Croatia the Not So Hidden Gem! Part 1: Novalja!

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I've been lucky enough to go to Croatia a number of times in the past couple of years and can't believe I haven't been going forever! Like Portugal, Croatia is one of the most underrated European countries. Over the past few years, and moving forward with the growth of the Techno scene in both countries I will regret saying that they aren't as popular as other destinations... mark my words they are the next big places to be! I'll tackle my trips to Portugal in another blog series coming soon :)

Back to Croatia, the first time I went was a few years back for Barrakud Festival on Zrce Beach. We arrived later in the evening so I didn't really see the scenery and views as we were driving to our hotel until the next day. Needless to say, when I opened my balcony window from our room I was blown away by the breath taking scenery and sea views. We stayed at the Luna Hotel which is right on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. The rooms are spacious and the outdoor area is beautiful. I have been back to this hotel three times since the first trip, it's definitely our go-to spot!

(View from our room at the Luna Hotel, Novalja, Croatia)

(Beach steps away from the Luna Hotel, Novalja, Croatia) 

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This trip was really short and sweet but we managed to take a bit of time to enjoy the scenery. Carlo and I went for a long walk all around the path that bordered the sea at sunset. It's so important to take some time to just appreciate all the beauty that this world has to offer. 

(Sunset walks, Novalja, Croatia)

The party scene in Croatia is one of the best in Europe, some call it a hidden gem but for those who know, know its growing exponentially each year with so many new festivals and parties. It's definitely a bucket list place to visit and still has an authentic feel as it is not commercial at all. Carlo played the Barrakud festival back in 2014 and it was amazing. We arrived in the evening and stayed into the late morning. Nothing beats the nights that turn to mornings, and sometimes afternoons!

(Shaded opened the evening, Dubfire middle slot and Carlo Lio took us into the morning! Barrakud Festival, Zrce Beach, Croatia)

(Photo taken @ Barrakud Festival 2014, Zrce Beach, Croatia)

Carlo has played a few awesome parties and festivals in Croatia over the past few years and we have loved every one. This past summer 2016, Carlo played the one and only SONUS Festival and we had the best time ever! Definitely one of the highlights of the tip this year for sure. We stayed at the Luna Hotel again because we love it so much and had dinner at this amazing restaurant at the Boskinac Boutique Hotel, great ambiance and incredible food! 

(Super awesome Apple desert at Boskinac Restaurant! Nojalaj, Croatia)

(Dubfire playing @ SONUS Festival, Novalja, Croatia)


(Carlo Lio playing the afternoon slot @ the Aquarius Stage, SONUS Festival, Novalja, Croatia)

Croatia is such a gorgeous country that my girlfriends and I decided to plan a whole week adventure trip to Dubvronik in the summer of 2015. Stay tuned for the next blog where I will fill you in on that trip's highlights! Coming soon...

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