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Welcome to Croatia Traveller! I'm Jeanne Oliver and my online travel guide to Croatia is here to make planning a trip to Croatia easy and fun. I've been travelling to and writing about Croatia since 1996, first as a guidebook writer and now as the force behind Croatia Traveller. I'm obsessive about updating this site with all the latest information too. From ferries and flights to the latest hotels and hottest destinations, I've got you covered. So plunge in and get everything you need to have the holiday of your dreams.

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Maksimir Park, Zagreb in spring

When to go?

Late spring and early fall are the best times to avoid the crowds and take advantage of fine weather on the coast. While Zagreb empties out in the summer, the coast and islands are jam-packed. Winters are too cold for swimming but great for Christmas festivals. More.

Hvar town

And the climate?

Croatia has a continental climate inland and a Mediterranean climate on the coast. Summers are hot throughout Croatia. Winters are cold inland and chilly on the coast. Rain and storms are common late fall through early spring. More.

Croatian money

What about money?

The unit of currency is the kuna. Croatia is not (yet) part of the Eurozone but euros are widely accepted. Costs are somewhat lower than in Western Europe especially for accommodation. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. More.

Croatia Airlines plane

How to Get There?

Low-cost flights link Croatia internationally spring through fall. Ferries link Croatia to Italy throughout the year with more routes during the summer. International trains run mainly to Zagreb but international buses connect coastal cities as well. More.

Jadrolinija boat in Sobra

How to Get Around?

Trains are limited but frequent buses connect major destinations. Car ferries to the islands run all year but many passenger services stop off-season. A car is handy to visit small villages and hidden beaches. More.

Plitvice Lakes

Top Places to See?

Major destinations are Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Hvar, Korcula and Mljet islands, Rovinj and Split. Dare to be different and take a look at Zadar, Zagreb, Brac and Vis islands, Krka Waterfalls National Park, Sibenik and Istria. More.

Dubrovnik old port

How to Plan a Trip?

I offer a customised trip-planning service to sort you out in a hurry. Or, follow one of my detailed itineraries. From the Best of Croatia in 2 weeks to 7 days in Dalmatia, get the itinerary that's right for you. More.

Esplanade hotel, Zagreb

Where to Stay?

The comfort level of accommodation in Croatia is high while costs are within bounds. Hotels typically include breakfast and free WiFi is standard everywhere. There are ample apartments to rent on the coast (perfect for families) and a bevy of new hostels offer design on a budget. More.

Rock climbing in Paklenica

Best Experiences?

Sample Croatia's delightful food and wine. Active travellers can kayak, bike, hike or climb. Soak up the sun on a beach or charter a gulet. Delve into Croatian history at a world heritage site or commune with nature in one of Croatia's national parks.

Border entrance

How about visas?

Croatia is part of the EU but not (yet) part of Schengen. Visa-free travel up to 90 days is available for EU citizens, the USA, Canada, Australia and several dozen other countries. EU citizens can enter with a national ID card. Otherwise, present a passport. More.

Croatian flag

I don't speak Croatian!

No matter. English is spoken widely and well. It helps to learn a few words of Croatian of course if only for haggling in the markets. Movies and TV shows are always presented in the original version with subtitles. More.

Detail from Sibenik cathedral

Is it Safe?

Croatia is a safe country for travellers. Violent crime is extremely rare. Exercise the usual precautions against street crime particularly in large cities. Mishaps happen which is why a good travel insurance policy is indispensable. More.

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