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Meet Croatia

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Croatia is a diverse destination that has become incredibly popular amongst visitors from around the world due to its incredible coastline, natural scenery, and culture. The islands and coastlines are a favourite during summer time, attracting every type of traveller. You can find secluded, tranquil coves such as on Vis Island, or you can relax at a beach club in the lively island of Hvar between day and night! The coastline isn’t the only thing to adore about this stunning country, from the peaks of the Dinaric Alp to the ancient Roman ruins and mediaeval fortresses spread out through the country, Croatia is rich in attractions ranging from history and art to nature and beaches.

Gastronomy: A distinctive blend of different cultures

The Croatian gastronomy is unlike anywhere you’ll find in the rest of Europe, and is often overlooked in the international food setting. However, the unique blend of Central European cuisine with Mediterranean cuisine has created some of the most delicious meals just waiting to be tried! Not to mention, Croatia is home to some of the freshest seafood, and seafood dishes such as grilled octopus and black risotto made out of squid and squid ink are common to enjoy along the Adriatic Coast. Culinary in Croatia itself is a significant part of the country’s social culture. Homemade liquors are served as a sign of hospitality, delicious slow-cooked meals, like the national meal of Croatia called Peka, are made before family events, and enjoying the company of loved ones is key in Croatian dining culture!

Intriguing modern history

Croatia being part of former Yugoslavia has made for some incredibly interesting, yet sombre modern history. Throughout the country there are sights that teach about the history of communism in Yugoslavia and how it affected the country, and about the Croatian Homeland War, which was Croatia’s fight for independence. The war for independence lasted 4 years, and ended in 1995, so quite recent in historical terms. There are museums dedicated to both topics throughout the major cities which are educational and informative ways to learn how Croatian struggles and independence.

A glimpse into Roman Times

Croatia is home to a plethora of impressive Roman ruins, and is home to some of the best preserved Roman ruins still standing to this day! Explore the Diocletian’s Palace in Split, a UNESCO World Heritage site that served as the residence of Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century AD, and one of the world’s best preserved Roman arena’s, the Amphitheatre in Pula, which was built to hold a whopping 23,000 spectators! Besides these two impressive glimpses into the past, there are a wide variety of Roman ruins throughout Croatia. The impressive collection of ruins lets visitors travel back in time to imagine how life was during the Roman Empire in Croatia, and makes it a great destination for history buffs!

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Meet Croatia

Croatia’s location at the crossroads of the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and Central Europe becomes a mix of the different cultures and lifestyles. The coastal country has also been shaped by influences from the Byzantine and Austro-Hungarian empire, as well as the Venetian empire, which have all left lasting impacts on the country’s art and architecture, creating a unique Croatian identity.

Religion has played a significant role in Croatian culture, and while the majority of Croatia is Roman Catholic, there are significant populations of other religions like Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The diverse religious heritage can be viewed in the numerous historical churches, breathtaking monasteries, and other stunning religious sites that dot the architectural landscape of the country.

The four major geographical regions of Croatia are:


Croatia proper







The administrative regions of Croatia are divided into 21:
























Primorje-Gorski Kotar


















City of Zagreb

Breathtaking natural scenery

Croatia is home to over 1,800 kilometres of coastline, including more than 1,100 islands and islets. Situated on the Adriatic sea, Croatia boasts calm, sandy beaches, rocky, dramatic coves, and beautiful, picturesque islands. Only 66 of these islands are inhabited, and all of them are known for their crystal-clear, warm waters and gorgeous beachfronts. All the way across the country, you’ll find the Dinaric Alps, a huge mountain range that has created some of the most breathtaking hikes and natural scenery in the country, including huge canyons and crashing waterfalls. Croatia has a number of incredible national parks which only add to the country’s geographical diversity, including the famous Plitvice Lake, famous for its interconnected waterfalls and turquoise lakes. Between the coast, the hills, and the mountainside, Croatia’s natural beauty is unique and unmatched.

Cultural Catch-Up

One of the most distinctive aspects of Croatian culture is its beautiful architecture which reflects the history of the country. Roman ruins are found in Pula, Venetian-inspired Gothic and Renaissance buildings in the Old Town of Dubrovnik, and the most distinctive to the country, Dalmatian style which combines elements of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance elements which can be seen in coastal cities, like Split and Trogir. These buildings boast intricate detailing and ornate stonework. When you travel further to the inland of the country, like the capital of Zagreb, the architecture is more similar to the Austro-Hungarian style, with wide avenues and ornate buildings. The architecture of Croatia is definitely a representation of the cultural heritage of the country, and is exciting to explore and discover from city to city. The unique architecture may look familiar to you if you’ve ever watched Game of Thrones, as Dubrovnik is the filming spot for Kings’ Landing,

Once in Croatia, visitors will experience the warmth of the local people who are proud of their country and excited to show off its beauty. The warm, hospitable Croats only make for an uplifting atmosphere while you’re surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Immerse yourself in the Croatian lifestyle, exploring the ancient towns and villages, hiking the mountains and visiting the natural parks, or simply relaxing on the beach and soaking up that famous Mediterranean sun! Unwind and embrace the relaxing and exploring that the country has to offer!

When to go

Croatia is an extremely beautiful place to visit year round. The best time to visit the islands is during the summer to ensure beach weather, and cities are great to visit year round, although they can get a bit crowded and hot during the summer months, and are a bit more calm during the off season.

Tourist Season: June - September
Best Weather: May - October


Time-Zone: Central European Time (CET)
Currency: Euro
Cost/Expense: $$
Languages: Croatian
Dates for your calendar
Jan - New Year’s Day, Epiphany Day
Apr - Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday
May - Labour Day, Statehood Day
Jun - Corpus Christi, Anti-Fascist Struggle Day
Aug - Victory Day, Assumption of Mary
Nov - All Saints’ Day, Remembrance Day for the victims of the Homeland War
Dec - Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day, New Year’s Eve

Languages 101

Croatian is a slavic language spoken primarily in the country, with an estimated 5 million speakers in total. The language uses the Latin alphabet in writing. While Croatian is the most widely spoken language in the country, Serbian and Italian are both minority languages in Croatia.

Speak the local language
Excuse me
Ispričajte me
I am looking for
Ja sam u potrzai za
Can you show me on a map?
Možete li mi pokazati na karti
How do you say...?
Kako se kazê…?
How much?
My name is...
Moje ime je...
I’m lost
Izgubljen sam
Do you speak English?
GovoriŠ li engleski?
I don’t understand
Ne razumijen


Getting There

By Plane

There are several airports in Croatia that have flights from Continental Europe and the rest of the world. The biggest airports are the ones in Split, Dubrovnik, and Zadar.

By Train

There are usually trains from only 3 international cities to Thessaloniki, those being Belgrade, Blageoevgrad, and Sofia. However, those were suspended due to covid and there is no current knowledge of when they will be resumed.

By Bus

Getting to Croatia via bus is an affordable option.

Getting Around

By Car

In Croatia, people drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left. In order to drive in Greece, visitors must be 18 years old with a valid driver’s licence. If renting a car, rental car companies in Croatia require a minimum age of 18, and a fee will apply to drivers renting car for drivers aged 18-20.

By Public Transport

Croatia has a great public transportation system that is easy to use and very affordable. The buses connect to almost anywhere throughout the country. There are no high-speed trains in Croatia, but the train system connects a lot of the cities in the country, although it doesn’t reach as many places as the buses do, and are a bit pricier. Ferries are a great way of travelling between port cities and the islands. Zagreb and Split both have a metro system that connects the city and the outskirts.

On Foot

Croatia’s cities are extremely walkable, and going on foot is often the most convenient way to explore them. Use our map to find out what’s near you, or combine it with the bus or metro for a hassle-free day out.

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