Croatia travel guide

Where to go, what to see: your Croatia travel guide

Why visit Croatia?

Blessed with a mild, continental climate, Croatia has much to offer in its 21, 851 square miles of contrasting mountainous and lowland scenery, with a dazzling and extensive Mediterranean coastline boasting over 1,000 picturesque islands (only 48 of which are populated), magnificent beaches, and rocky coves.

Jewels in Croatia’s cultural crown include the medieval old towns of Dubrovnik and Trogir, Diocletian’s Palace in Split, and the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec - all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Croatian people are passionate about their traditions, with many local folk groups performing age-old customs and dances from the islands. Fish feasts, election of local “kings,” and carnivals all add to the colour and vibrancy of this “country of contrasts” -nostalgic yet forward-thinking.

Weather and climate in Croatia

When is the best time to visit Croatia?

Croatia has plenty of sunshine most of the year and a mild climate.

To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for Croatia

 

 

 

 Zagreb

 

 

 January

 -2/3°C

 

 

 February

 -0/6°C

 

 

 March

 3/11°C

 

 

 April

 9/16°C

 

 

 May

 12/21°C

 

 

 June

 14/24°C

 

 

 July

 16/26°C

 

 

 August

 16/25°C

 

 

 September

 13/21°C

 

 

 October

 8/15°C

 

 

 November

 3/9°C

 

 

 December

 -1/4°C

 

 

 


Croatia food and fun facts

Food specialities of Croatia

Fish feasts, election of local “kings,” and carnivals all add to the colour and vibrancy of this “country of contrasts”—nostalgic yet forward-thinking.
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As well as traditional European cuisine, restaurants offer a variety of regional dishes, such as Dalmatian smoked ham, Gavrilovic salami, sausages from Slavonia, salted sardines, and sheep’s cheese. Local brandies come in flavors such as herbal, grape, and plum, and wine from Croatia’s numerous vineyards are well worth a try.

 

Fun facts

  • The oldest university in Croatia is the University of Zagreb, established in 1669.

  • The White House was built out of Croatian stone, obtained from the island of Brac.

  • Croatia's Adriatic coast is home to over 1,000 islands and numerous coastal towns.

  • In Croatia, people can start voting at the age of 16 if they have a job, but they have to wait until they turn 18 if they are unemployed.

  • Today’s necktie originated from the scarf Croatian Cavalrymen wore while in the service of King Louis XIV of France around 1656.


Things to consider before visiting Croatia

Croatia’s currency

The official currency of Croatia is the Kuna, although the Euro may also be accepted. Change will be provided in the local currency (Kuna).

Banknote denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 Kuna
Coin denominations: 1, 2, 5 Kuna; 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa

Credit cards are accepted in Croatia (mostly Visa and MasterCard), and you should have no problems using them in larger shops and restaurants. Smaller shops may ask you to pay in cash or have a minimum amount required to use a credit card. Look for signs on entrances about various forms of payment accepted.

 

Shopping in Croatia

The approximate cost of a soft drink/mineral water/coffee is 10-21 Kn.

An average lunch consisting of a salad or sandwich and a soda or water starts at approximately 35-56 Kn.

Dinner at a mid-range restaurant with dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage starts at
approximately 120-175 Kn.

Shopping specialties: Maraschino cherry liqueur, handmade silk ties (cravat), lacework.

 

When and how much to tip in Croatia

  • Tips and taxes are usually included on restaurant bills, but if not included, 10-15% is appropriate.

  • For taxis, round up the fare.

  • For hotel staff, 10-20 Kn is usually appropriate