My entire Summer plans are currently revolving around the return to Benicassim Festival in 2018.
I'm so excited to revisit after my first trip in 2016, with an even larger group of pals and all absolutely ready for sun, sea and sangria. It's quite the change from a UK festival in the mud and hopefully, the weather will be accommodating for us again.

I've been reflecting on my own experience and thought I'd jot down some reasons I'm returning and why I think you should put it on your travel list!

Sleep all day, party all night

With the headline acts performing at around 2am, this event is the best way to appreciate overnight partying. When you finally get tired you can head down to the beach, have a hungover fry up then sleep all day in the sunshine (don't forget your suncream...) and do it all over again.

You get the best of both worlds, appreciating the sunshine and beaches in the daytime followed by all the best music at night. When you arrive home this does mean you've become entirely nocturnal - though it's absolutely worth it!

The weather

As much as I enjoy a UK festival, safe to say the weather can often be a let down. In Benicassim it's much more likely that the temperature will be above 20 degrees and therefore not only can you have a fantastic festival experience but you get a Summer holiday, too.

Leave the wellies and ponchos at home, friends.

Great music

In 2016 I was lucky enough to see so many incredible bands perform, even if the headline acts weren't really my cup of tea. This year brings the wonder that are The Killers, who are back from what feels like the longest hiatus ever.

Liam Gallagher, Travis Scott and Pet Shop Boys are also featured headline acts as well as so many fantastic other artists. This year's lineup is very indie-heavy (with exceptions of course) which I am beyond excited for. Take a look at the current lineup here.

Make it a city break

As you can't fly directly to Benicassim, I would highly recommend using the trip as an opportunity to explore another of Spain's incredible cities. The nearest airports are Castellón, Barcelona, Alicante and Valencia and this year, we've chosen to head back to Barcelona again for amazing tapas and culture.

Last time we managed to squeeze in La Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, a couple of nights out in Barcelona's finest rock bars as well as an entire music festival. All in the space of a week.