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Things to know before visiting Croatia

When it comes to scenery, Croatia is a strong contender for Europe's best in show. The country's dazzling Adriatic coastline—with its sunny beaches, shimmering waters, and clusters of walled, red-capped towns sprouting from photogenic headlands make it ever so popular with tourist.

It is famed for its scenic pebbled beaches, which are beautifully lapped by crystal-clear waters. One of the most well known is Brac's Zlatni Rat, also referred to as the Golden Cape. The tip of the beach is ever-changing with the wind, meaning you never know quite what shape it'll take when you visit.

Here are some of the tips with things to know before visiting Croatia.

Best time to visit - The best time to visit Croatia is during the summer months, from June to September, when sunlight is plentiful and temperatures are warm, between 66°F and 86°F. These conditions are ideal for boating and swimming in the blue waters around the islands.

Summer time is really very hot in Croatia.

A Touristy Tip - Keep yourself hydrated at all times.Water is safe to drink in all of Croatia. Have your water bottle with you and keep it refilled regularly. You can fill it in at some of the public water outlets. But, it’s also common to ask in a cafe to refill your water bottle. They’ll do that usually free of charge.

Places to visit - Croatia's coast and islands enjoy hot, dry summers and mild, moderately wet winters. Because of this, the long summer months are the best time to visit the country for a Croatia sailing holiday or a beach break, with long sunny days perfect for relaxing or exploring the sights of the country.

The nicest places in Croatia are Dubrovnik, Mljet Island, Korcula Island, Hvar Island, Omis, Split, Krka National Park, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes National Park, and Zagreb.

Is Croatia Expensive?

The local currency is the Kuna. For one euro you’ll get around 7,50 kunas.

On average, you can expect your trip to Croatia to cost €45-105 per day (about $50-118 USD per day) if visiting the country on a budget but are still wanting to enjoy the occasional splurge. However, this travel budget can vary significantly depending on your spending habits.

Most restaurants and shops accept credit cards but it is advisable to carry some cash when visiting local markets, a small cafe or a restaurant.

Croatian Food - Rich and varied, Croatian food is one of the must-try cuisines for those who are planning a trip to the Balkans and during your trip, you'll find yourself filling your itinerary with famed eateries where you'll be able to sample the most delicious flavours of the country.

Pasta is one of the most popular food items in Croatian cuisine, especially in the region of Dalmatia. Manistra na pome (pasta with tomato sauce) is a staple. The other popular sauces include creamy mushroom sauce, minced meat sauce and many others.

Whether savory or sweet, boiled or baked, Zagorski štrukli is considered a national dish of Croatia. It was added to Croatia's intangible cultural heritage list by the Ministry of Culture in 2007.

Local Drink - Rakija is the most popular spirit in Croatia. Travarica (herbal rakija) is usually served at the beginning of the meal, together with dried figs. The Croatian Adriatic coast is known for a great variety of herbal rakija, some typical for only one island or group of islands.

Rakia tastes similar to Italian grappa or Japanese sake. It is usually transparent or light yellow. Sometimes the taste of the fruit from which it was made prevails.

Spoken Language in Croatia - If you were to fancy a guess as to what the official language of Croatia was and said Croatian you'd be right – 95% of the country are native speakers! Standard Croatian is the official language of Croatia followed closely by Standard Bosnian and Standard Serbian. English is highly common to find spoken in Croatia. 65% of the population speaks English as a foreign language with 80% of the population being bilingual in general. This means that at least one out of every two people you meet in Croatia is likely to speak English hence making it very easy for the tourist to feel at ease.

Driving around Croatia - Croatia is the perfect European country for a road trip as not only is driving in Croatia easily manoeuvrable, but Croatia also has a ton of sites to see that are only accessible if you have your own set of wheels hence it makes Croatia the most sought out destination for self drive tours.

Whether you travel by your own car or plan on renting a car, driving is definitely the best way of getting around Croatia. Croatia is small and getting around by car is, not only the most comfortable but often the fastest way to get around.

A perfect road trip itinerary would start from -Dubrovnik -> Mljet Island -> Hvar Island -> Split -> Blue Cave Tour -> Krka National Park and ending in Zadar.

A quick tip – Croatians drive On The Right.

Croatia is a beautiful country, and these are just a few important things to know before visiting Croatia. Following these few tips will definitely make your trip even more enjoyable.

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