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Throw in chocolate-box pretty Venetian old towns, whose terracotta roof tiles find themselves in the starring role of many an iconic photograph, rugged mountain ranges and melt-in-the-mouth Adriatic seafood, and the cocktail becomes even more intoxicating. Although the coast is undoubtedly the shining star of Croatia tourism, off the beaten track the country also boasts undulating hills in inland Istria, where ornate hilltop towns, great food, good domestic wine and a proliferation of black and white truffles has earned it favourable comparisons with Tuscany.

Practical Information

Area: 56 542 km² (21 831 miles²)

Capital: Zagreb. Population: 779 145

Population: 4.4 million

Currency: Kuna (HRK symbol Kn) = 100 Lipa

Government: Republic. Independence from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia proclaimed in 1991.

Tipping: 10% is expected in hotels, restaurants and taxis.

Legal drinking age: 18

Time zone: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October)

Languages: Croatian, Serbian, Italian, Slovene, Slovak and German

Additional descriptions

Croatia: Social customs

People normally shake hands upon meeting and leaving. Smoking is generally acceptable but there are restrictions in public buildings and on public transport.Photography: Certain restrictions exist.Read more

Croatia: Food and local specialties

Hungarian, Italian and Austrian influences can be found in Croatian food, with hearty meat stews and goulashes dominating the menu in the hinterland. The Adriatic coast is renowned for its variety of seafoodRead more dishes, including scampi, seafood risotto, seafood pasta, white fish, squid and mussels. Fish is either chargrilled or fried. In the interior, visitors should sample kulen (spicy sausage) or fis paprikas (spicy freshwater fish stew). Prsut (raw ham that has been either cured or air-dried) and Paski sir (salty goat’s cheese from the island of Pag) are served in restaurants throughout the country.

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