Croatia has quickly become one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in Europe due to its breathtaking sceneries, remarkable number of islands and thousands-of-years old cultural heritage. However, Croatia is also well known for its bustling summer music festivals and a thriving party scene drawing thousands of party enthusiasts in from all over the world. The crystal-clear Adriatic and imposing Velebit and Biokovo Mountains serve as the perfect backdrop for indulging in music festivals that showcase some of the world’s best musicians. Basking in the glorious sun during the day and partying the night away under the star-speckled sky while the Adriatic waters lap against the shore sounds like the perfect summer holiday.
So where is the best place to go partying? Here is a list of top 5 party destinations in Croatia:
The place where party enthusiasts go to on Pag Island is the Zrce Beach. This pebbled gem has several all-hour clubs showcasing the leading international DJs and musicians. Several sultry music festivals take place at Zrce Beach in June, July and August such as Hideout, Fresh Island, Croatia Rocks and Electrobeach. Engage all your senses in a contagious party atmosphere at some of Zrce’s finest nightclubs, exciting beach and pool parties, as well as fantastic boat parties, while listening to Armin van Buuren, Sigma, Rudimental, Iggy Azalea and many more.
Tisno is a small town nestling comfortably between Zadar and Sibenik. Half of this quirky Dalmatian town is situated on the mainland, whilst the other half stretches over to the Murter Island. Spectacular sunsets, intimate sandy beaches and lovely architecture created the perfect oasis for festival goers.
The music inspired frenzy starts late June and lasts until the beginning of August. During the incredible two months the Garden Festival, Electric Elephant, Stop Making Sense and Soundwave Festival will make you wish summer can last forever. Occupying a secluded and private bay, the festivals are complimented with boat parties, dance floors by the sea, a tiki bar and a nightclub.
Unlike other party destinations on the list, Rovinj stands out with its quaint sophistication and a romantic appeal. Often called one of the most romantic cities in Croatia, this lovely Istrian pearl guarantees a unique type of fun. Rovinj is the location of Croatia Summer Salsa Festival, one of the most vibrant music festivals that infuses the streets of Rovinj with contagious Latin beats. What is more, Rovinj allows visitors to travel back in time to the 1950s during Dolce Vita, Croatia’s first vintage festival. And if you still prefer to indulge in electronic beats, then just visit Dimensions Festival in September and celebrate the end of a fun summer season!
Known as the sunniest Croatian island, Hvar is a favoured destination for famous people. Exciting nightlife is cantered in the town of Hvar which offers numerous nightclubs, bars and lounges where you can spend the day relaxing while sipping on cocktails or spend the night away dancing to the Latin and dance beats. Seize the day at Carpe Diem surrounded by palm trees and swimming pools or watch the sunset at Hula Hula.
If you are looking for a good time that lasts all year round, Croatia’s bustling capital city is the best place to be. Zagreb is infused with an exceptional number of bars, nightclubs and concert venues that will satisfy even the most unique tastes in music. Zagreb’s most popular music festival is the INmusic, taking place at city’s Jarun Lake and showcasing artists such as Florence + The Machine, Placebo, MGMT, Arctic Monkey, Franz Ferdinand and many other fantastic alternative musicians. Visit the Tkalciceva Street on the Upper Town for the widest selection of cafes, bars and pubs, while the Jarun Lake is where the biggest clubs are.
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