Since the end of the Yugoslavian wars and its independence, more than 20 years ago, Croatia has developed into a modern, Central European country. Besides its stunning coast with 1244 islands, Croatia has to offer many places of natural beauty and cultural importance. Especially along those 1,777 kilometers of Adriatic coastline, Croatia does its best to serve the eleven million tourists, that come to visit every year. This changes quickly when you cross the mountain ranges and visit the rural inland regions. Abandoned houses will give you the impression that the war has just ended. Life is tough here. But you will meet friendly people. And it’s a great place to buy homemade fruits, vegetables, honey, dairy, wine and spirits!
People and Language
Croats are nice and helpful people. Even those who do not work in the tourism industry. In the main tourist regions and cities, almost everybody speaks English or German. In rural areas, this may not always be the case, but people are friendly and will try to communicate with you in other ways.
Croatia wants to become a member of the Euro region. In fact, you can pay with Euros almost everywhere. Expect to get your change in Kuna. Credit cards are widely accepted in larger stores and posh restaurants. You will also find an ATM in any larger town or city.
Campgrounds (“Auto Kamps”) are widely available, although pitching a tent may not always be possible. They will charge you something between ten and twenty Euros per night. Depending on season and comfort. Wild camping is officially not allowed but possible. As the countryside is pretty spoiled with settlements, finding a quiet place may be hard, however. In the tourist regions you will also find a huge range of private accommodation. You really cannot miss it. Prices vary depending on season, region and amenities. The landlord may not always be present, so it is wise to call ahead or visit the local tourist information.
Most roads are in good condition. The motorways are perfect, mostly empty and allow you to travel fast and at ease. There is a fee that can be payed in Kuna, Euros or with credit card. Going the 400 kilometers from Zagreb to Split will cost you 157 Kuna, Which is just above 20 Euros. Also the minor roads mostly are paved but usually narrower and with possible potholes.
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