Soon you will go on holiday to Croatia. We are happy to send you well prepared on your way, which is why we have listed some useful information for you. We wish you a nice holiday. Dobrodošli u istru!
In Croatia, almost all motorways are toll roads. You can pay tolls (cestarina) in euros, by credit card, or with a toll badge. These toll badges (ENC) are available at the toll stations. With the toll badge, you get about 20% discount on the toll rates and you don't have to wait in case of crowds. On the motorway near Zagreb and the A7 between Rijeka and Krk you pay no toll. You can calculate tolls here: https://www.putovnica.net/en/transport/tolls. From Umag to Pula in Istria (approx. 75 km) you pay approx. € 6.70 with a passenger car.
There are no environmental zones in Croatia (yet). So you don't need an environmental sticker.
The speed limit on motorways is 130 km/h and on motorways 100 km/h. Outside built-up areas, this is 90 km/h, within built-up areas 50 km/h.
The police can impose a fine in the event of a traffic violation, but you are not obliged to pay it on the spot. You must pay within 8 days.
It is mandatory to have a warning triangle, a safety vest, and a first-aid kit in the car. Depending on the type of lighting or tires of your car, you should also have spare lamps and a spare tire in the car. If you are traveling with a trailer or caravan, you must bring two warning triangles.
In the mountains, rising traffic takes precedence over falling traffic.
More information about traffic rules can be found here:
Road traffic | Information Istra-Istria
The fastest route is on the motorways (toll) via Germany - Austria - Slovenia. Don't forget to buy vignettes (in advance). For Austria, these vignettes are available at the motorway border crossings of Austria, or at the ANWB. All motorways and expressways in Slovenia are toll roads. An e-vignette is available in Slovenia at toll stations, petrol stations, supermarkets, and kiosks. Outside Slovenia in the border region at large petrol stations and the shops of the ÖAMTC in Austria. For points of sale, see: evinjeta.dars.si/en/how-buy.
In 2023, Black Saturday in Europe will be on August 5. The weekends before and after are also very busy towards the south, especially around Munich and the tunnels.
There are about 700 charging points in Croatia and the network is not yet covered. Driving an electric vehicle in Croatia requires some planning in advance.
Petrol stations along the (toll) motorways and large cities are often open day and night. Other petrol stations are usually open from 07.00-20.00 (longer in summer). Euro 95 E5 (Eurosuper 95, Bez Dovni Benzin, bezolovni benzin) is readily available. Bezolovni means lead-free.
Tap water in Croatia is safe to drink, but if you prefer to drink bottled water, it can be bought everywhere.
Lunch is the most important meal and is consumed between 10 a.m. and 15 p.m. Restaurants generally serve lunch between 12 and 14. Lunch consists of several courses. Dinner usually consists of a light, simple meal. In large cities and in summer, it is normal for dinner to be served until 23:30. If you go out for dinner at the campsite, you can often go early, even at Dutch times. Eating out is cheaper than in the Netherlands. You already have a simple 3-course menu for around € 20,-.
You can eat out in Croatia in a restoran, a gostionica or konoba, in a pizzaria or in a bistro. The simplest is the bistros and pizzerias, where you can go for a cheap, nutritious, and usually fine meal. Gostionica and konobas are simple taverns serving mostly local dishes. Restorans are the most luxurious eateries and the prices are also the highest here.
The operating fee is usually included in the price. You often have to pay separately for bread. However, it is common to tip in bars and restaurants, hotels, and taxis, and to guides on guided excursions. The average net salary in Croatia is around 800 euros, while the price level of groceries is not much lower than in the Netherlands.
In the areas along the coast, Italian and Greek influences are noticeable. Istria in particular is very Italian-oriented, so pizza and pasta are easily available.
Well-known supermarkets are Konzum, Plodine, Mercator, and Kaufland, but in Croatia, you will also find the Lidl and the Spar. The prices are generally about the same as in the Netherlands. Supermarkets are usually open from 07:00 to 22:00. In addition to fruit and vegetables, markets in Croatia often sell cheese, sausage, bread, and drinks.
Croatian health care is of good quality. Medical assistance is guaranteed for everyone and is provided in hospitals and clinics in larger towns. For minor ailments, you can seek advice from chemists. However, the language barrier can cause problems here. In any case, take your necessary medicines with you in sufficient quantity. You can recognize this by the green cross.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to necessary medical care in the event of illness or accident during a temporary stay in Croatia. It is then not necessary to advance healthcare costs yourself. The personal EHIC can be found on the back of the health insurance card of your health insurer or in their app.
In case of hospitalization or when specialist medical care is needed, it is best to contact your insurance company directly.
Travelers are not required to show a COVID-19 vaccine certificate, proof of a negative test, or a certificate of recovery to enter Croatia.
The Istrian peninsula is located in northwestern Croatia, between the Gulf of Trieste and the Kvarner Gulf. The Mediterranean climate and the many hours of sunshine make Istria an ideal holiday destination. And a number of different winds in Istria determine the further weather, namely the "jugo", a warm south wind that brings rain, the "bura", which brings clear weather and the "maestral", which brings refreshment from the sea in the summer months.
In the summer months, it is fine to stay in Istria. It is then mostly warm and sunny on the peninsula. It is not for nothing that you see many campsites here. The outdoors is fine in Istria in the summer season. The months of July and August in particular are pleasantly warm, with afternoon temperatures averaging between 25 and 30 degrees. There are periods every summer in which the mercury rises well above 30 degrees. In combination with a fairly high relative humidity, it can feel quite hot in such a case. On the coast, the heat is often somewhat tempered.
Besides the well-known apps for weather and climate (Weather Forecast, Daily Weather), DHMZ provides extensive weather info (in English).
Google translate will go a long way, of course, but it's also nice to know some phrases. We'll help you get started:
|See you later
|Doviđena - zbogom
|I don't understand
|Ja ne razumijem
|I don't speak Croatian
|Ne govorim Hrvatski
|Does anyone speak English?
|Govori li netko Engleski?
|Nice to meet you
|Drago mi je
|Nothing to thank
|Nema na čemu
|How are you doing?
|Kako si ?
|Dobro, hvala !
|A ti/a vi ?
|Gdje ... ?
|I am lost
|Ja sam zalutao
|What time is it?
|Koliko je sati ?
|How much does that cost?
|Koliko to košta ?
|What is your name?
|Kako se zoves/zovete ?
|My name is
|Zovem se …
|The menu, please
|Molim vas jelovnik
|I take... (chicken)
|Ja ću... (kokoš)
|Enjoy your meal
|Can I have the bill?
|Mogu li dobiti račun ?
In Croatia, just like in Ireland, you pay with the euro. This has been legal tender since 1 January 2023. The price level is generally slightly lower than that in Ireland. You can pay almost anywhere with your regular debit card or with a credit card. There are many ATMs in Croatia. Please note: withdrawing money with a credit card is usually not free.
Corpus Christi, Tijelovo
Anti-Fascist Sturggle Day
Dan antifašističke borbe
Assumption of Mary
All Saints Day
Tip: Before departure, photograph your passport/ID, insurance card, bank card, emergency numbers, and other important items. Mail or app them to yourself or other travel companions, so you can still have important details to hand in case of loss or theft.
Croatia has many Roman remains, for example in Pula, the largest city in Istria. Pula is popular with tourists because there are many nice sights. Such as the famous amphitheater from the first century AD, one of the largest Roman amphitheaters in the world. Also check out the accompanying museum full of historical objects. Then stroll through the narrow streets in the old town while enjoying an ice cream.
This popular water park, located between Umag and Novigrad, is the perfect place for an adventurous day out with the whole family during a holiday in Istria. With its many slides and swimming pools, Istralandia offers excitement, fun, and entertainment for both young and old. Open from 27/05 - 17/09
The ancient Roman city of Poreč is perhaps the most touristic town in Istria. The old Roman streets can still be found in the center. With its many restaurants, nice squares, baroque buildings and a basilica on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Poreč is definitely worth a visit.
The medieval fortified town of Motovun sits atop a hill, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Stroll through the alleys with nice shops, bars and restaurants, or enjoy the great view of the surroundings from a terrace. There is a walking path over the old city walls. Then drive on to the town of Grožnjan, a cozy artists' village, also on a hill.
Another large water park in Istria: Aquacolors. This aquatic park is located near Porec and is the largest in Croatia. Aquacolors has many large slides and is particularly suitable for older children. Open from the beginning of June.
Rovinj is the most colorful town in Istria. The old town is a maze of winding streets, cute vistas, and colored facades. At the highest point of Rovinj stands the Church of St. Euphemia, built in 1736, and the largest Baroque building in Istria. There are nice shops everywhere, and at the harbour, you have a nice view over the bobbing boats from one of the many terraces.
The Brijuni Islands is a group of 14 large and small islands. They have been a national park since 1983 and stretch along the southern coast of Istria. They are separated from the mainland by the Fažana Canal. You can reach the islands in 15 minutes by boat from the town of Fažana, just above Pula, On the Brijuni Islands there is a zoo, among other things.
Kamenjak, the southernmost tip of the Premantura peninsula is a beautiful national park about 15 km from Pula. Here you will find many cliffs, bays and hidden beaches. Furthermore, of course, beautiful nature for walking and you can view dinosaur tracks here! Fun to do: rock jumping in the sea. The entrance to the park is in the nice village of Premantura.
The Jama Baredine (cave of Baredine) is located about 15km from Porec. A nice trip on a hot day, because the temperature in the stalactite cave is about 14 degrees! A tour of the cave takes 40 minutes and you descend to about 60 meters. Once outside there is another playground and a botanical garden to view.
From Istria you can take a day trip to the beautiful Italian city of Venice. Please note that the boat or catamaran takes about 3 hours one way. You can leave in Porec, Umag, Rovinj or Pula.
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