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Between the Adriatic Sea (border with Italy), Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the north-west to the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central region is covered by the Dinara mountain range, and its southern parts extend to the coast of the Adriatic Sea.


Geographical facts:

Total area: 87.600 km², land area: 56.542 km²; 
Length of mainland coast: 1.777 km
Length of island coast: 4.058 km
Number of islands 1.185 (47 inhabited), Krk and Cres being the largest islands
Highest peak: Dinara, 1.831 m above sea level


4.4 million



Zagreb, population 780.000, the economic, traffic, cultural and academic centre of the country



There are 2 climate zones; a temperate continental, locally also a mountainous climate that prevails in the interior, and a pleasant Mediterranean climate along the Adriatic coast. Average temperature in the inland in October 11,4°C, with 30% possibility of rain.



Croatian, written in Latin alphabet



CET (GMT + 1)



220 Volts, 50Hz


Credit Cards:

Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express, Diners and Visa are widely accepted (also at the Solaris Hotels Resort in Sibenik). Withdrawing cash from ATMs is possible in almost all towns, cities and tourist centres; almost all ATMs accept the above mentioned credit cards.


Croatian Kuna – HRK.  1 kuna = 100 lipa 
Exchange rate: (as of 19 May 2015)
1 EUR =   7,51  HRK 
1 USD =   6,54 HRK

Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa and of 1, 2, 5 and 25 kuna. Banknotes are in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1.000 kuna


Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport, in banks, post offices, exchange offices, travel agencies, camp sites, marinas, as well as in hotels (also the Solaris Hotels in Šibenik).


Customs regulations:

Since 1 July 2013 the Republic of Croatia is an EU member state and the customs regulations are harmonized with the standards of EU member states. Foreign currency may be freely taken in and out of the country. More valuable professional and technical equipment must be declared at the border. For more information take a look at:


Travel regulations:

Croatia’s visa policy is fully harmonized with that of the EU.

Non-EU citizens need to have a valid passport, although for the tourist season this might temporarily change for some countries, please check beforehand. 


Classic visa regime applies for the citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Kosovo as well as citizens of all countries that need visa for entering the EU member states.


For further information please contact the Croatian Embassy or Consulate in your country or visit the web pages of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs; All questions regarding Croatia’s visa regime for non-EU countries can be submitted at:


To enter Croatia by car, a driving licence and vehicle registration card are required. HAK recommends to have a green card as well.

Useful numbers:

Police: 112 ; Fire brigade: 112; Ambulance: 112; Search & Rescue: 112; HAK: 1987 – if calling from abroad or a foreign mobile number, dial 00.385.1.1987


Speed limits:

50 km/h – within built-up areas 
90 km/h - outside built-up areas
110 km/h - on major roads
130 km/h - on motorways
80 km/h - for motor vehicles with a caravan trailer

80 km/h - for buses and buses with a light trailer


Mobile phones: 

Use of mobile phones while driving is forbidden if there is no hands free tool in the car.


Daytime running lights:


Mandatory use during standard winter time.

Drinking & Driving:      



More information about Croatia can be found on the web pages of the Croatian National Tourist



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