In Croatia you can explore the varied landscapes, relax on one of the many fine beaches or enjoy the lively cities with their rich culture.
Croatia Car Hire
By using the booking form below, you can get a free car hire quote or book your car directly with any of the leading car hire suppliers in Croatia, which include, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Croatian Arts and Architecture
Zagreb, Croatia’s Capital City, is vibrant mix of old and new. The Upper Town, Gornji Grad, consists of the city’s oldest parts, with the cathedral, old mansions, Presidential Palace, St. Mark’s Church and lots of galleries and museums together with little cobbled streets. St. Mark’s Church has an impressive tiled roof and was built in the 13th century.
The Dolac is a lively market with lots of food on sale together with crafts. The Lower Town, Donji Grad is mostly 19th and 20th buildings and lots of lively cafes, restaurants and shops. You can have a ride on the funicular railway from the Lower Town to the Upper Town.
The Museum of Contemporary Art has both Croatian and international art works of contemporary art dating from the 1950s. In the Archaeological Museum you can see thousands of artefacts including the Zagreb mummy inscribed in ancient Etruscan. The Natural History Museum houses important Neanderthal finds including stone weapons.
The nightlife in Zagreb is very lively with many clubs and live music. There are lots of popular, vibrant cafes, together with theatres, cinema and concerts.
The coastal city of Split also blends new and old and is Croatia’s second largest city. In the Old Town you can see the remains of the Roman palace built in 295AD by the Emperor Diocletian, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with medieval buildings. Visitors can go with a guide on a tour of the palace and the surrounding buildings that were added to the site over time. The guide will show you buildings such as the Temple of St. Jupiter, the cellars and tunnels underground and the Cathedral of St. Duje. There are chapels and churches in Split, and different architecture including Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque. You can walk down little streets and alleyways and see stone houses, along with enjoying the cafes along the seafront. To the west of the City you can visit the Marjan peninsula with its woods and look down at the scenic views of the Adriatic sea and islands.
The Archaeological Museum houses artefacts dating from prehistory together with Greek, Roman and the Middle Ages. In the Split City Museum you can see collections relating to the history of the City.
The Croatian Landscape
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s largest National Park and spans 8km. There are sixteen lakes in total, together with hills covered in forests.
The water from the higher lakes thunders down in waterfalls and cascades and creates a dazzling shades of blue, grey and green, depending on the mineral contents and position of the sun.
The forests have mostly spruce, fir and beech trees and an abundance of different plant life. The lakes are full of fish, such as trout, and water snakes and you can see herons in the northern areas. In the high woods live animals including wolves, brown bears, deer, wild boar and lynx, together with bats and birds such as owl, eagles and capercaillie.
Dugi Otok, Long Island, is by the Dalmatian coast. It is the biggest of the Zadar Islands with its length being 45km, width 5km and its highest point is around 300m. The island has dramatic cliffs and a long sandy beach. The Nature Park, Telascica, is in the southern area, and there is also the National Park of Kornati. Dugi Otok has lots of towns to the east which include the biggest town, Sali, and in the village of Veli Rat you can see the impressive lighthouse.
There are pretty coves and the sea is clear blue and ideal for swimming, and you can boat around the area or relax on the beach. There are also activities to take part in, such as paint ball in the Sali fields area. Visitors can also go climbing or go scuba diving in the clear waters and see some intriguing underwater sites including the Bebinjscica cave and the islet of Mezanj. There are trails for hiking in the Telascica Nature Park and Kornati National Park on the island.
Croatian food is quite varied and includes influences from the Mediterranean and Central Europe. Common pastries include burek which has a cheese or minced meat filling, zeljanica with a spinach filling and krompirusawith a potato filling. Other popular foods include raznjici, or shish kabab, pljeskavica which is a patty of minced meat and cevapi which is pork, beef or lamb which is minced and made into rissole. Prsut is a popular ham cured in Croatia and is commonly served with cheese such as paski sir or sir sa vrhnjem.
Meat dishes often comprise of fried or grilled kotlet or chop, escalope or fillet, most often pork or veal. They can be grilled plain, fried with breadcrumbs or batter or have a ham and chees stuffing. A mixed grill which is popular will be a kotlet, pljeskavica, cevapi, and sometimes kobasica which is spicy sausage, together with a popular relish ajvar made from aubergine and pepper. Lamb is commonly cooked on a spit roast. Stewed meat goulash is often served with pasta and spicy cobanac stew is popular particularly in the south east. Other favourites are pasticada, beef in wine and prunes and purica s mlincima which is turkey and baked pasta. Seafood is popular, particularly on the coast and a favourite is octopus salad. The most common way of cooking fish is by grilling. Popular fish are John Dory, sea bass and sole, mackerel and anchovies.
Popular desserts include ice cream, cake and pancakes which are often eaten with marmalade, walnuts or chocolate sauce. Rozata is made with caramel custard and baklava is a popular pastry covered with syrup. Both beer and wine are popular drinks together with brandy which is made from different fruits including grapes, plums and pears.
A visit to Croatia will be a great experience, whether you are walking in the scenic countryside, enjoying watersports on the coast, or dining in one of the buzzing cities.
Currency: Kuna (HRK)
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