Croatia

Country Facts

Croatia borders Slovenia to the north, Italy to the west, Hungary to the northeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the southeast, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the southeast.Croatia is a cultural, historical and natural treat for travelers. The country that endured Roman, Venetian, Italian and Austro-Hungarian rule has a unique history.

The vibrant capital city of Zagreb is home to the countries best museums, galleries, restaurants, and shopping, and most cruise ships call at Dubrovnik. There's a strong central European flavor in the baroque architecture of Zagreb, and Italy's influence is ever present in the cuisine.The archeological remains along the coast and inland areas are a testament to Croatia's history, while the coastline with its beaches and resorts are sure to please vacationers looking to just relax.

  • Capital: Zagreb
  • Official Languages: Croatian
  • Government: Parliamentary Republic
  • Currency: Kuna
  • Time Zone: +1 GMT. (4 ½ hours behind India) Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Croatia, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; so +2 GMT.
  • Telephone Calling Code: 00385

When To Go

Best time to visit: Best time to visit is between April and September. July and August are the most expensive months for tourists. The Adriatic coast has a pleasantly mild Mediterranean climate. Summers are dry and hot, winters mild and wet. Average temperatures in the interior: January: 2 to 0°C, August: about 20°C and about 12°C on the highest peaks. Average temperature on the coast: January: 5 to 9°C, August: 22 to 25°C.

What To Do

Dining forms an interesting activity in this country. Tourists can taste a whole lot of Croatian gastronomic delights in the restaurants, cafeterias and food outlets.

What to eat and drink
  • Burek: A common pastry dish made of cheese, apple or meat and is quite filling
  • Cevapcici: A special meatball made of seasoned and spicy pork or beef, a very popular delicacy
  • Palacinke: A pancake stacked with chocolate or walnuts and even with ice cream at times
  • Raznjici: fast food on skewers using meats like pork and lamb
  • Blitva: It is actually a Swiss chard which is boiled and served with olive oil, garlic and potatoes. It is often used as a sumptuous side dish in a Croatian meal
  • Pag Cheese: Made from sheep's milk, is used as a starter with olives
  • Red wines: at Babi, Plavac and Kastelet are quite famous in Croatia. The Istrian Merlot and Prosek are other notable drinks
  • White wines: Kastelet, Pljesivica and Posip are well-known
  • Local liquors: Orahovac, Maraschino, Kruskovac and Sljivovica
  • Beers: Locally brewed beers are tasty and worth a try. Imported brands are available. The brewery in Split produces Bavarian Kaltenberg beer by licence
  • Spirits: Most famous is Rakija made from grapes, plums, pears and cherries
Shopping

Pag Lace: This intricate lace once decorated the clothes of Empresses and Princesses throughout Europe. The lace is produced using an ordinary mending needle and you can still see older women at work creating it in Pag Town.

Embroidery: Croatian embroidery reflects the country's history. There's an Ottoman influence in the north and a Venetian influence along the coast. Throughout, the predominant color is red which symbolizes fertility. Look for table linens, scarves and aprons decorated with traditional Croatian designs.

Samobor Crystal: This little town is known for its incredible crystal. If you're in Samobor, stop by Crystal Shop to get the best.

Ties: Croatia is the home of the tie (cravat), a style which was once the rage of Louis XIV's court at Versailles. Croatian ties are still beautifully made and sold largely through the Croata shops which have outlets in all major Croatian cities.

Croatian Wine: Makes a wonderful souvenir but even more unusual is a bottle of homemade Croatian rakija.

Packages

Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

A world leader in budget travel, Cosmos combines the benefit of escorted travel with a great price. Ideal for practical, value-minded travelers. Vacations include comfortable hotels, breakfast and some meals, sightseeing with local guides and the services of an expert Tour Director.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.

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