If you are planning your holiday in Croatia, it is worth first of all to learn some things that will greatly facilitate your stay and reduce possible surprises. One of the most interesting issues in this country is the obligation to report. In addition, you also need to know about the food prices, which are lower there than in Germany. In addition, it is important to know that it is cheaper to withdraw money there in the bank or at the ATM than to exchange it in the exchange office.
The best time to get there for Croatia is in the middle of the week and preferably at night. On weekends, the inhabitants go to the Adriatic Sea, so most shops or restaurants may not be open, and then the biggest traffic jams form on the highways, which should be taken into account when planning a Croatian holiday by car.
When is the best time to travel?
The holiday months are a period with increased tourist traffic, but you should also take into account the holiday and holiday calendar. This is particularly noticeable in August. For example, on 15 and 16 August, the Feast of the Assumption is celebrated – then the biggest traffic jams and crowded beaches await you.
Croatia is mainly visited in summer. This is obvious, because the country can shine with beautiful beaches and breathtaking coasts. Many holidaymakers rent a boat in Croatia and use it to explore the coastal region of the country. The sailing area on the Adriatic Sea is one of the most beautiful in the world.
Currency in Croatia
The currency in Croatia is the kuna, 1 kuna equals 100 lipa (HRK). Money is best picked up on the spot (bank or ATM). In Germany, this is also possible, but not very profitable. One should also remember to avoid transactions in private exchange offices, because the exchange rates in Croatia are much cheaper in the banks. Some exchange offices call for non-transparent and often significantly too high exchange fees.
Required documents and registration obligation
Croatia has been a member of the European Union since 2013, so you can only travel with an identity card. The passport will only be useful if you plan to travel outside Croatia to neighboring countries that are not members of the EU. The passport is also not necessary if you are traveling to Croatia by car through Bosnia and Herzegovina, but you must have a green card that is valid in Bosnia. If you are travelling in Europe, it is always worth having an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) with you. This card is completely free and can be applied for within a few minutes.
There is a registration obligation in Croatia. What does that mean? Foreigners must be registered a maximum of 24 hours after their arrival. If you do not use hotels, guesthouses, hostels or other such places, you must report to the police or travel agency within 48 hours of crossing the Croatian border.
Transportation – Travel by car to Croatia
The most convenient way to get to Croatia is by plane, but for practical and tourist reasons, a car is recommended. The German driver’s license is also valid in Croatia. So you do not need an international driver’s license for your trip to Croatia.
The Croatian roads are in very good condition and most of the tourist attractions are far from each other. All highways in Croatia are toll roads. It is not worth parking your car in places where it is prohibited. The car is safely towed away, and finding it and having to pay a penalty can ruin the holiday mood and put a significant strain on your budget.