Croatian is the standard South Slavic language commonly used by Croats, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vojvodina and other neighboring countries. Most Croatians can speak English, German and Italian as their second language. Some also know how to speak Polish and Czech.
Roman Catholicism is the main religion in Croatia, accounting for 86.3% of its population. The Roman Catholic Church has an integral part in the Croatian society. Many Croatians have a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin with many sanctuaries and celebrations in her honor. Each towns and villages honors a patron saint and celebrates their saint’s feast day with a church ceremony and procession.
Kuna is the official currency of Croatia. Take note that Euros is not a legal tender in Croatia, although some tourist businesses may accept euros. You can exchange any kuna money left to euros at a domestic back or currency exchange offices.
Food and Drinks
Croatian cuisine is relatively diverse due to its different cultural influences. Sir I vrhnje, a sour cream with cottage cheese dish, is available fresh in the main market Dolac in Zagreb. You can also try their spicy sausage called kulen or kulenova seka. Zagorski Štruklji is a popular delicacy served commonly in Hrvatsko Zagorje and Zagreb. Pizzerias are also present in most Croatian towns and many of them serve thin-crust, Italian-style pizzas or seafood pizzas.
Rakija is a must-try brandy made form grapes, plum, figs and other fruits and herbs. Maraschino is an alcoholic drink flavored with Marasca cherries from Zadar, Dalmatia. is an alcoholic drink flavored with Marasca cherries from Zadar, Dalmatia. KarlovaÄko and OÅ¾ujsko are two of the most popular brands of beer in Croatia.
If you are up for some retail therapy, Zagreb boasts of some great shopping finds. You can find plenty of flea, second-hand and collector’s item shops that you can’t find in any other place. Many boutiques sell household items and fashion accessories created by Croatian designers that are starting to emerge in Dubrovnik, Rovinj and Split.
At the northern part of the Istrian peninsula, you can find Croatia’s high-end resorts, rustic Venetian towns such as Rovinj and PoreÄ, and spectacular Roman remains. Split, Croatia’s second city is a busy port with ancient center similar to the palace of the Roman emperor, Diocletian. South of Split is the walled city of Dubrovnik which is a perfect example of coastal architecture and hosts important art festivals in the summer. Mljet is another relaxing tourist destination and one of the Adriatic Island’s majestic islands dotted with dense forests.
From hiking on the undulating hills to scuba diving the in Adriatic Sea, there are plenty of outdoor sports and activities that you can do in Croatia. Sailing is another great way to get a good view of the coastal islands of other tiny archipelagos. If you plan to sail, it’s best to organize it before you arrive.
Football is a major popular spectator sport in Croatia and the Croatian national football team is one of the most renowned teams in Central-Eastern Europe, constantly qualifying for international football tournaments.