Croatia is one of Europe’s most beautiful and under-appreciated travel destinations. Located on the northeastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, across from Italy’s east coast, south of Hungary, and west of Yugoslavia. Croatia is a lovely surprise with more than 1000 miles of coastline along the mainland and with over 1100 islands, 66 of which are inhabited, adding another 2500 miles of coastline. While it’s easy to understand why Croatia’s main tourist attraction has always been its beaches there are also several carefully conserved national parks, and an abundance of architectural and cultural history. This tour is a small group guided program exploring the most beautiful island of Mljet and coast along with charming Dubrovnik.
Capital and largest city (2006 est.): Zagreb, 685,500
Other large cities: Split, 173,600; Rijeka, 142,500; Osijek, 89,600
Croatia is a former Yugoslav republic on the Adriatic Sea. It is about the size of West Virginia. Part of Croatia is a barren, rocky region lying in the Dinaric Alps. The Zagorje region north of the capital, Zagreb, is a land of rolling hills, and the fertile agricultural region of the Pannonian Plain is bordered by the Drava, Danube, and Sava Rivers in the east. Over one-third of Croatia is forested.
Weather and Climate
Northern Croatia has a continental climate; Central Croatia has a semi-highland and highland climate, while the Croatian coast has a Mediterranean climate. Winter temperatures range from -1 to 30°C in the continental region, -5 to 0°C in the mountain region and 5 to 10°C in the coastal region. Summer temperatures range from 22 to 26°C in the continental region, 15 to 20°C in the mountain region and 26 to 30°C in the coastal region.
Lightweights with rainwear for summer. Medium-weights for winter with heavier clothing for inland areas.
Not required for citizens of USA, Canada, or EU to enter Croatia.
The currency of Croatia is the Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins, 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kuna banknotes. It is advisable to keep receipts of currency exchanged in case it is necessary to reconvert euros back into dollars before leaving the country.
You may expect most shops and government offices to be closed on the following days:
1 January – New Year
6 January – Epiphany
1 May – International workers day
June 15- Corpus Christi
22 June – Anti Fascism day
25 June National State day
05 August – Day of victory
15 August – Assumption,
8 October – Independence day,
1 November – All Saint’s Day
25, 26 December – Christmas
230 V; Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.
- www.croatiatraveller.com – Croatia Traveler
- www.hr – Croatia factbook
- www.np-mljet.hr – National Park of Mljet
- www.mljet.hr – Mljet Island
- www.split.info – Split info
- www.korculainfo.com/places_korcula.htm – all about Korcula
- www.dubrovnik-online.com/english/english.php – all about Dubrovnik
- www.photocroatia.com – photos of Croatia
Springtime Jazz Fever, March 21st thru April 4th , Zagreb.
EUROKAZ Theatre Festival, June, Zagreb.
International Festival of Animation, July, Zagreb.
International Folklore Festival, July, Zagreb.
Summer Festivals, July & August, Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik.
International Days of Jazz, mid-October, Zagreb.