If the words “travel to Croatia” haven’t made it onto your travel to-do list, then consider this Croatia travel guide your reason to add it. You’ll get an insider’s peek into everything the showstopping country has to offer—and there’s a lot! From things to see in Croatia (Plitvice Lakes National Park is a must) to places to visit in Croatia (you won’t want to miss Dubrovnik), here’s your complete guide to planning a trip to Croatia.
Currency: Croatian kuna
Language: Croatian. It’s the most commonly used form of the Serbo-Croatian language. People from Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina all speak a slightly different version of this language, making it easy for people from the region to understand each other.
UNESCO-listed sites: The country has 10 in total. Our favorites are Plitvice Lakes National Park, the Old City of Dubrovnik, and Diocletian’s Palace in Split.
Best way to get around: Lucky for you, when you travel to Croatia you’ll have an expert driving you to the country’s top cities via private bus. Once you’re in each city, walking is the best way to explore.
Pre-trip travel tip: While your expert Tour Director will of course dive into the region’s history, you may be interested in doing some research before you depart. “The area of former Yugoslavia has gone through a lot, which has created a complex history and interesting cultures,” said staffer Nic.
We recommend watching Once Brothers on YouTube, Google Play, or Amazon Prime. This ESPN 30 for 30 documentary explores how the friendship between Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac, two NBA players, was torn apart during the Yugoslav Wars.
While there’s certainly no wrong time to travel to Croatia, the country shines in the off-season. Our team loved being able to visit once the toasty summer temps had come and gone. If you’re all about summer travel, we have tips for you, too!
As you plan your Croatia travel, you’ll need to think about what makes it into your luggage. Many of the cities along the Dalmatian Coast (think: Dubrovnik, Split, and Zadar) are known for their sunny weather. Whereas places like Zagreb and Plitvice are located more inland and tend to be more temperate. That’s why we recommend packing warm-weather basics and a few easy layering pieces you can wear when needed when you travel to Croatia.
You know all those pictures of terracotta rooftops and turquoise lakes you keep seeing whenever you look up the best places to go in Croatia? Our Croatia tours bring you there with a local guide who’s ready to give you all the history and fun facts. Here are the top things to see in Croatia—but our list could go on forever.
No Croatia travel guide would be complete without the best suggestions for how to spend your free time. Whether you find yourself in seaside Dubrovnik or the capital city of Zagreb, you’ll have time to set out and explore the cities at your leisure. Here are all of the best things to do in Croatia, tested and approved by our team.
Ok, it’s time to dish out one of our tops tips for traveling to Croatia: You should come ready to dig in to local cuisine. Of course the local sites are remarkable, but just wait until you sit down and try your first plate of ćevapi. We promise it’ll be so good, you’ll be asking the chef to share their secret recipe.
When you have some free time and you’re wondering what to do in Croatia, we recommend shopping for some souvenirs. Local stores always have the best options and they’re the perfect places the pick up a gift that’ll bring back the flavors and scents of Croatia once you’re back home.
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