Still hung over the FIFA fever, we gave you a sneak peek into the fantasy land that Croatia is. If that stirred some wanderlust in you – it’s hard to believe otherwise – here is a detailed rundown on everything you need to know about when you travel to Croatia from India, to make sure you act on your plans sooner than later:
Travel to Croatia: Visa Requirement
The first and foremost consideration for any foreign travel is the visa. Indians can travel to Croatia on a Schengen Visa for a stay not exceeding 90 days in a 180-day period. If you do not intend to visit the rest of Europe and want to limit your travel to Croatia alone, you can travel to Croatia from India on a short-stay visa, also known as C-visa. The details of the visa requirements are available on the Embassy website. You can also make an enquiry at the Croatian embassy for more details.
Weather in Croatia
The country has three diverse climates – the coastline has a typically Mediterranean climate with dry summer and mildly cool rainy winter, the interiors have a continental climate and regions above 1,200 metres of altitude have a mountain climate. The average summer temperatures are in the range of 20-25 degrees Celsius. The mercury may shoot up to 30 degrees Celsius in the months of July and August, while the winter temperatures trickle down to 4 degrees Celsius.
Since Croatia is a part of the European Union, the Euro is a legal tender in the country and you may use it to pay for things like hotel stay, restaurant bills, gas and road tolls. However, Croatia also has its own currency – Kuna – which is used more extensively across the country. One Kuna equals 10.81 Indian rupees. It is advisable to keep some of this currency handy when travelling to the interiors or far-flung areas, as the Euro may not be accepted at small cafes, local stores in these areas.
Best Time to Go
There quite nothing like the European summer, a pleasant contrast to the weather at home. So, June to September is the perfect window to travel to Croatia. However, peak tourist seasons are never a good time to explore any place. If want to avoid the crowds, you may want to steer clear of the months of July and August, as hordes of tourists descend upon the country during this time. This leaves you with the option of travelling to Croatia in June or September, both which are ideal for exploring this wondrous destination. The weather is still pleasant and sunny, everything is more affordable and the sea warm enough for a dip.
Travelling to Croatia from India
There are flights from all major India cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad – mainly catering to the Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia with prices starting as low as INR 24,538. You can book connecting flights to other cities such as Pula, Zemunik, Split, Bol, Rijeka and so on from here.
If your travel to Croatia is part of an extended Europe tour, you can easily find direct flights from most European cities to all prominent destinations in the country. You can also travel to Croatia on a bus from other European towns. The details of bus journeys can be found at the GetByBus website. Renting a car to travel to Croatia from other parts of Europe is another viable option, as it will also come in handy during your explorations within the country. You’d need an international driving permit to be able to drive in Europe.
Train connectivity to and around Croatia is rather limited, so a train journey isn’t recommended. You have to save that experience for another European destination.
Travelling Around Croatia
Renting a car is the ideal way to travel around Croatia. This small country boasts of great roads and even better views along the highways that enhance the overall experience of your travel. Having a rental car at your disposal gives you the liberty to take detours at your own whims and fancies and Croatia will give you many reasons to take such detours.
If you do not want to get into the hassle of renting and maintaining a vehicle during your travel around Croatia, you can also get around using public transport such as buses, ferries and taxis. All the public transport options are modern, affordable and easily accessible. Bus schedules are available on the GetByBus website. Ferries cater to coastal towns such as Makarska, Drvenik, Brsecine, Ploce, Orebic, and Prapratno. Most of the popular tourist towns such as Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Rovinj and Dubrovnik have their own home-grown taxi networks. However, Uber remains by the cheapest option when it comes to travelling around Croatia in cabs.
There is no dearth of accommodation options in Croatia. From budget to luxury five-star hotels, apartments that can be rented through sites such as Airbnb, HomeAway and Booking.com to villas, and even outdoor camping sites, the place has it all. You can choose one that suits your needs and fits your budget. Given its pristine landscape, camping is a sought-after tourist attraction in Croatia. Even if you want to stay in a hotel or apartment, booking a brief camping stay is highly recommended for the sheer uniqueness of the experience.
All tourists travelling to Croatia are required to register at the local tourist office. For non-EU residents, the category in which travellers from India fall, an automatic registration with the local police also takes place. You’d be issued an ID card upon registration and you must carry it at all times, along with your passport, when travelling around Croatia.
Food and Drink
The Croatian cuisine is famous for its heavy use of fresh, local, organic produce that add a whole different dimension of flavours to even the most humble dishes. In the interiors of the country, the food is meat-heavy whereas fish and seafood dominate the coastal cuisine.
It is safe to drink water straight from the faucet in Croatia, and also makes for a more economical choice, as bottled water is extremely expensive here. A 1.5 litre bottle of water will cost you anywhere around 6 Kuna.
Croatia is known for its variety of red and white wines. Istria is the major white wine producing region of the country, while red variety vineyards dominate the southern Dalmatian region. Even so, Croatians are a beer guzzling population and the craft beer scene in the country has bustled to epic proportions in the recent past.
Like most of Europe, Croatia is a very safe destination to travel to, with rare incidents of street crime and next to negligible violence.
You won’t face any major language barriers as a large part of the population speaks English. German and Italian are the other commonly spoken languages.
So, what are you waiting for? Clear your schedule and start planning your trip already. Need help with the itinerary? Contact us here.