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Croatia: top-notch holiday destination

Croatia can boast paradise beaches, great landmarks, and being the film set of Game of Thrones. Beautiful turquoise rivers, green hillsides, and mesmerising landmarks dotting the cityscape create one of the most unique holiday mixtures.

Croatia is also a paradise for the lovers of outdoor activities who would like to try their hand at canoeing, kayaking, or trekking. For a more relaxed stay, Croatia is also full of golden beaches and seaside resorts.

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Top attractions of Croatia

Croatia’s capital Zagreb is one of the best starting points for the exploration of the country. It is a place where the Mediterranean and European influences meet. While in this vibrant Croatian city, you should definitely consider a visit in the Lower Town to admire its beautiful architecture, at Mount Medvednica where you’ll have a unique view of the cityscape, and Kaptol to explore the religious side of Zagreb.

Inland Croatia is a true paradise for the fans of trekking, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. Travel to Zagorje Region which is famous for many natural jewels, including the Plitvice Lakes, the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, and Kopacki Rit Nature Park. Apart from being stunning showcases of Croatian flora, these places are also ideal spots for birdwatching. Don’t forget to visit such towns as Varazdin, Osijek, or Vukovar.

Croatia is also known for its stunning coast, where you can try your hand at water sports, bask in the warm sun rays, and admire the stunning Croatian coastline that many consider a paradise on Earth. It’s worth starting your journey from Split to admire the beautiful Old Town and medieval architecture.

Croatia / Split-Dalmatia / Trogir / Photo by neufal54 on Pixabay

Travel to Trogir and you’ll be surprised by the beauty of Renaissance edifices and charming cobbled streets. The picturesque Cetina Gorge is located at a stone’s throw away from Hrvace and Imotski Lakes. When it comes to the popular Makarska Riviera, it is known for its charming fishing villages that you’ll come across while travelling along the coastline.

The Istria Peninsula is a place full of wonders, Roman landmarks, and beautiful marinas. Travel to Pula to marvel at the Roman amphitheatre, check out Rovinj or Novigrad to taste the best seafood-based meals, and explore Porec to feel its Mediterranean ambiance. For those who are into historical architecture it’s best to direct your steps to such places as Motovun, Hum, Oprtalj, and Groznjan.

Another great urban highlight of Croatia is Dubrovnik. Recently the place has become even more famous for being a film set of the popular TV series, Game of Thrones. It is a real paradise for those who enjoy long walks among medieval structures. The city can boast an imposing fort with the nearby charming marina. You can also saunter along its city walls.  

Croatia: traffic rules and road state

Croatian roads are mostly well-maintained and are like a paradise, especially for the less experienced drivers. However, it’s best to stay extra cautious at all times and follow road signs regardless whether you are driving your own car or a rental vehicle.

Motorists visiting Croatia won’t face greater obstacles with getting used to driving around it as the country follows right-hand traffic system – just like in most countries. Thus, always overtake on the left. At intersections, vehicles that approach you on your right-hand side have priority – unless you come across appropriate road signs or a police officer directing the traffic within a given area. 

Croatia / Road / Photo by zdravkotroha on Pixabay

The minimum driving age is 18; however, bear in mind that some of the car hire companies require drivers to be older, namely 21. Some of the companies will also require you to purchase additional insurance if you are an inexperienced road user.

In Croatia, there exist a number of toll roads where the payment is charged through the use of regular toll gates. These aren’t too expensive and will make you driving experience even more pleasant.

Just as in any other European country, you can expect heavy penalties for drivers who decide to drink and drive. Remember that Croatia has zero tolerance for any level of alcohol in your blood. If you undergo a breathalyser test and it shows that you’ve been drinking, you may expect penalty payments and your driver’s licence may be suspended.

Documents in Croatia

While driving around Croatia, you should always remember to carry appropriate documents, namely your driver’s licence, ID or passport, registration documents, vehicle technical inspection certificate, and a proof of insurance.

Croatia / Split-Dalmatia / Split / Photo by kirkandmimi on Pixabay

Croatia: car equipment

The obligatory equipment required by law in Croatia includes: a first aid kit, a warning triangle, a reflective vest, a set of spare bulbs as well as snow chains that you are obliged to carry between November and April. 

Croatia / Plitvice Lakes National Park / Photo by Free-Photos on Pixabay

Remember that Croatia is a country in which possessing devices that warn you about speed cameras and speed traps is forbidden. You can be charged very high penalties regardless of whether you are driving a rental car or your own.

Speed limits in Croatia

The speed limits that have to be observed in Croatia are as follows: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 90 km/h in rural areas, 110 km/h on expressways, and 130 km/h on highways. Always remember to read what is written on the road signs.

Croatia / Pula / Amphitheatre / Photo by ahundt on Pixabay

Facts for safer driving in Croatia

drink drive limit
max speed urban
31 mph
max speed rural
56 mph
max speed highway
81 mph
headlights at daytime
fire extinguisher
seat belts
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