Croatia is a small country with beautiful nature, interesting tradition, rich cultural heritage and diverse gastronomy.
The Croatian national territory totals 56.594 km² with 31.479 km² of coastal waters for sailing, swimming and diving.
Croatia occupies the largest area of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental section. And if the beauty of such landscapes weren’t enough, here’s a refreshing piece of news: tap water is drinkable across all of Croatia.
Croatia in numbers:
- around 4 million inhabitants
- 1244 islands
- 3278 km of coastline
- 1831 m highest peak (Dinara)
- 8 national parks: Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak and North Velebit.
Currency: the national currency is the KUNA (kn), with one kuna equal to 100 lipas.
You can exchange money at any of the country’s banks, bureaux de change, post offices and at almost all travel agents, hotels and campsites. The majority of establishments and ATMs will also accept credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners, etc.
Power supply: 220V
Call number: +385 (00385)
Time zone: GMT +01:00
Climate: Croatia enjoys three different climates. The coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with a high number of days of sunshine per year. Summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and wet. Temperatures drop slightly as you move inland, where the climate is continental and moderate. Once you climb above 1,200 m, you’ll be greeted with fresh mountain air and temperatures around 13 ºC in the summer months.
UNESCO destinations in Croatia:
- Diocletian’s Palace and medieval Split
- St. Jacob’s Cathedral in Šibenik
- Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Historical nucleus of Trogir
- Early-Christian complex of the Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč
- Dubrovnik Old Town – town nucleus
- Starigrad Field on the island of Hvar
Curiosity related to Croatia: Tie is a Croatian invention from the 17th century. The biggest tie in the world, 808 meters long, was tied around Arena, Pula’s amphitheatre.
Famous athletes: Janica and Ivica Kostelić, Blanka Vlašić, Krešimir Ćosić, Mate Parlov, Dražen Petrović, Toni Kukoč, Goran Ivanišević, Matija Ljubek, Ivano Balić, Slaven Bilić