- Main Airports – Zagreb Franjo Tuđman Airport (ZAG), Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)
- Currency – Kuna (HRK)
- Language – Croatian
- Population – 4.5 million
- GDP – $49 billion (82nd Overall)
Welcome to Croatia!
From its beautiful coastlines and amazing seafood to its rich history, Croatia belongs on your European bucket list. With cities diverse in nature and beauty, part of what makes this country so interesting is the opportunity to have a variety of experiences depending on which cities you visit. Dubrovnik is a medieval city encompassed by huge stone walls built in the 16th century, while Split is found on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and is known for its beaches. Wherever you decide to go, be sure to bring your camera since this will be a trip to remember!
When to Visit Croatia
- June – August
- This is summer in Croatia and unsurprisingly the peak travel season
- You will likely have great weather
- You can enjoy the beautiful beaches in Dubrovnik and other parts of Croatia
- You can catch a music festival
- It will be much more crowded than during the fall or winter months
- The prices will be higher, including pricing for flights and hotels
- September – May
- The cities will be less crowded, offering you more space to explore without as many tourists around
- Better prices, especially for hotel rooms and flights
- Many of the beaches will be closed
- The weather can be inconsistent
Walk the Walls in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and no trip to Croatia would be complete without a walking tour of the Old Town. The Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 and is a centuries-old Medieval city full of gothic and Romanesque architecture. The best way to see the city is to walk the walls of Dubrovnik. The walls encompass the entirety of Old Town spanning a total distance of about 1.2 miles. Tickets to climb the walls cost 70 HRK each (approximately $11 USD).
Hike Marjan Hill
When in Split, Croatia, make time for this enriching hike, full of both beauty and history. Marjan Hill is a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city center and is only a short walk to the top. The hike offers amazing views of the Adriatic Sea and showcases Croatia’s rich history along the way. As you climb up the hill you will see various churches, some that were even built into the cliffs during the 15th century.
Go for a Swim at Krka National Park
Krka National Park is named after the Krka river and is famous for its breathtaking waterfalls. Make time for a visit to this beautiful park, you won’t regret it. Entry to Krka National Park is about 110 to 150 HRK, or $16 to $22 USD depending on the season. In order to reach the waterfalls, first you must hike through the various trails that lead there. At first, it may seem like your average hike, but when you reach the waterfalls everything will change. The waterfalls are seemingly unreal because of just how magnificent they truly are. Once you reach the falls, strip down to your bathing suit, hop right into the crystal clear water, and enjoy the natural beauty all around you.
Because of its central location, Croatian cuisine has been defined by various European influences, together creating a unique and tasteful blend. While food ranges in Croatia depending on the region, expect to find strong elements of Italian, Turkish and Hungarian flair, amongst others. For seafood lovers, you’ve come to the right place! Particularly along the coast, fresh seafood is the star of many of Croatia’s most popular dishes. With a glass of red wine in hand and the crystal blue waters ahead of you, you can fully experience and enjoy the exquisite culinary delights of Croatia.
Foods to Try
- Crni rizot – Black risotto
- Pasticada s njokima – Stewed beef in red sweet and sour sauce
- Peka – Meat and vegetables baked under bell-like dome
- Brodet – Fish stew
- Punjene paprika – Stuffed peppers
- Fritule – Fried dough balls (dessert)
Sail to the Island of Brac
Croatia is known for its beautiful turquoise water, and we highly recommend taking an island cruise or ferry ride to experience it first-hand. Ferries from Split to Brac cost about 33 HRK, or $5 USD. A private sail can cost anywhere between 470 to 1,340 HRK or $70 to $200 USD, depending on the amenities included, but you can lower the cost by joining a group tri[ or going with friends.
Make it a day trip, and go for a sail to the island of Brac. Brac is known for its spectacular views, crystal clear water, and medieval architecture. From Split, the sail takes about 45 minutes and from there you have the day to explore the charming island. When on the island, walk through the harbor towns, visit Zlatni Rat beach, and enjoy fresh seafood from the Adriatic Sea.