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Seasplash Festival

Dates: 15-18 July 2021

Location: Martinska Beach, Sibenik

Seasplash festival is one of the best and most long-lasting Croatian electronic music festivals. Originating from Pula, the festival now takes place at the magnificent Martinska Beach, near the Dalmatian town of Sibenik. Even though the festival season is still somewhat insecure and unstable, Seasplash is one of the few European festivals (if not the only one) which actually took place in 2020. Thousands of people attended the event, and as we know, not a single COVID-19 infection was detected among the visitors. That alone is a testament to the organization, and a good sign of things to come for 2021. Read along to find more info about festival dates, tickets and confirmed lineup for this year.

About Seasplash Festival

Seasplash is one of the oldest Croatian music festivals and the one whose tradition lasts for almost 20 years. The festival was founded in 2002, by the group of friends who already had some experience in organizing similar events. The first four editions of Seasplash took place over 2 days. However, ever since Seasplash #5, the event lasts for 4 days. The organizers are also known for the Wintersplash project, a multi-day cultural event which used to take place in Zagreb.

Moreover, Seasplash is a partner to another long-standing Croatian festival – Outlook. Both festivals originated from Pula and were organized at fortress Punta Christo. However, in 2019 Seasplash relocated to the beautiful Martinska beach near Sibenik. This proved to be a good move, as both artists and the audience praised the event’s location and overall organization. At first cited as a reggae festival, over the years Seasplash expanded and explored other music genres. Today the festival is known as one of the best in reggae, hip-hop, drum N bass and dub fields, hosting well-known names such as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor, Asian Dub Foundation, Don Letts and many others. The festival regularly hosts some of the most popular regional artists too. And even though Seasplash doesn’t gather many people, it has a distinguishable charm that keeps it atop the list of must-visit festivals in Croatia. 

Lineup

The lineup for Seasplash 2021 has not been announced yet. As mentioned before, Seasplash was able to organize the event in 2020, and they are “realistically optimistic” regarding the 2021 edition. First headliners will be announced in February. We will keep track of the announcements and posts on social media, and give you feedback as soon as possible.

Tickets

Seasplash is one of the best-buy Croatian music festivals. Prices are pretty affordable, especially when you consider what you get in return. Apart from the main event taking place in the evening, there is also a daily music program, different workshops etc. Super-early bird tickets are on sale now, and they can be bought at the official festival website. Similarly to other festivals, the prices will increase as the dates are getting closer. Therefore we recommend securing your tickets as soon as possible.

Here are the current ticket prices for Seasplash 2021:

  • Festival Ticket → 555 Kunas (~ 75 €)
  • Regional Festival Ticket* → 245 Kunas (~ 33 €)

*Regional tickets are available for Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Slovenia and Kosovo.

NOTE

  • Camping spots are included with the festival ticket, but make sure to bring your own camping gear.
  • When purchasing the tickets, citizens of ex-YU countries must provide a photo document, such as an ID or a passport.

Seasplash 2021
Festival goers during Seasplash 2020. Ivan Buvinić

How to get to Sibenik

By Plane

Seasplash takes place near the town of Sibenik, which does not have its own airport. Therefore, the closest and best option when taking a plane is landing at either: 

  • Split Airport (50 km) or
  • Zadar Airport (80 km)

How to choose between the two? Well, the easiest way is to check if your departure point has direct flights to these airports. You can use the Skyscanner app to check for that. In either case, once you land, you can take a bus, taxi or a private transfer to Sibenik. No trains are going from these airports to Sibenik.
From Split Airport take an airport shuttle or public bus to Split, and then another bus to Sibenik. From Zadar Airport take an airport shuttle to Zadar, and then another bus to Sibenik. Of course, you can always take a transfer service to Sibenik, but that’s gonna cost you a lot more than a bus.

By Bus

Sibenik is one of the largest and most important cities in the Dalmatia region. That means it has good bus connections from other Croatian cities. You can find dozens of daily departures from cities like Zagreb, Rijeka, Split or Dubrovnik. It all depends on which part of the country you’re coming from. Even if you’re coming from other European countries to Seasplash, all you have to do is get to the larger city in Croatia, and you’ll be on your way to Sibenik. To make matters easy, use this online platform to find connections and buy bus tickets.

By Train

Croatia does not have a decent railway system. You can get to Sibenik by train only if you’re coming from Split or Zagreb, and even that takes more time than taking a bus. Moreover, the trip duration is longer, and trains don’t leave as often as buses. However, if you insist on this type of transport, you can check the official site of HZPP (Croatian Railways) for details about departures. 

By Ferry

Now, this is an unusual way of getting to Sibenik. However, it can be done, but only in two ways:

  • Taking a ferry from Pula, Rijeka or Split to Zadar, and then a bus to Sibenik
  • Taking a ferry from one of the islands of Sibenik archipelago to Sibenik

As you can presume, these two ways don’t make much sense when going to Sibenik, but we’ve decided to include them nonetheless. For more info, check the FerryCroatia website for full timetables.

How to get to Seasplash Festival (Martinska Beach)

We’ve mentioned Martinska Beach several times before because that’s the place where Seasplash venue is located. Martinska is a beach located right across Sibenik, near the Sveti Ante channel. There are a couple of ways to reach the beach:

  • On foot from Sibenik
  • By car from Sibenik
  • By boat from Sibenik

If you plan on walking from Sibenik to Martinska, it will take you about 2 and a half hours. We highly recommend avoiding this :D. If you’re taking a car, you can get pretty close to the festival venue, as there is a road leading there. In that case, you will be there in about 15 minutes. The final and the most satisfying way is taking a boat from Sibenik to Martinska. The ride takes about 15 minutes, and you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Sibenik bay. Here is the full schedule of the boat for summer 2021:

SibenikMartinska
09:0009:20
11:0011:20
13:0013:20
15:3015:50
17:3017:50
19:3019:50

NOTE:

  • The boat departs from Sibenik ferry port, more precisely from the pier called Gat Krka
  • A limited number of people can board the boat
  • Ticket price is 7 Kunas, which is about 1 €

We presume that departures will be more often during Seasplash, This is not confirmed information, but a presumption because this is a boat line which started recently, in 2020.

Martinska beach
A view of the St. Anthony channel from the last year’ edition of the festival. Ivan Buvinić

Accommodation

As mentioned before, there is a designated camping spot at the festival. Camping at Seasplash is free and is included with the festival ticket. This is the cheapest way of securing accommodation when going to the festival. You would be located in the heart of the event, surrounded by dozens of other festival-goers. On the flip side, comfort is not the same as in the hotel or an apartment. But that is the point and the charm of festivals. If camping is not your cup of tea, you can always book a private accommodation or a hotel in Sibenik. In that case, be prepared to pay a decent amount of money, as hotels and private owners almost always increase the prices for the festival’s duration. Use Airbnb or Booking.com to find a place. There are dozens of units available in the greater Sibenik area, reasonably close to the festival venue.

What to see while at the Seasplash Festival?

Sibenik Fortresses are a must-see when going to Sibenik. Basically, there are 4 fortresses located in Sibenik; St.John Fortress, St. Michael’s Fortress, Barone Fortress and St.Nicholas Fortress. They are located at various spots in the city, while St.Nicholas is placed in the St.Anthony channel, and you can basically see it if you take a short walk from Martinska beach. Each fortress has its own beauty, and there is an incredible viewpoint from St.Michael, St.John and St.Michael.

Sibenik Old Town – a typical Mediterranean coastal town, Sibenik is filled with narrow streets, small squares and historical artefacts. You can lose an entire day exploring the city. Of course, there are numerous cafes, restaurants, and konobas to enjoy traditional Dalmatian cuisine. Don’t miss out on St.James cathedral, a centrepiece of the Old Town.

Azimut Club – definitely a must-visit location. Azimut is a cult cafe/club located in the city’s heart, right next to the promenade. It used to be a huge water tank, supplying the Sibenik citizens with drinkable water. However, since 2013 it is a place where concerts, workshops and art exhibitions take place. It has a unique design spreading across two floors, and an outside area where you can enjoy a cup of coffee. 

Krka National Park is located about 15 km north of Sibenik, and the waterfalls are among the most visited sites in Croatia. A total of seven waterfalls will leave you breathless. A boat ride across the Park is something to behold of. You can spend an entire day at Krka, and still not see all it has to offer. Tickets can be purchased online.

Sibenik beaches and islands – besides Martinska, there are several other beaches you can spend your time at; Banje beach, St.Nicholas beach, Jadrija and Minerska beach, to name a few. All of them are located relatively close to Martinska. Moreover, if you have time before or after Seasplash ends, you can visit some of the islands in Sibenik archipelago. Islands Zlarin, Prvic and Kaprije are all accessible by ferry. There are several departures per day in the summer. Just make sure to leave yourself enough time to explore these gems!

Sibenik town
A view of Sibenik town and surrounding islands. Dino Veljača

Seasplash Festival FAQs

Is there an age restriction at the Seasplash festival?

Yes, you have to be at least 18 years old to attend the festival.

How many stages are at the Seasplash festival?

There are 3 stages at Seasplash – Mainsplash, Soundsplash and Chillsplash stage. All of them are really close to each other.

Which currency can I use at the Seasplash Festival?

The official currency in Croatia is Kuna. One Euro is equal to about 7.5 Kunas. There are numerous ATM machines and offices in Sibenik, where you can exchange or withdraw money.

Is WiFi service available at the Seasplash Festival?

No, as far as we know, WiFi is not available at the festival venue. There is a free WiFi service in Sibenik, but one is far out of reach when on Martinska beach.

Are there toilets at the Seasplash Festival venue?

Yes, a few chemical toilets and showers will be placed at the festival.

Festival Map

If you like geography, you will love our custom festival map. Basically, we’ve created a map for anyone going to the Seasplash music festival. The map contains all the important locations in Sibenik, from festival venue to beaches and not-to-miss attractions. Check out the our Seasplash festival map.

all festival photos provided by the Seasplash festival 
Ⓒ Ivan Buvinić

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