Introducing Hideout Festival…
Now celebrating its seventh year, Hideout Festival takes place on the island of Pag, Croatia and attracts party-goers from all over Europe (and the world!) with the hottest DJs, boat parties and an abundance of sunshine and debauchery.
Sandwiched between mountains and the Adriatic sea, Hideout festival is held on Zrce Beach across a number of purpose- built outdoor clubs called Papaya, Aquarius and Kalypso which host incredible daily pool parties andy crazy, exotic raves every night.
If it’s your first time at Hideout Festival this year, then these are our essential tips so that you can have the best week of your life!
Read my tips on how much to budget for Hideout here.
1. Sort Your Transport As Soon As Possible
Especially if you are planning on flying out. Although there are lots of direct flights to Hideout festival, these soon fill up from all over the UK and prices soar! In 2013, we paid £350 for a direct flight to Split however all flights the week after were advertised at £85! To check flights, I always use Skyscanner.
If you fly, there is the option to get a bus from most main airports in Croatia straight to the festival, however we found it so easy (and much cheaper) to hire a car and drive up. It’s around a 3-4 hour drive from Split, but the route is gorgeous and very straight forward, we even got there without a sat-nav! You can also plan stops on the way such as Krka National Park, which we hugely recommend.
Alternatively you can get a coach to the festival and lots of people do this as it can be a much cheaper option – so long as you don’t mind 36 hours on a coach! For more info on coach travel, visit Planet Festival who offer a full Hideout Festival package including transport, accommodation and tickets.
2. Stay In Novalja
Hideout was so different to what we expected it to be, as the Festival itself takes place on Zrce Beach; a quite isolated stretch of beach close to the town of Novalja. If you can, I would stay in Novalja or nearby. There is also the town of Pag, but Novalja is much closer to Zrce beach and full of good, cheap accommodation, restaurants and bars.
The boat parties all set off from here and there are also lots of regular buses to the festival within 5-10 minutes.
We rented an apartment using Adriaday and they were very helpful. The accommodation was basic, but perfect for what we wanted!
3. Pack ALL Of Your Friends!
Although Hideout serves up a platter of incredible people that will quickly become your best buddies, there is something magical about going in group. Last year, there were around 40 of us that attended, all in our own little groups and when we got together it made the experience so much more special!
Having a big group generally ensures you’ll get the best dancing space and won’t find yourself being pushed around as much. It’s also a nice surprise to bump into a friendly face all over the festival.
4. Arrive A Couple Of Days Before
Although the set festival dates span four days, we would recommend to get there a few days before so you can find your bearings and get warmed up! You can sort your bus wristband and go through the festival wristband exchange process in advance before all the crowds come which is certainly a bonus.
The pre-parties are absolutely amazing
Zrce Beach is so much fun and Croatia is absolutely beautiful, so definitely max out your time here!
5. Book Your Boat Party Ticket In Advance
These sell out pretty much as soon as they’re released! You can buy a maximum of 6 tickets per purchase, so you might as well buy them for your friends if you do get through. Remember to take everything you might need with you on the boat party as you will be stuck on it for 3 hours. If you’re easily sea-sick, it might not be the best idea for you, but the pool parties are more than amazing anyway!
One really annoying thing on the boat parties is that you can’t pay for drinks with cash and have to use tokens that you purchase below deck. Buy these as soon as you board so you’re not stuck downstairs for ages when you feel like getting a drink.
6. Don’t Spend All Week In Papaya
Papaya has an awesome layout, is huge and has a lot of the headline acts playing here, which means most people end up flocking here and then not wanting to leave because of who’s playing next. Festivals are a great way of discovering new music so try going to a set of someone you’ve not heard of before, you never know you might be pleasantly surprised!
Definitely check out Noa which is on a jetty over the sea and has hammock nets around its perimter!
7. Remember Your Bus Route By It’s Colour
There are regular buses from Zrce beach to various stops around Novalja and each route is determined by colour. You can buy a bus wristband which allows you unlimited travel all week and is definitely worth getting! Otherwise, it’s around 20 kuna per trip (around £2).
The shuttle buses cover the following destinations:
- Red Line – Novalja Zones A
- Yellow Line – Novalja Zones B & C
- Blue Line – Gajac
- Black Line – Stara Novalja
- Green Line – Caska, Vidalici, Kustici, Zubovic & Metajna
8. Hit the Pool Parties!
Don’t lie in bed all day feeling hungover and sorry for yourself, get out and enjoy the festival at it’s best – the pool parties! We loved the pool parties more than some of the nights! They are less busy and you are partying in glorious sunshine.
Remember to drink loads of water if you’re out during the day, as you don’t want to get dehydrated or sun stroke and end up feeling ill. I suffered from sunstroke on the first day and felt awful for it – get into the shade regularly and wear a hat or bandana to cover your head; it really helps!
9. Stay Strong And Party On
You’ve waited all year for this, travelled all that way and spent your hard-earned money paying to get here so make the most of it! Let loose and enjoy yourself, you might never experience anything like this place again and I can promise you, you won’t want to miss a moment of it!
No one looks back on their lives and remembers the nights they went to bed early…
10. Don’t Book Your Journey Home For The Day After Hideout Ends!
We made this mistake the first year we went and ended up missing part of the last night and feeling horrendous the whole drive back. If you have a couple of days left after the festival, not only can you finally get some sleep and recover but also enjoy everything else that Croatia has to offer! We made a trip to the Krka waterfalls on the way home which was incredible – definitely one to add to your bucket lists!
- The Currency in Croatia is Kuna (NOT EUROS!)
- Your ID to collect your tickets and the bank card you paid for it with
Read my post on how much to budget for Hideout here.
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