Croatia was the first European country I ever visited followed by Serbia.
At the time I only had two weeks of vacation and tried to see as much as I could – which indirectly gave birth to my whole short trips travel style.
My partner in crime Gordana is from former Yugoslavia and grew up in a Croatian town called Knin and as a result she is responsible for bringing me to Europe for the first time and I’ll never forget that feeling of awe I had as I marvelled at how different Zagreb was when compared to my city, Toronto.
Croatia was once the Roman province of Pannonia which was settled in the 7th century by the Croats.
Converted to Christianity between the 7th and 9th century and adopted the Roman alphabet.
Germany invaded Yugoslavia in 1941, turning Croatia into a Nazi state.
In June 1991, the Croatian parliament passed a declaration of independence from Yugoslavia.
Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. Zagreb is also the youngest capital in Europe and the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world.
A Fantastic 48 Hour Zagreb Itinerary
The Croatian currency is called the Kuna – they are not yet on the Euro.
The word ‘Kuna’ means marten, a cute forest animal resembling a weasel. The Croats used its fur as payment many centuries ago.
When I start talking about these ex-Yugoslavian and Balkan countries your going to notice a theme for me surrounding one of my favorite foods – janjetina (roasted lamb garnished with Mediterranean herbs), which is done incredibly well in the Balkans.
That being said you can’t just eat janjetina everyday so here are some of my other favorites: Miješano meso or Ražnjići (skewers), Zagrebački odrezak (Veal steaks stuffed with ham and cheese, breaded and fried), Šnicle or schnitzel (breaded veal or chicken cutlets , Meso z tiblice (pork ham from Međimurje County)
Year they’re pretty much into the meat – which probably why I love theirs dishes so much.
Electrical supply is 230V, 50Hz AC. Croatia uses the standard European (round-pronged) plugs.
The bus is the most popular mode of transportation in Croatia and the routes cover big towns as well as the more remote small villages. Buses run regularly, and even run at night on certain routes.
Trains and trams
Croatian trains are comfortable, inexpensive and convenient but really slow. Regular lines run between large cities such as Rijeka, Zagreb and Split and from Zagreb main train station you can get to a lot of major cities.
You can cross the Adriatic sea by boat as well as visit Croatia’s beautiful islands. I’ve done both. I’ve travelled from Italy’s Anaconda to Split, Croatia by catamaran which took 4 hours. I’ve also visited the island of Bol.
The national airline Croatia Airlines, has domestic routes between large airports in Croatia, namely Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar and Osijek.
Drive on the right hand side, seat belts are mandatory, don’t drink and drive and you should be ok.
Stopover or Layover Destination
Cologne, Bonn, Copenhagen and Paris
Violent crime in Croatia is not a common thing making it extremely safe to travel to Croatia. As in most popular tourist destinations, pickpocketing and petty theft are common so keeping your wallet and phone in your front pocket