Over recent years, Croatia has made a name for itself as a hot destination for revellers and ravers. In fact, some have gone so far as to call it the “Ibiza of the Adriatic.” Like Ibiza, Croatia offers tranquil, quiet shores and winding streets to explore by day, and a high-energy crowd to mingle with after dark. In fact, between the months of May and September, there are often more than a dozen festivals organised.
Actually, a lot of party-goers are starting to prefer Croatia to Ibiza. Ibiza is overcrowded and over-commercialised. Croatia on the other hand has retained its unique cultural identity and unspoilt shores. If you charter a boat and sail along the Croatian coastline, you will have the chance to explore thousands of islands. During the day, you can sunbathe or hike, and at night, you can stop off at each of the country’s most famous party destinations.
In fact, which festivals should you plan to catch while you are on your Croatian charter vacation? Here are 10 experiences you simply cannot miss!
10. Split Beach Festival
Split Beach Festival takes place on August 4th-6th, and is set right on the sandy beach of Bačvice at Split. The line-up is a lot like that at Ultra, the biggest music festival in Croatia.
Dance on the sand and in the water and party through the night!
9. Black Sheep Festival
Another fabulous party which you can catch right before the Split Beach Festival is the Black Sheep Festival. The Black Sheep Festival spans a number of different venues, including Zrce Beach, Club Aquarius, Kalypso, Noa, and Papaya. Summer dates for 2017 have just been announced.
The party gets going on the 31st of July and runs through August 3rd. Don’t miss out on headliners like Carnage, DVBBS and Nervo!
8. Fresh Island
If you’ll be visiting Croatia in July, Fresh Island is an exciting festival which takes place on July 11th-13th at Zrce Beach, Novalja. Known as “Europe’s number one urban beach festival,” Fresh Island is your destination if you are into rap, hip-hop and RnB.
If you get déjà vu while you’re here, it’s probably because you’ve seen Fresh Island before. This is where Snoop Dogg & Madcon filmed the video for their hit song Is You With Me.
7. Love International
For those in search of an underground sound, the Love International Festival which runs from June 28th through July 5th is an incredible experience. You’ll find The Garden Resort venue just a short walk away from the town center of Tisno.
The private beach and bay have a secluded feel, and the vibes here are more laid-back than they are at many of the other festivals on this list. 2017’s line-up includes artists like Axel Boman, Ben UFO, and Black Madonna.
6. Dimensions Festival
Cruise on over to the Dimensions Festival on August 30th through September 3rd for an experience that is wholly Croatian.
This is an electronic music festival like you’ve never experienced, set in the historic Fort Punta Christo! The ambiance is out of this world, and the sound systems will blow your mind. Immerse yourself in the heavy beats of techno, dubstep, house, world and disco and enjoy acts such as Grace Jones, Moderat, Floating Points, and Dopplereffekt.
5. Defected Croatia
This is another festival which takes place at The Garden Resort in Tisno. 2017’s festival is booked in for August 10th-15th.
Dance under the stars and enjoy artists and DJs like MK, Basement Jaxx, Kenny Dope, Eats Everything, Dennis Ferrer, and Roger Sanchez.
4. Hideout Festival
Come to Zrce Beach for five days and nights between June 26th-June 30th, and you will have a chance to attend one of the biggest music festivals in Croatia!
More than 150 artists are slated to appear at this year’s festival, with some of the headliners including Marco Carola, Stormzy, Major Lazer Soundsystem, Diplo, and more. There are a lot of huge names at Hideout, and tickets sell fast—so be sure to book ASAP!
3. Sonus Festival
Sonus Festival is set to take place August 20th-24th at Zrce Beach (as you can see, if you are a partier, Zrce Beach is the place to be). More than 70 artists will be playing at Sonus this year.
Sonus is so big that you can choose exactly how you want to experience it. There are three clubs where you can dance to the pulsating beats, or you can party on the beach or even on a boat!
2. Outlook Festival
Hailed as the “largest bass music and soundsystem culture festival in Europe,” Outlook features the cutting edge in dance music between September 6th-September 10th. Like Dimensions, Outlook takes place in an abandoned fort.
Come here for an authentic vibe and the most wicked underground beats. Dance to hip hop, dubstep, techno, house, reggae, and more while experiencing a venue you could only find in Croatia.
1. Ultra Europe
Finally, no list of music festivals in Croatia would be complete without Ultra, which is THE festival to go to while you are sailing the Adriatic this summer! It isn’t just one of the Croatia’s most important music festivals, it is now one of the biggest house and EDM festivals in all of Europe.
Ultra this year is scheduled for July 13th-19th, starting with an opening party at the Giraffe Palm Beach House in Split. The next day is the main event at Poljud Stadium (also in Split), followed by Brac Regatta, Ultra Beach, and finally a closing party at Fort George.
This year’s line-up is spectacular, and the light show will blow your mind. Join more than 150,000 other revellers in the music festival experience of a lifetime!
Now that you know some of the hottest music festivals in Croatia, you are ready to plan the ultimate sailing vacation! Just keep in mind that there are only a limited number of tickets for each of these festivals. So make sure that you plan and book in advance so you don’t miss out!