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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.

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When to Visit

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  1. Peak Season

    July to September

    If you’re after the best weather (with average highs of 31°C along the southern coast) the months of July to September will be the time to visit Croatia. However, if you’re not prepared to battle the large influx of tourists that grace the streets of Hvar, Dubrovnik and other larger cities then maybe the high season is not for you. Prices will also be at their highest as this is when Europeans will take their summer holidays along with travellers from the Southern Hemisphere attempting to escape the winter chills back home. Travellers can enjoy many great festivals and outdoor activities including Hideout Festival and Ultra Europe.

  2. Low Season

    October to April

    If you’re hoping to explore the Croatian coastline on a budget, the months of October to April is the prime time to embark on a Croatian journey. While many restaurants, hotels and attractions might be closed (as they operate mostly during the high season) you will find properties that are open will offer a significantly reduced rate. If you’re spending time up north, skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes at Sljeme just outside Zagreb, or enjoy snowy hikes and join in the festive activities over Christmas in Zagreb. The average temperature in the northern part of the country will only reach an average high of 4°C, with lows of -3°C.

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FAQs about Croatia

  • Do you tip in Croatia?

    There isn’t a formal tipping culture in Croatia, and it is completely discretionary, however, will always be greatly appreciated. In restaurants (and across the tourism industry) it is mostly expected that you leave a 10% gratuity. If the service was great, it's advised to tip 15% of the bill.
  • What is the internet access like?

    The coverage of WiFi in Croatia is constantly improving, and you will be able to easily connect your device when travelling in the larger towns and at almost every cafe or restaurants. 
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Is it absolutely safe to drink the tap water in Croatia, however, if you find the taste to be different from back home, bottled water is inexpensive and sold everywhere. 
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Croatia. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Along with common public holidays such as New Year’s Day, Christmas, Good Friday and Easter Monday, Croatia has Three Kings Day on January 6, May Day on May 1, Corpus Christi on May 31, Statehood Day on June 25, All Saints’ Day on November 1 and St Stephen's Day on December 26.
  • Is Croatia safe to travel around?

    Most definitely! Due to the number of visitors that arrive in Croatia every year, you will find there are many safe hostels or hotel where you will meet other solo travellers. Where possible, always keep your wits about you and keep an eye on your belongings. 
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