Printable travel guide for Croatia
Travel Guide

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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: HRVATSKA,
Capital: ZAGREB,
Population: around 4,5 million,
Telephone Code: 385, Time Zone: +1 CET,
Area: 56,538sq km without sea,
Language: croatian,
Highest Mountain: Dinara(1831m),
President/Head of State: Stipe Mesic,
Currency: 1 KUNA = 100 LIPA,
Exchange Rate: US$1=around 6 kuna, 1 euro= 7.3 kuna,
Weights & Measures: kilos and meters
Country Name in other languages: Croatia, Kroatien, Chorvatsko, Chorwacja, Croatie

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Towns to see:
Dubrovnik -
Split -
Zagreb - capital
Pula -
Osijek - nice small town with well preserved old town centre (mostly baroque buildings) and 5 years in a row voted for the best arranged town in continental Croatia.

Places to go:
Plitvice lakes (www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr) - 10-20 small and big lakes with plenty of waterfalls.

Events:
DirtyOld Festival (http://www.dirtyoldempire.com/festival),
Velika, near Pozega (not on HC yet), middle of July - 2 day rock festival in beautiful nature enviroment.
Motovun Film festival (www.motovunfilmfestival.com),
Istarska zupanija, end of July - movie festival in a small Istria town placed on a top of a big hill with no celebrities but just movies and partying to the dawn. Lot of rock music oriented people camp in a improvised camp and if you have similar interests you should come here. It is in summer and sea is not to far away - 20min by car.
ATP Croatia Open (www.croatiaopen.hr)
Umag, end of July - if you are into sports(tennis) and want to see some of the best claycourt players for small price wisit this tournament. Umag is tourist town on the coast.
Spancirfest (www.spancirfest.com),
Varazdin, end of August - the biggest street festival in Croatia. 10 days of street artists and performers, rock and jazz concerts and many more.

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

In terms of international traffic, Croatia is a transit country; its position is defined by intersections of major traffic routes, since it connects Central Europe with south-eastern Europe and Asia. The total length of classified roads is around 27,380 km. The longest road section runs along the Sava valley, and from Zagreb towards Rijeka and Split.

Getting there and away:
Train, Bus, Car, Airplane, ferryboat from Italy
Air
By aiplane to Zagreb, Split, Pula, Rijeka(Krk island), Dubrovnik.
Train
By train you can come to Croatia from Hungary(Budapest), Slovenia(Ljubljana), Serbia and Montenegro (Beograd), Bosnia and Hercegovina (Sarajevo). In Croatia you can travel with train to most towns in continental part, but on seacoast only to few towns (Pula(partially on bus, included in train price), Rijeka, Split and with poor connections to Zadar and Sibenik)
Car
Lately in Croatia there are many new higways, and you can travel fast and easy to the seacoast.

Digital map and making routes in Croatia:
http://www.hak.hr/cpage.aspx?page=t_informacije3.aspx

Some routes:
West-East
Probably coming from Ljubljana to Zagreb (train, bus, hitchiking), from Zagreb on highway(bus, hitchiking) or by train to Belgrade. Should stop in:
Slavonski Brod...not completely on route Đakovo, Osijek...

North-South
From Budapest (train, bus, hitchiking) for Zagreb. Should stop in Varazdin. From Zagreb to Rijeka and Istria(bus, hitchiking, train...should stop in Karlovac), or from Zagreb to Split(bus and hitchiking if you want to stop at Plitvice lakes and waterfalls).

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest.
Hostels: http://www.fulir-hostel.com/index.html is in the center!

Hotels Camping Other Options http://www.hfhs.hr/home.php?lang=hr

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Street Food
There are many Bakeries in Croatia that offer all sorts of bread, bisquits, croassan etc. Very popular food you can find in bakery is Burek.

Local Specialties
Olive oil - made and mostly used on seacoast
Black oil - made of pumpkin seed - in northern parts

Restaurants, Supermarkets,

Money and Costs

Currency
KUNA. 1 kuna (kn) = 100 lipa,
Kuna means animal Marten, and Lipa means tree Linden.

Exchanging Money
You can exchange money in exchange offices, and rate is 1 euro = 7,3 kn,

Costs
Beer in a bar is 1,5-2 euro (10-15kn), but it costs more on seacoast in summer. Beer in a shop is 0,6 euro.
1,5 l of ice tea costs 1,5 euro.
You can buy sandwich in shop for 1-1,5 euro, or burek(albanian food popular here) in bakery for the same price.

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Being from EU(european union) you don't need visa, but that's important: you need to registrate in the police in 24 hours. I say this because of my own experience: I was in the bus station waiting to take a bus to leave the country, a police came to me asking the passport, and he arrested me because was my second day in croatia and i didnt register myself. So I had to spend one night in the detention center, and the next day I had to go to court. The judge forgave me the fine but I had to pay 40 euros to the translator (for only 5 minutes of translation!!). So i recommend you to register, if you go to an hotel or hostel they register you automatically, but thats not the point of hopitality club!! If u are not from EU I dont know if you need a visa.

Borders and Customs

Not all border crossings are for foreigners, but there are some only for local inhabitants. Use those on main roads.

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas... The best fun in Croatia you can experiance in Novalja on Island Pag.
Beach Zrce where three amazing clubs are situated is non stop fun factory.
Best of all are after beach partys in exotic bar Papaya.
If you plan to visit Croatia you should go in July or August and don't even think about not coming to beach Zrce. In Istrian peninsula there are few bigger nightclubs as: Monvi Center in Rovinj and Byblos in Porec.
I wish you all great time in Croatia and hope you have fun!!!

If you are on the Southern Dalmatian Coast, drop by and visit us at Fresh* in Dubrovnik or Korcula! Great place to meet other backpackers, travellers, and interesting locals. Check out: http://www.igotfresh.com

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
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Other Information

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External Links

Official Country Website: http://www.croatia.hr/
Fresh in Croatia - Backpacking and Travel Information (useful information about travel in Croatia including Hostels, Private Accommodation, Camping, Beaches, Transportation, Restaurants, Bars, plus a Travel Forum)
http://www.adriatica.net
http://www.zagreb.hr/
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Offtopic Messages

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