Sunday, 31 July 2011

Holiday in Croatia

Croatia is an absolutely beautiful country. Fact. I spent eight days there at the beginning of July - three of those days at Hideout music festival, and the rest of the time we spent chilling in Zadar. Here's a short review of my time there.

Hideout Festival

Without a doubt the best music festival I've ever been to. I have been to both Leeds Festival and Creamfields and as much as I love camping, anyone who has been to a festival will agree that there are some elements of it that are infuriating and tiring. The toilet facilities encourage even more vomiting than the alcohol and dismantling the tent for the long trek home after not showering for several days is the final endless struggle. However, Hideout is not a camping festival and instead, Collegium, the event organisers, recommend apartments for the festival-goers. We settled for Apartments Nena, which had all the essential facilities including a full kitchen although the landlady had confiscated the remote control for the air con as we are obviously untrustworthy tourists. But still, the luxury of a proper bed and shower during 3 days of heavy drinking and late nights is unbeatable.

In terms of the event itself, the music was amazing and the atmosphere was, for the most part, both electric and friendly. Personal favourite would have to be Nero as I have a guilty pleasure for more mainstream dance and dubstep music and they did not fail to deliver not only everyone's firm favourites including Innocence and Promises, but also great remixes of other songs (which unfortunately I cannot remember but I do remember being impressed at the time).


Zadar is a beautiful city. All the touristy stuff happens in the old town, which is still framed by the old city walls. There is no beach near the town centre but there is plenty to see/ do/ buy and people often swim off and sunbathe on the concrete steps leading down to the sea.

We stayed in Apartments Zadar which had AMAZING facilities, including a multimedia centre complete with music and internet, including Skype. The owner, Danko, was very helpful and was always on call when we needed ignorant tourist trivia. On the Tuesday we caught the sun on our private terrace, on Wednesday we went on a boat trip, stopping off at a saltwater lake, and on the Thursday we chilled out at a spa that Danko recommended - Beauty and Spa Centar Callista. We were given our own private area with jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and lounge area for one and a half hours (although she let us stay in for two) for 90 kuna each - the equivalent of £10.58. Absolutely amazing.

All in all, one fantastic holiday!

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