Croatia Basic Information
Croatia’s capital Zagreb is a pretty inspiring city. You can see all kinds of cool art here like Street Art by MP5 + TO/LET – a group of 3 female street artists. You can also see the seriously moving Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb where you can check out a collection of donated objects from around the world dedicated to the memory of lost relationships. Bring the tissues. Like to know more about this incredible country? Read on.
Aussies travelling to Croatia on holiday do not require a visa to enter the country and are permitted to stay for up to 90 days. Just remember to have a current passport with at least 6 months validity and a return ticket home or a ticket for onward travel and sufficient money for your stay. If you’re not staying in commercial accommodation, you’ll need to register where you’re staying with a police station within a day of your arrival or risk a fine or deportation. Please be aware that this information is just a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Croatia.
Croatia uses the Croatian Kuna as currency. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Croatian Kuna fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to check the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.
If you love seafood, you’re going to seriously dig Croatia. Locals fish the Adriatic Sea for deliciously fresh squid, fish, lobster and shellfish, so you’ll find many restaurants will have a hearty seafood offering. But there’s more to Croatian cuisine than seafood; there are many old-world dishes you’ll love too like homemade pasta, goulash and pastries. If you’re visiting the Adriatic Coast, look out for whole lamb cooked over open fires. Locals serve lamb on the spit with potatoes and spring onions. Each island also has its own specialty dishes. In Hvar, try gregada – a fish stew with white wine sauce, or sample pogača, a savoury fish pie from the Vis. In Zagreb, check out Marcellino for a dish of beef fillet served with truffles, parmesan and rocket. Or if you’re game, try venison with chestnuts, pears, blueberries and wine. Delish!
In Croatia, summertime is party time. There’s beach parties all over the coast (including a couple of 24-hour parties), international DJs dropping sweet beats and festivals happening all over too. Lakeside discos are overflowing with bright young things dancing in their cossie with a cocktail. The islands are pretty well known for their crazy parties too. But if you prefer your nights a little more laidback, head to the old city squares around the country where you can grab a cocktail and take in all the amazing history. A perfect place to do this is the Red Room in Split. Located smack-bang in the middle of Diocletian Palace, Red Room is a bar overflowing with beers and cocktails. You can also mix history with a summery cocktail in Caffe Bar Buža in Dubrovnik. Hidden in the walls of the Old City, this venue also has killer views over the Adriatic Sea. If you’d prefer to create your own history, make tracks to Bulldog Caffe Bar in Zagreb – the place to be seen.