Croatia

Located on the Adriatic Coast, Croatia is a hotspot for tourism where people from all over come to explore its inland forests and waterfalls, rich Roman history, and bask in the clear blue water along the coasts of its 1,000+ islands.  

For anyone traveling through Europe, Croatia is a must-see destination where you’ll want to stay and drink the local wine, island-hop through the turquoise water, and walk between the Old City walls of the fortresses and castles that cover the landscape. 

Check out what is waiting for you in CROATIA!

Map of Croatia showing main features and attractions for culture and tourism

The Basics

Currency – Euro (as of January 1, 2023) | €1 = $1.10 USD

Language – Croatian

Outlets – Type C, compatible across Europe

Tipping – Tipping is common practice in Croatia, 5%-15% of the bill

Water – Tap water is potable

SafetyLevel 1

May – June

Sept-Oct

Croatia is a popular destination in the summer months, as travelers flock to the clear water and fun island life. You can expect to find crowds of travelers filling in the coastline between July and August. While it can be great to meet fellow explorers, everyone loves lower prices and fewer people in those popular destinations!

Croatia’s winter months are very rainy, with occasional snowfall inland. As tourism is a large part of the economy, many restaurants, shops, and attractions operate on a seasonal schedule and close up for the winter months.

Due to climate change, the summer months are getting hotter and longer. That makes September and October my favorite time of year to visit Croatia! The Adriatic Sea is still warm for swimming, and tourist attractions are still open, with far fewer people!

Wander through the cobbled streets of old towns and marvel at the intricate stone architecture that will make you feel like you’re in a fairytale. Where cities are built around ancient Roman fortresses, and traces of when the gladiators thrived still show through the modern facade. Dubrovnik is the jewel of the Adriatic, a must-see, where the rough sea waves crash against the stone fortress walls, it should feel strangely similar to King’s Landing.  

Rolling hills and (surprisingly) tall mountains cover the land, where wine is grown and small villages maintain their heritage. Head up north to the fortress town of Motovun, where 980 residents live in their walled empire. Take the chance to go truffle hunting with some pigs, or learn about Croatia’s roots in olive and wine production.

Croatia is a land of passionate musicians and artists, with a rich folk music tradition that will have you clapping your hands and tapping your feet like a true local (bonus points if you can do the traditional kolo dance). Get together with the locals for a glass of rakija or a futbol match, and try a bite of the cevapi!

 

Motovun in Croatia is a great symbol for the culture and history

Croatia is a magical country, with a Mediterranean climate and a coastline that expands the turquoise water of the Adriatic. Although the shores are rocky, you can kick back with a good book, take a jump with some cliff diving, or float majestically in the extremely salty sea!

Croatia’s national parks are like a collection of postcards from paradise, where waterfalls cascade like liquid silver and lakes reflect the sky like a mirror. Plitvice Lakes National Park is the crown jewel, where a network of cascading waterfalls and wooden footbridges takes you into a real fairy tale. But Croatia’s natural wonders don’t stop there! Krka National Park is like a hidden oasis, with emerald green waters and cascading waterfalls, and it’s only 2 hours away from Split!

And let’s not forget one of the main highlights – the islands! Croatia’s coastline is a gallery of over 17,000 islands, each hosting life and opportunity for exploration and relaxation. Get your hands on a kayak, and you’ll unlock the hidden gems along the coastline as limestone caverns expand into underground cathedrals, as the little bit of sun rays escape through the turquoise water – Croatia’s sea caves are among the best natural features I’ve explored in Europe!

So, pack your swimsuit, and get ready for an adventure, because every part of Croatia’s land (and sea) has something left for you to explore! 

A kayak floating in a sea cave in Croatia, one of the best things to do outside!