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Croatia - Dalmatia - Makarska Riviera - Baska Voda - r.g. photo

Croatia - Makarska Riviera - Brela - r.g. photo

“Everyone is unbelievably friendly in Croatia, and everyone speaks at least as much English as their occupation requires, from the old lady collecting the fee outside the public toilets to the café barista, from the man on the street to the hotel receptionist. It feels good to be a tourist here, since you sense that people are giving something back in exchange for your tourist dollars. I’m pretty sure that in the coastal areas, tourism is the main source of income, so they try to do as much as they can to keep visitors happy. The atmosphere is similar to Italy – gorgeous beaches, Mediterranean towns, Mediterranean landscapes – but sometimes in Italy you get the impression that the Italians don’t actually like tourists, and it’s exclusively about the money. While Croatia isn’t much cheaper than Italy these days, I still felt as though I got better value, and I think that was down to the friendliness and hospitality of the locals. It may also be that as a Hungarian, I’m closer to the Croatian mentality than to that of Italy. I never used to have a favorite country, but I might just have found it in Croatia.


Practicals

Transport

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Croatia - Hvar-Split ferryboat

Food

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Croatia - seafood

Shopping

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Croatia - Split - farmers market - non-inflated strawberry

Fun

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Croatia - Opatija Riviera - street dance

Croatia - a dog with the beer bootle -a.g. photo

Public safety

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Croatia - police cars

Health

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Croatia - Makarska Riviera - Baska Voda - beach gymnastics - r.g. photo

Croatia - Brač Island - old shithouse unworthily deprived of a Seaview but provided with a basic waiting chair - h.k. photo

Others

“The Croatian coast is generally rocky or pebbly, and many sea urchins lurk beneath the surface, just waiting for us to step into the sea. Get yourself a pair of ‘urchin shoes’ – you can get plastic shoes or sandals at any resort. These are indispensable for bathing, and also make walking on the pebbles more comfortable.”
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 “Staff speak good English in the more upscale restaurants, but in small shops or convenience stores the level is often low or non-existent. It’s worth learning a few phrases of Croatian (or German, which is more widely spoken) if you anticipate having to communicate with retail staff.”



Background

Croatia flag r.g. photo

Destination in brief


Croatia in brief 

Croatia is a Southeast European country on the northwestern edge of the Balkans. Its neighbors: Slovenia and Hungary (north), Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (east), Montenegro (south). 

Size: 56,500 km² (21 851 mi²) - Croatia is blessed with a 1,777 km (1,104 mi) long Adriatic Sea coast.

Movie director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) said that the seaside city of Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world”.  

Capital city: Zagreb

Population: 4,1 million (2019) – Croatians are a South Slavic people. 78% of the population is Croat, 12% Serb. 

Language: Croatian, a South Slavic language (closest other languages: Serbian and Bosnian) 

Religion: 88% Roman Catholic

Average net monthly salary: 720 Euro (2019)

Most frequent surname: Horvat

The Croatians invented the necktie. In the 17th century, during the Thirty Years’ War, the Croatian mercenaries who fought alongside the French army distinguished themselves from the French by wearing neckties. “Cravat is a twisted French pronunciation of “Croate”.

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A few mean-spirited sentiments about the Croats:

They want to be like Slovenes but always end up acting like Serbs. Croats are cultured but they often stab each other in the back.  

Some stereotypes

Croats are talkative, friendly, loud, often rough mannered, outspoken, they can party hard and behave recklessly, they are very patriotic and often negligent

Optimal timing to visit the Adriatic Coast of Croatia for a beach holiday: June to September

Best tourist attractions: Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes, Istria, Mali Losinj


History

There were 3 Yugoslavias in history, and Croatia was part of two: the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929-41), the Socialist Yugoslavia (1945–92; the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia (1945-63), and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1963-92)). Croatia was not part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1992-2003).

Nowadays

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Croatia - Yes, it's homemade! - (promoting inland produces) - Ata photo

People

Stereotypes:

1. Most Croats are very proud and even go so far as to borrow money to buy nice clothes and luxury items not to look poor.

Croatia - just married - Yes, it is a Rolls-Royce (rental or owned?) - Elter photo

Croatia - belle

Croatia - young man

Croatia - elder village man

Gastronomy

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Croatia - Vrsar - porket - k.v. photo

Attractions

Croatia - Dalmatia - Makarska Riviera - Brela - r.g. photo

Croatia - Makarska -St. Mark's Church - r.g. photo

Seaside vacation

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