- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Fantastic music festivals
Often referred to as the new Ibiza, Croatia is a music mecca that’s quickly becoming the ultimate destination for music lovers seeking out top DJs and popular artists. Croatia boasts unbelievable festivals located at world-class venues under the sun in paradise. If you’re into music festivals, we highly suggest you plan a trip to Croatia for the summer of 2016.
Croatia’s Hideout Festival, Ultra Europe and Fresh Island Festival are some of next summer’s biggest draws, most of them taking place on the beautiful island of Pag at the famous Zrce beach. Tickets go on sale at the end of October and last year, they sold out within two weeks.
Croatia Wave helps travellers who wish to plan their trip to Croatia around the music festivals, by offering organized festival packages, including accommodation nearby.
Dubrovnik is one of the most unique, charming and beautiful cities in the world. Walking ‘the wall’ is a must. The medieval wall in old town Dubrovnik was partly built in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries and offers views of fortresses, the Adriatic Sea and the city’s gorgeous architecture.
For the most unforgettable stay possible in this Pearl of the Adriatic, check out Prijeko Palace. Prijeko Palace Hotel boasts charming rooms in an iconic house built in 1470. They have brilliantly dedicated each of their hotel rooms to well-known international artists, so each is uniquely decorated with beautiful original decor. Real grapes grow from vines on your 15th century balcony, and your view is of the charming streets of old town Dubrovnik. The location is ideal – some of the best restaurants in Croatia are hidden in the side streets of this historic walled city. This area is also where several scenes from the HBO hit Game of Thrones are filmed.
Hvar Island is another must-see while you’re in Croatia, and getting there is an easy (and cheap) ferry trip from Dubrovnik. A charming port and harbor city, Hvar has awesome waterfront restaurants and bars, and very unique nightlife scene. By a landslide, the best hotel to stay at in Hvar is Hotel Amfora, a luxury resort with cascading waterfall pools and a swim-up bar. When it comes to nightlife, the Central Park Club Hvar has some of the best live music you’ll ever see, and upstairs is a fine dining restaurant with a beautiful terrace view. Hvar’s Hulu Hula Beach Bar allows travelers to experience a taste of Hawaii while in Croatia. Elsewhere Carpe Diem, an after-party beach club, opens at 1 a.m. and is accessible via water taxi.
Forgoing the usual bar scene, many travelers often simply purchase a Somersby cider and a slice of delicious Mediterranean pizza from the local tobacco shop. They’ll then eat and drink with their friends on the harbour-front walkway, dangle their legs into the cool Adriatic sea and people watch. Since the music from the harbor-front’s bars can still be heard from the walkway, it’s the perfect solution for those who want to experience Hvar’s nightlife without being in a crowded club or bar.
Stunning secret caves
Renting a boat once you arrive in Hvar is a must if you want to see the iconic blue and green caves. At the green cave, you can swim in pristine green waters, while cliff jumping off the top of the cave is an option for the daredevils of your group. The blue cave encloses the most epic electric-blue water, and although swimming is not allowed in this one, you’ll still snap one of the best Instagram photos you’ve ever taken (although it may be hard to convince others that that vivid blue truly is nofilter).
Amazing hidden beaches
Another reason to rent a boat while you’re in Hvar is to see gorgeous hidden beaches such as Stiniva Bay located near the caves and only accessible via boat. A perfect day trip (one you’ll never forget) would include an excursion to the caves and Stiniva Bay, one of Croatia’s hidden gems.