Standard voltage is 220V AC, 50 Hz. Sockets require European plug with a small diameter prong (two round pins). Pack a power adaptor.
Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A booster vaccinations are recommended. No malarial risk exists. It is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio, if you haven’t had a booster in the last ten years. The risk of food and waterborne diseases is low, but vaccinations for Typhoid and Hepatitis A are still recommended. This information is meant as a guide, please check with your local healthcare provider for the latest information.
Mains water is normally chlorinated, and whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. It is advisable to purchase bottled water for drinking and performing ablutions. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.
Croatia is a northern hemisphere destination with Mediterranean and continental climatic conditions. The continental climate is predominant with hot summers and cold winters. Along the Adriatic coast, dry summers are experienced with mild winters. Our cruises operate during the Croatian summer, when temperatures are generally high (particularly from June through September), so pack sunscreen and a hat, as the sun can be strong.
As with most of Europe, Croatia is 1 hour ahead of GMT.
Croatian Kuna (Kuna (HRK). 1 Kuna = 100 Lipas.
Notes are in denominations of HRK1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of HRK25, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 Lipa.
You can obtain Kuna before you leave home, or you can bring GBP or USD for exchange, and an internationally recognized debit/credit card for cash machine withdrawals (available in all bigger towns).
The Adriatic coast is renowned for its variety of seafood dishes including freshly caught line and net fish and shellfish. We include breakfast and lunch, leaving you the opportunity to make your own independent arrangements for dinner. If you’re a seafood lover, you should reserve your appetite for dinner in port at one of the various local restaurants.
Owing to its geographical location, Croatian gastronomy is steeped in Mediterranean tradition. The Dubrovnik area is famed for its fish from the River Neretva, hard sheep milk cheese and oysters from Ston are outstanding. Further along in Split, the best types of Adriatic fish from dory to red mullet once enjoyed by the Roman emperor Diocletian are still enjoyed today. Istria in Croatia’s north is famed for its highly valued truffles including the white truffle – Tuber magnatum.
The Kvarner region, specifically the islands of Cres, Krk and Rab are famed for succulent, sweet-tasting lamb. Small goods such as cured cheeses and meats are popular in Croatia. The most highly acclaimed cheese in Croatia is paski sir, a sheeps milk cheese from the island of Pag, whilst the salami-like kulen from Slavonia in Croatia’s northeast is the king of cured sausage. Luganige, a sausage served in Split is also good. The hard and soft cheeses of the Kvarner islands are also very popular.
Beyond seasoned meats, fresh fish and other fruits de mer, cheeses, small goods, delectable olives, capers and freshly baked breads, fruit and vegetables are also big. Inland, Zagreb grows the best strawberries, small fruits such as plums and exotic mushrooms, whilst fig and almond trees persevere in the south. Istria is famed for its spring asparagus. If you have a sweet tooth, try Rozata (crème caramel) a traditional desert of Dubrovnik.
Croatian wine and beers are of a high quality. Beer drinkers should try Zagreb's Ozujsko pivo or Karlovacko pivo or Tuborg, brewed under license in Croatia. In Dalmatia, some red wines such as Faros or Dingac are exquisite. You should also try Croatia's favourite brandy sljivovica, made from plums, or travarica, an herbal brandy. Coffee (espresso) is also a popular beverage, if crying out for a java jolt.
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Traditional handicrafts such as embroidery, woodcarvings and ceramics make good souvenirs, as do Croatian-produced wine, olives oils and preserves.
Olives have been growing in Croatia since Roman times, and many stuffed and bottled varieties can be purchased including olives stuffed with dried fig, almonds, fennel, capers, anchovy and of course, regular pimiento.
Avjar, a tasty relish made from grilled red pepper, aubergine (eggplant), garlic, olive oil and chili is available in jars and offers a tasty reminder with bread and cheese of that wonderful holiday you’ve just enjoyed in Croatia!
Eduard Slavoljub Penkala (1871-1922) was a Zagreb-based inventor, who invented the auto-pencil in 1906. Penkala brand writing instruments are available in some stationary shops dotted across Croatia.
Another consideration is a necktie. Replete with a traditional Croat design, of course. Why a necktie? Why, the Croatians stake claim to having invented them! Croatian soldiers in Napoleon’s army wore a kind of scarf. The name for this scarf evolved in the word cravat over time in reference to the ‘Croat’s that wore them.
Presently tourists can reclaim VAT on expenditure of more than HRK500. Visitors should ensure that they retain all receipts.