Hot summer nights on the Croatian coast are enhanced by one thing in particular - its vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re looking for loungey wine bars or top clubbing events with world-class DJs, concerts in ancient fortresses, or party island paradises, Croatia offers a world of entertainment, especially if you’re sailing from Split to Dubrovnik.
With something for all ages, from party enthusiasts to seasoned melophiles and cocktail connoisseurs, we’re looking into the top 5 nightlife destinations that will suit your next sailing holiday in Croatia.
Šibenik (St. Michael’s Fortress)
Your Šibenik sailing route will likely take you to the town of Šibenik, which is one of five in the world to own two UNESCO World Heritage sites! And if you’re interested in mixing history and entertainment, there is no better place than the city’s trademark - St. Michael’s Fortress. While its age is often disputed, with some saying it dates back to the 8th century and others in the 12th, St. Michael’s Fortress is of significant importance to Šibenik as it has been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. Standing proud today perched above the ancient city, St. Michael’s plays host to numerous events throughout the year. Whether it is a DJ set, acoustic concert, or announcing world-renowned artists like Bryan Ferry and Lorde, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better setting to whet your musical appetite. So if you’re looking for things to do in Šibenik, we promise this is it.
Tisno (Dimensions Festival)
Electronic music lovers, rejoice! The thirsty sounds of the Dimensions Festival complement the chilled Tisno setting, which is usually a quaint fishing town you can visit on your Šibenik sailing route. During Dimensions, hordes of the world’s top DJs heighten the already hot summer locale, from daytime boat parties to all-nighters at Barbarellas discotheque. However, the main festival attraction can be found at The Garden, a resort that transforms into an idyllic festival atmosphere with seaside stages and dancefloor beaches. If you find a better festival view, let us know.
Hvar Island (Palmižana)
Perhaps the most well-known nightlife destination in Croatia is Hvar, where posh yacht owners and young Europeans on holiday can find a plethora of evening events to revel in. However, if you’re looking to discover your dance moves in the daytime, there is no better place than Palmižana on Sveti Klement, and particularly the esteemed summer hangout Laganini Lounge Bar. From chilled cocktails and crisp champagne buckets to world-class oyster platters, the laidback lounge bar ambiance at Laganini is enhanced by daytime DJs to complete the island mood. Known to attract bon vivants and luxury yacht aficionados, the Palmižana marina is a go-to stop on your Hvar Island sailing route, where class and cocktails clash to complement your Croatian sailing holiday.
For a town with as much history as Dubrovnik, it’s hard for other sectors to compete. But did you know that Culture Club Revelin was named one of the top 100 clubs in the world by DJ MAG? For electronic music lovers, this is the ultimate seal of approval - and once you visit this 500-year-old medieval fortress turned late-night hotspot, you’ll see why. Revelin’s name alone attracts some of the top names in the electronic music scene to heighten the Adriatic Pearl’s summer nightlife. With ancient yet modern interiors, state-of-the-art speakers, and world-class hospitality, you’ll want to book a table here for the long haul. Revelin is a must on your next Dubrovnik sailing charter with a packed calendar all season long. Just don’t forget to swap your sandals for dancing shoes.
And last but not least, we can’t forget Croatia’s ultimate daytime and nightlife destination - Zrće on Pag Island. If you’re coming to Croatia and only coming to have a good time, Zrće beach and its open-air clubs are hard to escape. Decorating the beach like one-stop party stops, Zrće is the pinnacle of parties in the country, which moves from one summer music festival to the next. With events that last until the early morning hours hosted by the world’s top DJs of all electronic music genres, it’s no wonder why Zrće has often been named one of the best party beaches in the world. And if you ever manage to leave the club, exploring the beauty of Pag Island is one of the best perks.
Do you want to make sure you hit all of Croatia’s top nightlife destinations on your next sailing holiday? Look no further and contact our charter specialists to choose the best yacht for your sailing adventure, from one Croatian party paradise to the next.