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Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvive Lakes is a group of 16 small lakes connected by waterfalls, and are real wonders of nature. Hikers and walkers come here all year round to enjoy the lakes. The park lies between Zagreb and the Adriatic Coast. The Lakes are divided into the 12 upper lakes and the four lower lakes. The lakes are constantly changing colour, depending on the angle of sunlight and the minerals in the water.
Most visitors to Croatia probably come to the coast. You can relax on one of the uninhabited islands or party in one of the lively towns. Wine and fresh fish are aplenty as well as all the sunshine you can handle.
The Adriatic coast attracts yachtsmen from around the world. You can hire your own yacht or a smaller sailing boat and go out and explore one of the most beautiful, unspoilt areas in the world.
You can also enjoy swimming, snorkelling, and diving here as well as windsurfing and waterskiing.
The Blue Cave is a sea cave in Balun Bay on the island of Bisevo. At certain times of the day the sunshine illuminates the cave and the water glows a bright blue colour.
The Risnjak National Park is great for hiking and the Paklenica National Park also.
Sljeme on Mt Medvedrica, and Bjelolasica in the Gorski Kater range.
Most flights to Croatia originate inside Europe. Most major airlines are now flying into Croatia. There are airports in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar. If you are coming from outside Europe you may find it cheaper to fly to another European city first, then carry on to Croatia from there.
There are direct lines from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and many more. You can always get an indirect line to Croatia as there is such an extensive train network in mainland Europe. Croatia is included in the Inter-Rail pass scheme which is available throughout Europe. So if you are visiting a number of countries this is well worth it.
You can buses directly into Croatia from Northern Italy, Bosnia and Herzagovina, Montenegro and Germany.
Ferries go from Venice and Bari in Italy into Croatia. This can be a great way to see the famed Croatian coastline. These can take from 8 to 12 hours and cost anything from €60 up depending if you book a cabin, which would be advisable on an overnight trip.
Pick up a cheap mobile or sim card as soon as you arrive. It’s always a good idea to have a phone on you for emergencies.
Beware of card skimming on ATMS. This is a problem all over the world and not only in Croatia but you may be better off going into a bank to withdraw cash.
If frequenting strip clubs be aware of getting ripped off. There have been cases of customers being charged exorbitant bills and threatened with violence if they refuse to pay.
The European Health Insurance Card is valid here for citizens of E.U. member states. This will cover you in the case of an emergency but remember that you should still have health insurance as the EHIC will not cover everything.
The emergency number is 112.
If going for a swim, beware of sea urchins. If you do step on one, make sure to remove it as soon as you can as they can become infected. Many people wear swim shoes that can be picked up for cheap. These are also handy as there are not many sandy beaches in Croatia, most are pebbled. The water is beautiful however.