What we learned from our visit to Croatia

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Well, we didn’t realise that ...

We had a fantastic time during our road trip through Croatia and no matter how much research and planning that you do in advance, there are always still things that come as a surprise.

The waters around Croatia

This is why we love travelling, we enjoy the differences whether they are large or small, put a smile on our faces or even on occasions we look on in amazement. Either way, we love it.

We have pulled together some “interesting to knows” and hope they will help you in your planning and enhance your time in Croatia.

A helpful guide

If you've yet to discover the delights of Croatia you're in for a treat. While planning our road trip, I used the DK Eyewitness books.  I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.

We used a previous version of this book to plan our north to south Croatian road trip, now you can grab the revised copy.


Easy to Drive & Navigate

We drove our own car to Croatia from the UK, so we had no issues regarding the vehicle, but our car is quite large, and we were unsure of vehicle access in some areas. However, not once did we have an issue even with smaller towns.

Stopped by the roadside near Pag, Croatia

We usually try and avoid the motorways as we enjoy travelling through rural towns and villages, this was also not a problem, a particularly pleasurable route was along the coastal road.

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Toll Roads

There are tolls on some of Croatia’s motorways, which you can pay by credit card as well as cash. Our advice is to pay cash initially just to get some change; we found this came in handy for paying for parking.

Venetian Influence

We were aware that Croatia had been under Venetian rule, but we were pleasantly surprised to see how much Venetian architecture and influence, were still present throughout the country.

In particular, the bell towers that are so synonymous with St Mark’s Square in Venice.

Incredible wine

Well, they have managed to keep their wine a bit of a secret.
 
On our drive south to Dubrovnik we decided to take the scenic route and caught a ferry from Ploče to Tripanj. From here we drove through some beautiful countryside, passing by farmlands and vineyards.

We couldn’t help but pull over and visit one of the little wineries dotted along the route. Needless to say, we picked ourselves up a case and brought it home with us.

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Did you Know?

That you can still smoke in some bars & café in Croatia? Just look out for the green sign in the door.

So many Islands!

Croatia has over 1,000 islands, some reasonably easy to access by ferry and some a bit trickier.

We had read stories about long delays, however we travelled in September and twice used Jadrolinija and found their ferries very efficient.

It’s certainly worth allowing more time through the busy summer months.

Walnuts

We never realised that walnuts were a delicacy in Croatia, one evening Gary tried Palacinke, which are crêpe-like pancakes and Gary chose a filling of walnuts.

Also when we were in a konoba one evening in Dubrovnik, we were offered a walnut liqueur which was homemade by the waitresses brother…..well “when in Rome” so we gave that a go.

Did you Know?

Croatia has bakeries that are open late into the evening? I never realised that Croatians enjoyed their pastries so much.

Apartments – cash or card?

It’s useful to know that a lot of apartments in Croatia only accept cash. We stayed in five different apartments/b&b’s and four of those were cash only.

It may not be an issue for you, but just be aware this is a possibility.

Truffles & olive oil

Yes truffles, that expensive delicacy held in high esteem by some chefs. However, unlike parts of France and Italy this prized food is a fraction of the price in Croatia.

The white truffles are mainly found around the Istrian peninsula, so we purchased a little nugget when leaving Rovinj.

Although Croatia is a small producer of olive oil, it has been growing olives for centuries and now competing with some of the Mediterranean big boys.

This is another little food item we purchased to bring back memories for when we were back home in the UK.

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Why not?

Start creating your own adventure and discover the delights of Croatia for yourself, easyJet & British Airways are just a couple of options.

You may even want to combine it into a road trip like us, Rental Cars searches multiple well-known car hire brands and discovers the deals that suit you the best.

Driving into Bosnia, you need a Green Card

Yes, I know this isn’t really a Croatian tip; however, if you have driven to Croatia in your own vehicle and fancy a trip across the border into Bosnia Herzegovina, ensure you have a green card, or you may not get in.

Or even if you have hired a car in Croatia and fancied a visit to Mostar, then check with your hire car company that you are covered, it may save you some grief.

Have You?

Visited a country and found out some useful facts, that passed under the radar during your planning? Please share them we’d love to know.

Inspired to visit Croatia?

Why not embark on a road trip around Croatia? you won’t be disappointed, and it’s easier than you may think.

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