This section hopes to provide you with some essential background information on Croatia and visiting the country. Below are details on health services, safety, accommodation and food & drink in Croatia, as well as our specific pages on:
- Visa Requirements for Croatia
- Money in Croatia
- Television in Croatia
- Internet in Croatia
- Post in Croatia
- Telephones & Mobile Phones in Croatia
- Climate and Weather in Croatia
- Croatia in the EU
Information on Croatia – Health and Safety
The health service in Croatia is of a good standard. As the country is now part of the EU, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is now valid in Croatia. If you’re the citizen of an EU country and are travelling to Croatia, we would highly recommend that you obtain a EHIC card (it is free, after all!). However, we would still of course advise travellers to take out a travel insurance policy as well.
It is quite safe to travel all over Croatia and mugging and thefts are not a problem. You can safely walk in any town at night, but use your common sense, as always. In some coastal resorts, as is common all over the Mediterranean, single women may be approached or wolf-whistled at. Say no firmly and you will not be bothered. In case of any problems, approach a policeman who will assist you. Both the Croatian police and the army are well disciplined. If you have a language problem, approach a younger person (teenagers/students) as they all speak some English and will be eager to help.
Information on Croatia – Accommodation
The high season, July and August, is understandably the most expensive time of year to visit Croatia, reflected in the highest accommodation prices. In April, May, September and October, prices are often cheaper; outside of these months they can further be reduced by up to 50%.
There are over 200 camping grounds along the Croatian coast – see the Croatian Camping Union for listings, included detailed guides to the facilities that the campsites have.
For the best value accommodation, it’s a good idea to stay in private rooms or apartments which are very popular in Croatia. You may either see people advertising ‘sobe’ (rooms – a ‘soba’ is a ‘room’) at ports and bus/train stations in popular resorts. These private rooms or apartments may sometimes actually be in people’s houses, but in most cases they are located in a separate area or floor of the house, or in another house that the owner uses for holiday rentals. You can always ask to see the room/apartment first before agreeing to take it.
Alternatively, every single town has a tourist office (Turisticki ured) – should you ever be stuck for accommodation, head to the tourist office and they will help sort something out.
Hotels are of good value, but top class accommodation is expensive.
See our Accommodation in Croatia section for full listings of hotels, private rooms and apartments, campsites, hostels, villas and more in locations all along the Croatian coast, Zagreb and elsewhere in the country.
Information on Croatia – Food & Drink
In Croatia, you’ll find standard fare as in many other central European or Mediterranean countries (pizza, pasta, meat dishes, fish). All food is safe to eat as restaurants are regularly inspected. Fish and seafood is a speciality along the Croatian coastline, unsurprisingly – if you visit, you absolutely must try some locally caught seafood, especially oysters and mussels.
It is safe to drink tap water in Croatia.
Croatian beers (the word beer in Croatian is “pivo”) are of a high quality. Try Zagreb’s Ozujsko pivo or Karlovacko pivo or Tuborg, which is brewed by Carlsberg Croatia. In Dalmatia, some red wines such as Faros or Dingac are exquisite. You should also try Croatia’s favourite brandy sljivovica, made from plums, or travarica, a herbal brandy.
Find out more on Eating in Croatia and Drinking in Croatia in our special sections, or give one of our Croatian Recipes a go! Alternatively, you may also find our Special Dietary Requirements in Croatia page useful.
Information on Croatia – Other
Electricity is 220V, 50Hz.
Croatia uses the standard European 2 point plugs.
The weights and measures system is metric.
Croatia is 1 hour ahead of GMT, the same time zone as the majority of Western Europe.
The Croatian language uses the Latin alphabet. There are 30 characters in the Croatian alphabet. See more about the Croatian language in our Croatian for Travellers section.
The dialing code for Croatia is +385.