the best of Croatia

Croatia, with its famous slogan ‘full of life’, is a fusion of central European and Mediterranean influences and has much to offer. The Adriatic coastline with thousands of islands, azure waters and historic towns makes it an attractive destination. Consider the famous Plitvice Lakes and Slapovi Krka, where nature showcases impressive waterfalls and diverse landscapes. Get lost in the ancient streets of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or discover the lively atmosphere of Split with Diocletian’s Palace.

Food and drink in Croatia

Croatian cuisine is diverse and influenced by the Mediterranean. Sample local dishes such as pasticada, a slow-cooked beef dish infused with herbs, and dough dish strukli, especially famous in the Zagreb region. On the Adriatic coast, enjoy delicious fish dishes, and don’t forget to try pelinkovac, a spicy herbal liqueur.

Good to know before you travel to beautiful Croatia

Croatia, located in Southeast Europe on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, shares borders with Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.

Croatia has a diverse climate, with hot summers, often around 30°C, and mild winters. The coast has a Mediterranean climate, while the inland areas experience more continental influences.

Croatia has approximately 3.8 million inhabitants (2021) and covers an area of 56,594 km². Zagreb is the capital and largest city. The population mainly consists of Croats, with minorities of Serbs, Bosniaks, and Italians.

In major cities, you can use your debit card everywhere. However, it’s helpful to have enough cash with you, especially in more remote areas.

The best way to explore Croatia is by car, especially to discover the beautiful coastline. Public transportation is well-developed, with buses and ferries as popular means of transport. There are direct flights from the Netherlands (Schiphol, Rotterdam Airport) to various cities in Croatia.

Croatia is part of the EU, so call and internet costs are included in your bundle. It’s also possible to buy a local SIM card, available at airports and from local providers.

Smoking is allowed in some cafes and restaurants in Croatia. If you are sensitive to smoke, ask about smoke-free zones or choose an outdoor seating area where smoking is permitted.