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Occupying a stunning stretch of the Adriatic coastline, Croatia is one of Europe's top seaside destinations. Boasting more than 1,100 islands, the country is renowned for its limpid waters and picture-perfect scenery.

But Croatia is much more than sea and sunshine; it has everything from historic walled cities and spectacular Roman ruins to imposing castles and unspoiled national parks. The fantastic cuisine (including exquisite seafood on the coast and truffles in Istria), fine wines and uzzing café culture add to the appeal.

The country's capital, Zagreb, is truly Central European. Everything from the architecture to the hearty cuisine reflects the region's centuries-old ties with Austro-Hungary and the city also makes a good base for visiting the historic castles and vineyards of Zagorje. Croatia is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, has a glut of world-class museums and plays host to dozens of festivals.

Rugged mountain ranges such as Velebit and Gorski Kotar are a haven for hiking, while the Adriatic offers ideal conditions for sailing, scuba-diving and sea-kayaking. Those in search of a more restful holiday can enjoy hours of sunshine on the beach - and remember, as Europe's top naturist destination, Croatia is one place you can finally get that all-over tan.

  • Capital:

    Zagreb.

    Geography:

    Croatia stretches along the Adriatic coast, narrowing north-south, with a larger inland area (Slavonia) running west-east from Zagreb to the border with Serbia. The northern two-thirds of this border are formed by the River Drava, the east by the Danube, the southern part by the Sava. The country borders Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the east, Montenegro to the southeast and Bosnia & Herzegovina (southeast from Zagreb; northeast from the Adriatic coastline). The coastline is highly indented, with over 1100 islands and islets lying offshore.

    Government:

    Republic. Independence from Yugoslavia proclaimed in 1991.

    Head Of State:

    President Ivo Josipović since 2010.

    Head Of Government:

    Prime Minister Zoran Milanović since 2011.

    Electricity:

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs as in most of Western Europe.

    Timezone:
  • Currency Information:

    Kuna (HRK; symbol Kn) = 100 Lipa. Notes are in denominations of Kn1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Kn25, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 lipa.

    Credit Cards:

    American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are widespread.

    ATMs:

    ATMs are widespread.

    Travellers Cheques:

    To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros.

    Banking Hours:

    Mon-Fri 0700-1900, Sat 0700-1300.

    Currency Restrictions:

    The import and export of local currency is limited to Kn15,000. The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited but it is compulsory to declare upon arrival the amounts that exceed the equivalent of €10,000.

    Currency Exchange:

    Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, by authorised dealers and post offices.

    Currencies: Exchange Rates:

    • 1 EUR = 7.66 HRK
    • 1 GBP = 9.82 HRK
    • 1 USD = 6.06 HRK

  • Best Time To Visit:

    Croatia has a varied climate, with continental climate conditions inland and Mediterranean influence on the Adriatic coast. Peak season is July - August, with temperatures in the high 20s or in the 30s in places like Split, but you can expect plenty of sunshine from roughly May to October on the coast, and the shoulder seasons (May-June and September) are among the best times to visit Croatia. Inland is also hot in the summer but can be bitterly cold in the winter with sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall. Winter on the coast is milder but can be quite rainy.

    Required Clothing:

    Lightweights and beachwear (including sun protection) for summer. Mediumweights for winter with heavy, warm clothing for inland areas. It is a good idea to pack waterproofs at any time of year.