Croatia: An Overview

Although it seems like a lifetime ago, my better half Joelle and I have just returned from a week in Croatia. We crammed so much into such a short week that I have chosen to break the holiday up into a multitude of blog posts and pictures – you lucky things!

Croatia consists of over a thousand islands and islets (I didn’t even know that was a word until I visited) with the Adriatic Sea bordering the west side of the country, and five different countries bordering the East, including Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro and most notably Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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The sheer amount of islands in Croatia makes it near impossible to see everything this beautiful country has to offer, and with only a sorry week at our disposal, we chose Split as our ‘home base’ (disclaimer: not the DIY store) and went from there.

Split is the perfect place from which to travel to a number of islands and destinations across the west coast, as it has fantastic bus and ferry links, all for a very small price.

For those hoping to visit Croatia, it has been in some sort of economic downturn, much like the rest of Europe, which means everything is quite literally dirt cheap.

Below are a small number of items to give you a general idea about the cost of living and travelling within Croatia (note: 10 Kuna is approximately equal to 1 English pound).

A pint of beer: 15-18 Kuna

A bottle of water: 20-15 Kuna

A main meal with alcoholic drink: 150-250 Kuna (potentially less/more depending)

 A one-way ferry ticket for an hour-long journey: 35-70 Kuna

A one-way coach ticket for a 90 minute-2 hour journey: 30-60 Kuna

A tip I was given, and will continue to give to those hoping to visit Croatia, is to withdraw your Kuna WHEN you reach Croatia, as the exchange rate tends to be better. Also, those hoping to pay with Euros, you ain’t got a chance. Some hotels and accommodation, and excursion companies will advertise in Euros though ask you to pay in Kuna – the logic of this I don’t understand, but be wary. If paying by card, be aware that companies will ask if you would like to exchange the rate into Kuna or pounds even if the price is advertised in Euros.

Although slightly hypocritical of my own comments (who doesn’t love a hypocrite) some bus companies will allow you to pay in Euros, and the odd hotel/apartment provider will too – but my advice would be to stick it to the Euros, and stick with the native currency.

I intended for this overview post to be short, but as per usual I have rambled my way along and will be surprised if any of you have made it this far. Why I wasn’t blessed with this skill when trying to complete my degree, I’ll never know.

Ooh look, I’m rambling again. Stay tuned for our day trips to Hvar, Makarska, Brač, and Krka National Park, as well as the few days we actually spent in Split!

Zbogom!
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