Where is it: Croatia is located in southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia.
Why do people go here: Although relatively undiscovered by non-European tourists, Europeans have flooded to Croatia’s pristine coastline to bake in the sun for decades. Although the region was the site of fighting in the early 1990s, stability has returned to the region and with it, travelers. A popular city, Dubrovnik, has recovered well since the war and its extensive city walls draw crowds.
What are the main entry points: Croatia is usually entered from Slovenia or Hungary via train or bus and from Italy via ferry. Trains are slow and non-existent south of Split.
Currency used: Kuna
Country Code for Phones: 385
Area codes for Major Cities: Zagreb 01, Dubrovnik 020
Other Phone Tips: Post offices usually have public phones and you pay after you talk.
Religion: Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, Muslim 1.3%, Protestant 0.3%, others and unknown 6.2%
Population: 4.4 million
Ethnic Breakdown: Croat 89.6%, Serb 4.5%, Bosniak 0.5%, Hungarian 0.4%, Slovene 0.3%, Czech 0.2%, Roma 0.2%, Albanian 0.1%, Montenegrin 0.1%, others 4.1%
Government: Presidential/parliamentary democracy
Languages: Croatian 96%, other 4% (including Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and German)
Major Cities: Zagreb, Dubrovnik
Attractions: Zagreb, Dubrovnik’s city walls, Adriatic Sea beaches
Tourism Office locations and links: Croatian Convention Bureau, Ilica 1a 41000, Zagreb, Croatia, Telephone: +385-1-4556-455, FAX +385-1-428-674,
Tips for Visiting
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Hvar, Umag
Health Issues: No vaccines are required to enter Croatia.
When to go: Thanks to the Adriatic Sea, Croatia has mild weather year-round. Beaches are packed during the summer months.
Common Phrases: Yes = Da, No = Ne, Please = Molim vas, Thank you = Hvala vam, Do you speak English? = Govorite li engleski?
Specific Events/Holidays: Statehood Day, 25 June (1991)
Getting Around: Buses are your best option. The Split-Dubrovnik road is in poor condition, gas can be expensive and trains are slow.
Good to know: Although the fighting is over, more than 250,000 mines remain in Croatian soil. Do not leave marked roads or paths.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Croatia is the Zagreb International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Croatia travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.