• Barbara Zizic

The Do's & Don'ts Of First Time Travel To Croatia

Updated: Jun 2

Traveling and visiting a new country is always exciting. The Covid pandemic took away the joy of traveling for all of us for some time. Now that we are able to travel again and life is adjusting to the new normal, our traveling must adjust to the new normal as well. To make your journey is as safe as possible, you need to know some do's and don’ts when visiting Croatia.

The capital city of Zagreb is a MUST when visiting Croatia
The capital city of Zagreb is a MUST when visiting Croatia

Croatia is a small country but very busy with tourists during the tourist season. To visit Croatia during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is advised that you are fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. If you are yet to be vaccinated or you choose not to, you need to provide a negative covid test, no older than 72 hours.


From a cultural aspect, there is some general advice you need to follow, regardless of the Covid situation. Covid will be over sooner rather than later, but there are some general rules you should apply for staying in Croatia. Now, when you are all packed and ready, let me take you through some general do's and don’ts.


Do's When Visiting Croatia

If you are visiting Croatia for the first time, there are some things you should do to make your stay more memorable. If you want to feel the real spirit of Croatia, visit all the best places regardless of where you decide to stay. You may want to visit Split or some other coastal areas but don’t miss out on some of the other wonderful places.


Visit Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, and perhaps not the first choice for a traveler who is traveling on vacation or wants to visit the clean untouched nature Croatia is filled with.


Zagreb is a place you don’t want to miss. Especially if you are visiting during holidays. Zagreb is an amazing, vibrant city, full of events the whole year round and I am sure you will find something to enjoy there.


Try Local Cuisine

When visiting Croatia, you will notice a lot of pasta and pizza places all over Croatia. It is because we are under the heavy influence of Italian cuisine. Local cuisine in Croatia is rich in fish, good wine, olive oil, and Mediterranean spices. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy some of the freshest fish you will ever taste, either.

Shop At Local Green Markets

Croatia has green markets in every city. It is part of our culture to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers. If you want fresh foods, directly from farmers, don’t be afraid to drop by the local farmer's market and buy some healthy foods. This way you can feel the local vibe and even bargain with local sellers for some discounts.

Croatian green markets are in every city and definitely something you should do when you come here
Croatian green markets are in every city and definitely something you should do when you come here

Don’ts When Visiting Croatia

There are things that you absolutely should not do when visiting Croatia. Croatia is an amazing country with a rich history with buildings that are protected under the UNESCO heritage. To make your trip as comfortable and memorable as you can (after all, that is the goal) it is advised that you avoid doing some things.


Don’t Pay In Euros

Croatia is in the EU, but the local currency is still Croatian Kuna. If you are planning on paying your expenses such as an apartment or groceries in cash, the best thing you can do is go to one of the many exchange offices. Avoids banks, because they have high exchange rates. Also, if you are using a card, the best thing to do is to convert your local currency into Kuna before paying.

Don’t Skip On Museums

Croatia has a rich history and heritage. If you are visiting Croatia, make sure to visit the local museums. Every city has a museum, and this is your chance to meet the locals, to learn something new about the history of the city you are visiting, and to buy a special gift for your friends and family.

DO NOT come to Croatia and miss out on our fantastic museums
DO NOT come to Croatia and miss out on our fantastic museums

Don’t Pass A Chance To Taste Local Products

Croats are very hardworking individuals who produce their local food even today. They use traditional methods to produce Rakija, dry figs, jams, ham, cheese, and anything you can imagine. If someone offers you to try the products, don’t refuse. You will love it so much that you take some with you to enjoy when you are back from the trip.

Be sure to try local fair, such as the homemade liquor called Rakija
Be sure to try local fair, such as the homemade liquor called Rakija
 

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