Croatia has precisely 1244 islands, islets, and rocks, but what makes them special is not their number, but the fact that they shape numerous small and large coves, beaches, caves and cliffs, and these places of unspoiled beauty are interwoven with charming coastal towns. This unique archipelago spanning less than 250 nautical miles has a mild Mediterranean climate which makes sailing fun and enjoyable.
Croatia occupies the largest area of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which, as a part of the Mediterranean Sea, penetrates deep into the European continent. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental section, which spans from the easterly edges of the Alps in the north west to the shores of the Danube in the East, encompassing the southern part of the fertile Pannonian lowlands.
Croatia has a wealth of different beaches, and the majority have blue-flag status, guaranteeing water quality, safety, and services. In fact, 97% of 884 samples were qualified excellent for bathing. Whether you want some adventures in the wild, sailing in search of romantic hidden beaches or you wish to relax under the sun with your family it is time to choose Croatia as your next paradise to help you hit the reset button!
When to visit
Almost anytime between May and October is a great time to visit Croatia. Temperatures are relatively pleasant in May; coastal temperatures may be in the low 20's(°C) and there will be a good amount of sunshine. Swimming is possible then too, although it may be on the chilly side (especially early in the month). The further south you go, the warmer the sea will be.
September will still see very good weather and the sea will be warm enough for swimming. The pleasant swimming weather often stretches into October.
The months of June, July and August are of course the height of summer with near-perfect weather. This is the peak time which attracts many crowds and prices are at the highest.
Croatia enjoys three different climates:
- Coast - A pleasant Mediterranean climate with a high number of days of sunshine per year. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are mild and wet.
- Inland - Temperatures drop slightly as you move inland, where the climate is continental and moderate.
- Mountains - Once you climb above 1,200 m, you will be greeted with fresh mountain air and temperatures around 13 ºC in the summer months.
Explore the different regions of Croatia:
A Croatia tourist visa is currently not required for Australian Citizens for stays of up to 90 days in a 180 day period.
Croatia is part of the European Union (EU), but isn't a member of the Schengen area.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Croatia for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
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Croatia in Numbers:
- Emergency telephone number: 112
- Coastline: 6,278km
- Highest Peak: 1,831m (Dinara)
- Inhabitants: 4,290,612
- Islands, islets and reefs: 1244
- Power supply: 230V, 50 Hz frequency and standard European type plugs with 2 round prongs.
Public Holidays in 2021
- 1 Jan - New Years Day
- 6 Jan - Epiphany
- 5 Apr - Easter Monday
- 1 May - Labour Day
- 30 May - Statehood Day
- 3 Jun - Corpus Christi
- 22 Jun - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
- 5 Aug - Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day
- 15 Aug - Assumption Day
- 8 Oct - Independence Day
- 1 Nov - All Saints' Day
- 18 Nov - Remembrance Day
- 25 Dec - Christmas Day
- 26 Dec - St Stephen's Day
This page contains a national calendar of all 2021 public holidays for Croatia. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced.
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