Croatia is a unique country full of extraordinary natural beauty and an equally interesting historical and cultural heritage. The country is situated on the Adriatic Sea with no shortage of beaches to take your breath away, especially with over a thousand islands and islets to explore. Croatia's history and culture can be seen all over the country, along with numerous fortresses and caves where ancient handmade relics can be found. Croatian food is an exquisite combination of classic Mediterranean and Italian flavour. The climate along the coast is perfect for vineyards and olive groves to flourish, which is why Croatia is well known for its impeccable wine and olive oil selection.
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Phone Code: +385
Population: 4 480 043 (2012)
Currency: Croatian Kuna
Official Language: Croatian
Phone Code: +385
Croatia has two different climates, one along the coast, and the other in the interior of the country. The coastal region has more of a Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny, dry days in the summer, and relatively mild winters which can be quite rainy. Average temperatures in the summer typically stay between 25-30°C/77-86°F. Winters are cooler, but temperatures don't usually drop below 5°C/41°F. The interior of Croatia has more of a continental climate where summers are very hot, reaching temperatures well above 30°C. Winters on the other hand can be frigid, with temperatures often dropping below O°C/32°F. Snow is common and can be quite heavy in January and February.
The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna. One Kuna equals 100 Lipas (like cents). Croatia has countless banks, exchange offices and ATMs where you can safely exchange your money from any currency. The foreign currency exchange places will usually be labelled in English. If not, the Croatian term is "Mjenjačnica." Denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 come in paper notes, and there are 1 & 2 kuna coins. Some restaurants and cafes don't accept credit card payments, so be sure to have enough cash when going out to eat or for a drink.
If you're travelling in the peak season, make sure to ask your hotel or guide to make reservations for you at any popular restaurants in which you’d like to dine (or of course you can make the reservations yourself). Most of the best restaurants fill up quite quickly in the evenings, so be sure to book ahead. If you’re planning on paying by credit card, double check with the restaurant first if they accept credit cards. As previously mentioned, many places (especially on the islands) only accept cash payments. Tips are not expected but very much appreciated.
Light jacket in case of rain
Sweater or two for cooler evenings
Comfortable shoes for exploring
Water shoes/beach shoes (they might be ugly, but since the coastline is more rocky than sandy, your feet will thank you)
The language can be quite difficult to learn, but locals really appreciate the effort if you do try to learn a word or two! Most Croats speak at least a little English, though, especially in areas where tourism exists.
Useful Words and Phrases:
hello/goodbye - bok
How are you? - Kako ste?
please - molim
Thank you - Hvala
good - dobro
Where is... - Gdje je...
I need... - Ja trebam...
Can I get... - Mogu li dobiti...
restaurant - restoran
wine - vino
beer - pivo
coffee - kava
Cheers! - Živjeli!
Help! - Pomoć!
restroom - WC
Excuse me - Oprostite
Do you speak English? - Govorite li Engleski?
I don't speak Croatian. - Ne govorim Hrvatski.
I don't understand. - Ne razumijem.
I don't know. - Ne znam.
Good morning. - Dobro jutro.
Good afternoon. - Dobar dan.
Good evening. - Dobra Večer.
Good night. - Laku noć.
My name is... - Moje je ime…
Nice to meet you. - Drago mi je.
Where are you from? - Otkuda ste?
I'm from Canada/America. - Ja sam iz Kanade/Amerike.
*The Croatian letters č and ć are pronounced ch (Example: pomoć is pronounced pomoch.)
*The Croatian letter š is pronounced sh (Example: škola is pronounced shkola)
*The Croatian letter ž is pronounced like a soft g as in the word luge.
*The Croatian letter j is pronounced like a y (Example: jogurt is pronounced yogurt
There is obviously plenty more to know about Croatia, but hopefully this covers some of the basics for you. We'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about travelling to Croatia. Just comment below or email us directly :)