Croatia Travel Guide
Despite its growing popularity, Croatia retains its unique identity and continues to uphold its Mediterranean traditions and laidback way of life. Every summer, visitors flock to the irresistible Adriatic coastline where you can explore the crystal-clear waters and likes of Brač, Hvar or Split. No matter which island piques your interest, you can guarantee each will captivate your attention.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
As one of the oldest and the largest national park in Croatia, this national park is a must-see during your Croatian escapades. Spanning across sixteen lakes, Plitvice Lakes National Park gained the coveted UNESCO World Heritage status and while visitors are banned from swimming in the pristine waters, it is a true sight to behold.
Dubrovnik is one of those cities where you can visit time, and time after again, and still find a hidden alleyway or a secret restaurant. You can visit notable sites including the Sponza Palace, the Cathedral of Our Lady and eventually make your way down to the Old Port. Most importantly, a visit to Mount Srd by cable car will reward you with an unforgettable view over the Adriatic.
The opulent 13th-century architecture, delicious local cuisine and the vibrant nightlife are just a few of the reasons why Hvar is such a popular destination – and why you should consider spending time here. If you’re not much of a partier, you can spend your time at the old town of Stari Grad, or make the trek up to the Spanjola Fortress for the best one of the best views this side of Croatia.
Often, people refer to Korcula as “Little Dubrovnik,” because of its fortified walls, and it is also said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. This spellbinding island is covered with olive groves, rolling vineyards and is surrounded by steep mountains. Interestingly enough, it was built in the shape of a fishbone and all streets branch off to shelter the town from the strong ocean breeze.
More than just a starting point for you to launch into the Dalmatian Islands, Split is Croatia’s second largest city and has carved a name for itself as a cultural hub. In the heart of the city, you will find the grandiose Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which splits off to the Riva, the Croatian National Theatre while weaving past many restaurants or cafes frequented by locals.
This inland town is everything you would expect from a capital city. Given its distance from the bustling cities of Hvar and Split, Zagreb has formed its own identity as a destination to visit and unlike the coastal towns, it is a year-round city. The best part is the many cafes, museums, restaurants and galleries will be in full swing, and are not limited to operating only during summer.
Croatia is located in Europe and shares land borders with Hungary, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia and Italy. From London, a non-stop flight is approximately 2h 40m.
Zagreb is situated in the northwestern part of Croatia and is known for its 18th and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture.
Franjo Tuđman Airport, also known as Zagreb Airport is the main hub for domestic and international travellers. It is located in Zagreb, 10km from the city centre.
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The official language of Croatia is Croatian. English is commonly spoken, particularly by those who work in tourism along with most of the younger generation.
Croatia uses the Croatian Kuna. The currency code is HRK. ATMs are available across the country along with many foreign exchange counters and credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants.
For Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and US citizens, no prior visa is required and you may enter the UK without a visa for up to 6 months. Visa information can change often and varies from country to country. We recommend checking your country's travel advisories in advance of booking a trip.
In Croatia, the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. There are two associated plug types, types C and F.
No specific vaccinations are required for visiting Croatia however it is best advised that you consult your doctor 6 to 8 weeks before you depart.
The phone numbers to call in case of emergency are 112 for a general emergency, 192 for the police, 194 for an ambulance and 193 for a fire.
When to Visit
Visit ResponsiblyTravelling responsibly means respecting the communities, culture and environment of the places you visit. Keep these tips in mind when travelling to Croatia:
Go green. Be environmentally conscious on the road by taking short showers; turning off the lights in your hotel room when you leave; and resisting the urge to collect any plants, seashells, or other natural flora.
Respect cultural differences. Before travelling, read about the local culture and customs – even just knowing the dress code and a few basic phrases in the local language will go a long way.
Support local businesses. Enjoy a more authentic experience and directly support the local economy by travelling with a local guide, eating in local restaurants, buying from local artisans, and staying in locally-owned and operated accommodations.
Wherever possible, avoid single-use plastics. Pack reusable items such as your own shopping bags, utensils, a water bottle, and a straw. These items are typically lightweight and compact, and will greatly reduce your consumption of plastics.
Be conscious of overtourism. Opt to visit the lesser-known regions of Croatia or travel outside the peak season – you'll likely even get a better deal and won't have all the crowds!
Sustainable Tourism in CroatiaEco-Conscious Hotels
Many hotels in Croatia strive to be eco-conscious by not replacing all the bath towels daily and by installing smart rooms with on-demand electricity that only runs when the key card is inserted in a central slot. The Kempinski Adriatic hotel even goes as far as only using recycled rainwater to water its 18-hole golf course.
Founded in Croatia in 1990, Green Action is widely recognised for its creative advocacy actions and campaigns. Not only does this leading NGO promote the protection of nature and the environment on a local, national, and global level, but it also fights for sustainable development in Croatia.
Croatia has been extremely successful in virtually eliminating its glass and plastic bottle litter through a bottle deposit plan. Introduced in 2006 by Croatia’s Ministry for Environmental Protection, this plan gives money back to people who recycle glass or plastic beverage bottles at any store in Croatia that is larger than 200 square meters. It has been estimated that more than two billion bottles have been collected since the return policy first began.