Croatia for Kids

Hello kids, and welcome to the Visit Croatia website! We are a travel website all about the wonderful country of Croatia. We are kind of like experts on Croatia! On this page about Croatia for kids, you can explore and learn more about Croatia.

Where is Croatia?

Croatia is in the continent of Europe, but more specifically, it is located in southeastern Europe. Sometimes you might hear it talked about being in Central Europe or Eastern Europe too. If you’re flying to Croatia from the UK, it’s about a 2 or 3 hour flight. That’s not long at all.

Here is Croatia in Europe:

Croatia for Kids - Map of Europe showing location of Croatia

Have you noticed its shape? It’s kind of funny, right? Sometimes people refer to it as looking like a croissant!

On this map, you can see some of Croatia’s many islands. The county is home to over 1,000 islands.

Croatia for Kids - Map of Croatia

The neighbouring countries of Croatia are Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. The country also has a long coastline along the Adriatic Sea.

Just under 4 million people live in Croatia. That’s pretty small for a country. That’s fewer people than live in the whole of London, for example!

What is the Capital City of Croatia?

The capital city of Croatia is Zagreb. It’s a lovely city with lots to see and do. If you visit it, you might like to read our guide to Zagreb for Kids.

Other important cities in Croatia include Split, the largest city on the Croatian seaside, Rijeka, Dubrovnik, Zadar and Osijek.

What does the flag look like? And why?

Here is the Croatian flag:

Croatia for Kids - Croatian flag

It’s kind of unusual, right?

If you watch football, you will recognise the red and white checks! Croatian football kits are based on the Croatian flag.

Why does the flag look like that? The red and white shield is the coat of arms of Croatia. The little shields above it are (from left) an ancient coat of arms of Croatia; the coat of arms of Dubrovnik; the coat of arms of Dalmatia; the coat of arms of Istria; and the coat of arms of Slavonia. The last three are different regions of Croatia.

What language do they speak in Croatia?

They speak Croatian!

In truth, Croatian can be a bit of a tricky language to learn and some of the pronunciation and spelling is a bit difficult. If you would like to learn a little bit of it, take a look at our Croatian for Travellers section.

To get you started, here are a few phrases and words that you can use on your holiday:

CroatianEnglishHow to pronounce it
Dobro jutroGood morningdoh-broh you-tro
Dobar danGood daydoh-bar dan
Dobra večerGood eveningdoh-bra ve-chair
Laku noćGood nightla-ku notch
BokHi and byebock
HvalaThanksva-la with an ‘h’ sound
at the beginning!
sladoledice creamsla-dough led

What is Croatia famous for?

Here are some of the things Croatia is famous for:

Croatia for Kids - Croatia is famous for...

What are some of the famous sights of Croatia?

Top Ten Destinations in Croatia - Zagreb
St Mark’s Church in Zagreb
Top Sights in Croatia - Pula Arena
The Arena in Pula
A weekend break in Croatia - Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Old Town
St James Cathedral in Sibenik

More info

Now that we’ve taught you a little bit about the country on our Croatia for Kids page, why not send your parents over to our Family Holidays in Croatia page to persuade them to take a holiday in the country?

(If you’re not already going, that is!)