Croatia Travel Guide – All You Need to Know About Croatia

Croatia Travel Guide – All You Need to Know About Croatia

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START TO EXPLORE PEARL OF CENTRAL EUROPE; CROATIA!


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After this travel guide, You will be able to plan the best Croatia Vacation! 

Croatia Borders and Population

Croatia is a Central European country that has borders with Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina and Italy. Croatia has a population around 4.187 million people (2019). Despite there are lots of Serbian, Bosnian, Hungarian and Italian, most of the population is Croat. This population is living in approximately 56.000 square kilometres land.



Cities of Croatia and Their Populations

Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia and almost 800.000 people living in here. Second biggest city of Croatia is Split and it has around 180.000 population. Osijek follows Zagreb and Split with almost 110.000 population. Other popular towns of Croatia; DubrovnikPulaZadarBracRovinijRijeka.



Language of Croatia

People in Croatia speaking Croatian and it has 30 letters. Those letters are same with English alphabet except w, x, y, and q but Croatian language has extra letters which are different from English alphabet (č, ć, dž, đ, lj, nj, š and ž). However, German, English and Italian are really common in Croatia.



Croatia Flag – The Croatian Flag

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The Flag Of Croatia


Although Croatia declared its independence in 1991, the Croatian Flag is accepted as official flag in December 1990. The red, white and blue colors are have been using in the Croatia Flag since 1848. It has shield with five squares in the center of flag. Those squares are symbolizing provinces and towns. From left to right, those squares symbolizing the oldest known coat of arms for Croatia, the coat of arms of Dubrovnik, the coat of arms of Dalmatia, the coat of arms of Istria, the coat of arms of Slavonia.



Banknotes and coins of Croatia (Kuna) – Croatia Currency

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The Banknotes and Coins of Croatia


Although Croatia is a Central European country, Kuna is Croatia’s currency rather than Euro! The Kuna includes 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 as notes and 1, 2, 5 and 25 as coins.

Currently (20 August 2019);
1 EUR = 7.38 Kuna
1 GBP = 8 Kuna
1 USD = 6.66 Kuna
1 AUD = 4.51 Kuna
1 CAD = 5 Kuna



Croatia Map – Where is the Croatia located? 

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THE WEATHER OF CROATIA


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The Weather Of the Croatia in September


The Weather in the Coast Side of Croatia

Coast side’s of Croatia has typical Mediterrian climate which is hot, dry and sunny during summer. Also temperatures will be between (20°C)(77-86°F) and (30°C)(88-90°F)

Winters will be cooler but never get below (5°C)(41°F). The temperatures which are under (5°C)(41°F) will be freak. Although it is really rare, snow can be seen in some parts of DalmatiaZadar and Split. Also you can see snow in Dubrovnik too but it will be dusty.

Autumn will be almost same with summer. Average temperature will be around (20°C)(68°F). Usually autumn will be rainy but you will still have a sunny day and opportunity to swim!



The Weather of the Inner Side of Croatia

Summers will be sweltering with temperatures which can reach up to (30°C)(80°F). Most of the hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars have air-conditioner but it will be still too hot and uncomfortable.

On the other hand, inner side of the Croatia has continental climate so that winters will be freezy cold and heavy snowy. Temperatures often falls below (0°C)(32°F)




(The weather of the Coast Side of Croatia and Data received from holiday-weather.com)
Average Temperature
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Average Temperature
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Average Temperature
(Winter)
Average Temperature
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(23°C)(68°F)(14°C)(57°F)(6°C)(43°F)(10°C)(50°F)

(The weather of the Inner Side of Croatia and Data received from holiday-weather.com)
Average Temperature
(Summer)
Average Temperature
(Autumn)
Average Temperature
(Winter)
Average Temperature
(Spring)
(20°C)(73°F)(10°C)(50°F)(1°C)(34°F)(10°C)(50°F)

CROATIA WEATHER





BEST TIME TO VISIT CROATIA


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Best Time To Visit Croatia


When you check our tables about the average temperatures, as you can see the best time will be summer to visit Croatia. Nevertheless, September will be one of the best times to visit Croatia because after September, the temperatures will begin to decrease. In September, the weather will be sunny and warm enough to swim.

May also will be great to visit Croatia because the temperatures will be already risen up and you will have more sunny days without sweltering heats. Despite, in early May, the sea may not be warm enough to swim.



VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR CROATIA


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Visa Requirements for Croatia


Visa Requirements for Croatia

If you are the citizens of one of those countries (EU countries, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the USA), you can visit Croatia for 90 days in 180 day period.

For other countries’ citizens, please check the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website to learn visa requirements for Croatia. If you need visa to enter Croatia, you should contact the Croatian Embassy in your country to get a visa. You can check the list which is on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website to learn which Embassy you should contact.

If you living in the U.K, you should visit Croatian Embassy’s website which is on the London.

You can apply for a visa online here. After your application, you should print it and submit at Embassy/Consulate or visa centre. 



Is Croatia in the Schengen Zone?

Croatia is Central European country but it is NOT a part of schengen zone. The country applied to join Schengen Zone on July 2015 but it is not accepted yet. The lates news said that it might be joined to Schengen Zone in 2020.



Visa Requirements for Schengen Visa Holders

For tourist purposes, everyone who has dual or multiple entry schengen visa can enter,stay or transit in or through Croatia without extra requirements.

Travelers who are holding a dual entry Schengen visa must have one unused entry if travelling to Croatia.

People who have a residence permit or other visas which are issued by a Schengen Zone country can visit Croatia without another requirements.

Please visit the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to learn all details and don’t forget to read it line by line.



HOW TO GET TO CROATIA?


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How to Get to Croatia


Getting to Croatia by Bus

Bus network in the Croatia is more common than other ways to travel. Also it is one of the cheapest ways of getting to Croatia or travelling inside of Croatia. Despite it is cheap, it is not the fastest way but if you living in Europe, you can find lots of busses which are traveling to Croatia from SloveniaItalyAustriaGermanyCzech Republic or Switzerland.

Zagreb is the most common way to get to Croatia by bus but you can also find tickets to coast side towns which are Istria, plus Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik.

You can check the Zagreb Bus Terminal’s website to find the best route for you.



Getting to Croatia by Car

Most of the visitors of Croatia are coming from Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech and Slovak Republics by car. Most probably it will take 2 days to arrive to Croatia so that you should swap drivers or find a place in your route to rest. Additionally, if you will drive to Croatia in summer, don’t forget that borders can be very busy.

If you driving from the U.K this route will be the best route for you; Dover, Calais, Belgium, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Austria, Graz, Maribor (Slovenia), Zagreb



Getting to Croatia by Train

Europe has one of the longest railways of the world so that the train is one of the common ways of traveling around Europe. No matter where you will travel from Europe to Croatia by train; Zagreb, Pula, Rijeka and Split will be your main destinations.

If your route starts from Northeast Italy, the train is not the best option for you because most of the train routes are ending in Zagreb and it will extend your route if you want to visit the coast side of Croatia. For this reason, ferry or bus should be your first choice to reach Croatia from Northeast Italy.



Getting to Croatia From Northeast Italy

There is 2 main route to reach Croatia;

  1. From Venice to Croatia

  • to Porec, Rovinj, Pula and Rabac by Catamaran,
  • to Split and Dubrovnik by Plane,
  • to Pula by Bus

  1. From Trieste to Croatia

  • to Pula, Rijeka, Zagreb, Split or Dubrovnik by Bus,

  • to Istria by Ferry




Getting to Croatia by Ferry

For people who are traveling from Italy to Croatia, Trieste – Istria route is the only way. Additionally, there are no international ferry services from other countries or Greece.




ACCOMMODATION IN CROATIA


Hotels In Croatia

If you want to stay in 5-star hotels; Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Rovinj, and Losinj Island will be good choice for you. Resorts aren’t popular in Croatia so that hotels are really popular and have lots of opportunities like all-inclusive packages.



Campsites In Croatia

Croatia has lots of stunning scenes and campsites will be the best place to enjoy these amazing scenes. You can find the best campsites in Official Website of Croatian Camping Association

Popular campsites of Croatia:

  • Lanterna in Porec,
  • Valkanela in Vrsar,
  • Polari in Rovinj,
  • Park Umag,
  • Zaton in Nin (near Zadar)




Villas In Croatia

If you have wide budget and looking for bigger space, facilities and privacy, villas will be the right choice for you. Villas are really good to enjoy amazing scenes while having a barbeque near the pool!



Apartments In Croatia

Local people of Croatia looking for tourists to rent their home. Therefore, apartments are a good alternative for both side. They are cheaper and have kitchens which filled with lots of kitchen tools. It will be the right choice for who wants to try new recipies about Croatian Cuisine.



BEST THINGS TO DO IN CROATIA



Visit Croatia Beaches

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Visit Croatia Beaches


It is certain that Croatia has one of the best beaches and waters of the world. It has amazing turquoise water which is incredible for swimming and watersports and the beaches in Croatia are sandy (without rocks) and the most popular beaches of Croatia in Dubrovnik.



Visit Stunning Caves

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Stunning caves of Croatia

Croatia has lots of natural caves to visit but the most popular one is Modrica Cave which is located near Rovanjska and 829 meters long. You can visit Modrica Cave all year and it will take 2 hours and costs 160kn.

Other popular caving sites in Croatia;

  • Veternica Cave near Zagreb,
  • Modra Spilja on Vis Island,
  • Biserujka on the island of Krk,
  • Baredine Cave,
  • Festinsko Kraljevstvo,
  • Romualdova Spilja in Istria,
  • Grabovaca Cave Park in Perusic (Perušić)




Visit Croatian Islands

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Visit Croatian Islands


Croatia has over 1.000 islands and each of them is like a different country. You can see lots of old buildings and you can imagine people are lived here on time. These islands are the best option to remember old times and feel peace and quiet.

Some Croatian Islands are famed for stunning beaches, amazing scenes and delicious foods. You can visit more than 1 island in a day by ferries, catamarans and you can relax while remembering old times after a delicious meal.

Popular Croatian Islands;

  • island of Brač,
  • island of Hvar,
  • island of Korčula (house of Marco Polo),
  • islands of Krk,
  • islands of Cres,
  • islands of Lošinj,
  • islands of Elafiti,
  • island of Silba,




Taste Amazing Croatian Cuisine

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Taste Amazing Croatian Cuisine


Every visitor wants to taste and learn new foods while exploring new places and Croatia is one of the best places for this! When you visit Croatia, you will be able to learn new recipes about traditional Croatian Cuisine and it will be your milestone! Croatia locals mainly use olive oil, seafood, seasonal ingredients, fishes, fresh vegetables which are completely delicious and healthy!

You read about the most popular Traditional Croatian Foods.



Visit Stunning Waterfalls

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Krka Waterfalls and National Park


Croatia has lots of stunning lakes and national parks. Those lakes and parks separated by waterfalls and they are the best options to enjoy all the tones of green and blue. You can visit those lakes and natural parks by car or boats (which leave from Skradin). Also, you can visit Plitvice lakes which is the most popular one.



Ziplining

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Ziplining Across Amazing Scenes


Zip-lining is a breathtaking activity and Croatia has lots of exciting canyons for zip-lining. The most popular zip-lining site is Omis which is above the Cetina River Canyon. It consists of 8 wires and the longest one 700 meters long. With this wire, you can reach up to 65 km/h and it just costs 400 kn per person.



Paragliding and Tandem Flight

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Paragliding and Tandem Flight


Croatia has lots of elevation for that kind of sports. One of the most popular take-off sites is Tribalj (Rijeka) which is at 790 meters high. Tribalj famed with uplifting winds and thermals (rising hot air mass). You can find paragliding courses, schools and paragliding tandem where you can fly with an instructor. Prices start from 65€ for 15-25 min tandem flight.

Other popular take-off spots;

  • Mount Cicarija (Istria),
  • Mount Ucka (Istria),
  • Gorski Kotar,
  • Mount Biokovo (Dalmatia),
  • Raspadalica (Buzet)




Rafting

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Rafting in Amazing Waters of Croatia


Croatia is rich in lakes, rivers, rapids and canyons. You can find lots of rafting sites in Mreznica, Dobra, Kupa, Korana, Zrmanja and Cetina. The most popular one is the river Una. It is like a border between Croatia and Bosnia. If you looking for a rafting route, we can suggest a route which is start from Strbacki Buk waterfalls and end in Lahovo after 15 km distance and 4 hours. Also it passes through Una National Park.



Hiking and Trekking

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Hiking and Trekking Destinations of Croatia


Croatia is one of the best places for hiking and trekking in Europe. The Biokovo Mountain is the highest mountain of Dalmatia. The highest spot of Biokovo Mountain at 1762 meters. You can see Adriatic Sea, stunning views of Sea, Dalmatian islands and on a clear day, Italy.

Other popular hiking and trekking destinations in Croatia;

  • the Mount Ucka (Istria),
  • Risnjak National Park,
  • Velebit National Park,
  • Paklenica National Park,
  • Plitvice Lakes,
  • Lake Kozjak,
  • Mosor Mountains,
  • Biokovo Mountains,
  • Brac Island,
  • Hvar Island,
  • Vis Island,




Cycling

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Cycling Across Amazing Scenes in Croatia


Istria is one of the best places for cycling in Croatia and you can find lots of cycling tours. Those tours usually start in Istria or Porec and you can cycle 40 to 60 km in a day. Also you can find cycling tours from Italy and Slovenia.



Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

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Kitesurfing and Windsurfing in Croatia


Most of the visitors, coming to Croatia for watersports. You can find lots of places to windsurfing and kitesurfing on the Coast side but the most popular one is Viganj (Peljesac peninsula). It is a small village on the Peljesac Peninsula and it has winds which are can reach 20 knots and you can surf all year.

Other places for surfing;

  • Premantura Villge (Istria),
  • Ravni Village (Istria),
  • Preluk Campsite (Opatija),
  • town Baska (island of Krk),
  • town Bol (island of Brac)




DELICIOUS CROATIAN CUISINE



Black Risotto

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Must-Try Croatian Food | Black Risotto


Black Risotto (crni rizot) is very popular in Croatia and it is completely must-try food. It consists of squid, rice, olive oil, butter and it might contain some other seafood like mussels, clams and other ones. While eating black risotto, your lips and teeth will turn black because of squid ink.



Pasticada with gnocchi

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Must-Try Croatian Food | Pasticada with gnocchi


It is one of the most popular Croatian Foods and it is called “Queen of Dalmatian cuisine“. Every Croatian local people has their own recipes for pasticada. Usually they are marinating the beef in wine vinegar.



Peka

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Must-Try Croatian Food | Peka


It is another traditional Croatian food that they are baking meat, seafood and veggies in a salver. After mixed the meat or seafood with veggies, oil, spices and salt, covering the salver with embers. Also it is popular food in neighbor countries such as Bosnia, Montenegro…



Busara

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Must-Try Croatian Food | Busara


It is a very popular food in coastal Croatia and it consists of seafood, crustaceans and shellfish. Usually they are cooking it with white wine, garlic, parsley, breadcrumbs and tomato paste.



Croatian Wine

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Must-Try Croatian Drinks | Wine


Wine is really important in Croatian Cuisine. They like drinking wine and usually they are cooking some foods with wine. Croatia has a long history of winemaking and they are producing their own wines since the mid-1990s. The most popular domestic Croatian wines are Plavac mali (red wine), Istarska Malvazija (white wine)



PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN CROATIA



The Most Common One: Bus

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Public Transportation in Croatia | Bus


Buses are the most common form of public transportation in Croatia. Bus routes cover big cities, small towns and villages. They running regularly and even running at night! But, it might be crowded during summer.



Trains and Trams

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Public Transportation in Croatia | Trains and Trams


Trains are really comfortable and cheap in Croatia. Nevertheless, it is the slowest way. They are running between big cities such as Rijeka, Zagreb and Split. Also you can find tram routes in big cities. For other cities and towns, you should use buses.



Boats Between Islands

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Public Transportation in Croatia | Boats


You can use boats to visit neighbor countries and islands. There are lots of companies that offer catamaran, boats or ferries to travel between neighbor countries and islands.



Planes Between Big Cities

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Transportation in Croatia | Planes


If you have limited time to visit Croatia, you can prefer planes to travel between big cities. The national airline company Croatia Airlines has routes between big cities such as Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar and Osijek.



THE COST OF TRAVEL IN CROATIA



Suggested Daily Budget (Low)

  • Accommodation: €10 per day
    Transportation: €8
    Food: €25 per day
    Activities: €15 per day
  • Total€58 (430 kn)




Accommodation Costs

Accommodation prices for per night;

  • Hostels: Starts at €10 (74 kn)
  • 5-Star Hotels: Starts at €50 (370 kn)
  • Campsites: Starts at €40 (300 kn)
  • Villas: Starts at €70 (520 kn)
  • Apartments: Starts at €20 (150 kn)




Transportation Costs

  • Bus: €4 (30 kn) per hour
  • Trains: €20 (150 kn)
  • Trams: €1.5 – €4 (10 to 30 kn)
  • Boats/Ferries: Stars from €7 (50 kn)
  • Planes: Starts at €50 (370 kn)
  • Car Hiring: Starts from €25 (185 kn)




Cost of Activities

  • Visiting Museums: €4 (30 kn)
  • Visiting National Parks: €22 (162 kn)
  • Amphitheatres: €8 (60 kn)
  • Sea Kayaking: €22 (162 kn)
  • One Day Boat Trip with Group: €25 (185 kn)
  • Multiple Island Tours: Starts at €50 (370 kn)
  • 3 Hours Swimming and Snorkeling Club:  €32 (235 kn)




Cost of Food

  • Breakfast: €2 (15 kn)
  • Lunch: €8 (60 kn) 
  • Dinner: €10 to €35 (74 kn to 260 kn)
  • A slice of pizza: €3 (22 kn)
  • Sandwich: €3 (22 kn)
  • 30 cm pizza for dinner: €12.00 (89 kn)
  • Cappuccino: €2 (15 kn)
  • A steak dinner: €18 (135 kn)
  • Croatian lamb: €17 (125 kn)
  • Half liter beer: €2 (15 kn)
  • Half liter wine: €5 (37 kn)




SAVE MONEY WHILE VISITING CROATIA



Check Flights to Neighbour Countries

Check flights to Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro because there are lots of opportunities to reach Croatia such as buses, trains, ferries and cycling tours and it might be cheaper than a direct flight to Croatia.



Try to Find Guesthouses or Airbnb

You can find lots of Croatian local people to stay together. It might be cheaper than hostels, hotels and you can be sure local people are hospitable and they will offer you free traditional Croatian food.



Plan Your Vacation in Off-Season

As you can see in our tables about the weather of Croatia and our title which is named “Best Time to Visit Croatia”, Croatia will be crowded during Summer and prices will be more expensive than off-season. You can visit Croatia in the off-season but it will be freezy cold and you will feel limited about activities.




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