Super useful and totally free travel guides to Croatia
Why We Love Croatia – Once an afterthought, Croatia has skyrocketed onto the European vacation scene over the past year thanks to its 1,777 kilometres of idyllic Mediterranean coastline and ancient seaside villages so picturesque that some became the site of filming for Game of Thrones. But, even as popular spots like Dubrovnik are packed with throngs of tourists each year, it’s still possible to find plenty of off-the-beaten path adventure in Croatia. You just have to know where to find it. We’re here to help you discover the emerging and lesser-known side of Croatia.
Best of Croatia
Croatia is characterized by ancient cities, stunning natural sites, and quaint towns. Some of the best destinations include:
- Dubrovik – Known for its Old City Walls, narrow pedestrian streets, and picturesque views, Dubrovnik is a fan favorite and the “Pearl of the Adriatic”.
- Hvar – Hvar is a Croatian island known for its medieval towns, nightlife, and sunshine-filled days.
- Split – Home to one of the best Old Towns in the country, Split is in close proximity to both the sea and the mountains.
- Zadar – One of the best places to see the sunset in the country, Zadar is home to both ancient sites and modern marvels.
- Mljet Island – More or less an “off the grid” destination, Mljet Island is home to a stunning National Park, explorable nooks and crannies, and some of the friendliest locals in the country.
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Whether you’re traveling for history, food, adventure, scenery, or nightlife, there are some great things to do in Croatia. Here are some of our faves:
- Blue Cave on Bisevo Island – True to its name, the Blue Cave shines a bright shade of blue due to sunlight shining through the opening and reflecting off the seafloor.
- Plitvice Lakes National Park – Home to towering waterfalls, endless boardwalks, turquoise lakes, and some great hikes.
- Museum of Broken Relationships – A museum detailing stories of relationships gone south through artifacts and exhibits.
- Krka National Park – The perfect destination for swimming under waterfalls, hiking through caves, and getting a postcard-worthy photo.
- Roman Ruins in Pula – The city of Pula features some of the oldest and most intact Roman Ruins in Europe.
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Croatia Travel Advice
In the summer, Croatia gets swarmed with tourists, while tourism generally slows down during winter to the point that many tours don’t even operate. For these reasons, it’s best to plan your trip for shoulder season: between May and June or between September and October. The temperature is just right, the sites aren’t crowded, the accommodation is ample and reasonable and you’ll get to see all the highlights.
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- 🚢 – Beware of Cruise Schedules – Passengers hopping off cruise ships can seriously flood a destination. Try to stay cognizant of these routes so you can see the top sites without the crowds.
- 📅 – Time Your Trip Right – Most attractions are only in summer and prices jump in July and August. Prime time to visit Croatia is June or September.
- 🚗 – Take a Road Trip – It has an extensive public transport system, but taking a Croatian road trip will allow you to see the best sites.
- 💵 – Carry Cash – Though many restaurants accept cards, always make sure you have the local currency, Kuna, on hand.
- 💰 – Tipping Isn’t Standardized – Though tips of 10-15% are common, this isn’t a standard practice in Croatia. If you received excellent service, feel free to top up your bill or leave change on the table.
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🧳 What to Pack
- 👞 – Water Shoes – Rocky beaches are more common than sandy beaches in Croatia, so save your feet and bring along some water shoes.
- 🔌 – Universal Power Adapter – If you’re traveling from outside of Europe, you’ll need a power adapter to plug your appliances into the sockets.
- 🌞 – Sunscreen – Traveling to Croatia in the summer means a ton of sun time — save your skin and bring sunscreen along.
- 🦺 – Croatia Travel Insurance – Though a very safe country, getting Croatia Travel Insurance for your trip is a smart idea.
- 📚 – Croatian Phrasebook – Though almost all locals working in tourism speak English, it’ll show respect to learn some key phrases.
🤓 Facts & Info
- Population – 4.1 million
- Capital – Zagreb
- Currency – Kuna ($1 = ~7.01 kunas)
- Language – English
- Plugs – Type C or F, 230V / 50Hz.
💵 Budgeting & Money
Major establishments in the big cities take debit/credit cards. But if you’re traveling to the rural parts of Croatia, make sure to have enough cash on hand.
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