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The pearl of the Adriatic

With everything from crystal clear bays to rugged scenery and pretty towns, Croatia remains popular with travellers seeking a blend of rich culture, exceptional food and sensational landscapes. This is the perfect holiday destination with warm temperatures, welcoming people and diversity in all it has to offer – whether you’re looking for relaxation on a beach, sailing around the islands or exploring historic cities.

Overview

Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country that shares its borders with Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro as well as the Adriatic sea. Croatia is probably best-known for its stunning coastline and numerous islands and islets – over 1,200 in total. This makes it the perfect location for anyone seeking crystal-clear waters and exploring the islands by boat. In fact, Croatia’s most scenic ferry ride is the nine hours spent cruising along the Dalmatian coast between Split and Dubrovnik. Nature enthusiasts will be amazed by the Plitvice Lakes National Park, and history or sightseeing devotees are well-catered for with the beautiful cities of Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split or the Roman Amphitheatre of Pula Arena. 

Whether searching for a city break, adventure holiday or relaxing retreat, you certainly won’t be disappointed with Croatia.

Top Cities Zagreb (capital),Dubrovnik, Hvar Languages Croatian is the official language, but minority languages such as Serbian, Czech, Slovakian, Hungarian and Italian are in official use. English is widely understood, particularly in tourist areas. Currency Croatian Kuna. Time Zone Time zone in Croatia is (GMT+1), making Croatia 1 hour ahead of London. This time difference remains the same all year. Drinks Imported beer: £2.27/$3.05 Domestic beer: £1.83/$2.57 Water: £1.19/$1.64

Meals Inexpensive meal: £7.03/$9.63 Meal for 2, mid-range, 3 courses: £32.80/$44.92 Hostels Expect to pay around £19.00/$26.00 per night for a hostel in one of the main cities. Hotels 3-star accommodation in the cities averages around £48.00/$66.00 and 5-star accommodation around £112.00/$154.00. Tipping A standard tip is 10-15% of the bill, even if a service charge has been included. For excellent service, leave 15-20%. In cafes, you can just round up, although a tip is not required. For taxis, again, rounding up to the nearest Kuna is the usual practice.

Taxi Taxis can be expensive compared to other forms of transport with a standing charge of around £5.85/$8.00 and then £0.70/$0.96 per km. Taxis are metered but do check the price before setting off to ensure that there is no minimum charge for tourists. Along the coast, the fares are higher than in the larger cities. Public transport There is a well-established bus network in Croatia - both within the cities but also across the country which will allow you to travel between Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split as well as some of the smaller towns.  Train travel is relatively cheap and easy to use, but the rail network is not as extensive as the bus and is not really an option for coastal destinations. If you’re looking to travel from one major city to another, flying is another option. As an example, the flight time from Zagreb to Dubrovnik is just one hour compared with 9 hours by bus, but it will probably set you back around £100.00/$137.00.  Alternatively, hiring a car is definitely the most flexible way to get around Croatia, enabling you to visit the larger cities, the coast and some of the islands. But you'll need to consider the cost of tolls as well as fuel and the car hire cost. And although the ferries to the islands are cheap for foot passengers, they tend to be expensive for vehicles. Highlights If you’re starting or finishing your trip in Zagreb, take time to wander around the city and admire the colourful houses and intriguing alleys. Visit St. Stephen’s cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia, with its two neo-Gothic spires which are seen from almost everywhere in the city.  For extensive views over the city, you can visit the 13th-century Lotrscak Tower and, if you arrive at noon, you’ll witness the daily firing of a cannon - a tradition that dates back to the 15th century. The tower is just a one-minute walk from the very intriguing museum of Broken Relationships. There is a wealth of museums for exploring the city’s past and present: historical, natural history, archaeological, contemporary art, arts and crafts, technical, automobile and many more. About 150km north of Dubrovnik lies Split, the second-largest city in Croatia. And, as you would expect from a city on the Dalmatian coast, you can experience gorgeous beaches, historical sights and a medieval city charm. Don’t miss the Diocletian’s Palace in the city centre and a stroll along the Riva waterfront with its numerous bars and restaurants. Split is also the popular starting point for hiking the surrounding mountains or trying to spot Croatia’s wildlife.  The star of the show for many visitors is, of course, Dubrovnik. Located at the southernmost point of the mainland, the city is home to numerous medieval buildings - perfect for architecture enthusiasts with its baroque, gothic and renaissance influences. Pretty squares, cobbled streets, churches, fountains, monasteries are all here, ready to welcome their visitors. Make sure you visit the 16th-century city wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that surrounds the old town. And of course, Game of Throne fans will recognise many of the places as they wander around the city.  You might like to spend time at Kvarner Bay on the upper Adriatic and, in particular, the port of Rijeka (the European Capital of Culture, 2020). Here you’ll find pretty bays, interesting buildings, boutiques, restaurants and the Trsat fortress which overlooks the city. Don’t miss the Plitvice Lakes National Park which is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. The park comprises 16 lakes with some of the clearest and cleanest water in the world. Wander between the lakes and waterfalls via the wooden walkways and soak up the lush, green surroundings. Another stunning area is the Krka National Park with waterfalls, lakes, small islands and pathways to explore. The most impressive and longest waterfall is the Skradinski Buk. The area is also perfect for hiking, biking, swimming and exploring by boat. Croatia boasts an abundance of beautiful islands to choose from, but some of the top ones are Brac (something for everyone but can get crowded in summer), Hvar (for the glamour), Korcula (for history), Elaphiti (for a quiet retreat) and Mljet (for simple natural beauty).

Interesting Facts

Croatia was granted independence in 1991 after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

The national flag is red, white and blue with a red and white checkerboard coat of arms in the centre.

The highest mountain is Dinara Peak at 830 metres.

The longest river is the Sava at 562km, and the largest lake is Lake Vrana.

Croatia has 1,200 islands – Krk is the largest and only 48 are inhabited.

The Pula Arena is one of the largest amphitheatres in the world.

Croatia is one of the wealthiest countries in southeastern Europe, but one in five people are below the poverty line.

Tourism accounts for 20% of the country’s economy.

Croatia is one of the most biodiverse countries in Europe with over 100 species of animal to be found. Look out for the brown bear, grey wolf, golden jackal and red fox.

Croatian embroidery and lace are well-known for their quality and design.

Dalmatian dogs have their roots in the area of Dalmatia, and Croatia is recognised as their country of origin.