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Croatia travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

Sea kayaking the Adriatic
Submitted by M20861
The Adriatic Sea is quite different than the Pacific, the North Sea or the Mediterranean. It is warm and clear, clean water, insignificant tides. There are sandy beaches but gravel is more common and rocks of all kinds are most likely to be found almost everywhere. And they show all the imagination of their creator. You will kayak past huge rocks and below high cliffs, explore the caves and relax in hidden coves. You will enjoy sun and warm water and discover the world of silence under the surface. Your kayak will ... view more take you to where sailing boats don’t even dream of daring: very near the rocks, to the thin line between the sea and land where hundreds of colourful fish and other creatures seek food and shelter.

And there is another thing that makes sea kayaking on Adriatic Sea special, unique and the best on the continent: history. These islands have witnessed the power and the glory of Roman and Ottoman empires, Venetian and Dubrovnik republic, Napoleon legions and Allied forces. It all shows on almost every step. We know our islands and coast and we’ll take you to the very best places. Sea kayak tour will not be just a sport and nature experience but also cultural.

Come and see for yourself it’s not the same as seeing it on a picture. The fact that only a few people know about it means that you shouldn’t wait long.

Cycling tips for Croatia
Submitted by M20861
Nature parks, river valleys and forests are easy to tour on two wheels, travelling slowly you will enjoy more. A cyclist in Croatia isn’t really slow: it’s a small country, so he is - relatively - fast. Still, he can experience things a car passenger cannot: feel the smell of flowers, hear birds singing, taste strawberries that grow by the road and say "Dobar dan" to kids that play in villages. There are great roads for cycling in Croatia but they often have no signs, they are not even on maps because ... view more there is no car traffic on them. But they will take you to your destination and let you enjoy the natural scenery and everything that goes with it.

If you want to see and cycle Croatia there are cycling routes available to satisfy everybody's desires and levels. We offer various levels of cycling, different routes availability, day trips, weeklong trips or if you consider yourself a marathon rider you can attempt to cover Croatia's ride around the entire country, now that is not a task for the light hatred. If you organize your weeklong cycling Croatia trip properly ensure that your stops are at friendly small family run hotels or villas as this is where you will be able to taste and eat the local produce cooked in the traditional methods and maybe even a glass of the local wine or whisky (Rakija).

A great way to experience Croatia is to join a well-paced bike tour through villages and along country roads. There are not only beautiful sceneries but also old towns, villages, palaces, churches and other places of cultural and historic interest. If you want to cycle on one of Europe's most beautiful cycling tracks, a must ride cycle track is National Park Plitvice Lakes!

Rafting in Croatia
Submitted by M20861
Rafting or white water rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white water or different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the raft passengers. The development of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the mid-1970s. It is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous. Rafting contributes to the economy of many regions which in turn may contribute to the ... view more protection of rivers from hydroelectric power generation, diversion for irrigation, and other development.

Additionally, white water rafting trips can promote environmentalism. By experiencing firsthand the beauty of a river, individuals who would otherwise be indifferent to environmental issues may gain a strong desire to protect and preserve that area because of their positive outdoor experience.

Rafting the rivers of Croatia is a wonderful way to experience the unspoiled Croatian interior. Wooden rafts have had a long tradition on some rivers but modern white-water rafting is a rather new sport. Like most outdoor sports, rafting in general has become safer over the years. Expertise in the sport has increased, and equipment has become more specialized and increased in quality. As a result the difficulty rating of most river runs has changed. This may be the reason Croatia is not well known for rafting although it does have wild and exciting rivers (up to grade 3) that flow through sceneries that will take your breath away.

Croatia Travel Tips
Submitted by M15575
Croatia is a country of cities, some of them (Zadar) older than Rome. Also Croatia is a country of excuisit natural landscapes, on short distances from cities. Croatian cities are ideal city break destinations, very well connected to all European hub airports.

The country name - Croatia - is latinism. We call our country Hrvatska, and Hrvati is the name for Croatian people.

According to Latin version of demonym, Croatia name comes from CRAVAT (neck tie). Croatian soldiers (Croati) in Napoleons' army had ... view more them as sign of difference. After them it was adopted on french royal court and became mandatory piece of men fashion by nower days.

Croatians are people of hot temper. Generaly, littoral people are also named "worse". They are loud and like to gesticulate while arguing. We argue a lot, and a quite popular expression about Croatians is "two Croats, three opinions".

Croatian currency is Kuna (marten). Its fure was medieval form of payment here, together with gold and silver. It is divided to hundred Lipa (linden tree) considered as tree of peace or holy tree of all Slavic people.

Zadar is a city among five national parks. Every one of them is easy to reach on one day excursion. Every city break or weekend in Zadar can be a combination of learning rich historic details and enjoying in unspoiled nature beauties.

River kayaking in Croatia
Submitted by M20861
Croatia’s rivers are amongst the cleanest in the world and as a consequence are well stocked with fish and other organisms. Rivers are also very beautiful, so you can have a very pleasant day out walking or cycling along banks of any Croatian River. Green river banks, full of flowers, birds and curious little mammals wait for you to discover them.

Most visitors come to Croatia in summer - when the most beautiful rivers of Croatia are perfect for canoeing and kayaking. So when you plan a vacation by the sea, ... view more plan a day on the river. It will be your best. Maybe you will come to Croatia seeking paradise, but as you kayak on travertine waterfalls interspersed with calm, crystal water, you’ll find a whole lot more… you’ll discover that this is the experience of a lifetime. These rivers flow between hills and forests in uninhabited areas, a world away from crowded beaches and seaside resorts.
Skradin - a must do destination
Submitted by M20861
Skradin is a unique town hidden in the Krka River estuary, 80 kilometers from Split, on the very edge of the national park. The small picturesque town, rich in history, has a couple of family-run hotels, restaurants, pubs and wineries, a beach and marina - all in friendly atmosphere. Afternoons and evenings can be spent in relaxing ambience of Zadar and Sibenik old towns, Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace in Split and Trogir art treasures - both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The 3* hotel “Skradinski Buk” is ... view more located in Skradin, only 300 meters away from the coast. Skradin is the official boat entrance to the Krka River National Park. It is perfectly situated to explore nearby national parks and other sites of interest in Šibenik-Knin County.
Get to know Croatia, part II
Submitted by M20861
The Adriatic, with one of the most indented coastlines in Europe with its 1,185 islands and islets, of which only 66 are inhabited, is undoubtedly the most popular tourist destination. Continental Croatia, however, also abounds in beauty: it is a land of forests, rivers rich in fish, swift mountain streams and deep gorges of Gorski Kotar, and the magnificent Plitvice Lakes in Lika. It is a land of golden wheat fields, oak woods and wide rivers of Slavonia and Baranja, a land of quaint little villages, romantic ... view more castles and manors, and picturesque rolling hills and vineyards of the Croatian Zagorje. We invite you to discover and enjoy the beauties of Croatia, its mild climate, the crystal clean, warm sea water, beautiful beaches, virgin nature, combined with rich history and cultural heritage, delicious cuisine and good wines, an above all, warm and friendly people.
Get to know Croatia
Submitted by M20861
Croatia - where the Mediterranean, mountains and the Pannonian plains come together in a unique blend of natural beauty. Within just over a hundred kilometers, you can experience an exciting range of different landscapes. Located in the South of Central Europe, Croatia is easy to reach through by all means of transport: air, car, bus, train or ferry lines from most countries. The hostile war activities ended in 1996, and Croatia is again a very safe country for travelers. A low crime rate makes it one of the safest ... view more places for visitors. Although a small country, Croatia has rich variety of beautiful landscapes and preserved natural areas from mountains to plains, from rivers to sea with a long and rich history. Croatia is alive with well preserved old towns, castles, palaces, monuments and native architecture. Together with the tradition, folklore, art scenes and music, Croatia is a unique and exotic place to discover. Industry is not big here and has had little impact on the environment. Therefore food is mostly organically grown and drinking water is of very good quality and plenty - even in open rivers and wells. Including the friendly, fun-loving people and easy going lifestyle will make your stay a very pleasant one.
Advices for hunters comming to Croatia
Submitted by M19387
Tips for hunters coming to Croatia:
- If you are traveling with the rifle you have to count on 30 minutes on the bored to lear the rifle with the police. Procedure is very simple and goes without problems.
- The best time to come to Croatia to hunt depends on what animal you are interested. If you are looking for the big trophies than the best period is the mating season of specific animals. Usually that is winter.
- Temperatures in Croatia are nice, in the spring, summer and autumn is usually from 20 - 30 C, ... view more and in the winter 5-15 C. In winter it can get rainy, windy or snowy.
- Croatia is a very safe country to travel and hunt.

Cycling Trip Gear List
Submitted by M19111
Cycling Checklist

Provided Gear:
- 24-speed Sumava Leader Fox hybrid bicycles with suspension fork,
- Small handlebar bag,
- Bicycle pump,
- Water bottle cage,
- Route map,
- Bike tool kit,
- On special request: panniers, toe baskets.
Note: bike pedals do not have toe clips.

Recommended Gear:
- Helmet (required),
- Water bottle,
- Bicycle shoes (without clip-in toes).

Recommended clothing: Dressing in layers is usually the best solution. Non-wrinkle, fast-drying clothing packs and washes easily. ... view more

Recommended bicycle clothing :
- Long sleeve & short sleeve jersey,
- Bicycle pants,
- Bicycle shorts,
- Bicycle rain pants and jacket.

Recommended travel gear:
- Soft sided suitcase or duffel,
- Luggage locks,
- Fanny pack,
- Money belt,
- Passport (required),
- Sunglasses,
- Sunblock,
- Hand sanitizer,
- Your favorite energy bar,
- Personal first aid kit,
- Insect repellent.

Recommended city clothes:
A full change of clothes for dinner and other activities, including shoes other than cycling shoes. You don’t have to dress up for dinner but bring comfortable lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes, include a sweater or light jacket for evenings. Don’t forget a swimsuit.

Other options:
Camera, travel alarm, gel seat cover, electrical adapter, ziplock bags, book to read.
Your luggage may get lost so pack what could minimally get your through a couple of days in your carry-on bag and consider cross-packing with a travel partner.