Image: Soundwave Croatia (source)
Croatia has become a pivotal party destination in Europe. Adored for its phenomenally lush scenery, attentive locals and of course the abundance of music festivals that take over the coasts, the country has become a firm favourite with all generations of tourists.
Compared to other festival go-to spots, Croatia is relatively untouched. You get the right mix between picturesque landscapes and production set ups that wouldn't look out of place at some of the most prestigious clubs. It’s this unrefined beauty which makes it one of the most magical places in the world for people who love to party.
One town in particular, Tisno, is worshipped by revellers. It's home to The Garden site and one of the most beautiful villages in Europe, both of which frame the Adriatic sea. If you’re lucky enough to be headed to Tisno this summer, here’s some of the stuff we’d recommend you make time for.
Located within a small bay not far from the town centre is The Garden site, the stretch of beach transformed for the summer season with top end production and a fair few disco balls.
The site features an illustrious beach stage and a main stage nestled further inland. Not to mention the festivals take advantage of their vessels and embark on daily boat parties.
This year features a number of newcomers to the site to make things more interesting, whilst the nearby Barbarellas is an open air discothèque praised by attendees just as much as the festivals themselves. Dance under the stars until the sun comes up, with nights hosted by some of the biggest clubbing brands and promoters.
Suncebeat Wednesday 18th - Tuesday 24th July 2018
The atmosphere at this festival is incredibly intimate, it's a one of a kind event that welcomes the most respected selectors from across the globe, bringing the magic of the Southport Weekender and Liverpool Disco Festival to the Adriatic. The Suncebeat 2018 line up includes Kerri Chandler, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Joey Negro - and that's just to name a few.
Soundwave Festival Thursday 26th - Monday 30th July 2018
Having announced that 2018 is their final year, one of Croatia's longest running events is planning big things for its last outing. The festival has been proud of having arts and creativity at it's epicentre and it will be a much missed part of Tisno.
With the likes of Romare and Horse Meat Disco already confirmed, we're convinced that next year will be it's biggest and best.
Defected Croatia Thursday 9th - Tuesday 14th August 2018
International house music royalty Defected are returning to The Garden in 2018, with six days of perfect house hedonism expected as they continue their Adriatic adventure.
They're bringing many of their iconic names with them, with disco evangelists Glitterbox and stateside house rulers Strictly Rhythm all promised.
We'll keep this updated as more festivals are added before next summer.
There's some amazing places to eat dotted around the coast, but Restoran Carmen (below) takes our top spot on the festival side of the iconic Tisno Bridge.
Their outside terrace area sits on the edge of the water looking out onto the village and the canopy lights make the set up look even more magical. It's the perfect place to drink as you watch the sun go down, or indulge in a tantalisingly fresh fish or meat platter.
Another one of our favourites is Restaurant Antonio. Also located on the other side of the bridge, they serve their own home made wine and luscious olive oil which you can purchase and take home with you so you can have a little taste of Croatia back in the UK. Equally worth indulging in is Konoba Tereža on the mainland side of Tisno, no sea view but there isexcellent fish and meat offers, the former you can get direct form the aquairum.
Things to Do
If you're travelling between Tisno village, The Garden site and Barbarellas, you might as well do it in style, you can call up a taxi boat to take you from various drop off points around the coast.
If you fancy something a touch more relaxing, Krka National Park is the perfect anecdote (above). Renowned for the breath-taking waterfalls, Krka is visited by hundreds daily, eager to get a taste of paradise.
Just as important when you get there is finding somewhere to stay. A lot of the festivals have excellent built in accommodation options which range from Villas to single rooms and even camping - although remember it gets hot out there.
Pontus is a Tisno based travel agency who specialise in helping you out, particularly if you stay on the island of Murter after the festival ends.
For more on Croatian events including full festival line ups, head to our Croatia Section.