Croatia

 Croatia  Croatia

Why Croatia?                                                                  Click here to view video

Despite the hype, Croatia’s pleasures are more timeless than trendy. Along its 1778km coastline, a glistening sea winds around rocky coves, lapping at pine-fringed beaches. Istrian ports bustle with fishermen while children dive into the sparkling water. In Dalmatia, cities throb with nightlife amid ancient Roman ruins.
 
Yachts glide up the coast, movie stars discreetly arrange to buy one of Croatia’s 1185 islands and no Mediterranean cruise is complete without a stop in Dubrovnik. The interior landscape is as beguiling, even though less visited. Soak in a thermal spa at Istarske Toplice in Istria. Hike through pristine forests watered by mountain streams in the west. Let the waterfalls of Plitvice moisten your face. And then there's the culture. The country that endured Roman, Venetian, Italian and Austro-Hungarian rule has a unique identity. You’ll find a strong central European flavour in the baroque architecture of Zagreb, and Italian devotion to the good life percolates up from the coast, permeating Croatian food and style. During holidays and festivals the country’s Slavic soul emerges, as colourfully costumed dancers whirl about to traditional folk melodies.
 
Croatians retain a strong attachment to the land and traditions that nourished the dream of independence for so long. Even as a tide of speculators and developers wash ashore, there is a real commitment to preserving the extraordinary beauty of the coast.

  • When should I travel?

MICE season in Croatia is April/May/June and September/October. The weather is nice, the rates are lower than in high season, it is easier to find availability at hotels and venues and it is less crowdy and not as hot as in summer.

  • Is it safe to travel and are there places to avoid?
Croatia has a very low crime rate and is one of the safest destinations to visit. Just like in all busy destinations, it is recommended not to leave personal and valuable unattended, particularly on the beach. Many hotels have safe deposit boxes.

  • What money should I take?
The currency is the Kuna (HRK). American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are widespread. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros.

  • What language will they understand?
The official language is Croatian (Hrvatski). Ethnic minorities living in Croatia also speak Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian. People working in tourism generally speak excellent English, plus some Italian and German.

  • How about my health?
Health facilities in Croatia are generally of western caliber. Some medicines are in short supply in public hospitals and clinics. The number of private medical and dental practitioners is substantial. Croatian health care facilities, doctors, and hospitals usually expect immediate cash payment for health services and generally will not accept credit cards.

  • Public Holidays

2012

January 01 New Year's Day
January 06 Epiphany
April 06 Easter
May 01 Labour Day
June 07 Corpus Christi
June 22 Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
June 25 Croatian National Day
August 05 Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day
October 08 Independence Day
November 01 All Saint's Day
December 25 Christmas

2013
January 01 New Year's Day
January 01 New Year's Day
January 06 Epiphany
March 31 Easter
May 01 Labour Day
May 01 Labour Day
May 30 Corpus Christi
June 22 Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
June 25 Statehood Day
August 05 Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day
October 08 Independence Day
November 01 All Saints' Day
December 25 Christmas Day

  • Do I need a visa?
South African passport holders require a visa for Croatia.

  • Will I need any innoculations before I depart?
No vaccinations are required when travelling to Croatia.