Facts about Croatia

Croatia is located on the east side of the Adriatic Sea east of Italy and borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the north, Bosnia-Herzegovina to the southeast, Serbia to the east and Montenegro to the south. Croatia was formerly part of Yugoslavia. The country is geographically varied with flat plains along the Hungarian border and low mountains and highlands near the Adriatic coast and the islands. There are many islands along the Adriatic coastline, the largest being Krk and Cres.

What to see in Croatia?

Zagreb, the capital, is a vibrant city. The city has a charming medieval old town with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central European capitals.

Dubrovnik is the best known tourist center in Croatia. The city has a fantastically intact city wall and is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has the nickname, the pearl of the Adriatic. Today it is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean. Kingdoms, presidents and diplomats have all favored the city. Dubrovnik has stunning architecture and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries and museums.

Split is located in central Dalmatia and is the economic center of the eastern Adriatic coast. One can still see the Roman walls, squares and temples that are left.

Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea and lies at the head of the Adriatic Sea between the Gulf of Trieste and the Gulf of Kvarner. It is shared by three countries: Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. The Italian influence here is quite significant. The largest resort is Porec with good beaches. Inland lies Pula with the interesting Roman amphitheater.

Kvarner Bay is a bay in the northern Adriatic Sea located between the Istrian peninsula and the northern mainland. Here are the port cities of Rijeka and Opatija which is a popular resort surrounded by beautiful forests.


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    The language of Croatia?

    What language is spoken in Croatia?

    The official language is Croatian, a number of other languages ​​are also spoken. Many speak German and the vast majority of younger people also speak English.

    How many inhabitants does Croatia have?

    The total population of Croatia is approximately 4,200,000

    What is the capital of Croatia?

    The capital and largest city of Croatia is Zagreb

    When did Croatia join the EU?

    Croatia is a member of the EU, the country was admitted on 1 July 2013

    Is Croatia part of Schengen?

    Croatia does not participate in the Schengen cooperation

    Is Croatia a member of NATO?

    Croatia has been a member of the NATO Alliance since 1 April 2009

    What time is it in Croatia?

    Croatia has a time zone of UTC +1. So no matter where you are on the mainland, the time is the same.

    Can you drink tap water in Croatia?

    Officially, there are no problems with drinking the water from the taps. However, most people choose to buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.

    When is the best time to travel to Croatia?

    When is the best time to holiday in Croatia?

    You can holiday in Croatia all year round, it’s a matter of personal taste when you thought it was best. In the big cities, the summer is generally very hot and may not be the ideal time to be on a city break.

    Is it safe to travel in Croatia?

    It is safe to travel in Croatia as long as you take the same precautions as you would in any other country. This means avoiding deserted areas and refraining from openly displaying valuables in public places.

    Family holiday with children in Croatia

    If you need to take children on holiday to Croatia, here is a link to experiences for children and families.

    Website – Family vacation – Croatia with kids


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