Croatia travel guide - Information for your holiday in Croatia
Info for your holidays in Croatia
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The Croatian coastline is said to be the most beautiful coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Yacht owners and sailors all agree and even the old Roman emperors used to build their summer villas and mansions along the Croatian coast. No other coast in the Mediterranean has so many islands, beautiful bays, rocky reeves and picturesque beaches. Besides the unique coast Croatia offers not less than 5 natural preserves and 4 national parks.
The following text will give you some useful info for your holidays in Croatia.
Geographical position of Croatia
Northwest of Croatia you find the eastern edge of the Alps whereas in the east you have the Pannonian Plain. From there, it extends along the Adriatic coast, over the Dinara mountains until its most southern point some km after Dubrovnik.
Area of continental Croatia
56.542 km2, the territorial waters cover an area of 31.067 km2. Croatia belongs to the midsize states of Europe like Denmark, Ireland or Switzerland.
Number of inhabitants
There is an estimated number of ca. 3,000,000 Croats living abroad.
Zagreb (ca. 790,000 inhabitants: Zagreb is the largest city and the economical, cultural and scientifical centre of Croatia.
Total length of Croatia’s coastline: 5835 km – of which 4057 km represent the coastline of its islands, cliffs and rocks.
There are 1,185 islands, cliffs and rocks in total.
The biggest islands of Croatia are Krk and Cres. Only 67 islands are inhabited.
Climate in Croatia
In the northeastern part of Croatia there is continental climate, in the central part you have mountain climate whereas along the coast there is Mediterranean climate. During the winter months temperatures can reach from -1 till 30°C depending on whether you are in the continental area or at the coast where the winter is milder. In the summer months, average temperatures reach from 22 till 22 bis 26°C in the continental region, from 15 till 20°C in the mountains and from 26 till 30°C along the coast.
Croatians represent the largest part of Croatia’s population. Besides there are the following national minorities: Serbs, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Italians and a few more.
Official language and script
The official language is Croatian; the official script is Latin.
The majority of Croatians is Roman-Catholic.
Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). There are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa and 1, 2, 5, 25 Kuna as well as bills of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kuna. You can convert money in banks, post offices, in the numerous exchange offices or hotels.
On weekdays, banks are usually open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., on Saturdays until 1 p.m.
Most hotels, restaurants and bigger shops accept credit cards (AmEx, Visa, Mastercard).
Electric current in Croatia
220 V, 50 Hz
In Croatia tap water is potable - you do not have to boil it before drinking it.
If you wish to stay more than 30 days but less than 3 months or if you plan a daytrip to Bosnia, you need a passport. For shorter stays up to 30 days a valid identity card is enough. Children must have their own document. If your are not an EU citizen contact the embassy or consulate for more information
You do not have to pay customs for personal items. You can import foreign currencies for free, whereas Croatian currency can only be imported duty-free up to an amount of 2,000 Kuna. If you have any technical equipment with you when entering Croatia you have to declare it at the border.
Refund of VAT (PDV) for foreign persons
It is possible to get a VAT refund for goods bought in Croatia (except for fuel) if the amount of one single bill is higher than 500,00 Kuna. When shopping in Croatia you should ask for the so-called PDV-P form which has to be filled in by the seller. The day you leave Croatia the bills have to be verified by the custom office. VAT can be refunded within a period of 6 month after sale. Refund can take place either immediately at the shop where you bought the goods or you can ask for refund by post sending your account details to the seller (in this case, payment will be settled within 15 days).
Not every town has its own hospital. There are, however, ambulances which offer a 24/7 emergency service.
Public holidays in Croatia
January 1st – New Year’s Day; January 6th – Twelth day ; Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, May 1st – Labour day; Feast of Corpus Christi; June 22nd – Day of Antifascism; June 25th – national holiday; August 5th – national holiday; August 15th – Assumption Day; October 8th – Independence Day; November 1st – All Saint’s Day; December 25th and 26th - Christmas.
Shop hours in Croatia
Usually, shops are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Saturdays until 2 or 3 p.m. Some small shops are open from 8 a.m. until noon and then again from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. During the summer months many shops are open until 10 p.m., even on Sundays. In some big cities you find shops which are open 24/7. Offices and public services usually operate from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Post offices and telecommunication in Croatia
Most post offices in Croatia are open from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m., on Saturdays till 1 p.m. Some branches in large towns or touristic centres are open until 10 p.m. during the summer months. Stamps can be purchased at post offices or newspaper kiosks.
If you want to make a call from a phone box you need to buy a phone card before.