The legendary The Garden Festival, which inspired much of today’s festival scene in Croatia, is approaching its 9th year in idyllic Tisno. Within easy reach of Zadar and Split airports, this landmark electronic event is a week-long celebration of sunbathing, swimming and hedonism framed by the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea. Whether you’re a regular or a first-timer, the unspoiled cove location never fails to impress; neither do the nearby national parks, waterfalls, and deserted islands. Often described as a relaxing holiday with a musical backdrop, The Garden Festival has a very chilled vibe – dip in and out of the parties as your mood changes with no three-hour toilet queue. If you don’t feel like dancing all day (it’s an option from midday) enjoy the beach, a cold cocktail and a massage or take a trip with some friends. As dusk falls action centres on the main beach stage and the sister vessels Argonaughty and Arbiana who dock for all-night parties. Nearby, fully open-air disco Barbarellas will keep landlubbers happy till the sun rises. Ever more popular but refreshingly uncommercial, festival goers love the Garden’s winning combination of rave and relaxation.
Petrica Glava 34
£120 for 7 days
Day passes £15-35
Double Whammy Option – The Garden Festival & Electric Elephant £150
Optional Argonaughty & Arbiana parties £18, Barbarella’s afterparty tickets £10 a night or £60 for a week-long pass