Papaya Club Zrće – Arguably The BEST Open Air Club in the World

Posted in   Uncategorized   Updated on March 11, 2023    By Dexter Jones  

Without a doubt, Zrce beach would not have happened to the incredible scale that it has done if it wasn’t for the pioneering and risk taking team behind Papaya Zrće..

For almost 2 decades these forward thinking guys have consistently pushed the boundaries in artist bookings, club design and future planning for the party beach destination. 

crowd enjoying the main papaya zrce stage

The other clubs on Zrće had no choice but to keep up with Papaya or risk being left behind and that is a big part of how the modern day powerhouse of Zrce has developed.

Papaya Zrce is one of the oldest and biggest clubs on Zrce beach. It dominates the beach skyline and is one of the premier open-air clubs on the planet.

About Papaya Zrće

Papaya Zrće, located in Novalja on the island of Pag in Croatia, has become one of the most popular destinations for music enthusiasts and partygoers from all over the world.

Known for its stunning beachside location, world-class music events, and vibrant atmosphere, Papaya Zrce has well earned its reputation as one of the hottest party destinations in Europe. 

With its crystal-clear waters, golden sand, mountain range background and beautiful sunrises, Papaya Zrće is the perfect setting for music festivals and beach parties.

The owners have really nurtured the development of the venue over the years. They have carefully ensured that the venue really does reflect it’s stunning Novalja beach location.

Papaya have used a very clever mix of wood and stone and Adriatic design and the finish is simply astounding.

DJ Mag Top 100 Rankings

Last year Papaya was again voted in the TOP 10 of the DJ Mag Top 100 clubs worldwide.

They are a familiar fixture in DJ Mag's prestigious top 10 and that speaks volumes for the quality that the venue delivers.

Papaya zrce after beach party arena

History and Background

Papaya Zrće has a rich history that dates back to the early 2000s. The venue was originally a small Zrće beach bar that catered to locals and tourists looking for a relaxed atmosphere and good music. 

Over the years, the bar became increasingly popular, and as word spread, it began to attract bigger crowds and more attention from international DJs and performers.

In the early 2000's, Papaya Zrće began promoting their first proper and official  music festivals, this marked a turning point for the venue and the island as a whole.

Festivals, such as the Papaya Day & Night Festival, attracted thousands of partygoers and put Papaya Zrće firmly on the map as a major player in the European festival scene. 

Festival Location

Since then, the Papaya Zrće venue has continued to grow and evolve, hosting some of the biggest and most popular music festivals in Europe.

Papaya has also been integral in attracting and creating some of the finest festivals in Europe to the town of Novalja. These  include Hideout, Sonus, Fresh Island and the Spring Break festival, to name but a few.

All of these festivals have been located on Zrce for many years, some over ten years. That alone is a testament to the venues in making those cooperations really gel and work year on year.

The club’s activities are broken down into two very different operations; the day ‘After-beach’ pool party schedule and the evening’s superstar DJ line up programme.

DJ playing at Papaya Club zrce beach at night

Both are intrinsic to Zrce but both operations really are as different as night is to the day! 

After Beach Papaya Zrće

The daytime pool party venue attracts thousands of eager day clubbers.

They start to arrive after they have finished chilling on the beach or in Novalja at around 4pm

As you make your way to the club, you'll be greeted by the sounds of pumping music and the sight of hundreds of partygoers making their way towards the venue.

Once inside, you'll find yourself surrounded by a sea of dancing people, all letting loose, drinking massive cocktails and making memories.

The party takes place around the club's impressive pool, which provides the perfect backdrop for a day of dancing, drinking, and socializing.

The DJs at Club Papaya are some of the best in the business, and they know just how to get the crowd moving. Expect to hear a mixture of house, techno, and EDM, with performances from top international artists. The atmosphere is electric, with a real sense of freedom and hedonism in the air.

With the drinks flowing and the pool arena totally energised,  the up-for-it crowd party hard to the open air sounds until about 8.30pm.

After that everyone begins to trickle back to their accommodation in Novalja to eat, shower, change out of their pool gear and prepare themselves for the evening ahead! Round 2!

stage lights at papaya club zrce beach novalja

Headline Evening Parties

At around 11pm the evening’s programme shifts into 5th gear as the main arena at Papaya takes over.

Every night throughout peak summer Papaya will have booked an impressive international DJ line up.

There is certainly no expense spared when it comes to their artistic line up.

Papaya Zrće's main arena’s famous dance floor holds well over 1500 crazy clubbers and the huge VIP terrace holds in excess of 1000 VIP ticket and table holders.

Papaya club zrce beach seen from above

VIP Experience

For those looking for a VIP experience, there are several options available, including private tables, bottle service, and exclusive access to VIP areas.

There are also plenty of food and drink options available, with bars and restaurants located throughout the venue.

Papaya Zrće boasts one of the largest and diverse VIP sections in Europe.

You can experience VIP area access, book a VIP table or even go all out and book a private booth at the very back of the VIP section. 

Papaya Zrće: The Verdict

It's clear that Papaya Zrće is much more than just a party destination - it's a place that offers a unique combination of natural beauty, unbeatable world-class DJ lineups, and is simply a perfect place to create lifelong memories.

If you're looking for an unforgettable experience, then we encourage you to visit Zrće beach and see Papaya for yourself. 

In short, Papaya Zrće is world class in every way and provides an incredible clubbing environment for smiling guests all over the World.

For Festival and party ticket information just click here.

About the author

Dexter arrived in Novalja in 2011 after living in Ibiza for many years. He's a digital media and electronic music strategist who promotes prominent events all over Europe. He met a local girl, Jelena, and they now have two beautiful boys. With a long-standing involvement in Croatian tourism Dexter has now turned that passion into a Novalja focussed blog.

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