Croatia facts and travel tips

With numerous city locations that are perfectly positioned to allow visitors access to the natural wonder and beauty that is seemingly everywhere, Croatia offers the chance to enjoy a holiday in your way.

You can embed yourself into a national park if you wish and just stay there the entire time. Take a drive down the Adriatic highway for breathtaking views and warm hospitality. Stop for a meal and enjoy slow-cooked dishes mixed with fresh seafood for an amazing culinary treat.

One thing is for certain: a visit to Croatia is an experience that just can’t be beat.

The coast is popular in Croatia for more than its sandy beaches and warm waters. It also tends to stay warmer than locations inland, giving visitors an early chance to enjoy some relaxation time out on the sand. After taking a swim or enjoying some time out on the water, be sure to visit cities like Pula or Split to embrace the history of the region. Roman amphitheaters, gates, and palaces are not only still standing, but they’re still used for their intended purposes as well.

Croatia offers a unique European story to tell. A visit to this nation will help you to craft your own stories of wonder and excitement. Each region in Croatia has something unique to offer and deserves to be experienced. Plan your adventure today and you will not want to stop writing the pages of your personal story that gets told with each step you take.

Best of Croatia

Bordered by the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is a geographically diverse country that has the mountains come to touch the sea. More than 1,200 islands help to make up the visitor’s experience, offering a window into this vibrant culture.

With its intense diversity, you’ll find that there is something for everyone to enjoy in the best of what Croatia offers.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, in the far south of Croatia, is by far the country’s most popular visitor destination. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, the city boasts a stunning mix of old and new Croatian heritage. The main street in this city, Stradun, takes visitors straight through the Old Town. The promenade, which is more than 300m in length, is paved with marble. Connecting the gates from the east to the west, you’ll find a variety of different cafés and shops to enjoy.

Pula Arena

This magnificent structure is one of the oldest surviving Roman amphitheaters in the world today. It is also the best monument of its type in Croatia. Once upon a time, gladiators fought in the central arena. Today, the city still uses the site for several different exhibitions throughout the year. An occasional concert is held on the grounds as well.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

This world heritage site might be the most famous destination found in the country. You’ll find cascading waterfall surrounding you as you trek along a boardwalk that leads you over emerald waters. Nearly 200 different species of birds call this region home. The greenery here is lush, the cliffs provide shade, and you’ll find stunning vistas everywhere you turn.

Hvar Island

If what you crave is sunshine, then Hvar is where you’ll want to be. You’ll find warm beaches to explore, calm seas that are perfect for activities, and marble streets that offer hidden gems around every corner. The nightlife options thrive here as well, allowing you to plan some fun at almost any time of day.

Zagreb

Zagreb, the buzzing capital of Croatia has a great atmosphere and a very authentic feel. Its pedestrian streets, outdoor cafes and parks make it a wonderful place to stroll, while there are plenty of museums and galleries mean there is enough art and aestheticism to keep culture lovers entertained. Visit the Lotrscak tower for incredible 360 degree views of the city.

Split

Split is the second largest city in Croatia. Known for it’s beaches and culture, Split is a great destination for some relaxation combined with history.  A perfect destination to explore some of Croatia’s most beautiful islands because of it’s coastal location.

Brac

Zlatni Rat Beach in Brac is a stunning destination that cannot be missed. The nature of the beach changes as the tides move in and out at this convergence point. You’ll be surrounded by pine trees, deep blue waters, and plenty of warmth. The beach is shaped like a triangle, allowing you to choose a preferred side as you contemplate surfing and other favorite marine sports.

Rovinj

Although it feels like Italy, this compact island city provides the perfect opportunity to go exploring. You’ll find numerous art galleries, cafés, and bars to enjoy. Climb the tower to get a stunning view of the region and its Venetian architecture. You can even charter a yacht and stay off-shore if you prefer. There may not be a more perfect sunset found in the world today.

Trogir

With Medieval influences surrounding you, there is a fight for space on the cobblestone streets of this city. Although the spaces may be narrow, the opportunities to find something amazing here are tremendous. Enjoy a cappuccino, sit down to some fresh seafood, or go exploring along the beautiful Dalmatian Coast.

The best of Croatia will take you from the sea to the mountains, then back again. It is a journey that is filled with stunning views and enormous adventure. Why not come along for the ride?

National Holidays

When are national holidays and no work days ?

See the list with the national holidays in the country.

DateEnglishLocal Name
January 1New Year's DayNova Godina
January 6EpiphanyBogojavljenje, Sveta tri kralja
VariableEaster Mondayuskrsni ponedjeljak
May 1International Workers' DayMe?unarodni praznik rada
VariableCorpus ChristiTijelovo
June 22Anti-Fascist Struggle DayDan antifašisti?ke borbe
June 25Statehood DayDan državnosti
August 5Victory and HomelandDan pobjede i domovinske
August 15AssumptionVelika Gospa
October 8Independence DayDan neovisnosti
November 1All Saints' DayDan svih svetih
December 25ChristmasBoži?
December 26St. Stephen's Day

Biggest cities

See the list of the biggest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not.

RankNamePop.Region
1Zagreb688,163City of Zagreb
2Split167,121Split-Dalmatia
3Rijeka128,314Primorje-Gorski Kotar
4Osijek83,104Osijek-Baranja
5Zadar71,471Zadar
6Pula57,460Istria
7Slavonski Brod53,531Brod-Posavina
8Karlovac46,833Karlovac
9Varazdin38,839Varazdin
10Sibenik34,302Sibenik-Knin
11Sisak33,332Sisak-Moslavina
12Vinkovci32,032Vukovar-Srijem
13Velika Gorica31,553Zagreb
14Dubrovnik28,434Dubrovnik-Neretva
15Bjelovar27,024Bjelovar-Bilogora
16Vukovar26,486Vukovar-Srijem
17Koprivnica23,955Koprivnica-Krivevci
18Solin20,212Split-Dalmatia
19Zaprezi19,644Zagreb
20Pozega19,506Pozega-Slavonia

Covid-19 / Coronavirus statistics

Travel restrictions / Travel advice

Any country may restrict travel without notice. For actual updates on travel restrictions see official website at gov.uk

Foreign travel advice

See actual travel advice on official website at gov.uk

Medical travel advice

Official and updated medical travel advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak, see WHO official website

Medical recommendations

The actual medical recommendations during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak can be found at WHO official website

Local Covid-19 information

Below you can see the actual Covid-19 situation with statistics.

For actual updates about local restrictions see government website from the link below.

Croatia
1,235,379
Total confirmed cases
Updated on October 5, 2022 4:52 pm
Croatia
1,213,250
Total recovered
Updated on October 5, 2022 4:52 pm
Croatia
5,192
Total active cases
Updated on October 5, 2022 4:52 pm
Croatia
16,937
Total deaths
Updated on October 5, 2022 4:52 pm

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