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A Spindle Guide To Croatia

Friday 31 July 2015
Words Ailis Mara

Tucked into the underbelly of Europe, Croatia boasts over a thousand years worth of history and a beautiful, expansive landscape. More recently it has become the capital of the electronic music festival in Europe and hosts tens of thousands of revellers each year.

Below is an insider’s guide to give you the best chance to squeeze every drop of fun out of your next visit. In partnership with Flybe, who host regular and affordable flights to the country, we’ll walk you through the unmissable sights and sounds of Croatia.



Outlook Festival, Stinjan (September 2nd – 6th)

Credit: Dan Medhurst

Credit: Dan Medhurst

Hosted in the south of the country, Outlook unfolds in an abandoned Roman fort and showcases a more hip-hop leaning line-up than the other festivals on this list. They boast some of the best soundsystems at any festival anywhere, so it’s well worth your time and will have you coming back the next year.


Dimensions Festival, Pula, 26th – 30th of August


Set in an abandoned 19th century fort (there’s a theme here), Dimensions hosts an extensive and revered line-up of the world’s best underground electronic music. This year’s event brings together Four Tet, Juan Atkins, Moodyman and Ben Klock for four days of manic celebration.


Soundwave Festival, Tisno, 6th – 10th August


Soundwave offers a slightly more varied assortment of sounds and artist to the other, more electronic-heavy events. Slum Village, Remi and Jay Electronica are three of the highlights for this year’s show, while the illustrator in you will be catered to by a quality program of visual artists over the four days.



Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Waterfalls

Regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful natural spots, Plitvice Lakes is actually 16 smaller interlocked lakes with a lush forest around it. This is an absolute must for any animal lovers, with rare birds, bears and lynx all a common sight.




Dubrovnik is an ancient walled city and perhaps the most popular natural attractions in the country. Amazing architectural achievements are everywhere, with towering churches, museams and fountains strewn across the city.


Diocletian’s Palace


Originally built as a grand retirement home for the Roman emperor Diocletian, the grounds remained empty for several centuries before becoming inhabited again in the 7th century. It’s an unusual place with residents and businesses all operating from various points of the building.



Hotel Lug


Hotel Lug is known to serve some of the best food on the island, with tennis courts and stunning grounds to keep you busy and burn off the extra calories.


Aparthotel Buratovic


One for the family. Big screen TVs and a beautiful coastal view make this a great choice for entertaining kids. It’s also one of the cheaper options you’ll find at this standard.


Hotel Monte Mulini


Located close to the city of Rovinij, this luxury hotel offers heated swimming pools, beautiful views and a relaxed atmosphere, you might just have to save for a while.


Flybe are currently offering affordable flights to all the best destinations across Europe. To explore Amsterdam this summer, visit the their website below and see how much you can save.