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Essential Country Information:

Croatia



♦ Capital: Zagreb

♦ Currency: Kuna (HRK)

♦ Time Zone: +1 GMT                          

♦ Phone Code: +385

   

♦ Best time to visit: April to October

♦ Must Taste: Sea Food, Black Rissoto 

♦ Must Drink: Beer and Wine

♦ Don't miss: A visit to St Mark's Church


♦ Number of times visited: 2

                          

Getting there and transportation:  the Country offers several main gateways if you are flying by air, the capital Zagreb (ZAG) is the hub for it's national airline, Croatia Airlines, flies to major European capital destinations across Western Europe and the Mediterranean. Alternatively many other major European Airlines offer links to Croatia. Other airports easy to reach are Split (SPU) and Dubrovnik (DBV) from European airports and are also served by low cost airlines.
From major cities across Europe you can also travel to Croatia by International Railway,cities like Ljubljana, Budapest, Zurich or Frankfurt are easy to reach by train.  Also Eurolines, the international coach company offers links to many capitals around Europe. 
Travelling around the country is very easy, via the national Railway, which can offer also links to international destinations. Check the following link for more info travelling by train in Croatia: Croatia RailA cheaper way is to travel by bus, available through out the country to all the smaller cities and towns. Check the link for more info: Croatia Bus
Food and Drink: Croatia's is renowned for its variety of seafood dishes. Italian influence is strong in the region,while inland areas popular with steaks and stews.You’ll find exquisite cakes and desserts all over the country, with a mix of gelato, pancakes and pastries.
Specialities in Croatia include: Baklava, a sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nutsand sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. Pršut i paški sir: Air-dried ham similar to Italian prosciutto and sheep's cheese from the island of Pag. Salata od hobotnice: Octopus salad with potato, onion, chopped parsley, garlic and lemon. Crni riýot:  Black risotto made from cuttlefish, cooked in its own ink. Janjetina: Roast lamb, often cooked whole on a spit. Salata od jastoga:  Salad of lobster served with herbs and olive oil. Grah:  Soup of paprika-spiced haricot beans with sausage pieces. Pariški odrezak:  A pork or veal schnitzel fried in batter, or stuffed with cheese and ham (Zagreb schnitzel). Strukli:  Boiled parcels of dough filled with cottage cheese, or baked in earthenware, resulting in a kind of cheese lasagne-cum-pastry. Rožata:  Croatia's take on crème caramel, typical more in Dubrovnik.
As for drinks,  Croatians drink plenty of beer,  best known brands include Pan, Karlovacko and Ozujsko (lagers), plus Tomislav (a dark beer). Croatia produces plenty of wine, with the best reds generally coming from the Pelješac peninsula.red's like  Plavac Mali  and whites such as Malvazija, Grasevina, and Posip are well known. Brandy is also quite consumed, specially Fruit brandy,  look out for walnut brandy, plum brandy and grape brandy.

Author's Comment:

I visited Croatia thanks to the influence of friends and so far have only been to the capital Zagreb, which nevertheless is a city worth visiting for its history, a city at two levels, with friendly locals and good beer! 

Zagreb tourism Information: 

The city of Zagreb, is a very cultural and historic capital. The city has very clear signs of it's many cultures taking over it over the decades, in it's architecture and building styles. The city lies within hills of the mountain Medvednica, protecting it from cold northern winds and being a strategic point for defence over time. Zagreb will truly impress you for it's laid back attitude, immense cultural value and many galleries and museums to visit. 
Weather and temperature:  being located quite high up, Zagreb, enjoys very hot summer's and frosty winter's. Therefore the best time to visit is in the Spring or early Autumn. (March-June or September -October). Summer's can be nice but temperatures reaching an easy 40C in July and August. On the other side, winter in january and February can be -5C. 
Zagreb's Funicular

Transport: When arriving to Zagreb airport the best transport option is to take the Croatia Ailines, shuttle bus to the centre of the city which runs every 30 minutes and costs 30 Kuna, about €4 single ticket. To check times and more information look up the following link: Plesoprijevoz 
Within the city, Zagreb has a very good transport system operating trams and busses. There are also night trams so no matter where you stay transport is effective in the city.  
Tip: As a tourist tip it's recommended you go up in the Funicular's to the higher level of the city. With only 66 meters long railroad it's the shortest funicular in the world for public transport. Construction began in the late 19th century and all to 1934 it was riding on the steam engine. Today, the funicular rides on electric power, connects the Upper and Lower part of the city of Zagreb and is a protected monument.

What to see and do? Visiting Zagreb is a must to see the famous buildings and walk around it's old town stopping by quaint little side streets with cafes.   At the weekends it's very popular to find street markets, specially at the main square, tasty local food, hand craft, clothes and souvenirs can be found.
Highlights of the city include: St. Mark's Church, perhaps the most visited place in Zagreb for it's tile side roof. Located in St. Mark's Square, built in a Romanesque architecture and medieval-style, it's a Serbian Orthodox church constructed from 1931-1940. Ban Jelačić Square, central square of the city named after a famous Army general in Croatia in the 1850's. The Mimara Museum  is an art museum, situated at the Roosevelt Square, housing the collection by Wiltrud and Ante Topić Mimara. Zagreb Cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia, and the most monumental sacre building in Gothic style southeast of the Alps.The Art Pavilion, located in the Lower Town area of the city, established in 1898, it is the oldest gallery in the Southeast Europe. Zagreb City Museum,established in 1907, spanning from the prehistory, Roman finds to the modern period.It consists of a number of paintings, maps, city views, furniture, flags, military uniforms and coats of arms.

Accommodation:  Zagreb is cheap on a budget and Hotels can be as little as €30 per night, however there are plenty of Hostels and even private accommodation thanks to Airbnb is also possible. Closer to the city centre is expensive, but with good transport link you can stay in decent accommodation and take the trams into the centre. 
Recommended duration:  The city is big enough to be entertained during a few days, visiting monuments and buildings, walking around the streets and going into museums/art galleries. An ideal stay would be for 3 to 5 nights in the city. 

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