• It’s another quick guide to add to my collection, this one is for Croatia. I spent 5 days in Croatia with the Where’s Mollie Global Travellers group exploring 3 different locations in Croatia from Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik so I’m going to piece together all the information I’ve gained for you in this quick 5 minute guide to help you with your travels.

    CURRENCY
    In Croatia they mainly use the Croatian Kuna. They don’t like accepting Euros or any other currency. In some places they accept card but they also only accept cash in others. So I would recommend getting some cash out at the start of each day and budget how much you will want to spend on food, travel etc and work your way around it. At the current exchange rate you get: 1 Croatian Kuna to 0.12 British Pounds. When you arrive in Split Airport once you exit arrivals after collecting your suitcase, there are plenty of ATMs and currency exchange booths to choose from to get your Kuna. If you are going to use a credit card to withdraw money, I would definitely recommend looking into a card that doesn’t charge you for payments or withdrawals abroad. I use Monzo which is an app based bank account and contactless card (there are lots of similar ones to choose from though).

    LANGUAGE
    They speak Croatian but also speak very good English. I find it always helps to learn a little bit of the language wherever you go so you don’t appear lazy.

    TIMEZONE
    Croatia are 1 hour ahead of the UK.

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    DRIVING
    We didn’t try driving in Croatia but there is plenty of public transport around to help you. Especially taxis and also ferries to help you get from islands and different parts of Croatia. We got ferries from Split – Hvar and also Hvar – Dubrovnik. The airport to city buses run very often and only cost around 30Kuna or you can get an Uber/Taxi which could cost you around 250-300Kuna.

    There are also ferries in all of the major cities in Croatia including Split – Hvar and Hvar – Dubrovnik. The ferry from Split – Hvar took around 2 hours costing around 40Kuna upwards each way and the ferry from Hvar – Dubrovnik took over 3 hours.

    CUISINE
    Food and eating out in Croatia is very continental, you can have everything from Italian, Thai and American but I would also recommend trying some traditional Croatian dishes whilst you are out there – there are predominately seafood or mixed grills.

    CAPITAL/CITY
    The capital of Croatia is Zagreb but most people mistakenly think it’s Dubrovnik, which is their biggest city and most popular thanks to Game Of Thrones.

    FLIGHTS
    You can easily book flights to many parts of Croatia via Skyscanner, Kayak or many other websites and airlines. It’s up to you who you book with and fly with depending on your budget and what’s available to you for when you decide to fly there. I booked flights through Skyscanner – flying with easyJet to Split from London Gatwick and flying back home with Norwegian with a layover in Stockholm from Dubrovnik as it was the cheapest option available also flying into London Gatwick.

    WHAT TO WEAR
    You can wear pretty much anything in Croatia depending on what weather you’ll have there. I went during September so it was pretty hot and reaching highs of 30’c everyday which was lush so I wore summer clothes all the time.

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    WEATHER
    Weather can vary depending on what time you fly there. Obviously during the summer season it will be very busy with people but the weather will be amazing and hot. I went in September and it was in the last week of the high season so it wasn’t crazy busy but was still quite a lot of people and we had highs of 30’C everyday which was just beautiful weather to enjoy.

    ACTIVITIES & THINGS TO DO
    There is so much to do in Croatia and also depending on whereabouts you go will depend on what you can do and see. In Split there’s the Marjan Forest Park which you can hike up to get amazing views of Split and the nearby islands, in Hvar there are plenty of bars you can bar crawl to and also Carpe Diem Beach club so if you enjoy clubbing that might be for you, and then in Dubrovnik you can take city tours for both Game Of Thrones or Star Wars, walk the City Walls or do sunset kayaking around the Walls. I will be writing up an extensive blog post about things to do in Croatia so if you would like more information then stick around for that post.

    If you fancy doing something active when you visit Split, I definitely recommend hiking Marjan Forest Park.  

     

    Are you thinking of booking a trip to Croatia? Or have you been already, what was your favourite thing to do there?

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    5 Minute Guide: Croatia