Croatia has become a top travel destination in Europe lately. Though it already had a long tradition of tourism, it has flourished in the last years and young backpackers coming from all over the world have discovered the country, that its island sparkled coast line offers a great variety of breathtaking natural beauty, sapphire water, rich history, interesting architecture and delicious sea food. Moreover several internationally recognized festivals are based in Croatia, as the Outlook festival, Ultra Europe, Sonus Festival, Defected Croatia and many more. Croatia has evolved to a top party and music destination in Europe.
ZAGREB – THE CAPITAL
Zagreb became pretty attactive. This capital of Croatia combines Mediterranean lifestyle with Balkan attitude at night. Zagrebs city centre is devided in an Upper and Lower Town. The Lower Town of Zagreb offers main shopping areas and cafés. The Upper Town is the political and sightseeing spot, with museums, churches and nice parks. Indeed, Zagreb can be called a Coffee city, as you will find tons of café’s everywhere. The unique blend of medieval towers, 19th century palaces, open-air markets, and ancient cathedrals, make Zagreb the perfect city to explore.
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SPLIT – LIVING IN A PALACE
Most people use Split to head of to reach the ever-popular destinations of the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis. But nevertheless, don’t miss to stay here two or three days to relax in the urban city and waterfront. The second cidy of Croatia is packed with history.
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RIJEKA – CALLED THE RIVER
Probably Rijeka is not really love at first sight for most tourists, but the people living here are desperately love the port in the Kvarner Bay, with the small river Rijecina below the mountains. After staying a few days, you will get the open and friendly atmosphere. Most of the population has a faboulous panoramic view, overseeing the bay with the Islands Cres and Losinj, moreover haveing Istria across the bay. Rijeka was announced European City of Culture 2020. Therefore the industrial lady is transforming to a cultural hub in Croatia. There is plenty to see in Rijeka, including some K&K Baroque mixed with socialistic buildings. Throw yourself into the daily cultural life of the locals. It’s refreshing and alternative.
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DUBROVNIK – AN OLD LADY IN GAME OF THRONES
This cultural hub at the South of the Croatian coast has it all: Dubrovnik. A fascinating history that reveals itself behind every corner of the city, pedestrian streets lined with cafés, restaurants, museums and… amazing islands to visit. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by a wall, from where you can oversee the whole city. Almost everything here is historic, moreover you will find first-class restaurants and best bars. This is a top spot in Croatia, which also means, during high season it is packed with tourists. Make sure you don’t visit it during peak, otherwise you won’t enjoy the old walls and streets so much.
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Transport in Croatia
You can easily reach Croatia with the plane. There are several airlines, Ryanair, Germanwings…, that offer direct flights. Once you are in Croatia, you can travel further by bus, train or Jadrolinija – ferries running down to coast or islands.
By AIR: Croatia has five main airports. The busiest one is Zagreb, but during season you can also reach easyily Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka and Zadar. Here you can search for flights: Link Skyscanner
By RAIL: Croatia has train connections with Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy. The domestic rial network is badly developed. Sometimes it is much easier, to travel with the bus. See timetables here https://prodaja.hzpp.hr/en
By BOAT: Croatia is accessible from Italy by sea. Croatia’s main passenger line is Jadrolinija. Jadrolinija connects all major and smaller cities and islands in Croatia. See more: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/ferry-croatia
By BUS: Croatia is part of the Eurolines and Flixbus network. Within Croatia, several private companies run frequently between the main towns, the main leading one is Autotrans, see https://www.autotrans.hr/en-us/home
Taxi: Taxis can be found everywhere, moreover Uber and MyTaxi are established in some bigger cities of Croatia. If you are not travelling far (max. 5 km) the taxi is cheap. The rates should be clearly indicated and the driver should switch on his meter before you set off.
Croatia uses a 220V, 50Hz voltage and two-pin plugs. Visitors e.g. from the UK or US require an adaptor.
The Croatian Kuna (kn) is devided into 100 lipa. Euros are accepted in posher hotels but the currency in everyday use is Kuna.
Visitors from the EU, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand do not need a Visa if they are staying less then 90 days. For longer stays you have to contact the Croatian embassy.
When is the best time to visit?
The climate in Croaita varies a lot… While you can visit the south Croatia….
Warm humid contiental climate in Zagreb, Osijek, Varazdin, Vinkovi. Humid subtropical climate in Rijeka, Zadara, Pula, Sibenik, Sinj. Oceanic climate in Karlovac, Kastav, Daruvar. Hot-summer Mediterranean climate in Split, Dubrovnik, Solin, Omis.