Country information

Surface approx. 56,500 km2 (1.3x the Netherlands)
Population approx. 4.2 million inhabitants
Capital Zagreb
Government form Republic
Time difference with United Kingdom 1 hour
Language Croatian. English, German and Italian is also spoken

 

Food and drinks

Many dishes of Croatian cuisine stem from the time when the Italians were in charge. Pizza, pasta and gnocchi are therefore widely available. But there are certainly also traditional Croatian dishes on the menu, such as truffles (be sure to visit the truffle place Motovun), and the smoked “prsut ham”. If you are staying in the Dalmatia area, be sure to try “brudet” (seafood stew). Delicious! From the time when the Turks had influence in Croatia comes “sarma” (not to be mistaken with shoarma). These stuffed sauerkraut leaves (often with ground beef, rice, garlic and herbs) will make your mouth water. Do not forget to bring a bottle of olive oil for home. The quality is superb and the taste surprising! Tap water is good and safe to drink.

              

Climate / weather

There is a Mediterranean climate along the coastal areas in Croatia and Dalmatia. In the summer it is warm (hot) with many hours of sunshine and little rainfall. In winter there is regular rain. Inland it is wet in winter and sometimes snow falls. The temperature is also high during the summer, but there is a regular rain shower.

 

Religion

The vast majority of the Croatian population is Catholic (approx. 88%). The remaining faiths that are practiced are Islam, the Orthodox Church and the Protestant Church.

 

Tips

It is very common to tip. An amount of 5% to 10% is normal and is counted on. Rounding up the bill is very normal.

 

Passport

A visa is not required. A passport is required. The must have not expired on departure. Children must have their own travel document. A credit entry is the passport of one of the parents is no longer valid

 

Money matters

The currency in Croatia is Kuna (HRK). In many (even smaller) places it is possible to withdraw money. Important, do not forget to request an unblock at the bank before your trip. The credit card is also easy to use.

 

Embassy of Croatia in the United Kingdom

21 Conway Street

London W1T 6 BN

+44 20 73872022 or +44207387 1144

                                                                                                                                                            

Embassy of the United Kingdom in Croatia

Ivana Lucica 4

10000 Zagreb

+ 385 1 6009 100

 

Opening hours

Shops are open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays often until 2 p.m. Banks often close a little earlier (4 pm) and are closed on weekends. 

 

Price level

The price level is lower than in the United Kingdom. Restaurants avg. 35% lower, food products 25% lower, beer 30% lower. Please note, in tourist areas the differences may be lower.

 

Driver’s license

The United Kingdom driving license is also valid in Croatia.

                              

Health and Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required for Croatia.

 

Voltage

The voltage in Croatia is 230 volts. You do not need an adapter

 

The best time to travel

The months of May, June and September are ideal. Pleasant temperature, lots of sun and little rainfall. In July and August it is warm and there is little rainfall.

 

Traffic

In Croatia, the driving is on the right. The highways (especially between the capitals) are of excellent quality. The back roads are also in good condition. Please note; there are many roads where you have to pay toll.

 

Distances from Calais

Zagreb 1.486 km
Umag 1.506 km
Poreč 1.541 km
Pula 1.578 km
Krk 1.537 km
Rab 1.580 km
Zadar 1.751 km
Split 1.874 km
Dubrovnik 2.066 km

 

Public holidays: The shops are (partly) closed during the official holidays

January 1 New Year's Day
January 6 Three Kings
March Easter
May 1 Labor Day
June Corpus Christi
June 22  Day of the fight against the Fascists
June 25 Establishment of the Republic
August 5 National Thanksgiving Day
August 15 Assumption of the Virgin Mary
October 8 Independence Day
November 1 All Saints' Day
December 25, 26 Christmas

 

Safety

Croatia is a safe country. Crime is low.

 

Internet / calling

Your mobile phone works fine in Croatia. There is a 4G network.

Wi-Fi is available in many restaurants, hotels, pubs and airports. There are also hotspots in large cities. Pay attention to the costs that are charged by your provider. If you call the Netherlands, you must use +31. From the Netherlands to Croatia you have to use +385.

 

History

After several Illyrian wars, the Croatian area came largely under the influence of the Roman leaders from Italy. Remains of this period can still be found in Rovinj (historical centre), Pula (amphitheatre), Poreč (defensive towers), Split (Diocletian's Palace), Dubrovnik (founded by the Romans) and Trogir (historical centre).

After the Romans were expelled, the country was ruled for a long time by various Slavic peoples. In the 9th century Croatia was officially recognized by the Pope. In the 11th century the Hungarians took back the land. Croatia's history is characterized by many wars from different directions. The Turks (Ottoman Empire) also owned the country for a long time, with frequent conflicts with Italy (Venetians). Until WWI, much of Croatia was part of the Habsburg Empire. In WWII, Croatia, under the leadership of General Tito, fiercely opposed Germany. After the war Tito formed Yugoslavia, of which Croatia was a part. After Tito's death, Yugoslavia fell apart after a war of independence with neighbouring countries. Since 1995, Croatia has regained its independence in Central Europe.

 

(Fun) facts about Croatia

* The smallest city (you) in the world (with city rights) is located here.

* Hum (at an altitude of 400 meters) consists of 12 houses and 14 inhabitants.

* The necktie has its origins in Croatia.

* The fountain pen and the ballpoint pen were also invented in Croatia

* That only 67 of the 1,244 islands in Croatia are inhabited

* Part of the medieval sewerage system of Dubrovnik is still in operation

* The beach of Zlatni Rat (located on the island of Brac), regularly changes shape due to the current

* Dubrovnik and Split have been used as the location for the Game of Thrones series

* The Tesla car is named after the inventor Nikola Tesla, who was born in Croatia.

* That Croatia, together with Spain, has the most Intangible Property on the Unesco list than any country in the world.

 

 

 

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