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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best New Attractions in 2019
Summer is finally arriving and with it the annual tourist tide flooding Croatia’s most popular destinations. Dubrovnik, Split, Sibenik and Istria are crammed with ancient sites and fun things to do and now there are even more. From dinosaurs and dragons to communists and historic fortresses, these five new attractions are a great way to get off the beaten path. Klis Fortress Museum Klis fortress, just 15km from Split is not a new attraction! Its storied history dates back to the pre-Roman Illyrians. Only when Game of Thrones turned the crumbling fortress into the slaver city of Meereen in 2014 … Continue reading → More.
Urgent News–Plitvice Lakes
The new e-ticketing system for Plitvice Lakes National Park should not come as a surprise. The park has been grappling with the problem of overtourism for several years now. Last year some 1.7 million visitors descended on Plitvice's lakes and waterfalls, putting the entire ecology of the park at risk. Something had to be done and now something has been done. More.
Essential Ferry News 2019
This year several new ferry lines make it easier to stay boat-bound and get around Croatia. Are you flying into Split airport? There are many ways to get to Split from the airport but one of the most pleasant is to take a new passenger ferry that will whisk you into town in 20 minutes. The service is handled by Catamaran Line and runs from 15 May to 15 September. For those looking for an easy connection to the nearby islands of Brac, Hvar or Korcula, this ferry is particularly useful as you’ll be right at the port. Schedules and … Continue reading → More.
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