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Croatia at a Glance

Croatia's crystal clear Adriatic beaches and fortified medieval cities make coastal vacation a cross between lying on the beach and trekking over 400 year-old cobblestone streets.

Take in a day sunbathing on a rocky beach or walk around Emperor Diocletian's palace, whose streets, passageways and crumbling walls make up the heart of Split. Try riding a cable car, entering a 500 year old church or getting coffee in a local cafe. Sample brudet, which is a fish stew with tomatoes, broth and polenta. Don't forget to take in an elegant, multiple course dinner and talk late into the night the way the Croatians dine. 

Head away from the coast and enter the richly forested interior. Ride your bike past mysterious hill-side castles. Work on a family farm and enjoy home cooked meals as part of the growing agro-tourism business in Croatia. Visit the largest protected wetland in Europe and spot rare birds and animals with a pair of binoculars. Don't miss UNESCO World Heritage Site Plitvice Park whose sandstone rock formations and aquamarine waters have been thrilling people for generations.

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Popular Places
  • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
  • Split Split
  • Plitvice Plitvice
  • Zagreb Zagreb
  • Hvar Hvar
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Split Airport
  • Major Airport Zagreb Airport
  • Major Airport Dubrovnik Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

U.S travelers need a valid passport with at least two pages available for stamping. For visits of less than 90 days, a tourist visa is not required in Croatia or in other European countries in the Schengen visa zone. Contact a Croatian consulate for more detailed information. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather: Croatia has a wet and warm climate. Bring an umbrella and rain gear in the winter.

Safety Concerns: Watch out for clearly marked landmine filled areas, bring your passport with you for police checkpoints and watch out for pickpockets in crowded tourist areas.

Health Concerns: Avoid Croatia's stray dogs, which may be rabid. Activities involving needles, tattoos and piercings put travelers at risk for hepatitis and HIV. Practice good hygiene to avoid catching common colds and flus.

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