As a bit of an Ibiza veteran, I’m loathe to award any destination the title of ‘the new Ibiza’ – but for the last few years Croatia has been relentlessly snapping at the partied-out heels of the Balearic clubbing giant – and 2012 is the year it’s set to make some serious waves! Here’s why we think Croatia is this years party capital…
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Imagine, if you will, a combination of Mediterranean sunshine, cheapy-cheap prices, world class DJ’s, beautiful people and beach parties straight out of a Carlsberg advert. Sound likes a party utopia to us! Well, if the (dancing) shoe fits…
Ah, the humble music festival; it’s a powerful force. It put a previously tranquil rural wonderland called Glastonbury on the map, made a dusty no-mans-land called the Black Rock Desert in Nevada the subject of international attention and propelled a sleepy Spanish fishing town called Benicassim into the global spectrum. And Croatia has had the festival treatment too. With festivals like Outlook, Garden, Hideout and Soundwave all competing for the attentions of hedonistic party punters, Croatia’s beaches, oceans and bars are all now host to arguably some of the best parties in the world at the moment!
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….and the afterparty
Croatia is popular with the discerning party-goer because unlike the booze-and-burnt skin-traps of places like Magaluf and Kavos, it’s still pretty classy. Punters choose it for the music and this means that you’re unlikely to see 18 year old Dave unleashing hell into the poor ocean wearing his bright red lobster skin and can of Stella like a badge of honour. Plus, when you’re burnt out after the party has gone on that little bit too long, Croatia is an incredible place to recharge the batteries.
If you like a touch of glamour with your holiday, Croatia will certainly tick your bling boxes. Head over to Novalja, Pag and you’ll find super-shiny hot spot Papaya resting alongside some of Croatia’s most exclusive clubs. Those grubby flip flops (you know the pair) and that ten- year old bikini simply will not suffice here – think Melissa Odabash swimwear, four-inch heels by the pool and a full face of slap. Yikes. And boys, you don’t escape unscathed – those baggy Quiksilver shorts from your Lads on Tour days are NOT acceptable.