July in Croatia – Summer Events from Istria to Dubrovnik

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July in Croatia is a spectacular time filled with vibrant cultural events, breathtaking landscapes and delightful summer events. From the Istrian peninsula down to the historic city of Dubrovnik, the country comes alive with a diverse array of festivities. Here’s a recap of some of the most memorable events that take place this July, highlighting the unique charm of each location.
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Pula Summer of Culture – Kicking Off the Season

Starting on May 30th, Pula Summer of Culture sets the stage for a season of artistic and cultural indulgence. Pula, known for its stunning Roman amphitheatre, the Arena, hosts an eclectic mix of concerts, theatre performances and film screenings throughout the summer. A festival highlight is the three-day Jazz Waves event, showcasing local and international jazz stars. You can also enjoy symphony orchestras, professional choirs, and the opera Madama Butterfly by the Slovenian National Theatre.

When it comes to accommodation, Brioni Sunny Camping by Valamar offers a relaxing Adriatic camping experience in a fragrant pine forest near Pula. Overlooking the Brijuni National Park archipelago, this beachfront site provides a variety of accommodations, including spacious pitches, prime tent spots, camping homes, and a hostel ideal for young travelers.

Summer in Poreč – A Sweet Celebration

Just a short drive from Pula, the town of Poreč celebrates Summer in Poreč. From 28th to 30th of June, Olga Ban Park will host the inaugural ice cream festival “Gelato Park – World of Ice Cream Wonders”, featuring a rich programme for all ages, with a special appeal to the youngest attendees. Throughout the summer, lasting until September 29th, visitors can enjoy numerous musical events, as well as movie projections in an open-air cinema under the stars.

For those seeking accommodation, Valamar Hotels in Poreč offer excellent options, combining luxury and comfort with convenient access to the region’s highlights. For example, check out Isabella Valamar Collection Island Resort or Marea Valamar Collection Suites and many more options.

Jazz Grožnjan – A Melodic Escape in Istria

From July 4th to 17th, the picturesque hilltop village of Grožnjan hosts the “Jazz is Back! BP” International Jazz Festival. Known as the “Town of Artists,” Grožnjan is a haven for creatives, boasting a lively arts scene. The festival attracts jazz enthusiasts from around the world, with performances held in charming courtyards and scenic squares. The intimate atmosphere and the town’s rustic beauty make Jazz Grožnjan a truly enchanting experience.

Jazz and Wine Festival on Hvar – A Sensory Delight

Jazz and Wine Festival on Hvar

Jazz and Wine Festival on Hvar

Moving further south, the island of Hvar welcomes visitors to the Jazz and Wine Festival from July 16th to 18th in Stari Grad (eng. “old town”), the historical heart of the island. Hvar, famous for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife, added a touch of sophistication to this event. The festival combines world-class jazz performances with tastings of exquisite local wines, offering a sensory feast for attendees. The island’s historic charm and the breathtaking views of the Adriatic made it an unforgettable destination in July.

Valamar Hotels on Hvar such as Valamar Amicor Green Resort provide a luxurious base for exploring the island’s beauty and enjoying its summer events. With their exceptional service and prime locations, the hotels ensure a memorable stay for all guests.

Cultural festivals  in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Concluding the journey towards the south of Croatia, let’s visit Dubrovnik. Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,”Dubrovnik offers a stunning setting with its medieval walls and baroque buildings.

One thing not to miss is the 75th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, running from July 10th to August 25th. It will feature over 60 events across various artistic disciplines. Highlights include the grand opening concert by Grammy winner Jordi Savall and the concluding Opera Gala with renowned soprano Sonya Yoncheva. In addition, the theatrical program will present three major premieres, including a co-production of Goldoni’s Coffee House and performances of Vojnović’s Equinox and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. You can also enjoy traditional folklore performances by the Linđo and LADO ensembles, as well as art exhibitions.

Midsummer Scene Festival in Dubrovnik

Midsummer Scene Festival in Dubrovnik

Check out the Midsummer Scene Festival in Dubrovnik runs from June 22nd to July 7th. The festival features activities in the open-air Lovrijenac Fortress, creating a magical experience under the stars. This year’s highlight is a musical adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic, “Around the World in Eighty Days.”

For those visiting Dubrovnik, Valamar Hotels such as Dubrovnik President Valamar Collection Hotel or Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel offer a range of luxurious accommodations, perfectly situated to explore the historic city and enjoy its summer festivities.

Enjoy Summer Events in Croatia 

From the cultural richness of Pula and the sweet indulgence in Poreč to the artistic melodies in Grožnjan, the sophisticated jazz and wine pairings on Hvar and the cultural happenings in Dubrovnik, July in Croatia will be a month to remember. Each event showcases the unique charm of its location, providing visitors with unforgettable experiences.

Whether you’re a culture aficionado, a food lover or a music enthusiast, Croatia’s summer events offer something for everyone. And with the exceptional hospitality of Valamar Hotels, your stay in Croatia is guaranteed to be as memorable as the summer events themselves!

All photographs are from Valamar’s partners.

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