Croatia is fast becoming Europe’s worst kept secret travel destination, with tourism increasing year on year. This meteoric rise in popularity is precisely why there is no better time than now to make your own visit to this beautiful country; prices for travel will only continue to rise and crowds will just get bigger and bigger. One of the reasons Croatia is becoming such a favourite is the true diversity it offers; with pristine beaches, gorgeous national parks and over 1000 individual islands. To make things easy, we’ve put together this handy travel guide that’s got all you’ll need for your visit, along with some suggestions of where you can stay while you’re there.
Croatia is located directly east of Italy and sits just below Slovenia and Hungary which means that even into the latter months of the year, weather can often be warm and sunny in the day and cool in the evening. The currency used is the Croatian Kuna which has held a steady exchange rate over the past year. We’ve included some useful tips on what you can expect to pay for various products and services around Croatia later in the article. We recommend you check out our article on where to go on holiday in Croatia if you’re struggling to decide because, let’s face it, there are so many amazing places you can go!
Best Time to Visit
Because of where Croatia is located, you can expect warm, sunny days from May up until October which means that avoiding school holidays, if possible, would be your best option. Naturally, prices rise and fall according to the traditional peak months however good value travel deals can easily be picked up during the shoulder months of June and September and will still offer idyllic days perfect for outdoor activities, sight-seeing and swimming in the dreamy blue sea. Visiting between November and April will provide a completely different experience; weather will likely be colder and less reliable, and most attractions, hotels and restaurants will have closed for the winter. On the other hand, this time of year will offer the opportunity to experience the ‘real’ Croatia as you’ll likely be one of the very few tourists, but you’ll get a better feeling for day to day life and maybe form relationships with some of the locals.
Sights to See
Located at the south of the Country, Mljet is one of the largest islands off the coast of Croatia that boasts upwards of 70% forest coverage, alongside vineyards and small villages. The island is home to Veliko and Malo Jezero, two salt lakes that can be found at the western end of the island.
A breathtaking spectacle, this amphitheatre is the sixth largest surviving Roman arena. Despite many stones being taking from the structure to help build houses in the 15th century, the arena is still one of the best preserved Roman monuments in Croatia and to this day is used for live performances and festivals during the summer months.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
One of Croatia’s most popular tourist attractions, the national park is a spiders web of deep-set waterfalls, azure lakes and woodland populated by deer, bears, birds and many other animals. Covering a vast 300 square kilometre area, the park can be easily accessed by public transport or by an organised excursion. The park offers guided tours however we’d recommend booking a standard admission ticket in advance and finding your own way around the park; you might even discover a hidden gem!
One of the most popular and prominent tourist destinations, not only in Croatia but the whole of the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik is located right at the bottom of the country. Nicknamed ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’, it’s known for its Old Town which is built encircled by huge stone walls. The city has a massive variety of attractions and restaurants which means that you can keep coming back and you’ll never run out of things to do.
Currency and Costs
As mentioned earlier in the guide, the currency of Croatia is the Croatian Kuna. Although the conversion rate will vary over time, you can typically expect to receive a higher amount of Kuna for your exchanged currency. To give you a guide on what you can expect to be charged for various things around the country, we have compiled some of the most common purchases and a rough guide price; the range will factor in where and when the purchase is made:
- Product/Service/Attraction Range (Kn)
- Meal Inexpensive Restaurant 35 – 60
- Restaurant Domestic Beer (0.5L) 12 – 18
- Water (1.5L) 5-10
- Milk (1L) 5 – 7
- Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30 – 50
- Local Transport (One-Way Ticket) 4 – 11
- Taxi Start 10 – 20
- Taxi /1KM 5 – 7
- Plitvice Lakes Admission 50 – 80
- Pula Arena Admission 25 – 50
Where to stay?
Make sure the accommodation you choose befits the holiday you’re about to embark on! Take a look at our selection of Luxury Holiday Villas, Croatia, to make sure you get the best accommodation and live like a royal during your stay.