If you’re planning on hitting up Croatia for any of it’s fantastic, beach-side festivals this summer, why not Sonus? The festival organised by Mannheim’s large event experts, Timewarp, is now into its 5 th year on Pag Island, a dreamland location that is ideal for the summer festivalgoer.
This year the likes of Adam Beyer, Apollonia, Chris Liebing, Jackmaster, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Enzo Siragusa, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Tale of Us and Ricardo Villalobos will all head to Croatia for three days of quality music, scenic surroundings and incredible production for what is shaping up the be the festival’s biggest year to date.
Here are our tips on how to ‘do’ Sonus.
In terms of travel, there are a variety of options in how you decide to get yourself over to Novalja, the location of the festival on Pag Island. You can fly, travel by boat or bus from the UK, all are reasonably priced providing that you book with plenty of time.
Flying is by far the most comfortable and the fastest way to get to Sonus – Zadar is the closest airport, at a distance 75 km / 1.5 hours drive. Split and Rijeka all have their own airports and are within 300km.You can also fly to Zagreb, Pula, Trieste or Ljubljana, if you’re up for a road trip.
There are many ferry routes operating between Italy and Croatia. Taking the short ferry ride across the Adriatic Sea is a far quicker, and not to mention more scenic route than driving. As well as having an airport, Zadar also has a port and is the nearest stop on water to Sonus.
Taking the bus could also be a viable option and will for sure save money and stretch out your festival budget further. Reasonably priced bus trips departing from both Germany and Italy are available if you’re already in mainland Europe.
There are a huge variety of choices of accommodation, depending on your budget for your stay on Pag Island. Apartments, hotels, hostels and villas all offer accommodation, throughout the duration of the festival. The average cost per person for a three star apartment ranges between £200 and £300 per person for a 4-6- night stay. Websites like eufest.com can help find the right apartment for you.
For those looking for more luxurious accommodation, four-star villas range from anywhere between £500 per person and £1000 per person.
Also note that there is a small tourist tax for those staying in Novalja. However some accommodation will include the tax within their rental rate.
Bars & Restaurants
For those of you visiting Sonus and staying in Novalja, there are plenty of bars and restaurants dotted across the town – some better than others!
Boskinac offers a traditional Mediterranean experience. With reviews describing the restaurant as delicious and creative, Boskinac has cemented its position as one of the best places to eat on the island.
For a vegan or vegetarian Mediterranean encounter, try out Apples and Carrots. A delicious and healthy alternative to traditional fast food on offer – after a few days of partying, you might need it!
If you plan on making your stay in Croatia extended, there are plenty of other incredible festivals of a similar ilk to check out. Ticket Tannoy recommends Dekmantel’s boutique take on Croatia at The Garden resort in Tisno. The festival takes place between 24 th and 28 th August, starting almost immediately after Sonus and is only a short 2-hour drive down the very same coast between Pag and Split.
Whilst Pag island has become a hub for European festival culture, there are plenty more islands with incredible choices. Hvar is roughly four hours drive from the festival and is widely regarded as the most beautiful Croatian island – with it’s lavender fields, 13 th century hilltop fortress and Rennaisance Cathedral, it’s quite the contrast to Sonus, but worth a visit. Boat excursions to nearby Pakleni Islands, with their secluded beaches and coves, could provide some excellent downtime. Similarly, Rough Guides lists its best beaches here.
Tickets for Sonus festival 2017 are on sale now.