What You Need To Know Before Traveling To Croatia

June 26, 2024

Croatia is a lovely country that has much to offer but you need to know some things before you head out there.

If you want to explore the country properly, you should not go unprepared. Here, we will give you some tips before you embark on your journey.

Do you need any papers?

Croatia is a member of the European Union, and so it has particular entrance requirements based on the country you are coming from. If you live in a country that is also part of the EU, you can visit Croatia only with a valid passport or ID. American citizens can have a visa-free stay for up to 90 days, but for more information, you should visit the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make sure you don’t miss any important details. Check whether your passport is valid for at least three months after you intend to leave Croatia. If you plan to travel there for a longer time for school, work, or residency, then there are some special requirements you need to fulfill. 

Make a plan

Before you head out on the journey, you should make a coherent plan of what you will do and where you will go once you arrive there. There are so many things that you can see and if you do not divide your time properly, you won’t be able to see many things. You should watch a lot of videos that tourists have made on YouTube when they visit this beautiful place and take notes about what you should see. Of course, they usually visit all the same places, but you should watch a few of them just so that you do not miss something. Everything that you would like to experience in person should go on your to-do list. The next thing that you need to do is take out a map and see what the best way is to go about visiting all the sights that you want. Most likely, you won’t be able to see many things that you planned to but you will also experience some that were never there.

Getting around

The Croatian public transportation system is quite developed and it will be easy for you to get around. Buses are the most budget-friendly option and you can visit many cities or even villages this way. If you want some island and coastal adventures, you can take ferries and catamarans that let you enjoy picturesque and breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. You can also check the Korcula to Dubrovnik transfer, where your personal driver will meet you at your address in Korcula, provide you with a comfortable ride, and take you to the lovely city of Dubrovnik. This will give you a delightful and unforgettable experience of these Croatian jewels, and you will also enjoy a hassle-free ride. There are also some areas, like Dalmatia and Istria, that are a paradise for bikers, so you can enjoy cycling here while immersing yourself in the beauty of this European country. 

What is the weather like?

The Croatian weather can be much different from the place that you come from. There, depending on the time of year and what city you visit, you may be met with harsh winters and hot summers. When you arrive there, you may be surprised by the weather so make sure that you pack well for the trip. The winter season in the cities that are not on the sea is quite hard, and you will most likely find snow and very cold weather. It would be really hard to experience what the city is offering because of those conditions. We would advise you, if you want to visit Croatia, to do so during the springtime. There won’t be as many tourists out there, which means no crowds of people and the prices are much lower during the offseason.

Know about the culture

Croatians are genuinely warm and welcoming, so you will enjoy your time here. When it comes to tipping, it is customary but not a must, so you can leave 10% of the total bill in most cafes and restaurants. It’s also nice to learn some basic words, like bok (hello), hvala (thank you), or molim (please) so that you can become a part of Croatian culture for even a short time. 

Croatia is a place that welcomes any type of tourists. They have a great culture and a lot to see. It is much better to visit this country than overpriced ones like Italy and Spain. Why should you go to such tourist hot spots when you can have a much better time in Croatia for much less money?

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