Croatia was never somewhere on my Bucket List or somewhere I had thought I’d visit however my Uncle Craig is a DJ and was playing at the Beats, Beer and Boogaloo festival in Tisno – a music and craft beer festival (two of my favourite things so clearly I wasn’t going to say no!).
My dad and his friend, me and Scott and my friend Grant booked our flights and accomodation and got ready to explore a new place and dance the nights away to some CHOONS *gosh that sentence made me feel about 15 again – the ache in my back and feet quickly brought me back to earth*
I was struggling to find London flights that suited our plans but found really reasonable Ryanair flights from Glasgow to Zadar and so decided we’d jump a train up to Glasgow and combine our journey with a flying visit to family we have up there.
I’m a fan of a smooth flight but we had a bit of turbulence – albeit nothing that couldn’t be made bearable with a G&T! From Zadar airport we had transfers booked with Get By Bus who took us on the scenic 45 minute drive down the coast to Tisno where we were staying. It was a really nice route and made me wish we had time to see more of Croatia.
Our Air bnb apartment was gorgeous – really well situated a few minutes walk along the harbour side into the centre of Tisno and with an impressive terrace area. You can find our particular apartment here – it was simple and perfect for our needs *and oh god the views!*
We arrived early afternoon on the Friday and so spent a few hours chilling on our terrace and then went out to explore Tisno and grab something to eat.
The name ‘Tisno’ derives from the Croatian word for narrow – referring to the narrow sea passage that seperates it from the Island of Murter. The town itself is reasonably small and has parts on both banks of the water – joined by a bridge that opens up for sea traffic a couple of times a day. We stayed in the newer side of town but took regular wanders around the old side centre of town (on Murter).
There’s a wide seafront promenade but not much by way of beach – lots of small pebbly spots are as beachy as it gets but actually that’s quite pleasant as it’s never overcrowded and you can pretty much dive into the Adriatic Sea from anywhere you like! The water is beautifully clear but I definitely recommend bringing some sea shoes that you can wear in the water – there are spiky sea urchins in abundance and it’s very rocky. If you forget yours there are a few small shops in the town centre that sell them, although at an inflated price.
Local sightseeing mainly centres on churches and the Town Centre is dominated over by the beautiful tower of St Spirit church; reached by pretty little alleys from the seafront – unfortunately it was locked up when we walked up to it but there’s a peaceful memorial garden at the back and you can see through the windows to the opulent interior. St Spirit was originally built in 1548 and renovated in baroque style in 164 and the tower was added in 1680.
Whenever I visit a new place I love to get lost and explore without any destination in mind – Tisno isn’t particularly large but there are plenty of little alleys and squares to find, not to mention some beautiful houses and doors *yes I’m a bit weird – I do so love a door*
After our wander around we stopped for something to eat and drink in a cute little seafront restaurant called Bona Tide.
The snap above was taken from our table at Bona Tide – it’s a great place to sit and sip a Radler and do some people watching – plus the food is good – we had hamburgers the first night and went back again for some salads (and more beers later on!)
Saturday morning we got up early, went for some breakfast and spent the day swimming in a little pebbly cove along the harbour front by our apartment. It was so peaceful and quiet – the perfect relaxing place. There were plenty of walks along the harbour for ice creams and cold bottles of water, and perhaps a few beers too! Unfortunately despite lathering on the factor 30 we all ended up a little pink by the time we headed back to our apartment for an afternoon nap and to prep for our night out.
Believe it or not – I told the boys to ‘act natural’ for this shot on our terrace ha!
Before long it was time to head down to The Garden – it’s a fantastic open-air festival site about ten minutes from Tisno; and it’s easy to get a transfer via water-taxi or regular taxi from the bridge in town. As with most places – get a price from your driver before getting in!
This secluded site is transformed into party central in the Summer months and has plenty of bars, a private beach and even on-site accomodation if the transfer back into town will be too much for you after a few drinks. Personally I wouldn’t want to stay in The Garden itself – there’s nicer and more reasonable accomodation in Tisno itself (plus it’s nice to get away from the party site aswell).
The Garden even have their own party boat – the Argonaughty pictured above, and we headed straight there for our Boat Party. Craig, Funk Nation and The Allergies were all on the line-up for ours, although there were other parties lined up over the weekend.
The festival was partly hosted by The Garden’s very own brewery and they’d brought in plenty of guest breweries so I was in beer tasting heaven.
My dad on the otherhand (pictured above) was very excited about the Prosecco as you can see ha!
Beer, Incredible Djs, Dancing and my favourite guys – what could be better on a Saturday evening?
The views from the boat as the sun set were pretty bloody spectacular – it was such an amazing vibe throughout the boat party, lots of chatting and dancing and was fab to just sit back and watch everyone enjoying themselves (although the queue for the toilets was immense!).
Both the above photos were taken by my friend Grant
Post boat party it was back to dry land to watch some more incredible live acts – Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band were absolutely incredible *boy could that man move despite being in his 70s!*