Ultra Europe 2017
The Ultra Europe festival has its origins in Florida, the Sunshine State. Its US forebear has been thrilling Miami with some of the biggest names in electronic dance music since 1999, and was a precursor to the huge electronic parties that have rocked the world since. It is now being exported all over the globe, from South Africa to Brazil, Argentina, Korea and Japan. The organisers certainly don’t believe in small.
The town of Split in Croatia, which hosts Ultra Europe, couldn’t be a better location for the festival. With its crystalline waters, blazing summer sunshine, lip-smacking cuisine and refreshingly low prices, it has all the ingredients for a summer super-party.
After only three years of existence, Ultra Europe has forged itself a reputation as one of the heavyweights of the European festival scene, attracting more than 150,000 attendees each year. For its 4th edition in 2016, it has rolled out a programme that will leave few people cold. Among those manning the decks are Dutchmen Armin Van Buuren and Martin Garrix, France’s DJ superstar David Guetta, Canadian producer Deadmau5 and the prince of house, Afrojack.
Like Ultra Miami, Ultra Europe will feature the Resistance stage, which is dedicated to more underground acts from different electro streams.
OPENING TIMES & DATES
15th July : 5 PM - 5 AM
16th July : 5 PM - 5 AM
17th July : 5 PM - 5 AM
Split’s Polijud Stadium (home to Split football club, HNK Hajduk) is only 1km north of the city centre, an easy 20-minute walk. Alternatively, you can use public transport, and several buses will get you there in double time.
How to get there
FROM CITY TO VENUE :
If you’re staying in the historical centre, you can take a number 3 bus towards Lora or a number 17 bus in the direction of Studenski Dom from Zagrebačka or Zvonimira Street. Depending on the time of day, the bus goes every 15-20 minutes.
While travel agencies generally have their eyes fixed on Dubrovnik, the less well-known and less crowded Split is an ideal point of departure for visiting Croatia. Thanks to its location opposite the islands of Šolta (the wildest) and Brač (the largest), Hvar (the liveliest) and Vis (the most authentic), it is a paradise for watersports lovers. A large number of local agencies on the seafront offer full-day or half-day trips to the islands, an opportunity you certainly don’t want to pass up.
You can opt to tour the islands by speedboat, allowing you to see them all in a minimum amount of time, with the added exhilaration of carving white wake through the water. Alternatively, go by catamaran, slower but far more relaxing. It also offers the chance to bathe or go snorkelling in protected bays that are inaccessible by land.
If you’re looking for extreme experiences, head to Omiš. Fancy a zip-wire above the steep sides of Monto Mosor or a kayak trip down the River Cetina?
When night falls, Split explodes with life, and the narrow streets of the historical centre resonate with the sounds of merry-making. You won’t find the same trendy clubs as on the island of Hvar. However, there are bars and restaurants on every street corner and, best of all, you can make it to dawn without having emptied your wallet. Another reason to prefer it to Dubrovnik!
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