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Croatia boasts of centuries-old culture. It is a beautiful country in Central and Southeast Europe. You can easily travel in and around the place on a Croatia Bus.
- Bordering Countries: Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
- Population: 4.07 million (as per 2019 census)
- Languages: Croatian, English
- Currency: Kuna
- Area: 56,691 square kilometres
History and Culture of Croatia
Croatia mainly has a Roman Culture owing to the long rule of the Roman Empire. After being under various rulers and kingdoms, the country gained independence in 1918. King Alexander renamed it Yugoslavia, but it later got liberated officially on 15th Jan 1992. After years of political turmoil, Croatia joined the EU in 2013 and is now one of the top tourist spots in Europe.
On the whole, Croatians have come a long way to offer one of the cheapest public transport systems. As a result, visitors can reach the most famous tourist spots in any city on a bus in Croatia.
Weather and Geography
Croatia mainly has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and cool and rainy winters. The mountainous areas experience colder climates with snow and a milder summer.
Geographically, the land is divided into mountainous, semi-highlands, and coastal regions. The country is blessed with natural beauty, and they have preserved those blessed flora and fauna in its various conserved areas and National Parks. There are 5 provinces, and the coastal province has about 2000 islands. The best time to visit Croatia is from June to September.
Popular Cities to Visit in Croatia
The capital city of Croatia, Zagreb, is located between the Pannonian Plain and the Dinaric and Alps mountain ranges. The famous tourist spots here are the Upper and Lower Towns, 13th-century Gothic cathedral, Museum of the Broken Relationships, the historic stone gate, the Art Pavilion, the Botanical Garden, etc.
It is one of the most famous cities in Croatia as the Game of Thrones shoot location. When you are here, you must walk around the old city walls. The other popular attractions include the Cathedral and Treasury, City Gates, Loggia Square, Fort Lovrijenac, Mediterranean sea, the city view from the Minceta Tower, etc. Many people walk around the locations where the famous TV series was shot.
The second-largest city in the country, Split, is famous for its beaches and the peninsular region. The Palace of Diocletian, a world heritage site, is the most renowned tourist attraction. The cathedral, Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, climbing the Marjan Stairway to reach the Marjan Forest Park, Storm Klis Fortress, People's Square, City of Salona, etc., are the must-visit sites and activities in this city.
Zadar is famous for its Roman and Venetian ruins. The narrow cobbled streets will take the tourists along the various historic buildings and sites. Here, you will find the Kornati National Park, Kolovare Beach, etc. You can also take the island trip to Zadar Archipelago, which makes this city a great destination.
The Roman amphitheatre where the gladiators performed and the underground museum are the major attractions here. It also has lovely beaches and many good restaurants.
Rovinj is a peninsular city in Croatia and a major fishing port. The streets are cobbled, and the beaches pebbled. The Venetian flavour is the core of the place with pale limestone buildings. The city is ideal for both biking and hiking.
Sibenik is the Gateway to the Kornati Islands. Here, you can visit the Old Town Hall, St. John's Fortress, St. Michael's Fortress, waterfalls, National Park, Aquapark, etc.
Comparatively less popular, Rijeka city has preserved its Neoclassical architecture and 18th-century homes very well. The Risnjak National Park is ideal for adventure enthusiasts with numerous trails. The jumping-off point is another highlight of this city.
Transportation in Croatia
Every city in Croatia has its public transport systems, including buses, trains, flights, and boats.
Every bus in Croatia is well-equipped for short or long journeys between the cities or cross-border trips. The country's bus transport system is available in all the popular cities, with every place having a well-maintained bus terminal. Arriva Croatia buses are some of the most popular in the country, offering affordable services. You can find buses for popular travel routes such as Zagreb to Split, Rijeka to Zagreb and Zagreb to Zadar.
The train network is not extensive in Croatia, but it is one of the popular modes of transportation here. Unfortunately, it is unavailable in the coastal region. Popular trains from Zagreb connect to Split and Rijeka.
All the major cities in Croatia, such as Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, and Rijeka, have international airports. The country has a total of 9 international airports, so reaching here from other countries is easier. However, local flights might be expensive, so the best way to travel is by bus, one of the cheapest transport modes in Europe.
Accommodation in Croatia
Croatia has hotels ranging from 2-stars to 5-star, but they can be pricey. Holiday apartments are one of the most popular stay options in this country. They are cheaper and come with a kitchen and are spacious.
Hostels are the cheapest option, especially for solo travellers to enjoy some budget-friendly accommodation. You can also find resorts, villas, camping, etc., here. Interestingly, some lighthouses offer short-term rental to the tourists to enjoy a panoramic view of the coast.
Food in Croatia
- Zagorski Štrukli
It is the national food of Croatia. When you are in the country, you must taste this delicacy. It's a pastry dish with sweet and salty flavour.
The Istrian pasta, called Fuži, served with red veal sauce, is a tube-like pasta made of thin sheets pinched and folded to get its shape.
- Abšmalcane Mahune
It is a traditional dish with plenty of vegetables stewed in garlic and butter with some breadcrumbs. Abšmalcane literally means 'fried in butter'.
It is more like a Croatian pie made of fillings of spring onion and Swiss hard seasoned with olive oil, salt, and parsley inside thin sheets of dough.
It is a type of Dolma, which means stuffed. Sarma means to wrap. So this variety is popular for having vegetables and meat wrapped in cabbage leaves and baked to perfection.
Shopping in Croatia
Shopping in Croatia is a must-do activity for every tourist. The best places to shop in the country are Arena Centre in Zagreb, the Mall of Split, Shopping Center Srd in Dubrovnik, etc.
As for what to buy, the list starts with the Croatian Cravat, the original version of the tie, laces, Samobor Crystal, other handicrafts, local brandy, etc.
Croatia Visa and Passport Requirements
Being part of the EU, Croatia allows citizens from its fellow member countries to enter without a visa. Nationals of some countries also get a visa-exempt entry here.
Tourists coming from countries that do not fall in the above categories have to apply for a visa. The tourist visa is valid for 90 days, which may or may not allow multiple entries. The visa requirements are -
- A duly filled and signed visa application for each person.
- A passport with a minimum of 6 months validity and three blank pages.
- A copy of the passport with all valid pages.
- 2 Recent passport size photographs with the dimensions 35 x 35 mm.
- Travel health insurance.
- Proof of return ticket, accommodation, and funds to sustain the duration of the trip.