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Croatia Travel Guide

Discover the magic of the Adriatic coastline, home to iconic and ancient cities like Dubrovnik and Split, eye-popping natural scenery and oodles of history.

What you'll find in this guide:

Top things to do in Croatia

Practical info

Facts about Croatia

Getting around Croatia

Top things to do in Croatia

  • Private Dubrovnik city walls walking tour with entry tickets

    Private Dubrovnik city walls walking tour with entry tickets

    Follow your knowledgeable guide and hear interesting stories about Dubrovnik's past and traditions.

  • Dubrovnik panoramic cruise

    Dubrovnik panoramic cruise

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the views on a 45-minute panoramic boat cruise in Dubrovnik.

  • Full day tour to Blue Lagoon & 3 Islands from Trogir

    Full day tour to Blue Lagoon & 3 Islands from Trogir

    Join a full-day speedboat tour and discover the beauty of the Blue Lagoon and three islands – Mali Drvenik, Veliki Drvenik and Šolta.

  • Game of Thrones exploration game in Dubrovnik

    Game of Thrones exploration game in Dubrovnik

    Discover Dubrovnik's iconic locations from Game of Thrones by following clues and solving puzzles on your phone.

  • Roman heritage walking tour of Pula

    Roman heritage walking tour of Pula

    In this tour you will experience ancient Roman Pula and see its beautiful monuments.

What time zone is Croatia in?

GMT +1

What currency do they use in Croatia?

Euro (EUR)

What language do they speak in Croatia?


What power adaptors do you need for Croatia?

Type C and F

What is the average flight time to Croatia?

2hr 43

Some facts about Croatia

Once part of Yugoslavia, the Croatia we know today emerged as an independent country in 1995 after fighting for and winning its independence over four years. The capital city, Zagreb, is located in the north-west of the country close(ish) to the border with Slovenia. It's a fascinating place with loads of history and quite far out from the resorts of the Adriatic coast, making it a nice alternative away from the crowds.

But if it's the beach calling you then the coast is where you'll want to go. All of Croatia's coastline is on the Adriatic Sea, where the rich blue sea contrasts with the orange roofs of the Venetian buildings to create that iconic look you've seen in the pictures. Cities like Dubrovnik and Split are tourist hotspots, but for good reason, so don't let that put you off visiting.

The country also boasts some of the most unique and jaw-dropping scenery in the Balkans, from the magical green Plitvice Lakes, to the rocky green peaks of the Dinaric Alps.

Here's a bonus, completely un-travel related, fact: dalmatians originated in Croatia's historic Dalmatia region.

Practical Info

Culture and etiquette


Around 85% of Croatians are Roman Catholic, with smaller Jewish, Muslim and Protestant communities.


Do you need to tip in Croatia? 10% is usually expected for service. This applies in restaurants as well as for taxi drivers and hotel staff like housekeeping.


Smoking is banned in all enclosed public spaces and on public transport.

Jabs, visas and other advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website.

Emergency numbers


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    Croatia Car Hire

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  • Croatia experiences

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    Travel Insurance for Croatia

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Getting around Croatia

Buses are a very popular way to get around the whole countries, with networks covering all the big cities, small towns and the roads in between. It's probably the cheapest way to get about, but they can fill up a fair bit during the summer.

Most cities have efficient tram networks too to cover longer distances, but if you're in the middle of a historic city the best way to get around is on foot.

The Good Trip Index

Croatia ranks 26th on the Good Trip Index

This score is calculated based on Sustainability, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Press Freedom, Quality of Life, LGBTQI+ Rights and Animal welfare

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