Did you know?
- On the wedding day of a Croatian couple, the bride’s family may playfully try to stall the groom from arriving at the church with his intended, by putting up different obstacles in the couple’s path!
- Dalmatia is the coastal region of Croatia from the Kvarner Riviera in the north to Dubrovnik in the south.
- The Dalmatian dog, also known as the Dubrovnik hunter, originally came from Dalmatia.
- The world’s smallest town is Hum, in Istria with a population of approximately 20 people.
- Zagreb Cathedral is the tallest building in Croatia at 108 metres high.
- The island of Hvar on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast has the most hours of sunlight in Europe with more than 2,800 hours of sunlight per year.
- Croatia is ranked 4th in the world for alcohol consumption per capita.
- The mini series ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed along the Dalmatian Coast and in Dubrovnik and Split.
- 10% of Croatia is preserved, covered by 8 national parks, 11 nature parks and 2 nature reserves.
Visas & Passports
Australian passport holders travelling to Croatia do not need a visa at this time.
We require that your passport is valid for travel for at least six months from the date you are planning to return to Australia. Your passport must be valid to travel internationally and must be machine-readable. You also need to carry a valid return ticket on you.
Whether travelling on an Australian passport or the passport of another country, all travellers require visas for a number of countries, and it is your responsibility to secure what may be required before departing Australia. You can consult with your travel agent, but it is also recommended that you check the foreign embassy website for your respective destination as it can also provide you with useful information.
Australian Embassy in Croatia:
Kaptol Centar, 3rd Floor,
Nova Ves 11
Ph. +385 1 1489 1200
Fax. +385 1 489 1216
The official currency of Croatia is the Croatian Kuna. Notes come in denominations of Kn1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.
The recommended currency to take to Croatia is the Euro. Once in Croatia, you will be able to change Euro’s into the local currency. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.
Advise your bank of your travel plans so that they can make a note of it, otherwise they may cancel your credit card as a safety measure due to the overseas transactions. Also make a note of the 24-hour emergency contact number of the bank or building society which issued your credit card in the unlikely event that your card is lost or stolen.
Whenever possible use ATMs when the banks are open (Mon – Fri) so that if a machine ‘eats’ your card you can then deal with it straight away. It is always advisable to carry a supply of cash in addition to your credit card.
If you don’t have Euro’s with you on arrival, we advise you to exchange some money into the local currency at the airport even if the exchange rate is not the best, this way you’ll have money to get a drink, snack or give a tip during those first few hours of arrival. Your guide will be able to advise you on the best places to exchange money.
Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many places outside of Australia.
- The price of a cappuccino in Croatia is approximately €2.50.
- The price of an inexpensive lunch is approximately €8-10.
- The price dinner in a moderate restaurant is approximately €20.
- The price of a beer in a local pub is approximately €4.50 - €5.
Croatian cuisine includes seafood from the coastal waters and meat dishes such as cevapcici (sausage-shaped minced meat), raznijici (grilled meat on skewers), sarma (minced rice and meat rolled in cabbage leaves) and djuvec (stew). Bread and salad accompany most meals. Palacinke (pancakes) are a favourite dessert. Popular drinks are beer, wine, slivovica (plum brandy) and Turkish coffee.
Important: When dining at buffets (i.e. breakfast) please refrain from taking food away with you to ‘save’ for later! If you feel that you’ll need snacks between meals, pack some dried fruit, nuts, muesli bars etc.
If you have specific food allergies and/or preferences, we highly recommend you take every precaution before your tour, including carrying a small card with your food allergy listed in each language of every country you are travelling to show to table staff when ordering. Whilst we take all dietary requirements seriously, due to the serious nature of potential allergic reactions, it is your responsibility to be as prepared as possible.
The coastal region of Croatia enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters (minimum winter temperatures are around 4°C and summers average around 26°C). Inland, a continental climate is predominant with hot summers and cold winters.
Want to get out and explore on your own?
Getting around cities in Croatia is relatively simple – taxis abound and the fares have been recently regulated to ensure consistency. However, walking is a wonderful way to see the city sights, and some city centres (like Split and Dubrovnik) have been declared ‘pedestrian only’ zones, so they are wonderfully car free!
When catching taxis, have small change on you and choose one with a meter, if it doesn’t have one then negotiate the price before getting in. Also, ask your guide or hotel staff the names of reputable taxi companies.
So, you’d love to bring home a special souvenir from Croatia…
Handicrafts are popular buys among visitors to Croatia, especially items such as ceramic bowls, painted tiles and picture frames. More popular still are paintings of Croatian scenes by local artists, which are sold alongside handicrafts in the country’s tourist spots. Lavender-based gifts, such as lavender oil, are popular on the islands. You don’t need to look far to find a wealth of lace goods, which make excellent (and light) presents to take home.
Smoking is acceptable almost everywhere.
If entering a church or mosque both sexes should cover shoulders and legs. In a mosque, women will most likely be asked to cover their hair with a scarf (usually provided).
Generally speaking, Croatians are willing enough to talk about the recent war and what has changed since then, however, we recommend listening without giving your political opinion.
Celebrations & Public Holidays
Croatia has many events and festivals happening throughout the year, particularly during its summer months, including the Sea Star Festival, the Hideout Festival, Love International and the INmusic Festival.
Other national public holidays to be aware of include:
- New Year’s Day
- Epiphany (January 6th)
- Easter Friday and Easter Monday
- Labour Day (May 1st)
- Corpus Christi (June 11th)
- Anti-Fascist Struggle Day (June 22nd)
- Statehood Day (June 25th)
- Victory Day (August 5th)
- Assumption of Mary (August 15th)
- Independence Day (October 8th)
- All Saints Day (November 1st)
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
Zagreb is the pretty capital and the largest city of Croatia and the centre of its cultural, scientific and economic endeavours. It is situated between the southern slopes of the Medvednica Mountains and the northern bank of the Sava River at an elevation of 120 metres above sea level. Its favourable geographic position in the southwestern part of the Pannonian Basin, which extends to the Alpine, Dinaric, Adriatic and Pannonic regions, provides an excellent connection for traffic between Central Europe and the Adriatic Sea. Zagreb is the seat of the central government, administrative bodies and almost all government ministries.
Dubrovnik is a stunning, historic city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia, at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, it is one of the most picturesque cities in Croatia. In the Middle Ages, as the Republic of Ragusa, it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a remarkable level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Ragusa was one of the centres of the development of the Croatian language and literature, home to many notable poets, playrights, painters, mathematicians, physicists and other scholars. These days, Dubrovnik is a wonderful place to wander the old city walls and narrow cobblestone streets.
As well as being a favoured destination for the rich and famous, Hvar is also known for its lush fields of lavender, herbs, vineyards, and for being one of the sunniest places in Europe. Hvar Town, the island’s capital, is a stunning fortified medieval town centered on St Stephen’s Square, the largest town square in Croatia, and the skyline is dominated by the imposing 16th century Fortica – it’s well worth the winding uphill walk for the spectacular views over the picturesque town!
Split is the largest and most important city in Dalmatia, the administrative centre of Croatia’s Split-Dalmatia County and is the second largest city in Croatia. It is situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea.
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