If nothing else has drawn your attention to Croatia until now, then know that some of the most important scenes of the popular TV show “Game of Thrones” were shot there. With that out of the way, we can now get down to basically how beautiful it actually is. Scintillating coastline, vibrant people and an inviting cuisine: these are the phrases that describe this Mediterranean country the most. But before you race to the airport to grab your ticket, be sure to keep these top six things in mind!
1. Language barriers:
Even though the official language of Croatia (Croatian) is a Slavic language, it is not as difficult as most people would deem. But here’s the good news: over 81% of the local population speaks English to some degree. This is directly derived from the fact that most people there are not only bilingual but multilingual. So, before you succumb to unquenchable terror that you are going to lose your way on the beach, know that almost anyone can help you out. Of course, addressing the younger generation will yield more results than speaking to older one.
Tipping in Croatia is so simple that it is hardly worth mentioning: no matter where you might be spending your night, you are going to have to leave an extra of around 10-15%. Restaurants also practice this custom and so do bars. Taxi drivers can be tipped as well but not all of them are going to expect you to do so. Tipping does affect the quality of the service that you get, so mind your manners (wink)!
3. The coastline:
If you’ve seen Game of Thrones, then you might have gotten the idea that most of the beaches in Croatia are rocky. This is not necessarily a bad thing but you should get yourself some beach shoes. Almost every roadside shop is going to have some and they cost between 6 and 9 Euros a pair – a total steal for such unparalleled comfort. This, however, does not exclude the presence of sandy beaches; it simply means that there are far more exquisite rocky ones than grainy ones (wink).
4. Price differences:
Since Croatia is a Mediterranean country, it is quite obvious that it is going to have price differences depending on the season. The summer months can get quite expensive if you are not used to First World standards (this includes housing, restaurants, boat fares, everything) but if you are travelling there off-season, you are not going to feel it dragging your pocket down too much. Also know that the closer you wish to spend the night to the sea, the more pricy your room is going to be!
Nope, nope and nope: driving in Croatia is as hectic as in Greece and there is no doubt about it. The best thing that one can do is avoid renting a car there (only expert drivers are advised to “brave the gale”). The public transportation system is so well-developed there that it would be an outright sin to avoid it in favour of car rental (what tourists call “the Balkan driving” is real and it affects everyone). Just grab yourself a few bus/coach tickets and hit the road! Besides, what you are most likely going to be preoccupied with is water-based transportation (triple wink).
We are happy to state that Croatia is one of the safest countries in the world. Violent crime is so rare that even the news get jolly there (alright, we’re kidding). Murders are unheard of and muggings occur very rarely. Of course, tourists should always be advised to keep an eye on their belongings so as to not be scammed but there is very little chance of anything actually happening to you in Croatia. Have fun and enjoy this Mediterranean sanctuary!
Did you enjoy our list? What experiences have you had in Croatia and how have they shaped your overall opinion of the Mediterranean? Hit the comment section below and tell us all about it! Safe travels!