Croatia Travel Guide

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Croatia Travel Essentials

Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK)

Best Time: April-May; September Read More

Ideal Duration:
7-10 days for exploring Dubrovnik, Split, and the Adriatic coast; 2 weeks for a more comprehensive visit including islands and national parks

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD):
Dorm bed: $15-30
Budget: $40-80
Mid-range: $100-150
Luxury: $200 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD):
Budget: $10-20
Mid-range: $30-50

Visa Policy for Indians: Schengen Visa if entering Croatia through a Schengen country

Visa Policy for Other Nationals: Visa-Free or Visa on Arrival for many countries

Getting In Croatia:
Zagreb Airport (ZAG), Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) Read More

Getting Around Croatia:
Buses, ferries, rental cars, and local transport Read More

"The Colourful Coastal Country"

Croatia Tourism

Located in Eastern Europe, Croatia is famous for its breathtaking coastline along the Adriatic Sea. The country boasts numerous islands, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque coastal towns. It has a rich history and is famous for its well-preserved historical sites, some of which are popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some of the scenes from the popular TV series "Game of Thrones" were filmed in Croatia, primarily in Dubrovnik and other locations. 

Croatia is a popular destination for sailing enthusiasts due to its many islands and beautiful coastline. Water sports like windsurfing and kayaking are also widely enjoyed. It is also known for Croatian cuisine, influenced by Mediterranean and Eastern European flavors, and is famous for its fresh seafood, olive oil, and a variety of local dishes. The country is also known for its vibrant music festivals and events, such as the INmusic Festival and Ultra Europe, which attract music enthusiasts from around the world.

Must Know Before You Travel to Croatia

  • Transportation: One can use buses, ferries, and domestic flights to travel between cities and islands. The country also has an extensive and reliable network of ferries and boats for exploring the coastline and islands.
  • Island Hopping: Consider purchasing a ferry pass, like the Jadrolinija pass, for flexibility and savings when hopping between islands.
  • Dress Culture: When visiting religious sites, dress modestly, covering your shoulders and knees.
  • Sun Protection: The Croatian coastline enjoys a Mediterranean climate with strong sun. Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from sunburn.
  • Mosquitoes: In some areas, especially near water, mosquitoes can be quite bothersome. Bring insect repellent to keep them at bay.
  • Safety: Be cautious with your belongings, especially in crowded places, to avoid petty theft.

Best time to visit Croatia

The best time to visit Croatia is from Spring(March to May) and Early Autumn(September to October). Spring and early autumn offer pleasant weather with fewer crowds compared to summer. They are great for outdoor activities, hiking, and exploring nature. 

Late Autumn (November) is the least crowded period, making it an excellent time for budget travelers. Some of the coastal islands might have limited services or be less accessible, but it's possible to visit at a quieter pace.

Summer (June to August)is the high tourist season with warm weather and plenty of sunshine. It's the ideal time for beachgoers and water sports enthusiasts. Many music festivals, cultural events, and outdoor activities take place during the summer. It is also perfect for sailing and enjoying the coastal beauty.

Winter (December to February) is the best time to enjoy winter sports like skiing in inland regions such as Plitvice Lakes National Park or the mountains in Gorski Kotar. 

Holidify's opinion on Travel to Croatia

What's Great about Travelling to Croatia?

Good food. Offbeat. Beautiful views and horizons. Clean.

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Croatia?

Slightly expensive. Traffic on streets in cities.

Who should Travel to Croatia?

Nature lovers. Solo travellers. Family groups. Newlyweds.

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Exchanging Money in Croatia

Croatia has a number of ATMs that you can access. European credit cards, bank cards and debit cards are widely accepted. These include Diners Club, MasterCard, Eurocard, Visa, Cirrus, Maestro, Visa electron, etc. Banks can also help you exchange currency.

Nightlife in Croatia

Croatia is not one of the European countries you would travel to for partying. That said, it does have a pretty active nightlife. Drinks such as beer are fairly cheap, the latest cocktails are whipped up for patrons, the DJs are excellent, and the energy is truly infectious. The music played at clubs and pubs ranges from rock to jazz to electronic. Apart from the regular pubs, there are also rave parties, rock clubs and discos to dance the night away. Zagreb, Zadar, Split and Rijeka are the cities that have the best nightlife, especially during the winter. During the summer, the nightlife of islands Pag and Hvar is better.

Shopping in Croatia

When in Croatia, you must shop from Zagreb. The country's capital promises flea markets, collector's markets, little stores as well as shopping malls for you to indulge your every whim and fancy. Boutiques here sell home appliances, accessories made by local designers, clothes and more. The little stores lined along streets sell CDs, old books and old records too. For souvenirs, you could always pick up a bottle of the best Croatian wine, some olive oil or truffle-based sauces.

Festivals of Croatia

Some major festivals of Croatia are Music Biennale Zagreb, Eurokaz Festival, Hartera Festival, International Folklore Festival and Dance Week Festival.

Food of Croatia

The food of Croatia is very diverse. Different areas have different specialities. The coastal region, for example, is well-known for its truffle-based dishes and soups. Fried fish is also very popularly consumed in the coastal areas. In the mountainous and hilly regions, mushrooms, berries and wild meat are used in a lot of the preparations. The white truffles of Istria are very well-known, as is goulash. Pasta is also eaten on a large scale and is available everywhere. Olive oil, herbs and spices such as garlic, rosemary, pepper, etc. are what typically characterise Croatian cuisine. Wine is consumed widely in Croatia, apart from beer.

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How to reach Croatia from India?

The airlines that go from India to Croatia are Lufthansa, Air India, Jet Airways, Air France, Etihad, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Qatar Airways. There aren't any non-stop flights. One stop or two stop flights are most common.


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