Croatia has become on of the most popular places to party in recent years. Located along the Adriatic Sea between Montenegro and Slovenia, this Eastern European country is known for is long stretches of beach and coastal clubs, which now welcome some of the worlds best music festivals on an annual basis.
Croatia’s capital is Zagreb, however as many will come to expect the largest amount of Croatia’s music scene centres on the coast, more specifically the towns of Tisno, Pula, Novalja and also on the Island of Pag, just off the mainland, which is the largest of Croatia’s many islands.
The Island of Pag is home to Zrce Beach, which is arguably the nucleus of Croatia’s clubbing community. To blame is a collection of some of the most stunning beach clubs the world over, which throw regular in house events off-season and also team up to be part of huge festivals that take over the entire beach during the summer. Many will be accustomed to names like Sonus and Hideout by now, which were the first to set up shop on Zrce Beach, however more recently Fresh Island Festival, Croatia Rocks, Loveweek and Stereoforest have appeared amongst a number of other festivals centred on dance and urban music. Clubs Papaya, Kalypso, Aquarius, Noa and Euphoria are all involved in some of these, with a smaller number open for others.
Another more private location keen on music and dancing is The Garden Tisno. Whereas Zrce Beach is open to the public all year round, with clubs cordoned off to festival wristband holders, The Garden Tisno is your own private beach club where a concealed cove is littered with pretty apartments, a stretch of beach and a number of bars and clubs. Here you can find festivals like Electric Elephant, The Garden Festival, Dekmantel Selectors and Love International.
Finally there is Pula, which is where one of the most stunning festival locations in Croatia lies, Fort Punta Christo. Here Outlook and Dimensions Festival run exclusively, with the forts entire expanse being used in these otherworldly festivals that bring the best in house, techno, dub and more to Pula every year. Dotted around the island are several clubs that don’t have to be part of a big beach to be known for good music. Barbarella’s, Crkva and Sirup welcome internationally renowned DJs regularly.