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Croatia is a melting pot of different cultures. It has had many different rulers, traders, and visitors over the centuries, including the Greeks, the Romans, the Venetians, the Turks and the Habsburgs from Vienna. The Croatians remain fiercely independent however, and the country celebrated in 1991 when Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia to form its own state.
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.
For more tips on staying safe, visit our security section.
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.
Peak times to visit are in the summer months between May and September. And as for most places in Europe, around Easter and Christmas.
Carry your passport with you at all times. You may need it to check in at a hotel as well.
For travel tips on packing, camping, flying and much more, visit our travel tips section.
Citizens of the E.U., U.S., Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit Croatia. If you are from outside these countries visit http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/ for more information.
If you want to stay in the country for more than six months you will need a temporary stay visa, which will allow you to stay for one year. After five years you can apply for a permanent visa.
It can be difficult to get a job as a foreigner in Croatia. You will need a valid business visa and if staying for over a year, a valid work permit.
Visit http://www.mup.hr/1266.aspx for more information.
Neck ties were invented in Croatia.
Dalmation dogs got their name from a region called Dalmatia on the south coast.
The world famous explorer Marco Polo was born on the island of Korcula in 1254.
The town of Hum holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest town in the world with a population of 23.
There are over 1200 islands off the coast of Croatia.