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 Croatia Travel Guide

 🗝️ Key Facts

🏛️Capital: Zagreb

💶Currency: Kuna (HRK)

🕙Time Zone: +1 GMT

📞Phone Code: +385

🌐Language: Croatian

✈️Best time to visit: April to October

🍴Eat: Sea Food, Black Rissoto

🍷Drink: Beer and Wine

🗺️Don't miss: A visit to St Mark's Church (ZAG)

🗺 Menu of Contents: 

🤝 Welcome to Croatia!
The flag of Croatia, with its typical white-red squares, is typical in any tourist souvenir.

With a long and beautiful coastline flanked by more than a thousand islands, Croatia has become one of Europe's most popular coastal holiday destinations. Croatia emerged as a vacation hotspot after many years of civil unrest.

Croatia's capital, Zagreb, is a stately European city with beautiful architecture, vibrant culture and lively nightlife, and plenty of first-class shops and restaurants to entertain visitors. The inland region of Croatia contrasts with the Dalmatian coast with its lush forest-covered mountains and centuries-old castles. A paradise for outdoor activities like hiking and rock climbing, northern Croatia is also a great place to sample traditional Croatian culture, which dates back to Roman times.

The most popular holiday spots in Croatia are along the coast, however. Holiday resorts on the Adriatic rival the Greek islands for idyllic weather, stunning scenery and lively local culture, and cruises along the Croatian coast are rapidly gaining in popularity. Medieval port cities like Dubrovnik and Split offer cultural and historical attractions, while tiny towns on islands like Krk and Hvar are a great place to escape the bustle of big cities and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of this Mediterranean gem.

🛬 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 Rail. A cheaper way is to travel by bus, available throughout the country to all the smaller cities and towns. Check the link for more info: Croatia Bus

⛅️ Climate and Temperature   🌡️

Croatia can be divided into three Climatic regions. In the north are the Pannonian Plains, with a continental climate of cold winters and hot summers. Central Croatia consists of the mountainous Dinara Region, which is covered with large forests and has an alpine climate. The Adriatic coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate of cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. 

Winter temperatures range from -5 to 12°C in the northern and mountain region and 5 to 10°C in the coastal region. However there is a big difference in Summer, with temperatures ranging from 22 to 35°C in the continental and mountain region and 26 to 36°C in the coastal region.

Visiting Croatia during the Summer months its advised to bring light clothing, plenty of high UV protection sun cream, hat, glasses and drink plenty of water. 

The best time to visit is either before or after the Summer to enjoy good weather, but without a sizzling heat, less tourists and better prices.

🍴 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 nuts and 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'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 food and drink! 

(2 times visited)

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