City Guide: Tisno, Croatia With Suncébeat Founder Alex Lowes

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Welcome to the latest edition of our City Guide series; your global guide to the world's greatest cities through the eyes of your favorite artists. This time, we travel to one of the world's fastest-growing party destinations, Tisno, Croatia. Our guide is the founder of Suncébeat Festival, Alex Lowes. Known for bringing the top talent in house, soul, and funk, lineups include regulars like Kerri Chandler, David Morales, Giles Peterson, and many more. 

Words by Alex Lowes

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We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?

Without a doubt Bar Loca. My favourite is Café Bar Vrsa, there’s a lovely balcony overlooking the whole of Tisno, the one drink everyone loves in Croatia is the local beer, Karlovacko, everyone raves about it.

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Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?

It’s only a small village, everything’s based around the event itself, you have the fantastic open-air club Barbarellas open until six in the morning and the site open until 2 am, it’s all centred on SuncéBeat as it’s very much destination event.

Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out for you?

Oh yes, Tereza is great and Tic-Tac on the island of Murter, they’re the two stand out restaurants really.

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Best dirty late-night street food option?

Yes, the favourite option really is that they have fantastic little bakery’s which are open all night in Tisno – Pekara Pirovac is one. There’s also the obvious kebab shops in Tisno and a lot of options at the onsite restaurant Magnolia.

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Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Tisno?

To be honest, there isn’t really any record shops in Tisno, as it’s a typical Croatian fishing village, it’s beautiful with many restaurants but it’s not really a shoppers paradise. Even other parts of Croatia there isn't any, I think most people prefer to watch live sets from the local DJ’s.

Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?

Jump on a boat and go touring around the island. You can go visit the fantastic world heritage waterfalls, Krka which are beautiful and only half an hour away, explore secluded restaurants and drive around the island of Murcer.

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Something everyone should do when visiting Tisno, but probably hasn’t?

You’ve got to get on a boat party for a start, it’s fantastic they go around the world heritage Kornati Islands. If you like fishing like me, then you must go fishing for Blue Fish Tuna. Definitely visit Krka National Park - it’s absolutely amazing, or go to one of the surrounding villages like Sibenik where Game of Thrones was filmed.

A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city? (If not originally from this city, a song that reminds you of when you first moved here)

Yes, ‘Everyone Loves The Sunshine’ by Roy Ayes.

What are other great exports that come from Tisno?

It is so simple, you just have to go to a local supermarket where you can get the fantastic award winning Pag Cheese, the local Olive Oil around the Tisno area has been classed as some of the best in the world and the red wine in Croatia is absolutely phenomenal.

A gift you can’t leave Tisno without taking home for friends?

Yes definitely a bottle of their local red wine, Bibich, and cheese, you can’t get any better than that.  

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