Croatia is in the Central European Time (CEST) zone, so the time is 1 hour ahead of the UK. Although the country lies in Central Europe, it is not yet part of the EU. A direct flight from London to Zagreb, the centrally located capital of Croatia, will last nearly 2 hours. You will experience ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’.
The Dalmatian region of Croatia has a 2,000 kilometre long coastline and contains over 1,000 islands. Right at the top is Split, with a Roman Emperor’s palace and adjoining underground basements that have been declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. To most tourists, Croatia holidays mean heading to the beaches in Dubrovnik, for its luxury yachts and happening night clubs. In contrast, the walled Old Town has isolated coves and quaint fishing villages waiting to be explored, where you can play Robinson Crusoe amidst the light house ruins. Hvar is filled with seaside bars serving the local drink called travarica. It is also called the queen of the Dalmatian Islands, with a sunny climate and Renaissance structures standing amidst lush fields.
Further inland, Croatia has many farmlands and rural areas offering fresh, local produce. Outdoor nature-based activities are popular, such as hiking, biking, canoeing and parasailing. There are medieval castles displaying Gothic architecture. In Zagreb, you can relax in cafes, browse through the culturally-rich museums and festivals and soak up the Central European festival atmosphere.
The Slavonia and Baranja region is famous for spas. The interesting folklore is celebrated through various festivals all year round; you can see the locals dressed up in traditional costumes, parading through the streets alongside horse-driven wagons. While here, you must sample the assortment of wines and smoked sausages.
Croatia has a Mediterranean climate in the coastal areas, with warm summers and cool winters moderated by the sea. It gets warmer as you go southward, while the central areas have more of a Continental climate. Overall, the country’s average summer temperature is 25°C, with a low humidity of 60%. Its winter temperature averages at 10°C. Rainfall is quite heavy in this season, with November being the wettest month.
The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna (KN). While the coastal belt along the Adriatic Sea is quite expensive for tourists, the continental areas are much more economical to visit. Here are the prices of some staple groceries in Zagreb:
|Loaf of Bread||£0.65|
|Bottle of Water||£0.71|
|Pint of Beer||£0.79|
|Bottle of Wine||£4.13|
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