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Croatia, located on the Adriatic Sea, is a charming country blessed with beautiful seas, lakes, mountains and islands. Covering over 56,000 square kilometres, it’s compact enough to be explored leisurely when you rent a car in Croatia. It is the best way to cover as many places of interest as you can without rushing during your holiday. From trips to hills and beaches to excursions to historic sites and museums, a car hire in Croatia offers independence and flexibility.

It's your choice: Where to go in Croatia

The capital, Zagreb, is home to the world famous Museum of Broken Relationships as well as a host of museums and galleries. For a quirky adventure, head to the Museum of Illusion and absorb the intriguing exhibits, holograms and puzzles. Otherwise, hit the open markets and feast your eyes on fresh produce, clothes, shoes and antiques that they trade at the Dolac Market or the Hrelic. Split, on the Dalmatian Coast, is known for its fantastic beaches and fortresses. While in the city, visit the Diocletian’s Palace which is the best preserved Roman type of edifice in the world. Head to the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery and admire the works of this famous sculptor. In Croatia, beach holidays are popular and the seaside resort of Dubrovnik is a favourite. Bask in the sun all day, take leisurely meals and relax in secluded coves. When you have enough of the sea and sun, wander through the Old Town and marvel at the well-preserved buildings such as St. Blaise Church and Sponza Palace. To escape the crowds, drive north to Zadar which is the oldest city in Croatia. Amble along its quiet marble streets, sail to remote islands or just chill out on the beach. Don’t miss the ‘Monument to the Sun’ on the waterfront built by artist Nikola Basic. At night, the 22-metre disc emits coloured-light patterns.

Things to do in Croatia

Drive your hired car to see the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get lost in the stunning beauty of this mesmerising lake. You can hike through the park, admire the vegetation or hop on board for a cruise of the Kojzak Lake. Get to know Paklenica National Park that covers 95km² of the Velebit Range. The park boasts of breath-taking mountain scenery. For adrenaline rush seekers, it is possible to trek up gorges and climb stone walls. Similarly, a visit to Krka waterfalls in Croatia is a refreshing experience especially if visiting during the hot summer months. If you don’t feel like moving far from your accommodation in Croatia, there are several things that you can do in the city. Explore extraordinary palaces, ruins and fortresses. The Trakoscan and Marusevec Castles in Varazdin County are worth visiting while the Lotrscak Tower in Zagreb offers a splendid view of the city. Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik is another historic fort with panoramic views. At night, get to know the dining and night scene. Meet up with friends at a bar downtown for pre-dinner drinks before heading to an authentic Croatian restaurant that serves both traditional and modern international dishes. Hopefully, you brought your dancing shoes because there are plenty of lively clubs in Zagreb or Dubrovnik that’s probably playing your favourite tunes.

Important info about Croatia

The country’s geography is diverse, made up of rich flat lands mostly found in the north and highlands and low mountains along the coast. Croatia also has offshore islands where the land is hilly, rocky and steep as can be found along the Dalmatian Coast. It is this varied topography that gives the country a unique charm with plenty of postcard-perfect views of lakes, hills, coasts and other nature reserves. Meat and fresh seafood feature prominently in Croatian food. Try black risotto or crni rizot, a dish prepared with cuttlefish or squid, squid ink, olive oil, red wine and spices. Boskarin is an Istrian oxen considered a gourmet delicacy while Brodetor Brodettois a hearty fish stew. Not to be forgotten is Peka, a meat and vegetable dish cooked in a terracota bowl.

Weather in Dubrovnik
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Country Croatia
Language Croatian
Currency Croatian kuna
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +385

Good to know

If you are on a flight to Croatia, you’ll land at the main airport which is in Zagreb. Other important hubs include Dubrovnik, Zadar, Split and Pula Airport. No matter where you touch down, it is possible to rent a car in Croatia and pick it up at convenient airport locations. You need to be at least 18 years if you're driving in Croatia. Those under 25 years might be subject to a surcharge. Croatians drive on the right and overtake using the left lane. Wearing of seatbelts is mandatory for both drivers and passengers. Drinking and driving is a serious offence and the max BAC level is 0.5. Regular checks are enforced by the police and if you are guilty of a traffic violation, you will be fined on the spot.

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Our tour suggestion for Croatia

Croatia is diverse and you can take many road trips and enjoy some of the most unforgettable landscapes. However, none can beat a road trip to Zadar in your rental car. Drive on the Adriatic Highway, also known as Adranska Magistrala, D8 or E65 and gawk at the beautiful scenery of crystal blue seas and majestic mountains until Dubrovnik.

What to bring to your friends from Croatia

Whether you’re looking for gifts to bring back to friends and family, or even yourself, there’s a plethora of gift ideas that will surely please their receiver. Buy traditional cravats in authentic Croatian designs. Parasols or the Sestine umbrella is the perfect accessory for the traditional costume. Handmade wooden toys are also exquisite souvenirs, kids will love playing with them. Other pretty tokens of your stay in Croatia that you can bring home with you include local jewellery, bird ceramics, hand woven bags, cheese and olive oil.