Plitvice Lakes, Croatia


Best time to travel:

City breaks or national parks in spring or autumn. The beach is pleasant for swimming only in summer.




Generally safe, but be careful with small thefts


Type C or F



Capital city:


Croatia is a small country in southeastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. It is a favourite holiday destination for Europeans thanks to its wonderful beaches.

Croatia is a country of scenic beauty, blessed by nature with immense richness. Its turbulent history has left it rich in monuments. In its centuries-old cities, visitors can explore the characteristics of different cultural periods. UNESCO World Heritage sites include the Old Town of Dubrovnik, the Romanesque Old Town of Trogir, the Basilica of Euphrasius in Porec, the Arena of Vespasian in Pula, the Palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split, the Cathedral of St James in Sibenik and the Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s most beautiful and best-known national park.

Its rugged coastline includes more than a thousand islands, bays and reefs. The most visited islands among tourists are Pag, Krk and Rab. Most of the islands can be reached by ferry, but some of the larger islands have bridges.

After its coastal towns, Croatia’s other most famous destinations are its national parks, especially Plitvice Lakes National Park. A natural wonder with countless waterfalls and lakes, it is an internationally famous place to visit and an excellent hiking destination.

Croatia has a mild continental climate in the interior and a pleasant Mediterranean climate on the Adriatic coast. The high season is July and August, when the weather and the sea are at their warmest. June and September are also pleasant months for relaxing, with pleasant sea and air temperatures, but fewer tourists.

Croatia’s cuisine is excellent, with each Croatian region having its own culinary specialities. In coastal resorts, there is a rich variety of grilled fish and meats. Croatian hams, cheeses, cottage cheese, sausages, strudels and, of course, wine are all famous. The most famous wines of the Adriatic coast and islands are Teran, Merlot, Opolo, Plavac, Malvazija and Posip. A visit to Croatia is worth sampling the specialities of Croatian cuisine.

Croatia has an average East-Central European price level, making it relatively easy to plan low budget trips.

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