Croatia is known as the land of a thousand islands and is a popular country for tourism, especially during the summer months. The Croat people are generally warm and friendly, many speak good English and are keen to help or speak with tourists.
Some of the most enjoyable areas to visit are: Istria, Porec, Rovinj, Pula, Kvarner and Opatija which are mainly in the northern region. Further to the south you’ll find Dalmatia, Split and Dubrovnic are all ideal holiday destinations with beautiful towns and cities suitable for either exploring or just relaxing.
Croatia also has some beautiful islands to holiday on, like Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. There’s also Hvar, and Brac where one of the most stunning beaches in the Mediterranean can be found. Zlatni rat island, is a windsurfing paradise. Krk seems to be the most visited island, but in summer Kvarner gets busy too.
The telephone code for Croatia is +385.
Time zone: GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two in summer.
Travel documents: Passports or other internationally accepted identification document. Tourists can remain in Croatia for up to three months at a time.
Religion: The majority of Croatian people are Roman Catholics, and there are a number of those of Orthodox faith, also Muslims, and Christians of other denominations. Back to holiday rentals in Croatia
In Croatia there are endless opportunities to enjoy activity holidays.
A brief selection available include: Camping, Canoeing, Cycling, Diving , Fishing, Golf, Horse-riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Naturism, Rafting, Skiing and many more.
For further information contact the nearest Tourist Information Office to where you are staying or visit: http://www.croatia.hr/English/TurizamPlus/TurizamPlus.aspx
The Croatian capital Zagreb is very similar to other European cities by virtue of its wide city squares, "great" urban architecture, beautiful palaces, chateaux, monuments and churches. With its cobble-stone streets, narrow passages alleyways, exploring its local history, Zagreb will gain your curiosity and enthusiasm to stroll around the whole city enjoying the day to day street-life and 'cafe culture' that exists for locals and tourists alike.
Ban Jelacic Square, at the heart of the city, is described as "buzzing with life" as you'll probably notice that reporters are drawn to the coffee aromas emanating from the myriad street cafes - possibly in search of newsworthy stories. If you stay in the square until the late evening, you will see these cafes overfill with customers late into the night.
One particular 60-year-old shop in Zagreb draws numerous tourists each year, as the only shop to sell custom-made neckties that draw from the country's status as the "inventor" of the sartorial staple.
The unit of Croatian currency is the Kuna (HRK). Croatian banknotes come in denominations of 1000 (rare) 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. The kuna is divided into 100 lipa. There are silvery coins of 1, 2 and 5 kunas plus coins of 50, 20 and 10 lipa. The exchange rate of the Croatian kuna is fixed and tied to the euro. Prices of hotels, trips, holiday accommodation and airline tickets are often given in euros but you pay always in kuna. In summer, the exchange rate is unfavourable for travellers as the government increases the kuna's value to gain foreign currency.
Croatian towns and cities are full of all the usual entertainment you would expect of a European nation. In most areas there are Casinos, Bars, Nightclubs to be found to suit your mood. You will also find a great selection of Wine-bars, and top quality restuarants that are serving culinary delights from around the world.
Food / Eating Out
Croation Food:Cooking in Croatia is very enjoyable. Croatians love their freshly cooked foods, and much of Croatian cuisine comes from the various coastal and inland regions, including those of the Dalmatian and Istrian Coasts, Zagreb and Northern Croatia and the Slavonian cuisine from East Croatia.
Here are some typical meals that you can expect to find in Croatia:
Burek: A heavy cheese, meat or apple pastry, cooked in large trays and seen in ;local bakers shop windows.
Cevapcici: Croatia's version of a hamburger / meatball which contains spiced beef or pork.
Raznjici: This is a type of shish-kebab.
Palacinke: A crepe styled pancake that can be stuffed with walnuts and chocolate and served with ice cream if you wish.
Blitva: Swiss chard, boiled and served with olive-oil, boiled potatoes and garlic. A delightful side plate that is found all over Croatia.
Pag Cheese: From the Island of Pag, a sharp sheeps milk cheese that is a delicacy in Croatia. Can also be served as a starter with sliced olives.
Bakalar: Dried cod fish, prepared in a variety of ways to be served on Croatia's Christmas Eve.
Pizza: Croatians love their Pizzas. Best are the home-made Pizzas which tend to be made thick and with bread-like dough.
Travel in and around Croatia is just the same as any any other European country. In the towns and cities there are frequent bus and train services to all the major provinces. There are plenty of local bus and taxis available in the coastal towns, villages and holiday resorts. Car Rental is popular for business people and travellers also. Rural communities are ofter served with regular transport for getting around to shops and businesses for normal and daily routines of life.
Driving in Croatia is easy and not stressful, thanks to newly constructed roads and much less traffic than in the U.K. Driving in Croatia is on the right as in other European countries. Car registration documents, M.O.T. & Insurance certificates are required as well as a current International Driving Licence.
The official Croatian language is used along with the Latin alphabet. English is widely spoken as is German, French and Dutch, especially in City areas and tourist regions.
Shopping in Croatia tends to be more expensive than it is in Britain, but the quality of goods tends to be excellent. Certainly you should be prepared to spend more on food whilst in Croatia. There are many department stores for general shopping and plenty of supermarkets for food shopping in Croatia. You'll find luxury boutiques, jewellery shops and souvenir shops in the centre of all major cities and tourist resorts.
Markets are very popular, selling fresh fruit andplenty of vegetables and traditional handicrafts at very reasonable prices. Souvenirs and Traditional handicrafts like embroidery, woodcarvings and ceramics make good souvenirs and can be found in shops and local markets throughout Croatia. Shops are usually open 9.00 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. on Saturdays. Some department stores open on Sundays from 8 a.m. until 2.00 pm in July and August.
There are numerous sights to see on your visit to Croatia. The list is endless, but you could try the Walls of Dubrovnik, the famous Harbour at Hvar and any number of National Parks, like Plitivice Lakes etc. Your local tourist office will provide you with many details and information of opening times etc.
In Croatia, most tourists tend to visit the Dalmation Coastal Areas where the weather is more like the Mediterranean climate, often with mild winters and warm to very hot and sunny summers. Croatia in the winter tends to suffer from a cold wind called the Bura. The Bura blows very cold air from Eastern Europe along the coast for a good few days at a time. The Bura wind is also very strong in the north of the Adriatic Sea around the Gulf of Kvarner and the North Dalmatian region.
Good news for tourists, as in Summer Croatia often has up to 12 hours a day sunshine, but in winter this is reduced to around 4 hours daily.
Croatia's wine country is divided into two main regions, coastal and continental, each with sub-regions divided into smaller districts. There are over 300 geographically defined wine producing areas. The inland region, stretching from northwest to southeast along the Drava and Sava rivers as they flow eastward into the Danube, has a warmer Continental climate.
Production is strongly concentrated in white wine varieties. The most widely planted vine is Graševina, which yields light, crisp, refreshing, mildly aromatic wines. Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also grown here, along with Frankovka as the main red wine grape.
The Coastal wine region runs along the Adriatic coast and includes Istria in the north and Dalmatia to the south. A multitude of islands and hillside slopes produce an endless array of microclimates dotted with small winegrowing estates. Istria emphasizes Bordeaux reds like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, while Dalmatia is home to a stunning array of indigenous grape varieties, with names that are difficult to pronounce or spell.