Croatia is a country with many striking aspects to its nature – home to diverse historic architectural styles, breath-taking vistas of natural beauty, simple but delicious food, fascinating museums, fine wines and mouth-watering seafood. Bordered by several countries, including Hungary and Slovenia, Croatia has a turbulent history and displays the influence of different cultures in its varying architectural styles, from the Napoleonic to the Viennese and Slavic. The country also boasts picturesque islands and national parks and is known for its stunning coastline, home to beaches such as Zlatni Rat in Bol, with its dramatic backdrop, gleaming white pebbles and seafront promenade.
Unsurprisingly there is plenty to see and do in Croatia, whether you are keen to dig up the country’s multi-layered history, relax on a beach, do some island-hopping or explore its wilder locales. Nature lovers, and bird watchers in particular, are sure to love exploring the unspoilt beauty of Kopa?ki Rit Nature Park, 12km from Osijek. One of the biggest wetland areas in Europe, this park is home to nearly 300 species of birds and 44 species of fish, as well as larger animals such as red deer, foxes and wild boar. Take a guided tour or enjoy an amazing boat ride of the park, which includes a visit to a historic castle and a farm – an enjoyable experience for all the family.
To take in a little more culture, head somewhere like Dubrovnik, famed for its majestic baroque buildings and ancient city walls. Explore those walls, and the city’s fortifications, visit the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral of the Assumption and finish off at Banje Beach for a spot of swimming and sunbathing. Sea kayaking and snorkelling tours are available from Dubrovnik; you can also take an island cruise or a day trip to Montenegro.
What is the currency in Croatia?
The official currency is the Croatian kuna, which divides into 100 lipas.
How long does it take to fly to Croatia?
It depends where you are going. A flight to Dubrovnik from London lasts approximately 4 hours 5 minutes, while a flight to Zagreb can last about 2 hours 20 minutes.
What is the time difference in Croatia?
Croatia is 1 hour ahead of London.
When is the best time to visit Croatia?
The ideal time to visit Croatia is during the shoulder season periods of May/June and September/October, when the weather is pleasant and there are fewer visitors.
What language is spoken in Croatia?
Croatian is the official language of Croatia.