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Croatia, Croatia, Croatia… where do we even start with talking about visiting Croatia?
Being born and raised here in Croatia, I may well be a slight bit biased about this beautiful and intriguing country. That said, I’m not the only one; millions of tourists decend upon our shores and mainland every year.
With some of the most gorgeous coastlines in the world, more islands than any other European nation, friendly locals, inexpensive prices, exotic nature parks, and world-reknown hospitality, it takes no stretch of the imagination to figure out why so many people are falling in love with beautiful Croatia.
Before you start browsing book.com for a beachfront hotel room though, read on below to discover everything you need to know about visiting Croatia.
Diverse Landscapes, Islands, Mountains, Flatlands, And Beaches
Croatia is a true surprise package. It is a real treat for the soul to visit and spend vacations in Croatia, or so the tourists keep telling us!
Croatia has over 1,000 islands (impressive, right?), 8 national parks, 11 nature parks, a whopping 6,000 km of coastline, and 10 World heritage sites.
From Paklenica climbing sites and the fine cuisine of Istria to Castles, world-class wineries, partying on the islands with locals, and sailing on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia has a lot to offer you.
Before visiting Croatia we have some really interesting traveling tips, detailed travel directions, attractions, and stay guides for you. Keep reading for the best information about visiting Croatia!
Visa Requirements And Types
For most travelers, a valid passport is all that’s required for visiting Croatia. However, for others, to visit Croatia, you need some kind of authorization or visa from your government first.
There are different types of visas according to your visit purpose, such as:
- Tourist Visa
The tourist visa by Croatian Embassies is issued for a period of 90 days. EU countries do not need visas to visit Croatia for 90 days.
- Business Visa
It is also a short stay visa that allows you to visit Croatia for work purposes for a period of 90 days.
- Long Stay Visa
The long-stay visa is either a work visa, student visa, or family visa.
To get a visa, or passport, you need:
- Proof of return ticket.
- Two Passport size Pictures.
- Proof of accommodation for your stay.
- A completed and signed application form.
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover your visit.
- Health Insurance in case there is an emergency.
- Your travel documents or passport with three blank pages.
Croatian Food, Coffee, And The Fast-Food Conundrum
To many, fast food culture is the hallmark and symbol of globalization. You will find familiar and famous fast-food chains in every country you visit. However, Croatia is a bit different.
In the place of a Burger King, Taco Bell, or Micky D’s, you will however find a coffee shop or bakery on every street corner in major cities.
It is not to imply that you will never find a McDonald’s anywhere. There are only thirty-seven (37) franchises of McDonald’s in the whole wide Croatia! Disappointment for the Big Mac Fans?
Do not worry! The local cuisine is very diverse and flavorful. Since you are planning to go and experience Croatia, why not enjoy the local cuisine and culinary traditions?
Burek, Pretsels, and other bread-based and meat-based dishes are popular, as is roasted fish and pork. Also, do not forget the seafood along the coastal region!
Accommodation And Hospitality Services
The first concern when planning to travel is about accommodation and other hospitality services. As a matter of fact, accommodation covers the most budget on every trip. Accommodation also depends on personal choices and preferences.
Thankfully for you, the tourism and hospitality industry in Croatia is very well established. It is one of the mains sources of employment and income for the locals. Therefore, you can find a variety of accommodation and other services.
The prices for accommodation vary over a large range. There are high-end hotels that can cost more than 350$ a night. On the other hand, you can find affordable alternatives at $50 to $75 night. If you really dig deep, you can find even better prices.
Hostels in Croatia are really the way to go. That said, they cost anywhere from $5 to $25 on average per night.
Transport And Moving Around In Croatia
What do you tour a country for? To move around, visit new places every day, and explore every nook and corner possible, right?
Croatia’s roads and highways are carpeted. A personal ride is best. However, you can always travel by bus. They are cheap, affordable, and always on time. The subways or trains are the best commutes for inter-city travel.
Did we forget something?
Croatia has an elaborate coastline and picturesque beaches. Besides that, there are over a thousand small islands. If the weather and mood allow, you must travel from one island to another in boats and ships.
The Language Barrier
The hardest part about visiting a different country is the language barrier. It makes communication and moving around hard.
Most Croatians speak the Slavic languages. The majority speak the national language, Croatian. A smaller population speaks Serbian or other Slavic languages like Czech or Hungarian.
However, most people in Croatia are bilingual, and there is a high chance that the second language that they speak is English.
Fun fact: Croatia has the highest rate of bilingual children out of all European countries. Over 80-percent of Croatian kids speak two or more languages.
Money And Exchange Rate
Croatia has its own currency called Kuna. Despite being a member of the EU, some legal reasons compel Croatia to use its own currency. Therefore, to eat at restaurants or purchase memorials, you will have to use the local currency, Kuna.
However, euros can be easily exchanged at local banks. Currently, a Euro equals 7.5 Croatian Kuna. So before you start the tour, do not forget to visit the bank first.
FAQs About Traveling To Croatia
More often than not, visitors tend to have a lot of luggage when visiting places of attraction. The maxim of “travel light if must” perfectly seems true for a visit to Croatia. All you need are some clothes, money and a plan for your trip. Happy vacations!
What Are The Must Visit Places In Croatia?
There is a great opportunity for eco-tourist to visit national and nature parks in Croatia. Besides that, you can find places of historical significance and UN World Heritage Sites. The beach is the best place if you visit in the summer.
What Is The Weather Of Croatia Like?
Croatia has seasonal weather. It means that the summers are warm and the sunlight is plentiful. Temperatures in the summers can rise to 30 degrees Celsius. The winters, however, are windy, cold, and wet.
What Is The Best Time Of The Year To Visit Croatia?
The best time of the year to visit Croatia is the summer. The months from June to September see a rise in the influx of tourists. This is the time of the year when the sun is plentiful, bearable, and the beaches are buzzing.
What Are The COVID Protocols Or Visitors To Croatia?
To enter Croatia these days, the visitor must follow strict SOPs. These include providing a PCR or rapid antigen test not older than three days. A vaccination certificate will help too.
Thanks for reading, we hope you come visit us in Croatia sometime soon!
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