Croatia’s top destination has got to be Dubrovnik, a striking walled city steeped in history, with an intriguing Old Town. Then there is Split, the location of the well-known Palace of Diocletian, and Pula, home to one of the largest Roman amphitheatre’s in the world.
A Dalmatian coastline that is never-ending
With more than a 1,000 islands along its never-ending coastline, Croatia is a paradise for sun-seekers. Also, many of the country’s beaches and hotels are easily accessible for travellers in a wheelchair. If you are travelling to Croatia, unlike other European countries, violent crime and the threat of terrorism, is virtually unknown. However, travellers should be aware of pickpockets, especially around tourist areas.
Can I take my dog with me?
Dogs are allowed in Croatia as long as your dog has a valid pet passport and health certificate. So do consider bringing Rover with you and not leaving him at home.
Croatia on a tight budget
It depends on how much you want to spend, but you could survive on €55-255 per day (about $58-269 USD per day). However, that depends on your own spending habits. You could decide to go mental with your credit card.
Going out is not too expensive
Going out in Croatia is not too expensive. Average prices for restaurant and bar drinks are quite competitive. A 500ml glass of draught beer will be around US$5. A 330ml bottle of imported beer is similar. A bottle of mid-priced wine will cost about USD / EUR €30. If you are peckish, try a local dish like crni rižot. Listed on nearly every Dalmatian menu, this ‘black risotto’ is far more tasty than it sounds – or even looks.
Best beer and wine?
The two most popular beers in Croatia are Ožujsko and Karlovačko. Plavac Mali is one of the most popular red wine types made in Croatia. The grape used to make this wine is the most planted in Dalmatia and Pelješac. Plavac Mali carries with it the distinct flavour of ripe cherries and has hints of spices and pepper.
Can I get away with speaking English here?
The great thing about Croatia and its 3.87 million population, is that in the major cities most people- particularly the young – speak English. This is good when you are travelling about. Driving in Croatia is easy, and convenient, and it gives you lots of flexibility. Roads in Croatia are wide and easy to navigate. Public transport is better suited for solo and budget-conscious travellers.
Elderly get great off-peak deals
For the elderly this country offers amazing scenery. And, with an open calendar, retired people can get lower prices on flights and hotels, moderate temperatures and less crowds when taking advantage of off-season travel. In addition, Croatia provides few health risks other than getting too much sun. See photo of Split above.
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Kuna has been replaced by Euro
Croatia is most popular among Germans, who made up a massive 3.2 million of its visitors in 2022. Although quite a sizeable number of Italians make it to Dubrovnik, see photo at top of the page.
Since January 1, 2023, Croatia, otherwise known as Hrvatska, have been using the Euro. Bus stations, airports, train stations and ferry ports that receive international arrivals (Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Rijeka) will have an exchange office to change money but they are not open 24/7. For a late-night arrival, find an ATM.
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