Croatia: tips for first-time travellers


Croatia is among Europe’s increasing visitor celebrities. This impressive Adriatic nation of 1244 islands, bear and also swine populated forests and also world-class wineries is a lot more than simply a beach location. To ensure you hit the ground running in this complicated and diverse country, follow our top 10 Croatia traveling tips.

1. Be picky

Prevent the lure to pack excessive of this geographically difficult country in to your first go to. If you only have a week divided it between the capital, Zagreb, for an evening or more and also invest the rest of the time checking out the renowned Adriatic shore. Longer journeys allow fulfilling ventures additionally afield, where gems like the UNESCO provided Plitvice Lakes, the castles of the Zagorje and the Slavonian wineries wait for.

2. Don’t just most likely to Dubrovnik

Yes Gamings of Thrones star Dubrovnik is every bit Lord Byron’s ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, but additionally tempting on the shore is Split, the nation’s second biggest city, whose city centre is extremely a UNESCO website, the spectacular Roman Diocletian’s Royal residence.

Even more north the old Roman hub of Zadar and also very early Croatian city Šibenik are vibrant centers simply arising from the bitter 1990s battle, where the coffee shops are less full of visitors.

The very same opts for the city of Pula in the northwest of the Croatian coastal, which boasts a UNESCO listed Roman arena.

3. Do not let the insects attack

From late spring into fall insects are an annoyance throughout much of the nation so locate a good repellent that your skin does not respond to. Light colours help. Stay clear of using fragrances as well. Tics are an extra important problem as they can trigger severe ailment so wear thick socks as well as conceal your legs when treking. A straightforward tic remover is a great investment, particularly if you may be trekking in backwoods.


4. Get the very best beds

Spare beds can be hard to find by in summer especially in one of the most prominent islands– like Hvar as well as Brač– as well as Dubrovnik. Reserving in advance makes sense, but if you do obtain captured brief look out for the sobe indications, which are basically advertising rooms in locals’ homes. In addition to being economical, staying at a sobe can be an excellent way to meet Croats. If they are full, owners will commonly point you in the direction of one more neighboring.

5. Drink up

Of the large domestic brand names Karlovacko is the preferred beer of numerous Croats and justifiably so. Croatia’s white wines are seriously underrated abroad, at least in part as a result of the fairly tiny manufacturing and also high residential need. Watch out for the magnificent Dingac red and the dry Posip white, both from Dalmatia. Istria is renowned for its Malvasija (excellent with fish and shellfish), while the Dubrovnik region’s very own Malvasia is on the surge as well.

6. Health issues

You need to always get suitable travel insurance, also for a weekend break. If you’re an EU citizen, be sure to load a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This qualifies you to a standard degree of state health care in Croatia. It will not cover you for repatriation, ongoing medical therapy and non-urgent treatment though, which is where great traveling insurance coverage comes in. The emergency situation ambulance number in Croatia is 112.

7. Get energetic

Croatia may be famed as a sea as well as sunlight location, however getting energetic is the very best method to find its wilder corners. Paklenica National Park supplies exceptional hiking as well as climbing, while in the islands the walk to the acme, Vidova Gora on Brač, supplies impressive sights. For rafting the Cetina River tempts, while windsurfers need to head to Korčula and also paragliders to Mount Ucka.

8. Eat well

Croats are justifiably proud of the great natural produce their country invokes in such abundance as well as numerous will certainly describe the processed food in supermarkets witheringly as ‘cat food’. Wherever you are, a local market is never ever far, so store regional to put together a scrumptious outing bursting with fresh flavour.

9. Speak to the citizens

Be extremely careful when talking about the Homeland War, which wrecked the country as it ended up being independent from Yugoslavia in the 1990s, with a regional. Do a little bit of study prior to your trip and hold back any type of too quickly created sights. After that when a Croat does determine to open a little regarding those specifying years, your knowledge as well as interest may help you gain an insight into the nation well past the tourist luster, which adds an entirely various dimension to your trip.


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