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Introduction to Croatia

Croatia is the perfect destination to visit during the summer months. From stunning natural parks, through beautiful rocky beaches, to lakes, and rivers, this country truly has it all.

For the young and adventurous, there's even an entire week known as “The Yacht Week”, which is dedicated to hosting groups of friends from around the world who rent yachts and party at sea every night until the sun comes up.

Moreover, for those seeking adrenaline-fueled activities, there are plenty of destinations within the country where you can go hiking, zip-lining, mountaineering and so much more.

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Croatia Itinerary: The Best 1 Week In Croatia

We want to share our Croatia itinerary with important information about each location to ensure you have the best of times.

Croatia Road Trip: Tips For First Time Visitors To Croatia

Our Croatia road trip started in Dubrovnik, continued up North towards Split and ended in Plitvice Lakes.

Due to the fact that Croatia is quite a culturally diverse destination, Croatian cuisine can really vary by location.
In the coastal region, you'll find the majority of restaurants serving up a wide variety of exquisite seafood dishes using freshly caught fish.

In central Croatia, you’ll find a culinary style closer to that of central Europe. The gastronomy in this region is focused around meats and intense, spicy, flavours.

In Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, you’ll find hundreds of cafes and restaurants where the coffee is the main focus. So it's time to take a break, relax and people watch.

World Famous Cultural Sites

It's not a secret that many of the magnificent cities and towns of Croatia will feel familiar when travelling through them as they have been promoted by the famous TV series known as "Game of Thrones". One prime example of this is the city of Dubrovnik which is a gorgeous and historic coastal city whose walls and architecture will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

You can also experience authentic Roman ruins in the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll find dozens of shops and restaurants situated right in between the ancient Roman architecture or you can choose to visit one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the world where many events and music concerts take place.

If you visit Dubrovnik during the month of July, it's recommended that you attend the annual film festival which takes place in the amphitheatre.

Croatia isn't known for smooth and sandy beaches but for its endless coastlines filled with pebbled and surreal pristine water. Croatian beaches are famous for hosting hundreds of events throughout the year so expect to see popular locations, especially during the peak summer season where tourists and locals band together to host the best parties in the region.

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Tips For Driving In Croatia During Your Holiday

Tips for driving in Croatia, renting a car and a quick sample itinerary

Croatia is gifted when it comes to natural scenery, culture, and history. It is no wonder why it is one of the most coveted tourist destinations right now. Be prepared to plan for a seamless travel experience.

One of the things you need to know when it comes to Croatia is the diverse landscape that it offers. The amazing Croatian scene ranges from hilltop towns, beaches, lakes, to medieval cities. If you have enough time, make sure to explore beyond Zagreb so you can discover what Croatia is truly about.

Never underestimate the climate in Croatia as well. Just because one region experiences warm and sunny weather, it does not mean that another cannot be extremely cold. Always plan outfits and itineraries according to your destination ahead of time.

Getting to Croatia, meanwhile, is relatively easy as most major carriers service flights to Zagreb or Split. Once in Croatia, travelling around is not difficult either. You can rent a car from the airport so you can drive yourself to various destinations. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the efficient public transportation available, such as buses and trains.

Where To Stay

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When planning a trip to Croatia, it is important to know when to go as the climate can vary significantly. If you are visiting the coastal regions of the country, expect warm summers and mild winters. The best time to visit this region is from May to June or September to October. During these times of the year, the weather is pleasant and you can expect mostly sunny days.

If you are planning a visit to inland Croatia, it is best to avoid a trip during winter. You can experience a high amount of snow and it can get very cold. The average daily temperature in the winter is always below the freezing mark. The best time to go is spring so you can go cycling, hiking, or sightseeing without too many weather-related complications.

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What to pack for Europe

All the essentials you need to add to your Europe packing list

If you are going on a trip to Croatia, make sure you are packed with the information you need to know. Here are some basic tips to keep in mind:

Currency

The official currency of Croatia is Kuna.

Language

The official language is Croatian.

ATMs

All ATMs are known as bank mats in Croatia. They are widely accessible, regardless of where you are in the country (particularly within the tourist area). Most of the ATMs do accept international bank cards and can be transacted in English. For convenience, make sure to bring one extra card, just in case one of your cards is declined.

Plugs

The plug type used in Croatia is the standard European one with a ground prong.

Safety

Croatia is a very safe country. There is no threat of terrorism or violence. Violent crimes are rarely reported. It is extremely safe to travel to this nation and that is part of the reason why Croatia is a favorite destination for many tourists.

Climate

The climate in Croatia is divided into three major regions. The first one is the Pannonian Plains in the north. This region experiences hot summers and cold winters.

The second one is Central Croatia, which encompasses the Dinara Region. Since this area is mountainous, it enjoys the alpine climate.

The last one is the Adriatic Coast, which experiences a cool climate with rainy winters. It is very similar to the Mediterranean climate.

The temperature in Croatia during winter can range from -1 to 30 degrees Celsius depending on the region. Meanwhile, the summer temperature can get up to 26 degrees Celsius in the continental region, or 30 degrees Celsius in the coastal region.