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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visa requirements overview of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visa HQ
Diplomatic Representations
Web page of the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Croatia
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
In cities it is the best option to take a taxi since there is no underground or similar efficient public transport available.
Maps of Urban Networks
Maporama
UT Library on line
Mapblast

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Dubrovnik (DBV) 24 km / 15 miles EUR 28 / 25-30 min HRK 30 / 30 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Rail Companies
Croatian railways

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Croatia Airlines

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The highway network is generally in good condition and does not present any risks in terms of traffic. Although still limited, it is presently improving: the Zagreb-Karlovac, the Kupjac-Rijeka (in the direction of Istria), Zagreb Serb border and Zagreb-Split sections. On the other hand, a particular attention is recommended on the main and secondary roads because they are not regularly watched and lack followed-up maintenance. In particular, stone falls are frequent on mountainous roads because of an often unstable ground. Besides that, finding a gas station is not a problem and the organisation of help, in the event of an accident, is generally very satisfactory, although relatively slow in isolated zones.

Otherwise, finding and communicating with a taxi in at least major cities should not be a problem.

Road Maps
Zagreb map
Find an Itinerary
Via Michelin Route planner

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
There are six Croatian cultural properties inscribed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO: Old city of Dubrovnik, historical complex of the city of Split with the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, historical city of Trogir, Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian basilica in the historic center of Porec, the cathedral of St. James in the city of Sibenik and Stari grad Plain on the island of Hvar.
Cultural
Among the numerous festivals, the most notorious are: Dubrovnik summer festival, Pula film festival, Split summer festival, and the traditional folklore competition of Alka tournament.

Other important festivals are: Motovun film festival, Festival of Dalmatian close-harmony singing groups ("klapa") at Omis, Rijeka carnival and International Children's Festival at Sibenik.

Nature
National Geographic declared Croatia as one of the top destinations in the world in 2006 due to its natural beauty and diversity.

One Croatian natural property has been already inscribed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO: Plitvice lakes national park.

Numerous others are submitted on the tentative list of UNESCO: Velebit Mountain, Lubenice, Primosten vineyards, Kornati national park and Lonjsko polje nature park.

Otherwise, Croatia has eight national parks and ten parks of nature. One of the most famous national parks in Croatia is also Brijuni national park situated on the numerous small Brijuni islands along the south-west coast of the Istrian peninsula including an 18-holes golf course.

Religious
As a catholic country, Croatia has many interesting catholic monuments, churches and cathedrals such as:Euphrasian Basilica in the historic center of the town of Porec on the Istrian peninsula (inscribed on the UNESCO's list), the cathedral of St. Jamens in Sibenik, the Episcopal complex in the city of Zadar, Zagreb cathedral and others.
Thermal
Stubicke toplice (Stubica spa) in Italian - the spring of the ancient Pannonian sea, salty almost as the Adriatic sea, very rich on minerals, warmer than any other known thermal water (96 degrees Celsius at the spring).

 

Stubicke toplice (Stubica spa) - a special hospital for medical rehabilitation. Natural healing factor in Stubicke Toplice is thermal water, with its temperature of 69 degrees Celsius by the spring.

Beach
Croatia has a very long and diversified coast line with countless number of beautiful beaches along the Adriatic sea and numerous islands that has always been Croatia's main tourist attraction. Croatia offers more than 1,700 km of seaside and over 1,000 islands to choose from.

In the northern part, there are most famous beaches (to name at least a few of them) at the town of Rovinj (Istria) and on some of the Kvarner gulf islands like Baska on the island of Krk (Vela plaza beach and Stara Baska beach), a beach named Sunny cove on the island of Losinj and Paradise beach on the island of Rab. Along the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic sea there are further beaches at the coastline rivieras like Biograd, Primosten, Makarska and Dubrovnik. On the islands further most attractive beaches are named Zrce on the island of Pag, beaches on the island of Hvar (Milna and Dubovica beaches) and Golden horn beach at the Bol on the island of Brac.

Winter Sports
There are quite limited possibilities and facilities for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding due to the Mediterranean mild climate influences. The best ski resort is called Sljeme not far from the capital of Zagreb.
Outdoor Activities
Sailing, diving, walking/hiking, cycling, kayaking, fishing and hunting.
Tourism Organizations
Croatian Tourism Board

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No specific vaccination is required.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
WHO information
 

Emergency Numbers

Emergency services - A single country number for all emergency situations 112
Police 92
Fire department 93
Emergency-ambulance 94
Road assistance 987 or +385 1 987 if you are calling from a mobile phone (You may also try (+385 1) 66 11 999)
National headquarters for coordination of search and rescue at sea 9155
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Zagreb (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time from April to October.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Croatia has a continental weather with very hot summers and cold winters except along the coast. The coastal lowlands have a Mediterranean climate with mild & wet winters and warm & sunny (rather dry) summers.
For Further Information
Official meteorological and hydrological service
Online service of a company specialized in media weather presentation
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
The Croatian food is quite varied. Specially along the coast, it offers numerous fish-based specialties. Most dishes are flavored with olive oil and served with vegetables or rice.
Brodet: dish based of several sorts of fishes and served with rice.
Manistra od bobica: beans and corn soup.
The Croatian dishes are served with rather reputed local wines.
Drinks
Coffee, wine, beer, mineral water and carbonated soft drinks are among the most popular drinks.
Dietary Restrictions
Within the Mediterranean and central European kind of food there are no food restrictions in the country.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Croatian Kuna
ISO Code
HRK
To Obtain Domestic Currency
It is possible to get local currency directly from ATM: They are everywhere and easily accessible. Since June 1994, the currency is the Kuna, which is issued in bills of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 et 1,000 Kunas and in coins (called Lipa). Although it may be little over evaluated, it is a quite stable currency.
Possible Means of Payment
All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Diners, American Express) are quite widely accepted, especially in hotels and bigger restaurants but also in rental agencies, gas stations and highway toll stations.

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Speaking

Official Language
Croatian.
Other Languages Spoken
The country has national minorities; Serb, Slovenian are spoken, as well as Italian, especially along the sea side, also German and Hungarian. Otherwise, especially in bigger cities and in tourist resorts along the coast a lot of people do understand at least the basics of English, Italian and German.
Business Language
English (particularly used in the region of the capital Zagreb), along the coast also Italian and German may be used.
Getting Some Knowledge
See Learn-Croatian.com for some basics expressions, including sound pronunciation files (mp3).
Free Translation Tools
Lear-Croatian.com : Free English-Croatian-English translator of words
Intertran : English-Croatian-English translator of texts and web pages

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
ALBA real estate agency, specialized in area around city of Rijeka: gulf of Kvarner, Istria and North-Adriatic islands
Conciliator real estate agency, apart from Kvarner and Dalmatia area strong also in the capital city of Zagreb

Real estate web portal "Foto Nekretnine"
Online version of best selling printed real estate ads magazine (in Croatian only)
To Find a Job
Moj posao (My job) - one of the most visited Internet portals in Croatia
Croatian Government employment service
Adecco (in Croatian only)

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