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Welcome to Croatia

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Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Today, Croatia is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Since joining the European Union in 2013, entry to the country has become much easier for travelers and as a result tourism has thrived. 
Yet under the Tourist Board's motto of 'the Mediterranean as it once was', Croatia has lost none of its historical charm and remains firmly connected to its rich cultural routes. People were spending their holidays in Croatia as early as the Romans, with remnants of ancient summer houses still visible off the coast on the Dalmatian Islands. 
When booking your holiday in Croatia with JiveHippo, visitors are welcomed into a warm and friendly culture that has been accepting guests and looking after them well for many years. 
Located east of Italy, bordering Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary among others, Croatia has a fascinating landscape combining rocky shores and peninsula with unspoilt inland forests and mountains. The waters are famously clear and blue, while the vivid greens of surrounding pines are picture perfect. 
Despite periods of instability as recently as the 1990s, Croatia has reformed itself with a greatly improved infrastructure catering to residents and visitors alike. Importantly for travelers, the country's motorway system was modernised and extended to allow for visitors to enter by road, while hotels were also renovated and updated. 
One thing to do when visiting Croatia is to take a trip out to sea. With more than one thousand islands as part the country and known to be one of the richest of the world's archipelagos, sailing is a major activity and perfect for a holiday activity. Restaurants along the shoreline serve seafood caught freshly by the fishermen, while seeing the country from the sea allows for an experience of the most unspoilt natural wonders. 
On dry land, there are an impressive eight designated national parks within the country. Plitvice Lakes National Park is just a two hour bus journey from the capital city and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wooden planks create trails to explore, with waterfalls sparkling as they fall into the 16 connected lakes of the area. Again, natural beauty is at the forefront of the experience, with the clear and colourful waters making for an impressive spectacle. 
Alternatively, Krka National Park is located close to Split. Within this national park the visitor can find medieval fortresses as well as waterfalls and boating opportunities. Elsewhere, Paklenica National Park is where Croatia's tallest mountain can be found, Velebit, which is home to a remarkable number of species of animal and plant and is popular with nature lovers. 
Other UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Croatia must be seen on a journey there, as there are seven of these to be found. In addition to Plitvice National Park, several of the other historic landmarks are references to the rich and colourful cultural history of the country and include the historic centres of Trogir and Split, including the Palace of Diocletian, plus the Cathedral of St James of Sibenik and the city of Dubrovnik itself.
One thing to do when visiting Croatia is to take a trip out to sea. With more than one thousand islands as part the country and known to be one of the richest of the world's archipelagos, sailing is a major activity and perfect for a holiday activity. Restaurants along the shoreline serve seafood caught freshly by the fishermen, while seeing the country from the sea allows for an experience of the most unspoilt natural wonders. 
On dry land, there are an impressive eight designated national parks within the country. Plitvice Lakes National Park is just a two hour bus journey from the capital city and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wooden planks create trails to explore, with waterfalls sparkling as they fall into the 16 connected lakes of the area. Again, natural beauty is at the forefront of the experience, with the clear and colourful waters making for an impressive spectacle. 
Alternatively, Krka National Park is located close to Split. Within this national park the visitor can find medieval fortresses as well as waterfalls and boating opportunities. Elsewhere, Paklenica National Park is where Croatia's tallest mountain can be found, Velebit, which is home to a remarkable number of species of animal and plant and is popular with nature lovers. 
Other UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Croatia must be seen on a journey there, as there are seven of these to be found. In addition to Plitvice National Park, several of the other historic landmarks are references to the rich and colourful cultural history of the country and include the historic centres of Trogir and Split, including the Palace of Diocletian, plus the Cathedral of St James of Sibenik and the city of Dubrovnik itself.

Climate

The climate in Croatia varies depending on the chosen destination. Coastal resorts like Dubrovnik and Split are Mediterranean in weather, with hot and dry summers and relatively mild weather during the winter months. In summer, the coastal average temperature is around 30 degrees, though it can reach the mid-30s with ease too. 
In winter, temperatures rarely fall lower than 5 degrees though there can be a higher chance of rain. Inland, for example around the capital Zagreb, the climate falls within 'continental' descriptions. This means that winters are much cooler, with temperatures below zero with a high chance of heavy snow, but that in summer the temperatures soar to the mid and high 30s. Most travelers agree that the best times of year to visit Croatia are the months of May or June and September, when the weather is warm and bright and the attractions are open but less busy than during the high summer season.

Getting Around

Even though Croatia has a well developed tram system, the main way of getting around is by bus.

You do have an option of jumping the train while you are in Croatia, however the trains do not run as frequently as the buses and can be severely delayed.

You can hire a car from the airport, any tourist location and any major city that you visit.

Health

If you are needing any medical assistance while you are away in Croatia, then make sure that you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

This card will entitle you to any state provided medical treatment, that you may need while on your trip.

If you can not obtain this card then make sure that you do have all your medical travel insurance in place.

Language

The local population speak Croatian, but in tourist areas many will speak basic English and be able to communicate. Learning a few basic Croatian phrases makes a significant impression, though, so is particularly advantageous. Inland and in rural areas, English is unlikely to be spoken except by the younger generation.

Money

The currency in Croatia is the kuna - not the euro, as some travelers assume. Kuna are divided into units of 'Lipa', with 100 Lipa per Kuna. Kuna notes are available in larger denominations between 5 and 1000, with coins being used in values of 1, 2 and 5. Kuna can be exchanged before arriving into Croatia via the usual foreign exchange outlets, though many need to order in currency on request rather than having it held as stock in branch. Some hotels and outlets may quote prices in euros for travelers, but this is likely to be at an unfavourable exchange rate.

 
The currency in Croatia is the kuna - not the euro, as some travelers assume. Kuna are divided into units of 'Lipa', with 100 Lipa per Kuna. Kuna notes are available in larger denominations between 5 and 1000, with coins being used in values of 1, 2 and 5. Kuna can be exchanged before arriving into Croatia via the usual foreign exchange outlets, though many need to order in currency on request rather than having it held as stock in branch. Some hotels and outlets may quote prices in euros for travelers, but this is likely to be at an unfavourable exchange rate.

Safety

Croatia has very low crime rates and anything like violence is very rare.

The main problem that tourists may have while in Croatia are being overcharged in the "Gentleman´s Clubs". They are mainly threatened with violence if they refuse to pay.

Time

Croatia is under the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00).

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