Croatia, it’s the warm and clear sea,
the food, a mix of Mediterranean and Eastern Europe cuisines,
so many good wines to enjoy,
the charm of its inhabitants and their strange language,
Croatia guarantees a total change of scenery.
So many questions when you don’t know the country;
when is the best season, where to go, what to see,
what are the typical dishes and what to take back home,
let me answer here to all these questions
to make your stay an unforgettable memory.
6 tips for your trip to Croatia
1 – Try everything!
Croatian cuisine is delicious and diverse. It has been influenced by its neighbors: Italy, Austria as well as Bosnia, and Croatia did get the best from each gastronomy. So go ahead and follow this guide to the best Croatian specialties.
2 – Beware of distances!
Everything seems so close when you look at Croatia on a map, but believe me that it takes much longer than you imagine to get from one point to another.
For example, on the road that goes along the coast you should expect an average of 50 km/h, no more. This means that it will take you 4 hours to get from Split to Dubrovnik which are separated by 200 km, without counting the waiting time at the border to cross the city of Neum situated in Bosnia Herzegovina.
Same thing for going to the islands and going from one island to another. For example, in addition of the time it takes to go by ferry to an island, don’t forget that you have to get your car in line 2 hours before departure to ensure a place on the ferry.
3 – Try Croatian wines!
Let go of the prejudice, Croatia is full of excellent wines that have nothing to envy to more famous wines. If you want to convince yourself then go to better quality wine bars or restaurants that offer wines by the glass and ask for recommendation.
Remember a few winemakers like Degrassi, Bolfan, Rizman, Degarra or Grabovac, Saints Hills and Galić. You shouldn’t be disappointed with their wines.
4 – Choose a region or two maximum!
There is so much to see in Croatia that you will for sure be very busy if you intend to stay one week or two. You can’t really make a mistake when choosing a destination in Croatia because Yes, everything is beautiful! 🙂
Of course everyone has his own preferences, as far as I’m concerned the landscapes are the most beautiful when you go down to the south, so for me the most beautiful places in Croatia are central and south Dalmatia with the islands, then North Dalmatia and Istria. Personally I like the Quarner less because it landscapes are quite lunar but I am not saying that you shouldn’t go there.
Also visit Zagreb and its region if you are not attracted only by the beach and the small stone villages by the sea.
5 – Try the local beer!
Why shall you go to Croatia to taste beers that are available in your country and that you already know? Let yourself be tempted by local beers that you will only find in Croatia and which will offer you a firework of aromas and taste.
Here are a few Croatian beers that won’t leave you indifferent: APA from Zmajska pivovara, Pale Ale from The Garden brewery, Mihovil from Šibenska pivovara or Mila from Pivovara Barilo.
6 – Ask!
Forget Internet and tour guides. Once in Croatia ask for advice from the best person you can find: the local.
Croatians are friendly and welcoming people if you make the effort to speak to them in a language they understand, English for the youngest, German or Italian for the oldest.
Whether you are looking for a restaurant, a boat rental or a small secluded cove, no one can advise you better.
Interactive map of Croatia
10 Questions / Answers about Croatia
Why shall I choose Croatia?
Croatia is very close from most of the European capitals : 1 hour from Rome, 2 hours from Paris, 2.30 hours from Madrid and London by plane.
Croatian language and culture will make you feel far away from home.
The sea is pure and crystal clear, its temperature reaches 27 C / 80 F during the summer.
Either you like to spend your vacations doing cultural visits, discover typical villages, national parks, walk in the nature or relax at the beach, Croatia is the perfect destination for you.
What is the best season to go to Croatia?
On the coast the weather is sunny from April to October, but prefer June to September if you intend to swim. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you leave.
Can I pay in Euro?
Even if Croatia is part of the European Union since July 2013, Croatian money is still the Kuna.
However, in some places you will have the possibility to pay in Euros, like on the markets for souvenirs.
Can we pay on the highway in Euros?
Yes you can pay in Euros or with a credit card on the Croatian highways.
Shall I change some money before my departure?
No, the best is to change money once in Croatia, at the airport, in any bank or exchange office. You can as well take some cash from ATM machines, on that way you will directly get Croatian Kunas.
But in this case check your limit with your bank.
What's the best deal, hotel or private accommodation?
Most of the hotels have been renovated this last few years and today Croatia has a lot of very nice 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels.
If your budget does not allow you to stay in a hotel or if you are looking for more privacy, I advise you then to reserve a private accommodation. An apartment, a villa or just a room will give you much more privacy for much less money.
How is the road network?
Very good. A lot of work has been done the last few years and we constantly work on the expansion and renovation of the roads. The highway crosses now the country from west to east and from north to south.
Do you know that Croatia is separated in two parts by the town of Neum situated in Bosnia and Herzegovina? So when you go south to Dubrovnik you will have to exit the Croatian Highway at Ploče, a town by the sea, close to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. This represents just a few kilometres, Neum is situated 70 km north of Dubrovnik and 35 km south of Ploče.
Is English spoken?
Yes, most of the Croatian do speak English. Younger people speaks English fluently.
Is it a safe country?
Yes, very safe. Even in big towns we don’t hear much about delinquency. We can walk by day or by night without any fear of being attacked.
Are there any sandy beaches?
What about diving?
Thanks to its crystal clear sea and warm temperatures, Croatia is perfect for diving.
You will find many diving centers along the coast and on the islands. They will offer you to go scuba diving or just initiate you to that sport.
Otherwise you should know that the sea is so clear that a simple mask and snorkel will ensure hours of fun. Just by swimming near the rocks you will see all kinds of small fishes, shellfishes, sea urchins and starfishes.
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