2 years ago I’ve attended my first Ultra festival. I don’t know why it took me 26 years to catch the Ultra bug, but I finally did. Maybe it was the holiday fling but I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it.
I’ve danced the night away for 3 days in a row with over 100,000 people. I’ve met some amazing, funny, interesting people. I had amazing food everywhere I went. So, I went back to Split last summer again – and did it all over again.
In this article, I’ve put together a few tips and observations from my own experience at Ultra Europe.
If you’re heading there for the first time, I hope below tips will be useful for you!
Book your flights and accommodation as early as you can
The first year I’ve attended Ultra Europe, I’ve booked the flights and accommodation in late March/early April.
Even though we had it all booked more than 3 months in advance, the prices were too high already. Split is a small town, and with over 100 thousand people flowing to city during the festival time – the accommodation prices sky rocket. You’d be lucky to get a hostel bed in central Split for a few hundred pounds if you leave it to last minute.
The second time round, I didn’t make that mistake and booked our accommodation 6 months in advance via booking.com. I recommend Booking.com as they often have special discounts and it’s free cancellation option makes it easy to cancel your booking without any fees.
Don’t forget the flag
The first thing I noticed about these music festivals, is how much pride people have for their countries when coming to them. You’ll see a majority of people draped in their flags’ colors, wearing it as a cape on their backs, or painting the flag on their faces. Music festivals are all about coming out to represent your country, while having a blast partying with people from other countries. So, don’t forget to take the flag!
Do not take a backpack to the festival
Just don’t. Small cross body bags are allowed, but for anything bigger than that you’ll have to get a clear bag which costs around 10 euros.
Budget your drinking
Work out what’s the max you want to spend on alcohol per day, and upload the money to your festival wristband. You’ll know you’ve reached your limit once you’ve run out the money. Easy peasy.
Download the festival app
Every year the organisers share headline information, times and other useful information on the festival’s mobile app. It’s also connected to social media, and is a great way of meeting and chatting to fellow festival-goers.
Make sure you see some of Split
The sun, beach, warm weather, music festival. Split has much more to offer – so make sure you take at least few hours to wander around the city, discover its beaches, culture and people. Split is more than just a gateway to the islands. From lazing on Bačvice beach to 1700 old Diocletian’s palace – there’s so much to do in Split.
Why not turn it in to a full on holiday?
The best way to experience the festival and Croatia is to turn it into a full on holiday. Explore the island, enjoy the food, soak up the sun whilst partying with thousands of people and best DJs in the world.
So, yeah what are you waiting for?
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