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What You Should Know More About Croatia

  • Travel advice:

    • Conduct your research before choosing a stay: One of those factors that should be kept in mind while visiting a holiday destination is to conduct your research regarding that place well. Understand the culture, tradition and how-abouts of the place. Moreover, when it comes to choosing a stay for yourself then it is better advisable to opt for something that is comfortable and convenient to your needs. Choose from a number of resorts, hotels and home-stays and enjoy the culture of Iceland.

    • Enjoy Croatia’s beautiful culture: While the truth about Croatia is that it doesn’t take time for visitors to get used to the culture that prevails in Croatia. In fact, visitors find it extremely easy to understand the culture and work accordingly given how easy-going the place actually is. Enjoy Iceland’s culture for what it truly is.

    • Transportation: The great thing about transportation in Croatia is that one won’t have a difficult time exploring the cities as they are well connected. You need not worry about travelling from places to places. However, hiring a car or bike for your personal need in the place great helps. Don’t miss out on any locations and ensure that you get to see all the primary attractions at your convenience.

    • Carry a map: Croatia is quite expansive in terms of its geographical expansion, however, it is always advisable to carry a map when you’re planning on venturing around the place. The names can get quite confusing and if you lose your way, you may even face a hard time communicating with the locals as there is a high possibility that you may not share the same language with.

    • Drinking laws: Alcohol is quite easily obtainable in this place. The legal drinking age in Croatia is 18 and the night-life is quite sorted as well. Party your heart out while you’re in this place. There are numerous pubs, restaurants and bars that will take care of the wild side in you.

  • Things to do in Croatia:

    • Visit the most romantic place in Croatia: Dubrovnik ranks as being one of the most romantic places in the world. After Buenos Aires and Bora and Bora – Dubrovnik is the most visited locations in Croatia. This city is filled with stones, lights and great history that can be dated back to the days of Balkan war. Among the finest in the world, you must surely visit this place at least once before you leave Croatia.

    • Chilling on Istria beaches: Located right at the top of Croatia is Istria. This place is filled with beaches and other holiday options that travelers can divulge in. Escape from your boring, mundane life onto this green haven and eat delicious food at the numerous restaurants of this place. You are surely in for a ride at this beautiful location.

    • Relive history at Zadar: Zadar is a historic town in Croatia that is loaded with beautiful locations and has a lot of activities to offer to its visitors. The sight by the shore is the primary highlight of the location as it is something that you may never seen before.

  • What will you like in Croatia:

    • Croatia’s handcrafted heritage: As heart-warming as it may sound, you won’t be able to find any alternative to the heritage that prevails in Croatia. Located in the North of Zagreb, this place is known for its simplicity as well as admirable cultural heritage. Enjoy the place for what it is.

    • Take a magical ferry trip through Hvar: There is more than one reason as to why you must take a ferry trip through the magical river of Hvar. First and foremost, it is among the most beautiful rides through out Croatia. Secondly, you will get to experience Croatia in a different manner all together. Thirdly, it is so affordable.

    • Shopping in Croatia: Shopping makes up for a very important experience in any given holiday destination. In order to enjoy this perk – visit the local markets of Croatia. You will have the time of your life – needless to say. Discover the cultural heritage, style and fashion which is unique to this place.


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  • When is the best time to visit Croatia?

    Before you start any of your journey, you must be well prepared for the climatic conditions the land has to offer. Croatia, of course, has a Mediterranean climate for the tourists to savor. The following are the months one can plan to visit this magical country, which is also the place extensively shot in the much talked about series of ‘Game of Thrones’.

     

    May to September: These are the favorable seasons when one must plan their holiday in Croatia. There is beautiful warmth and clear skies. The sea feels great during these months. The beaches are crowded and the peak season demands more price. After all, the surprising landscape makes the trip worth it.

     

    October to April: October marks the advent of winter, which goes on till the month of April. Winters are freezing. The temperature could go as low as below 0 degree Celsius. This is however the time to catch some ‘skiing’ in this region and Christmas brings a lot of action to the streets of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.

  • How to reach Croatia?

    Tourism in Croatia plays a vital role in the economy of the nation, making it a tourist friendly zone. You can travel to Croatia from any part of the world.

     

    By Air: Major airline services from UK and Ireland operate in this route. You can choose from a detailed list of airlines as per your budget.

     

    By Bus: A bus or a coach service is an extremely reasonable mode of transport to reach Croatia from many neighboring European countries like Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Switzerland. The expedition is usually safe and smooth. You will only get more of this endearing landscape on this road trip to Croatia.

     

    By Train: There are several trains plying between major European towns and Croatia. You can choose any from the list below:

    Ljubljana – Zagreb (7 trains per day) – 2 hours 20 minutes

    Ljubljana – Opatija (2 trains) – 2 hours 30 minutes

    Ljubljana – Rijeka (2 trains) – 2 hours 45 minutes

    Budapest – Zagreb (2 trains) – 6 hours 30 minutes

    Belgrade – Zagreb (4 trains) 7 hours 20 minutes

    Sarajevo – Zagreb (1 train) – 9 hours

    Graz – Zagreb (1 train) – 4 hours

    Vienna – Zagreb (2 trains) – 6 hours 35 minutes

    Salzburg – Zagreb (3 trains) – 7 hours

    Innsbruck – Zagreb (1 train) – 10 hours 35 minutes

    Venice Mestre – Zagreb (1 train) – 6 hours 50 minutes

    Munich – Zagreb (3 trains) – 9 hours

    Frankfurt – Zagreb (1 train) – 12 hours 35 minutes

    Stuttgart – Zagreb (1 train) – 11 hours

    Zurich – Zagreb (1 train) – 14 hours

    Budapest – Split (2 trains per week) – 15 hours (operates mid-June to end of August)

    Zagreb, Pula, Rijeka and Split are the busiest stations of Croatia. You can choose to travel further into the mainland from these stations.

  • Do I need a visa for Croatia? How does one get a Croatia visa?

    If you are a citizen of the following nations you will not need a visa for entering Croatia:

    U.K., European Union countries, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The travelers from these regions can visit Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180 day period.

    Others could apply for their respective Croatian visas at the Embassy in their homeland. You could also look up the official website for more information on how to obtain a Visa and can also download application forms from the website of the Croatian Ministry for Foreign & European Affairs.

  • What is the currency of Croatia and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The currency of Croatia is Kuna. You can easily exchange money at the offices located in the airport, railway stations, bus stations and ferry stations. Please note, these offices are not open 24*7, so it is advisable that you prepare days before you land Croatia. There are many reliable online options you can check. Also, you can exchange your money at a bank or an ATM.

    However, you must know that the Croatian Kuna cannot be exchanged outside Croatia. You might as well decide to go for last minute shopping to finish off the currency or else get it exchanged back to your home currency at one of the banks there. Euros are widely accepted in Croatia as most of the facilities and items here are tagged in Euros. But this is unofficially done simply to please the many European tourists visiting Croatia every season. Accepting Euros save the travelers time and energy.

  • Which are the major tourist attractions in Croatia?

    Croatia has a svelte coastline and a diverse list of interesting spots you need to check out. Listed below are few of the stunning tourist attractions, you cannot afford to give a miss.

    • Zadar
    • Dubrovnik
    • Zagreb
    • Danube
    • Plitvice Lakes
    • Split
    • Hvar
    • Pula
    • Trogir
    • Makarska
    • Rab
    • Cres
    • Bol
    • Vis
    • Novalja
    • Rijeka
    • Biograd na Moru

  • What are the things to do in Croatia?

    Divide your trip into two. The first half could include lazing around by the beaches, sipping your poison, enjoying some local delicacies, bonfire, making new friends, living to the fullest, dancing your hearts out in a Croatian night club, shopping and whatever your heart wants you to set on to. And in the second half, post entertaining your guts out, you could follow the adventurous side of your mind and go for the following activities:

    • Watersports, kayaking, tennis, skiing, cycling, sea swimming, snorkeling
    • Cruising
    • Trekking
    • Hiking
    • Walking trails
    • Paying a visit to the National Parks. Get reconnected to life in the most eco-friendly fashion.
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  • What is the local food of Croatia? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Croatian cuisine is surely a mixture of traditional Mediterranean and European food. Restaurants here highly recommend the local sea food palate. Ingredients used are usually organically grown and bought from the local markets. Some of the native restaurants popular for their menu are listed below:

    • Zifandel’s Restaurant in Zagreb is known for its contemporary take on Croatian traditional food.
    • Heritage in Zagreb is a pocket friendly, tiny and a happening restaurant. You can find yourself a cozy corner here and devour some tasteful Mediterranean street- style food.
    • Plac in Zagreb is known for its burgers and barbecued European dishes.
    • For a fine dining experience in Dubrovnik, you can head to Nautika Restaurant by the sea. You can enjoy a great range of wines with your meal here.
    • Vita Bella in Dubrovnik, is a casual eating place, popular for its fire wood pizzas and an interesting Italian menu.
    • To Je Tako at Split tosses up some of the scrumptious Mexican, Latin, Central American dishes for the visitors.
    • Kantun Paulina for Croatian Fast food.

    Some of the must try dishes:

    • Fiš paprikaš: A spicy red combination of carp, catfish and pike-perch. The origin of this lies in the villages of Baranja, North of Osijek. You will find some of the best paprikas at Kod Varge in Bilje and Kova? ?arda in Suza.
    • Pršut and paški sir on Pag: This dish is ‘apple of the eye’ for native Croatians. Basically made out of the foundation ingredient of thin slices of butter like ham. It is often served alongside paški sir (a sort of cheese from the region of Pag).
    • Oysters in Ston: Irresistible dishes out of oysters and mussels are found in this island country. These are locally harvested and recipes around these ingredients are traditionally put together in places like Mali Ston. Restaurants like Kapetanova Ku?a serve locally farmed molluscs. One must try the tempura Ston Oysters at Bota Oyster.
    • Marzipan Pie or the Rabska Torta is a sinfully delicious cake. More than a cake, it is a pie and the mystical recipe to this, is a best kept secret of the land.

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Croatia?

    Bus: This is the best and the cheapest mode of transport in Croatia. The network of well maintained, comfortable buses and coaches, serve the most convenient way to commute from one corner to the other. You can choose from the elaborate list of bus services suiting your preferences. The busiest bus terminals are noted below:

    • Dubrovnik Bus Terminal
    • Split Bus Terminal
    • Varazdin Bus Terminal
    • Zadar Bus Terminal
    • Zagreb Bus Terminal

  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Croatia?

    Vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid fever are advisable and one must see a general physician few weeks before the Croatian tour begins. You might as well carry along some medications for travelers' diarrhea.

  • What is the local language in Croatia and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    • Official language: Croatian
    • Some popular terms:

    Hello = Zdravo

    Thank you= Hvala ti

    No problem= Nema problema

    Bye= Pozdrav

    How much= Koliko

    You are welcome= Nema na ?emu

    Good morning and Good night= Dobro jutro and Laku no? respectively

    How far is= Koliko je daleko

  • Which are the best shopping places in Croatia and what are they famous for?

    Shopping is inevitable. You must take home some pretty memorabilia from the places you visit. Croatia has several symbolic elements which are only locally found. Like the Licitarsko srce/ Gingerbread heart, ‘Maraschino’ an alcoholic liqueur, ‘Rakija’ a fruit liqueur, Vegeta a seasoning made out of spices and vegetables, Paski sir, a cheese from the island of Pag, are some of the few originally Croatian souvenirs you can take back home. The generally crowded shopping areas are:

    • Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica), Zagreb, is a bohemian corner which offers flea market options and lots of junk. This can be your favorite spot for food, cheap shopping and pints of local beer.
    • Dolac Market, Zagreb
    • Vinoteka Bornstein for exclusive wines, Zagreb
    • Arena Centar, Zagreb, is a commercial mall which houses grand stores of supreme brands, a supermarket and a wide range of products.
    • Filigran Split: The historical store to buy some exquisite handmade silver filigree jewelry. This is located in Split. It is the perfect ‘silver lover’s’ paradise.

  • Which are some famous beaches in Croatia?

    Croatian beaches are winners. Well maintained, offering great services and ensuring tourist safety are some of the reasons why the beaches in this nation are globally recognized. The coastline is long and travels across towns in Croatia. You can sit by the water for hours and enjoy the warmth of the Mediterranean atmosphere. You can ask around and explore hidden local beaches. Many of these are pebbly and the ones which are sandy are over- crowded during the peak season. You take your call and spend some great sunny time by the following beaches.

    • Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol on the island of Brac
    • Bacvice Beach, Split
    • Banje Beach, Dubrovnik
    • Zrce Beach, Novalja, on the island of Pag
    • Cape Kamenjak, near Pula
    • Lake Jarun, Zagreb

  • How is nightlife in Croatia? Which are the best places to enjoy nightlife?

    You have to understand that Croatia is a quaint island country with a laid back lifestyle. You cannot expect a loud nightlife. There are many clubs, which host a line of music festivals during the top season. If you desire a relaxed, chilled out party scene, then you must visit one of the night clubs mentioned below:

    • Papaya, Zrce Beach, Novalja, island of Pag
    • Aquarius, Zrce Beach, Novalja, island of Pag
    • Santos Beach Club, Rab Town, island of Rab
    • Hacienda, Vodice
    • Club Veneranda, Hvar Town, island of Hvar
    • Culture Club Revelin, Dubrovnik
    • Eastwest Beach Club, Dubrovnik

  • Which are the best islands to visit in Croatia?

    We will guide through this in the most effective way, so that you can instantly make your choice in terms of which one to visit, from these best islands in Croatia.

    • The Brijuni Islands: Family of 14 islands, which constitute an ideal National Park, located close to the mainland of Pula.
    • Cres: This is Adriatico's second largest island located very close to Rijeka.
    • Losinj: A deep green patch of land right next to Cres makes Losinj, the unkempt beauty with wide range of plantations across this island.
    • Krk: The largest, most commercial and easily accessible Adriatic island is Krk.
    • Rab: This is greener than many islands of Croatia. It boasts of a dense stretch of scented pine forests.
    • Pag: It is the island that gave birth to paški sir (local cheese) and served some of the best dishes made out of this cheese to the world. Pag is also known for its nightlife especially due to the party town of Novalja.
    • Dugi Otok: Enjoy a quiet time with your partner or by yourself on this island. The island literally means long island and is the perfect haven for relaxation.
    • The Kornati Islands: A group of 140 islands; isn’t that a treat already? If you have time, these islands are a must visit.
    • Hvar: The sunniest and the classiest Adriatic beach. Major attention puller.
    • The Elafiti Islands: Virgin, peaceful and secretive islands near Dubrovnik, is the perfect definition for this set of islands.

  • Which are the best cruise options available in Croatia?

    We have covered some of the mind blowing cruise options in Croatia for you to zero in on.

    • Adriatic Odyssey (Dubrovnik): 8 days cruise starting at $2,350 per person.
    • Island hopping from Dubrovnik: 8 days cruise starting at $1,100 per person.
    • Elegance Cruise from Split: 8 days cruise starting at $1,095 per person.
    • Mediterranean (Dubrovnik to Valletta): 8 days starting at $5,155 per person.
    • A 14-day “Pearl of the Adriatic” voyage sails from Dubrovnik to Venice stopping at some spectacular port towns in between.
    • Islands of Kvarner & Northern Dalmatia is a 7 day cruise passing through Rab, Kornati islands, Cres.

  • What kind of water sports can be done in Croatia?

    The sea is idyllic for water sports in Croatia. You can go swimming, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, diving, the water here is warm, friendly and not so fierce, making it a great zone for water sports.

    • Dubrovnik Sea Kayak and snorkeling.
    • Montenegro white water rafting Day Trip.
    • The Cavtat sea Kayaking tour.
    • The Split sunset sea kayaking tour.
    • Tiny- group Sea kayaking from Hvar to Pakleni islands.

    Many group and individual activities can be easily spotted, while you are on search for some adventure in Croatia.

  • Which are the best hiking trails in Croatia?

    Adventure comes to those who seek it. If you want to explore the wildness of Croatia, you must follow some of the challenging yet calming hiking trails of Croatia:

    • Mount Biokovo (above Makarska)
    • The Velebit mountains (northern Dalmatia)
    • Ucka Mountain trail
    • Paklenica National park trail
    • The hiking trails around Plitvice Lakes
    • Krka National Park trail
    • Brijuni and Mljet

  • Which are some romantic places in Croatia on your honeymoon?

    With its rich cultural heritage, a hassle-free well-kept coastline, bountiful of natural sights, great local food and shopping experiences, most romantic and extensive cruises, adventurous sports to indulge in; this nation makes for an ultimate lover’s paradise.

    • The classic tour through the ancient royal town of Split
    • The busy streets of Zagreb
    • The blue lagoon in Trogir
    • A boat tour of the lovely port town of Vis
    • A day at the local vineyards of Vis
    • The perfect and modern town of Hvar
    • The vibrant Dubrovnik

  • Which are some best places for road trips in Croatia?

    The road trips in Croatia can be smooth, if you follow the laws of the land. Many beautiful destinations can be discovered while you are on road. If you have time by your side, you can rent a splendid ride and feel the air of Croatia through and through. Some of the marvelous road trips include:

    • Zagreb to Dubrovnik route
    • Adriatic road (Jadranska magistrala – officially road D8) which connects Rijeka and Dubrovnik
    • The route from Rijeka to Zadar or Split
    • Split to Dubrovnik
    • Zagreb to Rijeka
    • Zagreb to Pula

    Regulations while driving around Croatia:

    • You can drive on the right side of the road in this country and overtake on the left.
    • Seatbelts are a compulsion.
    • You cannot use mobile phones while driving. Hands free is allowed. We suggest to keep your mind free and calm. Let go of your mobile phones.
    • Speed limits: 50 kph for tinier roads and 130 kph on the highway. Please read the sign boards carefully.
    • Do not drink and drive
    • Minimum age limit: 18
    • There are many gas stations across Croatia. Driving in this country is certainly a way to create fond memories. Locals are helpful and resourceful.

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Croatia:

    • Research before you make decisions. Read online, buy books on Tourism in Croatia and get your doubts cleared.
    • Do not book hotels without reading a considerable number of reviews on the property. You do not want to land yourself in a disastrous vacation.
    • Carry seasonal apparel and do not forget a great pair of shoes and water flip flops.
    • Carry a map to save yourself from getting lost.
    • Follow the rules of Croatia.
    • Transportation within the country is hassle free and you can enjoy long stretches of clear roads.
    • Choose the best time to visit this mesmerizing land for a harmonious trip.

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