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Why Croatia has the best Summer Festival Vibe in Europe

Published November 28th, 2019

So much hype around Croatia, right? If you’re wondering if it lives up to its reputation, here are 5 reasons why it’s one of Europe’s hottest summer destinations.

1. Ultra Music Festival

If you like a good festival, you’d be crazy to come to Croatia in summer and not experience Ultra—one of Europe’s best EDM festivals with some of the world’s best DJs headlining each year. Plus, either side of the epic 3-day festival in Split, you can be sailing your way along Croatia’s pristine coastal waters, and meet fun-loving sun-seekers from all over the world.


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Island life

Life on the high seas means almost every day you dock in a new town with amazing local vibes to uncover. Take Hvar for example, not only is it the sunniest place in Croatia, there are secluded swimming coves by day and party vibes by night. There’s Mljet’s incredible National Park and Korcula’s medieval Old Town which was once home to famous Venetian traveller Marco Polo.

3. Sailing

If your natural habitat is on the water, living in your swimsuit with sunglasses, a fun hat and a cold drink your only accessories… then, sailing Croatia is the way to go. Sunbake on the deck with your mates, jump off the boat into the stunning Adriatic Sea, enjoy fresh seafood cook-ups on board, and wake-up to the sound of the water lapping at the side of the boat, beckoning another day of adventure on the ocean.


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Fresh AF food

If you complain about the food in Europe, you’re doing it wrong. Regional delights and fresh flavours abound from the Mediterranean… and seafood fans, you’re in luck in Croatia, with fresh seafood in abundance. Try the regional speciality of squid ink risotto or fisherman’s stew. Not a seafood fan? Dig into BBQ’d meat and fresh salads along with plenty of brandy shots and cold beer to wash it all down. Živjeli! (Zheev yay lee) is cheers in Croatian.

5. History

Croatia has some seriously incredible history. It’s no wonder so many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in Dubrovnik and Split. Fans can take part in a walking tour of the cities to spot filming locations as well. Croatia’s history is no tall tale though—we’re talking city walls fortified in the 9th century. The famous town of Dubrovnik has survived centuries of invasion and war and remains magnificent today.

So, what about Europe’s other epic festivals like Sziget and Lollapalooza? Yes, they are great in their own right!

Sziget has been running for over 20 years in Budapest and puts on a mighty week-long music and arts festival with 60 stages and an eclectic mix of music from rock to hip hop, funk, reggae and everything in between with big acts such as Florence +  The Machine, Post Malone and Ed Sheeran.

Lollapalooza started in Chicago back in 2005 and it’s been such a success it’s expanded around the world to South America and Europe. You can catch this iconic music festival in Europe in Berlin, Paris or Stockholm each summer.

BUT, ultimately, if you want to live like a pirate and enjoy the bounty of both land and sea, PLUS one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals—Busabout Ultra Island Hopper is the ultimate combo of festival time, sailing, island life, fresh food and history!


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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✔✔✔✔✔ [that’s Ultra Croatia ticking all the boxes]

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.