About Croatia

Croatia is a tourist destination in Southeastern Europe, where Central Europe and the Mediterranean meet.

Flight distance to the warm Croatian sea is identical from London, Copenhagen and Kiev, the same that Munich, Vienna and Budapest are equally as close.

A warm Mediterranean climate provides for a pleasant stay and vacation on the Croatian coast from the beginning of May until the end of October. Croatia's well-preserved nature, coastline and islands make it one of the most desirable tourist destination in the world today.

Territory (land and sea)

Croatia borders Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Its land border is 2.028 kilometers long, and its state territory covers an area of 56.542 square kilometers.

Croatia's maritime borders are with Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro. The sea border is 5.835 kilometers long, and its territorial waters cover an area of 31.067 square kilometers.

Population and System of Government

According to the 2001 Census, Croatia has 4.437.460 inhabitants. Croatia is a multi-party Parliamentary republic.

Zagreb, Capital of the Republic of Croatia

Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia. As the largest city in Croatia, Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, commercial, political and administrative center of the country. The Croatian Parliament, the President, as well as the Government of the Republic of Croatia are located in Zagreb.

Zagreb offers the barroque atmosphere of its Old Town, picturesque open-air markets, a large variety of shops, with a wide selection of crafts, and tasty local and international cuisine. Zagreb has numerous parks and promenades, with numerous resorts not far from the city. Despite the fast growth of its economy and commerce, it has preserved its unique beauty and relaxed atmosphere, which makes it a human-scale city.

Adriatic Coast and Islands

Croatia is proud of its well-indented coastline and numerous islands, reefs, hidden bays, sandy and rocky beaches surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation.

Croatia has 1,185 islands, of which 67 are inhabited.

The largest Adriatiac islands (from the Northwest to the Southeast) are: Krk, Cres, Rab, Lošinj, Pag, Dugi otok, Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula i Mljet.

Two exotic peninsulas are located at the very North and the very South of the coast line: Istra i Pelješac. You will be charmed with their superior wines, unique cuisines and specific microclimates.

If you are looking for a unique tourist experience - the Croatian islands and pensinsulas are the right choice for you.

Climate

Croatia is divided into two basic climate zones. A continental, partially even mountainous, climate prevails in the interior, while a pleasant Mediterranean climate with numerous sunny days prevails along the Adriatic Coast.

The Mediterranean climate in Croatia is characterized by dry and hot summers with mild and humid winters. Average temperature along the coast in January is between 6 and 11 degrees Celsius, while in August it is between 21 and 27 degrees Celsius. The average sea temperature during the winter is 12 degrees Celsius, while during the summer it reaches around 25 degrees Celsius.

Time Zone

Like most European countries, Croatia belongs to the Central European time zone (GMT +1).

Language and Alphabet

Croatian is the official language of the country and the Latin alphabet is the official alphabet.. Croatian is a Slavic language similar to Czech, Slovak, Slovenian and Serbian. The alphabet contains 30 letters.

Currency

Croatian national currency is Croatian Kuna (HKN). 1 Kuna ( KN) = 100 Lipa.

Accessing cash from ATMs is possible in almost all towns.

In Croatia you can use all major credit cards: American Express, Diners club card, Visa card, Master card.

Important telephone numbers

  • International dialing code for Croatia: 385
  • Police: 92
  • Fire brigade: 93
  • Ambulance: 94
  • International direct enquires: 902
  • General information: 981
  • Road assistance: 987
  • Local and national direct enquires: 988
  • Weather forcast and trafic information: 060 520 520
  • Croatian Auto Club (HAK): 01 4640 800 i 01 4554 433
  • Taxi: 970

National Holidays

  • 1st January - New Year
  • 6th January - Epiphany
  • Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
  • 1st May - Labor day
  • Corpus Christi
  • 22nd June - Day of Antifascist Struggle
  • 25th June - Statehood Day
  • 5th August - Homeland Thansgiving Day
  • 15th August - Assumption of Mary
  • 8th October - Independence Day
  • 1st November - All Saints Day
  • 25th December - Christmas Day
  • 26th December - Boxing Day

Miscellaneous

Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Tap water is potable throughout Croatia.
Weather forecast for today and tomorrow