For tourism, the warm and sunny period from May to September is ideal. However, in July and August, the Adriatic coast has an influx of European holidaymakers that mingle with the local population. Beaches are crowded, the historic centres flooded! In May, June and September, the big family tourism has not arrived or already returned! Hotels then apply low season rates, private rentals also. This is the time of flowers in spring, fruit in autumn.In April and October, it sometimes costs a little to sleep under a tent or swimming. If the coast continues to enjoy bright days, perfect for hiking, it can rain extensively. We can swim from early June to early October (water temperature between 21 and 24/26 ° C).For some time, the season extends until the end of the year and begins in the spring, especially in the cities to the rich cultural or gastronomic heritage. Above all, it is a well-being tourism, discoveries of the country's riches (visits, hikes, sports practices, congresses, cruises).
A Adriatic coast on the thousand and a islandsThe country is dreaming with its archipelagos just a few feet from the Adriatic coast. Each island and island has its character and often hides bays to shelter, beaches or isolated coves. For boaters, Croatia has built over marinas, well equipped, spread across the coast. With generally favourable winds, coastal cabotage is relatively easy, renting a boat is just as much!A preserved natural environmentWith its 352 protected areas, 9% of its total surface area, Croatia has been able to highlight its natural resources. Lovers of large spaces will have an embarrassment to explore national parks and other natural reserves, from north to south.A rich architectural and artistic heritageIf ancient civilization has left large monuments, some of which are still standing (Pula amphitheatre, Diocletian's palace in Split, Euphrasienne basilica of Pore?, etc.), ancient Croatia is distinguished in Dalmatia by numerous examples of churches and medieval and Renaissance monasteries. The palaces and residences of Italian influence will also delight the heritage lovers. By organizing your trip to Croatia on line with a local agency, you will make visits with professional guides and discover very beautiful sites in contrasting architecture, at the crossroads of multiple influences (Hellenistic, Western, Northern, Eastern).
Food prices vary depending on seasonal movements of supply, place of purchase (market, grocery store, supermarket) and promotions. Shopping centres are open seven days a week, most often from 9 a. m. to 21 p. m. while other stores are open Monday to Saturday, more rarely on Sundays.Coffee: from 8 to 10 knBread loaf (approximately 700 g): from 7 to 12 knOne litre of milk: from 5 to 8 knOne half of beer: from 15 to 25 knA simple dish: from 45 to 70 knPizza: from 30 to 50 knA hamburger: from 18 to 35 knA bus ticket in Zagreb: 15 kn knOne night in a youth hostel: from 150 to 250 knOne night in the inhabitant: from 300 knOne litre of gasoline: approximately 9 to 10 knFormalitésValid national identity card or passport.
Istrie Croats and Dalmatia also speak Italian. German is the 2nd language and then comes English and French.Learning language in Croatia: Why not take advantage of your stay to learn Croatian? The Hrvatska Slovenská Iseljenika Foundation organizes summer courses in Zagreb, Rijeka, Novi Vinodol, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik as well as volunteer stays around a cultural heritage restoration programme.Learning the language in France: the offer for self-learning can be made on different media: CD, DVD, exercise books or even directly on the Internet via educational or community sites.
The Croatian currency is divided into kunas (HRK or kn) and cents, lipas. Notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1 000 kunas, parts of 1, 2 and 5 kunas and parts 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 lipas.History of currency. Kuna means marten in Croatian, a name referring to old times where the skin of this small mammal was an exchange currency and a unit of price measurement. Times have changed and the petit weasel now peacefully hidden at the bottom of the country's woods. Lipa means linden.The of the Kuna word dates back to Antiquity. In the Pannonia provinces of the Roman Empire, the fees were levied in marten skins, as they were very popular. In the Middle Ages, as many currencies are combined, one of them stands out. These are silver pieces decorated with a marten. But with Croatia's aspiration in the Dutch-Croatian kingdom, the currency disappears. Much later, in 1939, it reviewed the day and was adopted by the Government in 1941 until liberation, where it was the dinar, the Serbian currency, which replaced it. In 1994, after the independence of Croatia, the Kuna was put into circulation.Today, even though Croatia is part of the European Community, the changeover to the euro is not definitive. Many establishments adopt double-display, in euro and kunas, to facilitate price assessment. In hotels, car hire operators, tourist service providers, restaurants, bars and shops, you can pay in euros or kunas.
The climate varies from semi-continental to north, with altitude temperatures in the centre, Mediterranean on the Adriatic coast through contrasting episodes all year round: early spring, pleasant saisons (Indian summer), beautiful sunshine but also strong precipitation, from north to south, heavy winds, big heat in summer.
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