What should I know before coming to Rovinj?

Croatian Summer Salsa Festival is taking place from 29th June till 6th July 2020.

What you definitely can expect is in these four words SEA, SUN, PARTY and FUN!!!

These are some of the CSSF spotlights not to be missed while enjoying your stay in Rovinj with your dance mates from all over the world:

  • BEACH parties every day
  • Famous POOL PARTY on Sunday
  • Crazy BOAT TRIPS
  • UNIQUE SPECIAL EVENT which includes dancing in (believe it or not) a VINEYARD!
  • DANCE POINTS - dancing in the street from Monday till Wednesday
  • Over 60 international ARTISTS
  • Best DJs
  • High level PRE-FESTIVAL DAYS, on Wednesday and Thursday with a PLACEMENT TEST for intermediate/advanced dancers
  • WELCOME PARTY with an exclusive concert of HAVANA D'PRIMERA & ALEXANDER ABREU
  • SHOW PERFORMANCES of world top artists 
  • After parties
  • Dance floor animations
  • Shopping area
  • Huge garden with bars, chill area and stands - and space for dancing of course :)
  • Mingling, dancing and really good vibes


If you're still rethinking than take a look at this text, we're sure you'll wish to come ;)

CSSF takes place in gorgeous and most romantic town of Rovinj, Croatia.

MMC hall
Adris old tobacco factory

Adris old tobacco factory
Rovinj main square
Resort Amarin
Resort Villas Rubin
Paradiso Beach

Adris old tobacco factory

For more info please check here!

The workshop schedule is usually published at least one month before the festival.

A full workshop schedule will be published on the official CSSF web page under the sections: PRE-FESTIVAL SPECIALS & FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

Beginners are more than welcome - we have a range of workshops which are beginner and open level throughout the festival weekend, so there isn't a reason for you not to come.

At the festival all beginners will be able to experience the best from our international instructors, enjoy their dancing, professional and friendly approach. 

It's time to dance! ;)

Lost and found will be in the festival registration office in Adris Old Tobacco Factory, during office working hours. Feel free to ask our festival staff about it and check it if you need to (hope not ;)).

We recommend you to leave your stuff in our cloakroom! Organizer does not take responsibility for lost or stolen items. 

Rovinj is a small town, but it has a rich gastro offer.

Well-known, natural and healthy Adriatic cuisine along with regular world cuisine offers are a great way to fulfill your stay in Rovinj.

We recommend the official festival restaurant MAESTRAL - a great place for each meal with excellent and always fresh and tasty food. Good atmosphere and irresistible view just go great together. For more info check here

Your own food and drinks are permitted only at the workshops. You can bring also a small bottle of water to the party.

There will bachata and kizomba floors, but the main focus of this festival is salsa. If you're more interested in bachata then we'd recommend you to visit Summer Sensual Days in Opatija and Rovinj where the focus is more on bachata and kizomba then on salsa. 

Prefestival specials take place on Wednesday and Thursday and are comprised of one and a half-hour-blocks with one instructor couple and one topic. They are more intense and detailed then weekend workshops, and they are held on two levels - improver and intermediate/advanced. If you want to attend intemediate/advanced prefestival specials, you will have to pass a placement test.

Festival workshops take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and they have the classic form of one hour workshops you encounter on festivals all around the world. You don't have to take the placement test to attend these, but please keep in mind your dance experience and don't attend workshops which might be too difficult for you. 

Sure! You can buy a pass which encompasses all workshops from Wednesday till Sunday, it's called FREAK PASS. It also includes all parties during CSSF, so this is the one you should take if you want to attend everything during the salsa week.

Full pass my friend! It's all parties during the salsa week (Wednesday - Monday) and workshops only during the weekend. So if you need some time off, but still want to learn a bit, this one is for you.

There is a PREFESTIVAL SPECIAL PASS - it's a pass which includes only prefestival special workshops on Wednesday and Thursday, no parties. You can buy it in our festival office on the spot (if there is enough space), or online.

Unfortunately no. You can either take the prefestival specials on Wednesday and Thursday or weekend workshops (Friday till Sunday), or all of them, of course :)

You can buy a one day pass only for the weekend - meaning Friday pass, Saturday pass or Sunday pass. This one day pass encompasses all the workshops of that day and the evening party. 

Placement test is a tool which will make sure you get the best learning experience possible. If you are an intermediate/advanced dancer, you will be required to go through a test to get your level wristband which will enable you to attend intermediate/advanced workshops. 

If you don't succeed in passing the test, there is still a range of improver workshops, as well a the Afro Cuban and Bachata track of workshops which you can take during these two days.

No, when you pass it on Wednesday, you'll get the level wristband and you will show this level wristband at the entrance of every intermediate/advanced workshop to our staff.

If you've passed all placement tests for all styles - then sure you can :) Being an advanced Cuban dancer doesn't make you an advanced on2 dancer, so we strongly recommend you to stay in the track you passed the placement test for or simply try and take the other tests too if you'd like to attend intermediate/advanced level workshops of more styles. The tests will take place at the same time, so if you're attending more placement tests pls make sure you tell this to the instructors so that you get into the first group which will be classified - in this way you will make it on time to other tests too.

No, you can come alone and find a dance partner there, you will switch partners for a couple of times during the test anyway.

There is no shame in knowing your dance level! If you do not pass to INT/ADV level that just means you can attend:

  • IMPROVER workshops (ON1/ON2/Cuban)
  • MOVEMENT TRACK WORKSHOPS (Afro Cuban, etc.) - all level

After mastering IMPROVER workshops you will sure be joining the INT/ADV level next year. Actually, you will even learn more than going to INT/ADV classes since going there does not serve your goal of progress at all.

Then you will not be able to attend INT/ADV workshops, as simple as that :) But you can go to all IMPROVER and ALL/OPEN LEVEL workshops during the prefestival days.

You can always upgrade your pass on the spot, in our festival office.

A downgrade of your pass is unfortunately not possible.

No, after Thursday you can take it off because we won't be checking levels during the weekend workshops this year.

You can buy your pass on our webshop - make sure you pick Croatian Summer Salsa Festival event 2020.

We really have a lot of options and passes combinations ;)  

In order to make it easier to choose the right pass for yourself, please press Ticket info under each pass in our webshop or just click the TICKETS option within the PROGRAM section on this website for a listing of included programs in each pass.

Yes, most of the passes are usually available at the door but we would highly recommend you to buy them earlier! It's cheaper and you'll be sure that you have them because some of the passes or tickets can be sold out...boat tickets for example, or even Paradise Express pass. 

You can pick up your pass in the festival office when you arrive to Rovinj. You will need your e-ticket and some kind of personal document with your photo on it. Pay attention to festival office working hours. 

Tickets and passes will not be shipped. When we get your payment you will receive the confirmation email saying that your registration is complete. After that you will receive your e-ticket. 

If for any reason you don't receive the confirmation email or your e-ticket, please contact us at: support@salsa-adria.hr

Yes, we have discounted prices for groups. In order to get group prices there has to be a minimum number of 10 people in the group.
For more info please contact us at: support@salsa-adria.hr 

You've bought the pass and for some reason later you've found out that you can't come. The refund is possible but different conditions will apply depending on when you've decided to cancel your pass. 

  • all cancellations prior to 1st April will be subject to a 70% fee.
  • name changes can be done any time until 1st June
  • no refunds for cancellations after noon (12pm) 1st April. Make sure you check our cancellation insurance offer and get 80% of your money back in case of your cancellation.
  • boat trips, Experience Croatia events, bus transfers and individual parties are not refundable.

Yes, the pass or the ticket can be transferred to another person or you can postpone it for the next year only until 1st June. When you log into your account on our web-shop at www.salsa-adria.hr you are able to change the name of the person who will use the pass.

  • In case of your inability to attend the festival, your festival pass can be transferred to another person or it can be used next year by you
  • Postponed passes have to be used the following year, otherwise they become invalid
  • Postponed passes cannot be sold to a third party
  • Boat trip and Secret Vineyard tickets cannot be transferred to the following year!

It is not allowed to re-sell the transferred passes or tickets!

Yes, you will be able to register and to pick up your passes at the entrance to the party! Please make sure you arrive before 3 am, you won't be able to buy or pick up your pass because the festival office in Adris is closed afterwards.

Yes you can buy a one-day pass, but only during the weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). It includes all the workshops and the party on the chosen day and you can buy it only on the spot.

Unfortunately it is not possible to buy a single workshop only. The minimum is one-day pass which includes all workshops for the chosen day.

Please take care of your tickets and passes; the lost ones won't be reimbursed!

It is recommended that each person takes their own pass for themselves. This way we will be sure that you got everything you need! ;) 

Unfortunately in Croatia it is still not possible to pay in euros. If you pay in cash, only HRK is accepted.

There is an ATM in every hotel. You can also find a lot of them all over the city and at the party place (Adris Old Tobacco Factory - to use it you have to ask the security at the entrance). 

There isn't a waiting list for the boat trips. All boat trips tickets are sold online on first come first serve basis. 
There can be cancellations of course, so feel free to stop by at our festival office to check.

The reason for that could be that the email you entered is not valid so please make sure you've put the right email during the account registration on our web-shop. It could have happened also that the confirmation email went to your SPAM folder, so please check that as well.
If none of the above is the case, than please contact us at: support@salsa-adria.hr

What is ticket insurance?

  • Ticket insurance will enable you to receive 80% of your ticket costs back (excluding the costs of the insurance) in the event that you’re unable to attend the festival for any reason. All participants who don’t pick up their passes till the last party included in their ticket will be marked in the system as if they have used the ticket and the refunds will be possible only in case of bought ticket insurance
  • the reimbursement will not apply to any additional costs, such as travel, accommodation or any other costs connected to the festival activities
  • ticket insurance is optional, but it has to be bought at the same time as the ticket. You cannot buy the ticket insurance additionally
  • in order to gain your refund, send us an e-mail with the confirmation mail or receipt for the bought pass within 15 days after the end of the festival
  • the repayment will be done up to max. 30 days after your request has arrived

Ticket insurance price:
Basic fee for the ticket insurance is 6 EUR. For every 100 EUR more total, the fee is additional 6 EUR. E.g. If your ticket costs 180 EUR, the ticket insurance is 12 EUR.

There are several options for traveling to Rovinj. For more information please take a look at this link: HOW TO GET TO ROVINJ? or join our official FB group for finding travel mates, roommates etc. and find someone to share your travel costs with ;)

The closest airports are:

  • Pula (Cro)
  • Rijeka (Cro)
  • Trieste (Italy)
  • Ljubljana (Slo)
  • Venezia (Italy)

Our partner, Maistra company, has several hotels to offer. Please find more info about discounted hotel accommodation at this LINK.

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