectacular mountain-top views. Best of all, they get to share this experience with friends and newfound fellow travellers – the perfect day trip.

Then there’s the kayak safari, exploring the Ionian Sea and surrounding islands and uninhabited beaches whilst being entertained with a lesson on Corfu mythology. It’s not the place for anyone with a hangover; they’ll need every ounce of endurance to paddle through the currents.

The fun doesn’t stop there, however. Run amok (or lounge about) on the private beach nearby or just relax in the massive jacuzzi provided by the comple, play a bit of basketball, table tennis or volleyball or even rock-climb or fish. Free movies are shown in the reception area, which also acts as a 24-hour bar. There are also pool and foosball tables. If this isn’t enough, four-wheelers are for hire at the Pink Palace for exploring the island of Corfu.

Palladium Nightclub

On top of all this, the Pink Palace’s own Palladium nightclub is free and is open every night where themed nights take the stage to give this party scene a bit of imagination. Saturday night’s toga party is always popular with the crowd, with ouzo shots, Greek dancing, plate smashing and other Greek stereotypes at this wild party. Like the booze cruise, this one’s not for the faint-hearted.