WHY TO VISIT CROATIA
A new touristic destination since the end of the conflicts, the pearl of the Adriatic deserves the reputation it has for many reasons.
The capital, Zagreb, offers many attractions: The Cathedral, the Croatian Museum of Natural History, Saint Marc’s Church, the Arts Pavilion, the Mimara Museum and the beautiful mausoleums of Mirogoj Cemetery are just a few examples.
The old city of Dubrovnik, surrounded by walls, will seduce you as well: The beautiful stone used in its construction can be found in the houses, fountains, squares and palaces. You can stroll on the Placa, a promenade for pedestrians only, visit the museum of the Franciscan Monastery, admire the St. Blaise Church and relax on Lokrum Island, classified as a National Park, that you can reach by ferry.
Split also has a lovely old city which boasts wonders like Diocletian's Palace, the Archaeological Museum and the Mestrovic Gallery! Nearby, a beautiful beach is waiting for you after your cultural visits.
Korcula Island is a worthy place to visit: Vineyards, charming coves, olive groves, but also the city with its typical red roofs, making it an attractive and serene destination.
WHAT TO SEE IN CROATIA
Top destinations in Croatia are:
- Plitvice National Park
WHEN TO GO TO CROATIA
Weather in Croatia
Best period to visit Croatia is from May to September.
Croatia’s climate follows two patterns: Mediterranean on the coast, with warm summers and mild winters, and continental inland – slightly hotter during the summer, and extremely cold in winter, with average daily temperatures barely scraping freezing from December to February. July and August constitute the peak season on the Adriatic, and this is definitely the best time to visit Croatia if busy beaches and lively café society are what you’re looking for. Many Croats make their way to the coast at this time, and social and cultural activity in the inland cities tends to dry up as a result. Peak-season daytime temperatures can be roasting, however, both on the coast and inland, and dawn-to-dusk sightseeing can be a gruelling experience. Hotel accommodation soon fills up at the height of summer, and it may be more relaxing to travel in June or September, when there is significantly less pressure on facilities. From October to May the coast can be very quiet indeed, and many hotels and tourist attractions may well shut up shop for the winter. Autumn is a good time to enjoy inland Istria and national park areas like the Plitvice Lakes and the River Krka, when the woodland colours produced by the mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees are at their best. Given the innocuous winters on the Adriatic coast, urban sightseeing in historic centres such as Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik can be enjoyable at this time, and it’s also worth bearing in mind that hotel prices on the Adriatic may be up to fifty percent cheaper than in peak season. Winters inland are a different kettle of fish entirely: snow is common here over this period, and transport in highland areas is frequently disrupted as a result – though it can also be a picturesque backdrop to sightseeing. Spring is well into its stride by mid-March: warm, dry weather makes this a great time to go cycling, hiking or touring the cultural sights, and in southern Dalmatia the sea might be warm enough to swim in by mid- to late May.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Croatia
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH CROATIA
To travel around the country, the buses are quite efficient and cheap. The train is slower but more comfortable. Ferries also connect Islands in the Adriatic to the continent, and between some of the islands themselves and they are an enjoyable way to discover parts of the country.
by plane, main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON CROATIA
country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa
health tips & vaccination: none
local currency: Croatian kuna
local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)
electricity: type C and F (230 V - 50 Hz)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN CROATIA
typical food in Croatia
- Pršut i paški sir: air-dried ham similar to Italian prosciutto and sheep's cheese from the island of Pag;
- Salata od hobotnice: octopus salad with potato, onion, chopped parsley, garlic and lemon;
- Crni riýot: black risotto made from cuttlefish, cooked in its own ink;
- Janjetina: roast lamb, often cooked whole on a spit;
- Tartufi: truffles, found widely in Istria;
- Fuži: pasta, where the dough has been rolled into a cylinder and often filled, typical in Istria;
- Salata od jastoga: salad of lobster served with herbs and olive oil;
- Grah: soup of paprika-spiced haricot beans with sausage pieces;
- Pariški odrezak: pork or veal schnitzel fried in batter, or stuffed with cheese and ham;
- Strukli: boiled parcels of dough filled with cottage cheese, or baked in earthenware, resulting in a kind of cheese lasagne-cum-pastry;
- Rožata: a type of crème caramel;
- Beer: Best known brands include Pan, Karlovacko and Ozujsko (lagers), plus Tomislav (a dark beer);
- Wine: including Plavac Mali (red) and whites such as Malvazija, Grasevina, and Posip;
- Rajika: fruit brandy of different tastes such as walnut, plum or grape;
souvenirs from Croatia
- Neck ties, said to be invented here in 17th century;
- Licitar Heart, typical in Zagreb, red hearts made of honey and gingerbread decorated with different decorations and phrases;
- Chocolate, wine, olive oil
- Rakija (fruit brandy) or Maraschino (a Zadar's cherry distillate)
- Samobor hand-made glass art makings;
- Plaques with Glagolitic writings;
- Wooden toys form Hrvatsko Zagorje
- Croatian hand-crafted laces
- Sestine umbrella, Zagreb bright red umbrellas lined with colorful lines;
How are you?: Kako si?
Thank you: Hvala ti
What is your name?: Kako se zoveš?
How much is it?: Koliko je to?