Useful information - Croatia
In Croatia prehistory mingles with modern times. Here the visitor can enjoy mountains and valleys, hospitable people and good food, lakes, rivers, national parks, a rich history and cultural heritage, a clean sea and a magnificent coastline. All that makes up Croatia, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, as we can proudly claim!
Our language is Croatian, and we use the Latin alphabet. The usual friendly greeting is Bok! (der. from Bog, God), used both when meeting and parting, which can be translated both as Hi! and Bye! So, Bok! Welcome to Croatia!
Croatia has 4,400,000 inhabitants (approximately one-quarter of New York). Most of them are Croats, but Croatia is also the home of Serbs, Bosniaks, Slovenes, Italians and many others.
Croatian money is called kuna (marten in English). You may wonder why. Marten pelts were used for payment in kind and for the payment of a tax called kunovina. You can exchange foreign currency into local money in banks, exchange offices, some travel agencies and hotels. Credit cards are accepted in most cases, but we advise you to check that in advance.
The capital of Croatia – Zagreb
Zagreb is the largest city in Croatia in terms of population, and its economic, traffic, cultural, administrative and scientific centre. Di you know that Zagreb has a Green Horseshoe? This is a complex of seven squares and green areas/parks in the form of the letter U, resembling a horseshoe when viewed from the air. This is a popular promenade and a tranquil oasis for rest – and it would be a pity to miss it.
Croatia has three climate zones – enough to please everybody. If you prefer the Mediterranean climate with warm and dry summers, visit our Adriatic coast in the summer months. Swim and sunbathe to your heart’s content. If you like the sun, but don’t like it too hot, you can enjoy the moderate continental climate in the lowlands in the interior. And people seeking a refreshing climate and physical activity will find that with alpine climate at altitudes above 1200 m. The temperature of the sea in winter is about 12o C, and in summer about 25o C. Along the coast the winters are pleasant and mild, perfect for walks and long winter vacations.
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Continental part 56,594 km2.; territorial sea 31,479 km2
Tap water is safe to drink in all of Croatia.
1 January - New Year’s Day
6 January - Epiphany
Easter Sunday & Easter Monday
1 May - Labour Day
22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
25 June - Statehood Day
5 August - Victory Day and National
15 August - Assumption Day
8 October - Independence Day
1 November - All Saints’ Day
25-26 December - Christmas Holidays
Things you must not forget coming to Croatia:
Sunglasses, camera, towels, swimsuits and – most of all – a lot a cheer!