For many festival-goers, the ‘experience’ is not just the music or the atmosphere of the event but the adventure of getting to the location. Festivals such as EXIT, Burning Man and Rockness are situated in beautiful, unspoilt locations and those who make the pilgrimage are rewarded with a unique travel story to tell.
For thrill seeking clubbers, Croatia has long-since been a key holiday destination and those in the know have been finding their way to Zrce beach on the island off Pag (dubbed ‘the beach that never sleeps’) for the last decade. Here they have discovered world class DJs such as Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia and Fatboy Slim spinning tunes as the sun rises over the white rock mountains and dapples the turquoise Adriatic waters and enjoyed incredible afternoon pool parties – sipping cocktails with beautiful people.
At the heart of this scene is Club Papaya – the open air beach party rated the 30th best clubbing destination in the world by DJ Magazine (who liked it so much they now hold their own festival there!). Papaya is where the young Balkans come to play – and they give tourists a warm welcome; happy to share their secret party with the world.
Club Papaya has not just one annual festival but a whole season of great dance music events. From June til September the club hosts mid-weekly residencies from renowned club promoters Kinky Malinki, Wax On and the legendary Fire It Up crew, bringing DJs such as Annie Mac, Crookers, Hardwell and of course Eddie Halliwell to the small island. Weekends at Papaya see superstar DJs such as Axwell (who named the club his ‘gig of the year’ in 2010), Armin van Buuren and Shapeshifters take the stage to play in front of 5000 euphoric party people.
Papaya is also famous for its After Beach parties – what better way to spend your afternoon than dancing beside the pool in the sultry Croatian heat? This year the club will also be offering regular boat parties with DJs from some of the world’s most vibrant clubs.
A weekly pass to Papaya costs just £50 – which is less than one night out in Ibiza. And the club is open 21 hours per day, so that’s even better value for money.
Traveling to Club Papaya and Zrce beach has now been made simple as flight route info, accommodation booking, airport transfers and tickets to the club can all be found in one place at www.travel2novalja.com. Start your adventure by scanning the QR code below into your smartphone: your next stop will be the poolside bar at Papaya and the clubbing adventure of a lifetime!