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Croatia Travel Guide

Croatia Travel Guide

Weather in Croatia 

Inland Croatia has a continental climate, warm in summer, could in winter. In Zagreb the temperature is often 32 C+ (90 F) in high summer (late June to mid-August) and the city center feels oppressively hot. September and October are usually settled and warm, giving way to colder, foggy weather in November. December and January are the coldest months, with heavy hoar frost, snow and temperatures as low as -14 C (6 F). In the mountains it is even colder, often with heavy snow. From early March temperatures start to rise, although April and May can be wet. The coast is typically Mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and long, dry summer.
In winter, when the snow starts to thaw, it is liable to slide off roofs and crash onto the pavement. If you see a piece of wood propped against a building and blocking the pavement, give it a wide berth; it means there’s unstable snow on the roof above!

Money

The currency in the Republic of Croatia is Kuna (HRK, kn), which is divided into 100 lipa (lp).

You can also pay many things with Euro, like accommodation, meals in restaurants, pay-tolls on Croatian roads, and gasoline. However you’ll usually get your change in Kuna, and the exchange rate can be less favourable than at the exchange offices.

Notes and coins currently in circulation are as follows:

Bank notes : 1000 kn, 500 kn, 200 kn, 100 kn, 50 kn, 20 kn, 10 kn

Coins : 25 kn (rare), 5 kn, 2 kn, 1 kn, 50 lp, 20 lp, 10 lp, 5 lp, 1 lp

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels, camps and marinas. Exchange rates are as follows (rates given as an indication only): EUR 1 7.64 Kn; USD 1 6.99 Kn; GBP 1 10.41 Kn; CHF 1 7.05 Kn.

Additional information can be found at http://www.hnb.hr/tecajn/

All major credit cards – Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Eurocard/Mastercard are accepted almost everywhere. The debit card Maestro is also widely used. Cash dispensing machines/ ATMs are easily found in the area.

Public Holidays

1 January: New Year’s Day

6 January: Holy Trinity or Epiphany

1 May: International Labor Day or May Day

22 June: Anti-Fascism Day

25 June: National State Day

5 August: Homeland/National Thanksgiving Day

15 August: Assumption

8 October: Independence Day

1 November: All Saints’ day

25 December: Christmas

26 December: St Stephen’s Day

Easter Sunday and Monday (N.B. Easter dates change each year. Good Friday is not a public holiday).
All holidays are taken on the date shown, regardless of the day of the week on which they fall.

Best time to go

The best time to visit Croatia is in June and September. There are far less people around (definitely no queues, traffic jams, nor crowded beaches), the weather is still warm and sunny, prices are more affordable, and the sea is warm enough to swim in. Another tip: Sea is usually warmer in September than in June.

 

*Featured picture is property of Zagreb Tourist Board/ author: D. Rostuhar

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