Located in southeastern Europe with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is one of the most visited countries in the region.
With great weather, beautiful beaches, extensive national parks, and a rich culture, you are sure to find plenty to occupy your time.
The following graphics cover a wide range of useful information, including basic travel tips, guides to the most popular attractions and some useful facts and figures that you might not already know.
The guide to the Croatian language is a particularly useful tool for anyone who is planning to explore away from the main tourist route.
With a long and beautiful coastline on the Adriatic Sea, several stunning national parks, ancient fortified towns, superb diving and snorkeling, and a lively, culturally rich capital city, it is no surprise that Croatia is a very popular destination for foreign visitors.
The summer months can be very hot along the coast, while the highland areas of the interior can receive extreme cold and plenty of snow during wintertime.
If you plan on staying long-term, don’t forget to pack for all weathers as the climate can vary considerably from one region to the next.
Each region of the country also has its own distinct cuisine for you to try, from excellent fresh seafood to unique cheeses and dried meats.
If you are planning to visit Croatia, this list of facts and figures should give you a good insight into the country and its culture.
There are also eight UNESCO Heritage Sites to explore, including the historical city of Dubrovnik whose extensive fortifications have become known throughout the world as they regularly feature in the TV series Game of Thrones.
If you love wildlife and the great outdoors then you will love Croatia as one third of it is covered in forest and you will find over twenty national parks and nature reserves.
Although some parts of Europe get more than their fair share of dull, wet weather, this is certainly not the case for the island of Hvar whose residents get to enjoy more annual sunshine than Sydney, Australia.
One of the many highlights of visiting Croatia is the number of stunning national parks you can enjoy throughout the country.
Inland national parks also have plenty to offer, from rock-climbing and cycling to fishing and wildlife spotting.
Although some parks can be busy during the peak summer months, at other times of the year you should have little trouble avoiding the crowds.
Along the Adriatic coast there are several islands where you can indulge in world-class diving and snorkeling, as well as other water and land based pursuits.
Whichever parks you choose to visit you are sure to witness some of the most picturesque landscapes in Europe, where you can marvel at the clear air, pristine forest and crystal clear water.
The Croatian city of Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of the Mediterranean region due to its variety of great beaches, centuries old buildings and monuments, and its pleasant climate.
If you feel the need for a little culture, the city is home to a wide range of museums specializing in everything from modern art to maritime history.
Although there are at least five great beaches to enjoy, you should also make time to explore some of the city’s other top attractions, such as the famous fortified walls and the stunning views from the top of Mount Srd.
Although English is often spoken in the most popular tourist areas across Croatia, you might find that a basic knowledge of the local language can come in useful if you plan to get off the beaten track.
Whether you are looking for directions, eating in a local restaurant, bartering for souvenirs at the market, or simply passing the time of day while waiting for a bus, this sheet could prove invaluable.
This handy cheat sheet covers many of the simple greetings, pleasantries and other essentials that you might need to get by in Croatian.
By learning a few basic words and phrases before leaving home you can really get your visit off to a flying start.