This week, as part of an ongoing series on European holiday destinations, ACE-FX presents everything you and your family need to know about traveling in Croatia. You'll discover some of the most inviting spots in the country, as well as a number of travel tips that will make your Croatian journey simpler and more satisfying.
In some ways, Croatia is an unknown commodity. This holds true despite the fact that it has become increasingly popular as an international destination over the past several years. It's with good reason that Croatia (despite its relatively small size) has become the 18th most visited country in the world. Read on to discover why.
Must See Spots in Croatia
The most important Croatian travel tips are obtained by learning about the country's geography and culture. Croatia is a beautiful and intriguing nation, with much to offer travelers on holiday. Its most attractive feature is its diversity. With gorgeous beaches, walled cities, and a view of the magnificent Adriatic Sea, Croatia has something for every taste. Here are some spots you won't want to miss.
- Zagreb and Dubrovnik-- These are two of the major cities in Croatia. Zagreb is the capital and a fascinating city in its own right. Located directly on the Adriatic, the walled city of Dubrovnik is one of the most popular spots in Croatia. Spend at least two days here to experience a true sample of the city's opulence.
- Istria-- Istria is a lovely peninsula shared by Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia. It features a verdant coastline for beachgoers and pastoral inland sections that are perfect for calm contemplation.
- Split-- Croatia's second largest city, Split offers a wealth of unique outdoor activities and is the perfect launch point for touring some of the country's 1,200 plus islands.
- The Zagorje Region-- Located north of the capital and extending to the Slovenian border, the Zagorje Region boasts a wealth of bucolic attractions for British travelers. It's one of Croatia's top winemaking regions and is dotted with imposing medieval castles.
The upshot here is that you should stay open-minded and willing to explore. Yes, you should spend a fair amount of time in the enchanting cities of Dubrovnik and Zagreb, but there are dozens of other wonderful spots as well.
Quick Tips to Simply Your Croatian Holiday
- Croatia is a lovely country, one that's inhabited by a warm and welcoming people. But because it's so unfamiliar, traveling in Central Europe does pose a few challenges for British tourists. Here is a quick list to help you navigate these potential troubles.
- When in doubt, use the bus system-- In most European nations, traveling by train is the best option for locales within the country. But Croatian trains do not serve some popular areas, especially in the south. On the other hand, buses in Croatia are extremely reliable and will take you all over the country both quickly and safely.
- If you decide to rent a car, do not talk on your cell phone while driving-- this is against the law in Croatia and strictly enforced.
- Bring electrical converters and adapters-- Electricity functions differently in Central Europe. Typically, it runs on a 220 volt, 50 HZ system that requires C and F type plugs. Adapters will allow you to plug your devices into your hotel's outlets, but you will also need a converter to go from lower to higher voltages. Do your research and find out the electrical requirements at the place where you're staying.
- Be wary of slow Wi-Fi connections-- Wireless internet is widely available in Croatia, but sometimes at much slower speeds than most Brits are accustomed to using. If a lightning quick connection is important to you, it's best to bring along a Wi-Fi amplifier of some sort.
ACE-FX and Your Croatian Holiday
When traveling in Croatia, it's important to keep in mind that it has not yet adopted the euro as its official currency. The euro will become official eventually, but until then the traditional kuna will remain the national Croatian currency. Whether or not the Euro is accepted depends on the merchant.
This can be a little confusing, especially for people traveling in Croatia for the first time. The best approach is to assume that Euros will not be accepted as a form of payment. That way, you're not scrambling to exchange your money at the last minute. Fortunately, ACE-FX currency services can help clear up this confusion.
We suggest that you arrange for one of our prepaid credit cards. They're safe, easy to use, and beat the competition in a prepaid travel money cards comparison every time. And when you use an ACE-FX travel card, your money is converted automatically and at the best currency exchange rates in all of the UK.
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