YOUR GUIDE TO CROATIA
Bask in the Beauty of a Historic Country Set Against the Adriatic Sea
Nestled along the Adriatic coast, picturesque Croatia offers endless beauty—blissful beaches, rugged mountains, historic cities with stunning architecture, and castles with vineyards. Meanwhile offshore, this small country has more than a thousand islands where people can easily swim, go yachting, and explore the scenery. Croatia borders Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Hungary and is conveniently located near Italy and Austria. A visit here is a wonderful addition to any European itinerary and is one of the most “off the beaten path” regions on the continent.
Top Attractions & Activities:
Dubrovnik Sightseeing & Old Town Walls
Dalmatian Coast Exploration
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Dubrovnik Beach, Dubrovnik
Zlatni Rat Beach, Brach Island
Baska Beach, Baska - Krk Island
Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok Island
Lake Bled (Slovenia Day Trip)
Capital and Population:
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. The population is approximately 4.1 million.
The official language of Croatia is Croatian (hrvatski), but like most European countries, many practice English.
The currency of Croatia is the kuna (HRK).
ATMs are readily available in Croatia and typically have a fairly good exchange rate. The machines can easily be spotted in banks, airports, grocery stores, and resorts. The euro is not the official currency in Croatia. While euros are accepted in some hotels, taxis, and restaurants, this is entirely on an unofficial basis. No business or individual is required to accept them as payment.
Best Time to Visit and Weather:
The warmest and driest time of the year falls May through October. This makes it perfect for visiting the beaches! If you choose to visit early spring, plan to pack sweaters or jackets. The temperatures can still be chilly and breezy. The winter season tends to be cold and drizzly with snow, especially in the interior of the country.
Love Shakespeare? Dubrovnik is believed to be the location for his play Twelfth Night.
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll be delighted to learn that Dubrovnik is also the filming location of the iconic King’s Landing.
Many of the Croatian cities were once ruled by Venetians. As you tour, watch for a lion carved or attached to a building with a book resting under its paw. If the book is closed, it means the work was commissioned during a time of war. If the book is open, the city was at peace.
The Croatian Natural History Museum located in Zagreb holds amazing items discovered from caves located near Krapina and Vindija. The museum was founded in 1846 and boasts the largest collection of Neanderthal artifacts in Europe.
The longest known word in Croatian is prijestolonasljednikovičičinima, meaning "to those who belong to the throne successor's little wife."