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Best Festival Locations in Croatia

Determining what is the best in any field is a pretty subjective thing to do. This is especially true when it comes to music festivals, as there are several factors to be considered when choosing the best one. Those factors include festival genre and lineup, the value you get for the money, festival location and duration, and so on. That is why we have decided to take a different approach, and give you the list of the best festival venues in Croatia. 

As you know, festival venues can vary from large outdoor stadiums to small capacity clubs. Croatian festivals are a good example of this, as there are numerous different locations where the festivals take place. Some of the venues are beaches, while others are located in the cities. Nevertheless, we have gathered all of them in one place and made an ultimate list of the best Croatia festival venues.

How did we found the best festival venues in Croatia?

This was the tricky part. The initial idea was to determine which festival in Croatia is the best, by taking user reviews from several review sites such as TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Yelp. However, since a lot of festivals either don’t have reviews enabled on these sites or the number of reviews is irrelevant, we have decided to rate their venues instead. 

Best rated festival destinations

Again, ratings for festival venues in Croatia could be done using any of the aforementioned websites. However, to keep things in order, we have chosen to take only Google Reviews into consideration. That way ratings are somewhat objective because they are given by the real world people, who presumably visited these locations. Each festival venue can be easily found on Google Maps, which is exactly what we did. Please note that some venues are given a specific rating regardless of the festival. For example, a certain beach in Croatia is rated by several hundreds of people, but not all of them actually attended the festival which took place at that beach. However, those ratings are also important and should be taken into account, as we are basically just looking at the location at which the festival takes place.

We’ve also placed each venue on a map located at the end of this post, so make sure to check that out too. Without further ado, we present you with the 20 best places in Croatia where festivals take place!

20 best festival locations in Croatia

A notable exception from this list is definitely the Martinska Beach near Šibenik. There were no ratings for the beach online. However, being there personally, we assure you the beach should definitely be included in the list. Martinska beach will host several festivals in 2021 such as the Seasplash festival, Regius festival, and Goulash Disco.

20. Peškera Bay

Rating: 4.3 ★
Location: Poreč, Istria Region
Festival(s): RiseUp Porec

19. Obonjan Island

Rating: 4.3 ★
Location: Obonjan, Dalmatia Region
Festival(s): Hard Island Croatia, Mars Island Festival

18. Park Mladeži Stadium

Rating: 4.3 ★
Location: Split, Dalmatia Region
Festival(s): Ultra Europe Festival

17. Stella Maris Resort

Rating: 4.3 ★
Location: Umag, Istria Region
Festival(s): Sea Star Festival

16. French Republic Square

Rating: 4.4 ★
Location: Zagreb
Festival(s): Zagreb Beer Fest

15. Kamerlengo Tower

Rating: 4.4 ★
Location: Trogir, Dalmatia Region
Festival(s): Kula Kula Festival

Kula Kula festival Croatia
The view from Kamerlengo Tower, where Kula Kula festival takes place © Oleg Ilyushin

14. Lanterna Beach

Rating: 4.4 ★
Location: Lanterna, Tar, Istria Region
Festival(s): Lighthouse Festival

13. Močvara Club

Rating: 4.5 ★
Location: Zagreb
Festival(s): Valhalla Festival

12. The Garden Tisno

Rating: 4.5 ★
Location: Tisno, Dalmatia Region
Festival(s): Dekmantel Selectors, Defected Croatia, Dimensions Festival, Hospitality on the Beach, Love International Festival, Outlook Festival, SunceBeat Festival

11. Zrće Beach

Rating: 4.5 ★
Location: Pag Island, Dalmatia Region
Festival(s): Barrakud Festival, Fresh Island Festival, Hideout Festival, Sonus Festival

10. Bijela Kuća Beach

Rating: 4.6 ★
Location: Bol, Brac Island, Dalmatia Region
Festival(s): Graffiti na gradele

9. Tarej Beach

Rating: 4.6 ★
Location: Cres Island, Dalmatia Region
Festival(s): FreeMental Festival

8. Varaždin Old Town

Rating: 4.6 ★
Location: Varaždin, Northern Croatia
Festival(s): Špancirfest

7. Brezje, Sveti Juraj na Bregu

Rating: 4.7 ★
Location: Brezje, Northern Croatia
Festival(s): Forestland

6. Jarun Lake

Rating: 4.7 ★
Location: Zagreb
Festival(s): InMusic Festival, We Love Sound Festival

Jarun InMusic festival
Jarun lake in Zagreb, home of the InMusic festival © Kresimir Sockovic

5. Omladinsko Lake

Rating: 4.7 ★
Location: Lokve, Kvarner Region
Festival(s): Wake the Lake Festival

4. Orahovica Lake

Rating: 4.7 ★
Location: Orahovica, Slavonija Region
Festival(s): Ferragosto Jam

3. SRC Copacabana Osijek

Rating: 4.7 ★
Location: Osijek, Slavonija Region
Festival(s): Pannonian Challenge

2. Primišlje

Rating: 4.7 ★
Location: Primišlje, Kvarner Region
Festival(s): MoDem Festival

1. Bačvice Open Air Cinema

Rating: 4.8 ★
Location: Split, Dalmatia Region
Festival(s): Fibra Festival

Map of the best festival locations in Croatia

To help you visualise where each location is actually, we’ve created a custom map. To see more details about each festival venue, click the menu in the upper right corner of the map.

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