Exploring Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, its many islands and thriving nightlife
Since its arrival into the European Union, Croatia has quickly become one of Europe’s most popular summer destinations. Attracting visitors from all over the globe, the Dalmatian islands are a popular stop on the European travel circuit with Australians, Americans and South Africans, whilst also attracting visitors from all over Europe. Croatia’s Dalmatian coast has for a long time been famed for its beauty, crystal clear waters and national parks (there are 8 in total) however it’s this combined with Croatia’s thriving nightlife & music festival scene and relatively moderate cost of living prices that is driving revelers to its shores. We explore 3 of Croatia’s most popular islands:
If you’re looking for a party holiday but tired of the typical 18-30 holidays to places like Aiya Napa and Magaluf where you seem to spend your life avoiding forceful reps promising all you can drink for 2 hours for 10 euros then Pag may be the place for you. Pag plays host to many open air festivals such as Hideout and is the Croatia’s party capital. Often described as the new Ibiza, Zcre beach is renowned for hosting some of Croatia’s wildest parties. Both club Kalypso and Aquarius club lie on the beach and are packed out from the end of June right the way through to the beginning of September. Attracting world class DJ’s throughout the summer this really is the place to be if you’re looking for a non-stop party. Despite having built its reputation as the No.1 party destination in Croatia, the islands beauty is what makes it so special. There are many quieter beaches and beautiful scenery to be found all over the island which certainly will help nurse that hangover.
Whose it best for: The perfect location for those who enjoy partying 24/7 or are into dance festivals.
When to go: July
Hvar is Croatia’s most luxurious destination. The harbour is almost always filled with multi million pound yachts and on a good day would rival some of the most prestigious the world over. If you enjoy the finer things in life, have a little bit of cash to spend on a holiday and enjoy a vibrant nightlife Hvar is the place to go. Steeped in history, Hvar has many cultural wonders to be seen such as the old Spanjola Fortress which was built in the 16th century to protect the bay and town. Despite its many cultural wonders Hvar has also managed to carve itself out as quite the party destination. Hula Hula bar is quickly becoming famed for its sunsets and Carpe Diem beach club sit’s on its own island just off the coast of Hvar. The open air club boasts white leather sofas, big named DJ’s and doesn’t open till 2am but the party doesn’t stop till long after the sun has come up. Great bars, clubs and restaurants makes Hvar the perfect destination for those looking for a lively nightlife whilst the cultural sites and beaches provide some substance and culture.
Whose it best for: Ideal for those who want the perfect mix of scenery, beauty, sophistication and lively nightlife.
When to go: July – Mid August
Looking to visit one of the Dalmatian coasts many islands but on a bit of a budget? Then Brac could be the destination of choice for you. Sat just off the coast of mainland Split, Brac is easily accessible by boat. Thanks to the soaring popularity of islands like Pag and Hvar, Brac is far less touristy and for that reason the accommodation, food and drink prices are much cheaper. Brac also has the added advantage that it features Zlatni Rat beach, one of Croatia’s most beautiful beaches. The town of Bol has a wide range of bars and clubs which are open from dusk till dawn and despite the island being far less touristy than some of the others, it still remains a popular stop off for many yacht fleets which ensure the bars and clubs remain busy all summer and host some pretty wild beach parties. It’s worth researching when the big ones are should you be looking to plan a visit.
Whose it best for: Perfect for those who are on a bit of a budget, looking for a good time.
When to go: Mid June – Early September