New catamaran route in Croatia for 2017!

Some exciting news about another new catamaran route in Croatia for 2017 – one that we’re sure will benefit many visitors to the country.

This new catamaran route will hop between the mainland and some of Croatia’s most popular islands, connecting Split, Bol on the island of Brac, Makarska, KorculaMljet and Dubrovnik.

The service is being run by Kapetan Luka, who already also run a popular route connecting Split with Milna on Brac, Hvar Town on Hvar, Korcula, Mljet and Dubrovnik.

This new service will commence sailing on Monday 12th June 2017, running daily until Sunday 17th September 2017. The timetable of the new service is as below:

New catamaran connections and day trips

This new route brings up some exciting new sea connections. In particular, Makarska is now connected by sea to the prime spots of Bol, Korcula, Mljet and Dubrovnik. And to Split as well, of course, although as it’s only an hour or so down the road, it’s already easily reachable from Croatia’s second city! (Makarska does already have a car ferry to Sumartin on the eastern side of the island of Brac.)

This catamaran also sets up some opportunities for day trips not previously possible by public ferry. A day trip from Split to Bol is now possible; you’ll certainly get a full day in Bol, and be able to experience the delights of Zlatni Rat, one of Croatia’s most famous beaches. And from Makarska, you can also consider a day trip to Korcula or Mljet. (Dubrovnik is a little too far, and you’d only get four hours there!).

Online ticket booking

Tickets can be booked on Kapetan Luka’s booking website. We’d certainly recommend pre-booking tickets in advance, as we’re sure this route will be popular.

As a catamaran, this is obviously a foot passenger only boat. No cars can sail on this route!

Prices of the various sectors of this route can be see here.

Other catamaran and ferry routes

Of course, there already are plenty of other routes running off the Croatian coast. Two other popular services – both of which have also started running in recent years – connect Split and Dubrovnik and stop at Brac (Milna or Bol), Hvar, Korcula and Mljet along the way.

For more details about these routes, and for other sailings, see our Ferries in Croatia section.

Happy catamaran travelling!

Milna, Brac

Travel question: Island day trips from Split and Dubrovnik in May

I am spending three nights Split and three nights in Dubrovnik in late May. I was wondering if you had any suggestions about possible ferry day trips to go on while in either of these two cities?

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Island day trips from Split in May

From Split, either Hvar Town or Milna on Brac (but not both on the same day!) would be most suitable locations for ferry day trips. This catamaran (which runs daily in late May) sails to both places, departing from Split quite early in the day and then making the return journey in the evening. This means you would get a full day on either Brac or Hvar.

Island day trips from Split - Milna on Brac

Milna on the island of Brac

Jadrolinija do also have sailings to Hvar Town. However, in late May they don’t yet have any in the morning (with a return in the afternoon/evening) meaning you can’t use their sailings for a day trip to Hvar at this time of year. They do, however, have a slow car ferry to Stari Grad on Hvar but at two hours sailing each way, that’s quite a lot of travel time! 

Vis is also not suitable as an island day trip by public ferry from Split.

For something closer and more ‘off the beaten track’, how about the island of Solta? Definitely possible as a day trip from Split (with Jadrolinija, sailing time 1 hour) you can find out more details about the island on the tourist office website. A tranquil place away from the crowds, it would certainly earn you brownie points as a place that not many people visit or have heard of! Travel expert Simon Calder wrote an article in the Independent on visting this island: Slavic secret Solta is steeped in history and rich in beauty.

Island day trips from Dubrovnik in May

From Dubrovnik, you can visit one (or possibly two, if you time it right!) of the Elafiti islands of Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep with Jadrolinija.

Unfortunately, there are no sailings in late May that make a day trip to the islands of Korcula or Mljet possible.

Of course, visiting the small island of Lokrum *is* possible! There are frequent sailings from Dubrovnik’s Old Town – see the timetable on the official Lokrum website.

Happy day-tripping!

New flights to Croatia in 2017

We’re pleased to say that there have been many, many direct flights from the UK and Ireland to Croatia for years…but that doesn’t stop new routes being announced all the time! Here we check out new flights to Croatia in 2017 to make planning your trip that little bit easier.

New flights to Croatia in 2017

New Easyjet flights to Zadar, Dubrovnik and Pula

Despite already having a very strong presence in the country, Easyjet announced a handful of new routes to Croatia for 2017. For the first time, they will fly to Zadar – flights from London Luton will start on 27th May (to 30th September) and operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

They’ve flown to Dubrovnik for a number of years, but this year they will also operate flights from Manchester and Belfast Airports. From Manchester, they will fly twice weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) from 22nd July, whilst from Belfast it’s also twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Sundays) from 14th May.

Bristol Airport – already connected to Dubrovnik and Split – will now also see flights to Pula with Easyjet this year. This route will start on 27th May (to 30th September) and only operate once a week, on Saturdays.

Unfortunately, Easyjet have dropped their Newcastle – Split route

New Ryanair flights from Bristol and Glasgow to Zadar

Zadar is very firmly Ryanair‘s base in Croatia and to their long-established routes from London Stansted, Manchester and Dublin, they will also start flying from Bristol and Glasgow. Bristol – Zadar has already started for the season (to 28th October 2017), flying on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Glasgow – Zadar will also fly twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) but only in peak season – this route starts on 3rd July to 28th August.

Ryanair have dropped their London Stansted to Osijek route in 2017, meaning Osijek is no longer connected to the UK.

Jet2.com new flights from London Stansted to Pula, Split and Dubrovnik

London is of course very well connected to almost all of Croatia’s airports, but a few more flights just adds to the choice available to travellers! Jet2.com will fly from London Stansted to Pula from 24th April (Sunday initially; Wednesdays and Sundays from 1st May); to Split from 26th June (Sunday initially; Wednesdays and Sundays from 3rd July); and to Dubrovnik from 24th April (initially Saturdays only; Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1st May; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 22nd May).

Jet2.com will also start flying from East Midlands Airport to Split from 24th April to 1st October 2017 (once a week, on Sundays) and from Glasgow to Dubrovnik from 24th April to 22nd October 2017 (on Sundays).

New Monarch flights to Zagreb

Croatia’s coastal airports see new routes introduced all the time…so it’s very pleasing to see that capital city Zagreb will also get some new connections this year! From the 28th April, Monarch will fly thrice-weekly from London Gatwick (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) and twice weekly from Manchester (on Mondays and Saturdays) to Zagreb. The latter route is certainly very welcome as it is the first non-London connection to Zagreb for quite some time. It was also recently announced that these routes will operate year-round – very pleasing to hear.

British Airways to fly to Pula in 2017

There aren’t many flights from London Heathrow to Croatia, but British Airways is seemingly doing its best to change that! Already flying to both Zagreb and Split from that airport, they will also fly from London Heathrow to Pula in 2017 – twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays) from 1st July to 30th September.

Aer Lingus introduce a Dublin to Split route

Already operating flights to Pula and Dubrovnik, Aer Lingus will now fly from Dublin to the central Dalmatian city of Split in 2017. From 27th May to 28th October, they will fly twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Other flight news

Norwegian appear to have dropped their Gatwick – Pula route for 2017, although will still fly to Split and Dubrovnik.

Thomson have dropped their Newcastle – Dubrovnik route.

Croatia Airlines have sold some of their London Heathrow slots; however, they are currently leasing some of these slots back so for the time being, continue to fly to Zagreb eight times a week.

Happy flying!

Love International boat parties announced – tickets on sale this week!

With plenty of exciting news about the second edition of the festival already this year, details of the Love International boat parties have been announced! And better still, you don’t have long to wait to be able to buy tickets – they go on sale this Friday, 31st March!

Previous attendees of many festivals in Croatia know that the boat parties are a complete must when coming down to rave on the Croatian coast. This year, Love International will feature twenty sailings during the week-long run of the festival, culminating with the Secret Island Party on 5th July.

The Love International boat parties will run day and night, meaning you can party your heart out on the crystal-clear Adriatic waters in the glorious sun or under the twinkling stars. Sailing will be on the legendary old sea dogs The Argonaughty and Martina, both of which will dock near the festival’s small sandy bay.

Classic Argonaughty Boat party Shot credit David Bowen

Classic Argonaughty Boat party (Credit: David Bowen)

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 31st March 2017. Demand is expected to be very high with tickets selling out within days, so make sure you log on sharpish!

Tickets for the Love International boat parties can be purchased at loveinternationalfestival.com/buy-tickets/.

Love International Boat Parties – Full Line-Up

The Argonaughty

Weds 28th June – Wolf Music – 7pm – 11pm

Medlar
Wolf Music

Thursday 29th June – Banoffee Pies – 2pm – 6pm

Palms Trax
Banoffee Pies

Thursday 29th June – Warm – 7pm – 11pm

Gerd Janson
Ali Tillet
Myles Mears

Friday 30th June – Leftfoot – 2pm – 6pm

Studio Barnhus
Leftfoot DJs

Friday 30th June – Magic Door – 7pm – 11pm

Maxxi Soundsystem
Jukes of Hazard
Deano Ferrino

Saturday 1st July – Disco Knights – 2pm – 6pm

Tm Sweeney
Anthony Mansfield
Wichita Ron

Saturday 1st July – Resident Advisor – 7pm – 11pm

The Black Madonna
Beautiful Swimmers

Sunday 2nd July – Futureboogie – 2pm – 6pm

Ron and Neil
Dave Harvey and Christophe

Sunday 2nd July – Sunset Soundsystem – 7pm – 11pm

Craig Richards
Solar and Galen

© Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now (www.fb.com/wearehereandnow)

Credit: Khris Cowley for Here & Now

Monday 3rd July – Ransom Note – 2pm – 6pm

Optimo
Dan Beaumont

Monday 3rd July – Just Jack – 7pm – 11pm

Call Super b2b Gatto Fritto
Tom Rio
Dan Wild

Tuesday 4th July – Flux – 2pm – 6pm

Horse Meat Disco
Flux DJs

Tuesday 4th July – HMS Respect – 7pm – 11pm

Secret Surprise Guests with the Pure Respect party crew

Wednesday 5th July – Secret Island Party with Wilde Renate – 2pm – 10pm

Ata
Peak and Swift
Samantha Fox
Homeboy

The Martina

Friday 30th June – Gottwood – 3pm – 7pm

Leon Vynehall
Gotwood Residents

Friday 30th June – Crack Magazine – 8pm – midnight

Honey Soundsystem

Saturday 1st July – Ruff Kutz – 3pm – 7pm

Ruf Dug
Glowing Palms

Saturday 1st July – Trouble Vision – 8pm – midnight

Midland
Park Ranger
Mr Solid Gold

Sunday 2nd July – Tief – 3pm – 7pm

Tornado Wallace
Hesseltime

Sunday 2nd July – 8pm – midnight

Young Marco
Dirtytalk Residents

Wednesday 5th July – Secret Island Party – 2pm – 10pm

Love International All Stars

© Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now (www.fb.com/wearehereandnow)

Credit: Khris Cowley for Here & Now

More on Love International

As well as the amazing boat parties listed above, Love International 2017 will recreate the special magic that took place at the sold-out inaugural event, which saw 2,500 revellers attend from across the world. This year they’ve gathered a who’s who of on-point selectors, world-class headliners, familiar faces and the some of the new breed of talent making waves across the underground spectrum, seguing across house, disco, techno, Balearic funk, soul and much more.

Headliners for this year include Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, Craig Richards, Heidi, Horse Meat Disco, Job Jobse, Jazzanova, Mood II, Swing and Palms Trax. Further headliners and other artists appearing include Tristan Da Cunha, Unabombers, Maxxi Soundsystem, Balearic Mike amongst, many, many more.

Tickets for the full week cost £125 + booking fee (boat parties and club nights are extra) and can be purchased here.

Check out all the details on Love International on their official website, and also look them up on Twitter and Facebook.

Love International
28th June – 5th July 2017
Tisno

First acts on the 2017 Love International line-up revealed

After a stunningly successful debut festival this year, the team behind Love International have wasted no time in planning next year’s event. Having already announced the dates for the 2017 festival (Wednesday 28th June to Wednesday 5th July 2017) back in August, today some of the details of the Love International line-up have been revealed – and there’s some truly awesome acts and DJs in this first round of names.

Love International Line-Up 2017

Love International Line-Up 2017

Headliners will include The Black Madonna, Ben UFO, Palms Trax, Optimo, Craig Richards, Paranoid London, Jazzanova, HMD, Leon Vynehall and Mood II Swing, with support from Tim Sweeney, Honey Soundsystem, Honey Dijon, DJ Nature, Call Super, Eric Duncan, Felix Dickinson, Being, Gideon and Linkwood.

Making her Love International debut next summer, The Black Madonna is arguably the red-hottest name of 2016, segueing disco and techno with inimitable energy and an infectious joy. Detroit spinner Palms Trax will be joining her, whilst DJ duo Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes’ legendary Optimo night – mixing up techno, electro, rock and more – is also on the bill. Paranoid London’s distinctively eclectic yet visceral house music joins the party, as will revered Berlin collective Jazzanova.

Other Love International debuts to savour include Leon Vynehall’s mix of house, techno, disco, funk, hip-hop and soul, with his releases winning many accolades, whilst Mood II Swing will bring plenty of house action. Tim Sweeney’s weekly Beats in Space inspires listeners from across the world, and San Francisco DJ crew Honey Soundsystem, made up of Jason Kendig, Jacob Sperber aka Jackie House, Josh Cheon, and Robot Yang aka Beziér, are a collective of party pioneers from the city’s ebullient gay scene.

Old school Chicagoan classic disciple Honey Dijon take in house, disco, tech-house to tribal, funk, and soul, whilst revered spinner and producer DJ Nature brings decades of acumen to the festival, and Call Super’s hypnotic intensity and musical breadth, captured in his standout album, Suzi Ecto, brings another new dynamic.

Chilling in the Adriatic Love International © Photography by Michael Njunge for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandow)

© Photography by Michael Njunge for Here & Now

But there will also be plenty of ‘old’ favourites on the bill too. Love International and Tisno’s long-standing friends Ben UFO and Craig Richards – who last year played back to back in Barbarella’s for one of the festival’s many incredible highlights – both return, as do celebrated house and disco kings Horse Meat Disco. One of the enduring icons of the UK house music scene, Felix Dickinson, is an integral part of Team Love, and one half of the legendary duo Rub and Tug, Eric Duncan, is also a key member of the crew. Excellent support comes from Begin, Gideon and Linkwood.

Watch out for more names being added to the Love International line-up in January!

About Love International

Love International is curated by Team Love’s Dave Harvey and Tom Paine and features many of the classic elements that make up every great festival taking place on the Croatian coast – and much more besides. From the three stages – Main, Beach and Olive Grove – to the brand new sunrise sessions; countless boat parties on the glittering waters of the Adriatic to the spectacular parties at Barbarella’s, the fully outdoor club now regarded by many as one of the best places in the world to party at until dawn.

At Love International 2016, the Olive Grove really came into its own, showcasing brilliant artists, labels and club nights in a beautifully decorated space. And in the true spirit of partying ’til dawn, the Sun Rise Sessions offered the perfectly chilled way to end a night out – or herald the start of a new day, depending on how you see things – under the pine trees by the sea.

Barbarellas Love International © Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now (www.fb.com/wearehereandnow)

© Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now

Dave Harvey explains:

“It doesn’t seem so long ago we were all in Tisno partying under the sun and stars, and now we are looking fully ahead for 2017 and the next Love International! It really was a fantastic start for us – we wanted to bring our own identity here but also to carry on the ethos of The Garden Festival too, and retaining that magic and then adding more of our own created something really special from start to finish. With these first names we are announcing, we have wanted to bring in a lot of new faces but also bring back some friends who know how to do it properly here, so it’s a really strong mix of established names and brand new faces. For example, The Black Madonna is ridiculously on-point now and is great for us, just as Ben UFO and Craig Richards know this place so well. We will again be focusing a lot of our efforts on the production too; everyone loved the Olive Grove, and we will again be creating a unique visual feel to the site. There’s plenty more to come too early next year.”

The Argonaughty © Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now (www.fb.com/wearehereandnow)

© Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now

With a unique sense of intimacy and inspiration, Love International is set in the picture-postcard town of Tisno, surrounded by verdant pine forests and the glittering waters of the Adriatic Sea, and hidden away with its own secluded beach and bay. By day the festival offers a beatific chill-out under the sizzling sun, then as the evenings gather pace the stars come out and the enchanting site transforms; as night closes in it becomes a pulsating festival which looks out across the sea. Love International draws music lovers and adventure seekers from across the world to Croatia for a mesmerising holiday and festival odyssey.

Tickets for Love International 2017

Tickets are on sale for Love International 2017 – the standard 8-day pass costs £125 + booking fee. (Boat parties and club nights are extra.) Book now at loveinternationalfestival.com/buy-tickets.

Find out more

For all details about the festival, check out the official website and do also check out all the latest news on Facebook and Twitter!

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner, 4th November 2016

This year’s British Croatian Society Annual Dinner will take place on 4th November at the wonderful Queen’s Club in West London. The private members club is the first multipurpose sports complex ever to be built anywhere in the world, and is situated in a both tranquil and charming setting.

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner 2016

A drinks reception will be held from 6.30pm, followed by a dinner at 7.30pm. Dress code is lounge suit/smart casual.

Tickets for the annual dinner cost £45 for members or £50 for non-members.

If you’d like to book a ticket, please email britishcroatiansociety@gmail.com with your name and that of anyone else in your party. Payment for tickets can be made on the British Croatian Society website at www.britishcroatiansociety.com/events.

The British Croatian Society hopes to see you at the dinner!

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner
Friday 4th November 2016
The Queen’s Club
Palliser Road
London
W14 9EQ
www.britishcroatiansociety.com

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Love International 2017 dates announced

We’re only part way through another very exciting festival season in Croatia, but there’s already great news regarding one of the new festivals on the scene. Love International 2017 – the festival which kicked off the run of events in Tisno back in late June – has already announced its dates!

But what happened this year? A full week of fun, inspiration, escapism, discovery and the sense of something very special was enjoyed by all at the first Love International. Making the most of the amazing festival site, The Garden Tisno, Love International also embraced the spirit of previous fan favourite The Garden Festival (Croatia’s founding festival) whilst also injecting its own joyous soul and truly making its mark – meaning the event felt comfortably familiar yet also quite different.

Main stage at Love International (Credit: Khris Cowley - Here and Now)

Main stage
Credit: Khris Cowley – Here and Now

Beach Bar by Night at Love International Credit: Khris Cowley - Here and Now)

Beach Bar by Night at Love International
Credit: Khris Cowley – Here and Now

Argonaughty at Love International (Credit: Khris Cowley - Here and Now)

Argonaughty at Love International
Credit: Khris Cowley – Here and Now

Curated by Team Love’s Dave Harvey and Tom Paine, the festival drew some stellar bookings from across the underground spectrum as well as hosting some memorable boat parties, offering up some mesmerising main stage action for dancing by the twinkling Adriatic sea, and experiencing epic dawn moments at the fully outdoor nightclub, Barbarella’s – considered one the best places in the world to party at ’til dawn!

All 2,500 tickets sold out for the inaugural Love International. Revellers from across the globe were drawn to this special spot on the amazing Dalmatian coastline for a truly magical week.

Love International - Crazy P (Credit: Khris Cowley - Here and Now)

Crazy P
Credit: Khris Cowley – Here and Now

Craig Richards at Love International (Credit: Khris Cowley - Here and Now)

Craig Richards at Love International
Credit: Khris Cowley – Here and Now

It’s no surprise that there are many highlights to look back on from the first Love International – some predicted and some totally unexpected! From MCDE’s disco-tinged party set at Barbarella’s, through to Axel Boman’s bouncing boat party with Abandon Silence; from PBR Streetgang having the Main Stage rocking (as did Jackmaster, Joy Orbison, Roman Flugel, Crazy P and everyone else); the annual Futureboogie voyage and club shows both being major highlights; Magic Door once more brought more glitter and fancy dress thought humanly possible; Hunnee, Prosumer and Pender Street Peppers had the Beach Stage rocking; Craig Richards going back to back with Ben UFO creating a few hours of sensational selections; and finally the festival conclusion – the Secret Island Party – which saw two boat parties and an escape from Tisno to a daytime party which brought the whole adventure to a fitting climax.

Sun Rise Sessions at Love International (Credit: Khris Cowley - Here and Now)

Sun Rise Sessions
Credit: Khris Cowley – Here and Now

The Olive Grove stage also provided some special moments. The beautifully decorated space showcased some brilliant artists, labels and clubs nights; by 5pm most days it was packed out under the sun. The space also held its own in the early hours until dawn, where the Sun Rise Sessions offered a wholly different cadence to the festival in a beatific way to start the day, either straight from Barbarella’s or waking to catch a gentler, mesmerising pace. Indeed, Khruangbin’s dreamy set was another one of the festival’s highlights, with their rapt audience spread sedately amongst the pines.

Secret Island Party at Love International (Credit: Khris Cowley - Here and Now)

Secret Island Party
Credit: Khris Cowley – Here and Now

There were also many more magical moments besides, some too special to put into words! From almost endless hands-in-the-air celebrations to unearthing rare grooves on the dance floor; shared newfound loves under the canopy of Croatian stars; to even more intimate moments away from the site in Tisno, exploring the beautiful region in which the festival is set. And with a real sense of unity, respect for everyone and for the festival environment itself it’s easy to see why many of this year’s guests will be rushing back for more next year. Why not join them?

The get a feel for the event, see Here&Now’s take on Love International:

Dave Harvey says:

“We really could not be any happier with our first year – the people, the music, the setting, the experience. All of it, basically! It really all came together in such a beautiful way, and I would like to thank everyone for making it so special, especially to a backdrop of chaos back at home in the UK. Since the planning started we wanted to bring our own festival to Tisno, and follow on from what the Garden guys did but also make it our own. The vibe at Love International was truly special, everyone was buzzing, it was like one huge family which had come together – and I mean that including the DJs, staff, everyone behind the scenes, not just everyone who travelled far and wide to make it so special. We are already planning for next year, and believe me we can’t wait to get back!”

Love International 2017

The 2017 event will be taking place from Wednesday 28th June to Wednesday 5th July. If you’d like to join in on all the fun (or perhaps you’re a keen returnee!), watch out for early bird tickets which go on sale in September.

More on Love International

To look back on this year’s festival or to look ahead to next year’s, see all the details on the official festival website.

Spinning Paradise Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in Croatia – sign up now!

If you’re looking for something a little different from your holiday to Croatia this summer how about…an ultimate frisbee tournament?! A game without referees, age or gender restrictions, the Spinning Paradise tournament will take place on the Croatian islands of Rab and Hvar this summer. And the tournament organisers are inviting you to take part!

Spinning Paradise Ultimate Frisbee

Credit: Damir Kvajo

Now in its fifth year, Spinning Paradise Hvar (played on grass) will take place from 30th July to 6th August 2016 whilst the newer Spinning Paradise Rab – in only its second year – will take place on the famous sandy Paradise Beach in Lopar from 26th to 28th August 2016.

Spinning Paradise Ultimate Frisbee

Credit: Damir Kvajo

Spinning Paradise Ultimate Frisbee

Credit: Damir Kvajo

But why should you take part this Ultimate Frisbee tournament? Open to all levels – whether you’ve plenty of experience or are a complete novice, Spinning Paradise isn’t just about the game. What makes it unique is the atmosphere and the importance of social events too! That’s what Croatian national team member and tournament organizer Vinko Anzulovic says, who is Hvar-born. He also proudly points out that Hvar is often mentioned as one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and with one game in the morning and one in the evening, there’s also plenty of ‘downtime’ for participants to explore the gorgeous island. This year, Spinning Paradise Hvar will also offer slackline workshops, Playstation tournaments and excursions; there’s plenty to do besides play ultimate frisbee!

Teams will be drawn from a hat which means this is a great opportunity to make friends from all around the world. And in case any of you complete beginners are nervous about taking part, there will even be the Coca-Cola training camp (offered for the third year) that’s run by highly experienced British coach Sion ‘Brummie’ Scone.

Spinning Paradise Ultimate Frisbee

Credit: Damir Kvajo

Spinning Paradise Rab will take place on the sandy beach of Lopar on the island, often described in the media as one of the best sandy beaches in the country. (Remember, sandy beaches are few and far between in Croatia!) This tournament will also see workshops and other activities take place alongside the main sporting event.

Ultimate frisbee is a sport that was first established in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is growing in popularity in Croatia as well. There are currently seven Ultimate Frisbee clubs in Croatia, in Zagreb, Rijeka and Zadar. If played on grass there’s seven players on each of the two teams; played on sand it’s five. Teams represent a complete mix of ages and have both men and women competing. Each game ends with a group hug which is part of Ultimate Frisbee’s core ‘Spirit of the Game’ principle and one of the foundations of the sport.

Spinning Paradise Ultimate Frisbee

Credit: Damir Kvajo

It’s the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and one that’s recognised by the International Olympic Committee; Croatia has recently participated in both the European and World Championships.

Sign up now to take part in Spinning Paradise

To compete in the tournament in Croatia, head over to spinning-paradise.com for an application form. You’ll also find plenty more on the tournament there too, as well as on the Facebook page. Don’t wait too long to sign up as there’s not many spaces left!

Tournament organizers Vinko Anzulovic and Sanela Vucelic are aiming to introduce this fun and fascinating sport to a wider audience. They’re also trying to spread the important ‘Spirit of the Game’ principle – something that’s often missing from many other sports these days.

Sign up now for this amazingly fun way to spend your summer in Croatia!

Membrain Festival comes to Croatia’s coast this August

There’s another new name on the Croatian festival scene this summer – Membrain Festival (18th to 21st August 2016)! Taking place near Sibenik, Membrain is a festival of bass culture with some of the best-known names of the European Underground bass scene appearing on the bill. The festival’s rich line-up will also include educational lectures and workshops, a wonderful location making the most of the local environment, and catering consisting of the best local Dalmatian produce.

Membrain Festival

Membrain will be taking place in the bay of Minerska, which is around 10km from Sibenik. The festival site is an abandoned ex-military base surrounded by thick pine forest; next to the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea and a beautiful beach, there’s plenty to do all day long.

Membrain Festival

Membrain Festival

Membrain Festival’s Line-Up

The artists on Membrain Festival’s line-up will all be performing for the very first time on Croatia soil, solidifying Membrain’s unique concept. The bill will see a very wide spectrum of bass music genres; on the festival’s three main stages and a solar stage there will be more than sixty European and regional artists. Drum and Bass, Liquid, Dubstep, Dub, Ragga, Jungle, Jump-up, Grime, Global and more will all entertain the bass addicted audience.

The best-known headliner is surely UK duo Hybrid Minds. Having gained considerable critical acclaim over the last few years, they’ve reached the top of the underground scene with their recognisable liquid dnb sound.

Membrain Festival 2016 Promo 02 from Membrain Festival on Vimeo.

Sub Zero is the UKBass champion of the danceable Drum and Bass, known in wide circles of the scene around the world and performing regularly at festivals & clubs.

Levela is a Drum and Bass producer best known for his collaborations with some of the biggest names on the dubstep scene including Datsik. He’ll be at the Membrain Festival as part of his fully booked summer Sensory Tour.

Italian DJ/Producer/MC collective Numa Crew is the main representative of the Italian independent bass scene. They are known for their collaborations with artists such as Dub FX, General Levy, DJ Vadim, and many more.

Membrain Festival

Tickets for Membrain Festival

Regular tickets for the four day event cost €80, whilst you can splash out on VIP tickets for €120. You can also attend any one day of the festival for €40. Buy all these ticket options below:



Membrain Festival

More on the Membrain Festival

Check out the official Membrain Festival website and do also look them up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

2016 Summer Season at Kalypso Club Zrce Beach

For those heading to the party-central destination that is Zrce Beach in Novalja on the island of Pag this summer, be sure to head straight to the open-air Kalypso Club. They’ve announced a very exciting line-up which features a rich and international programme of DJs, festivals, events and parties, all set on the gorgeous Adriatic sea. We’re sure you won’t want to miss out on the fun at Kalypso Club Zrce Beach!

Festivals at Kalypso Club Zrce Beach

There’s the club’s own Woodshock Festival (17th – 20th July 2016) with DJs Klingande, Jack Novak, Will Sparks and Jauz as well as the Stereoforest Festival (8th – 10th August 2016) which features Deorro, Tigerlily, a ÄUDÄJ night with Simon & Lush, DJs from Mars, Damian N-Drix or Gregori Klosman, a special featuring with DJ Antoine, DJ Da Candy, Rony Rex, and resident DJ Bronxwon.

Kalypso Club Zrce Beach - Croatia Spring Break

This year, Kalypso is also part of the new Black Sheep Festival (31st July – 3rd August 2016) – taking place in all four major clubs on Zrce beach and featuring DJs Michale Calfan, Nervo, Quintino and R3HAB.

But of course it’s impossible to forget that Kalypso is also one of the host clubs for the main famous music festivals taking place in Zrce Beach. These include Hideout Festival, SONUS, Loveweek, Fresh Island, Barrakud, Hard Island, UES Festival, Zrce Spring Break and Croatia Spring Break.

Kalypso Club Zrce

Parties at Kalypso Club Zrce Beach

There’s many special parties being hosted at Kalypso too. These include the Neonsmash Musicfestival (13th July 2016) direct from the Carribbean Islands with 2faced funk, as well as the Holi One Color Party (9th August 2016). Kalypso will pull out all the stops to surprise partygoers with crazy After Beach Parties and performances, plus numerous individual events and chill-out parties.

Kalypso Club Zrce Beach - Croatia Spring Break

Open-air clubbing in Croatia has a long, long history with Zrce Beach being part of this scene as far back as the 1970s! Kalypso itself was one first trendsetters, welcoming partygoers for almost 30 years. And after a complete refurbishment in 2015, the 2016 is likely to be the best season yet!

Full details of all events taking place at Kalypso Club, Zrce Beach can be found www.kalypso-zrce.com and www.facebook.com/KalypsoClub.