Splash of fun and vibrant colors in Aberdeen

by EliasZanetti

Aberdeen is a great place to visit especially during the summer where there are plentiful of festivals and fun...

When you think of Scotland you might think of Highlander, kilts, Scotch, castles, but you may very well think of old cities, well renowned for their university and therefore sparkling life that new generations of students bring along. There is always something fun going on in the picturesque cities of Scotland and Aberdeen is just one of these places where you will never be bored and where you will always be surprised by something fancy or something new.

The Silver City


Also called the 'Silver City' due to the gray color of historical buildings made of granite that populate the historical center of city, Aberdeen surprises one with its vivacity and colorful living that one might not actually expect to find in an important economic center. One must know that Aberdeen also plays an important role in the economy, also being called the Energy Capital of Europe due to the reserves of oil found in the North Sea. However, cultural life is just as prosperous, if one could call it like that.

Aberdeen is Green Too

Johnston Gardens
Johnston Gardens
Victoria park
Victoria park

Aberdeen has an abundance of green, which might be slightly unusual for an economic center of such importance. There are plentiful of parks and gardens that turn the city into a both beautiful and healthy place to live in. Actually, there are no less than 45 parks and gardens that crown this Granite City, bringing color and conveying a certain charm to the historical gray of the granite walls. There is nothing more impressive than the contrast of green grass and blossoming flowers with the legendary silverish gray of Aberdeen's buildings. Victoria Park might be just the perfect example of the elegant contrast, being positioned right in the heart of Aberdeen and also hosting in the center a marvelous fountain made of fourteen different types of granite.

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Aberdeen's Bars

If the visual pleasures that are awaiting in Aberdeen at a mere walk around the city and its parks did not convince you so far to pay it a visit, then find out that there are many more activities that bring a splash of fun and color to this marvelous place. The nightlife in Aberdeen is boiling hot! There are a few places that are truly worthwhile! BrewDog is one of them! It is the best pub you could ever go to, for certain! The beer is tasty and you will never run out of it! But except for BrewDog, there are also many others, such as Drummonds (if you want to hear some good live music) or Slain Castle, for a true Goth atmosphere! Best nightlife in Aberdeen happens on Belmon Street and, in case you want direct access to all that fun, then you'd better find some proper accommodation that would guarantee you being right in the middle of the action. Travelodge hotel in Aberdeen might make for a great option, in case you were just searching for a perfect location that offers good services in exchange for convenient prices.

The Big Beach Ball Festival

The Big Ball Beach Festival
The Big Ball Beach Festival

There are also some great festivals taking place in Aberdeen. You might have just missed the second edition of The Big Beach Ball, which starts on the 5th of May. Or, who knows, you might be just right in time if you catch a last-minute flight. Even though the Big Beach Ball is new to the festival scene, it appears to be one of the most promising events taking place in Aberdeen. The festival gathers some of the most prolific names of the rock music scene of the moment. It takes place in the legendary Beach Ballroom, just by the beach of Aberdeen, famous as well for its golden sands. The Beach Ballroom is well known not only for its characteristic Art Deco beauty, but also for having hosted famous bands on its stage, such as The Beatles or Pink Floyd. In case you make it there in time, have fun!

Highlights - The Big Beach Ball 2012

The Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Partying in Aberdeen
Partying in Aberdeen

If not, though, there are still some chances in store for you in Aberdeen this summer. Aberdeen hosts one of the largest youth festivals of arts in the world – The Aberdeen International Youth Festival. It takes place in Aberdeen every summer, uninterruptedly ever since the 1973 onwards, when the festival - meant to unite youth from all parts of the world through music - was moved from St Moritz in Switzerland to its new location. From open air performances and parades to ballet, contemporary dance, jazz or symphony orchestra, they all take place in Aberdeen during the festival, which manages to gather over 1000 young artists from all over the world every year. And they do bring a strong wave of creative vibration to the Granite City, for sure! You could check it out for yourself! This year, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) takes place in between the 26th of July and the 3rd of August. Enjoy!

Updated: 05/05/2013, EliasZanetti
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/24/2017

EliasZanetti, Except for the non-skimpy outfits, the AIYF almost makes Aberdeen look like Rio de Janeiro samba-dancing after a soccer game!

EliasZanetti on 06/22/2013

Have fun in Aberdeen then :)

Mira on 06/21/2013

I didn't know Aberdeen was so important economically. Great to hear it has nice pubs, as I plan to visit one year :).

EliasZanetti on 06/21/2013

Thanks a lot, every place has many faces... it depends on how we look at it :)

KathleenDuffy on 06/20/2013

I didn't realise Aberdeen was so cosmopolitan! Great article!

EliasZanetti on 05/30/2013

@poutine: A great place, indeed! Thank you for the comment, poutine!

EliasZanetti on 05/06/2013

Aberdeen is gray indeed but it's parks are shining light not to mention its pubs :)
Thank you for your comment pkmcr

pkmcr on 05/06/2013

Great page about a city which many don't normally associate with colour! I loved it last time we visited and can certainly recommend it.

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