General - Croatia
The new tourism star of the European Union
According to statisticians and international experts in tourism, Croatia has been a hit destination and the biggest tourist surprise in the Mediterranean the past few years. It was rated in the top 5 destinations to visit in the world by various international travel organizations.
Its natural and cultural heritage qualifies it undisputed as one of the world’s best cruising destinations. With rapidly improving infrastructure and a strong will to provide five-star services, Croatia may soon be unbeatable as a mega yacht destination.
- The Republic of Croatia lies along the east coast of the Adriatic Sea and its hinterland. Its land area is 56,542 km2 and the area of its territorial sea is 31,067 km2.
- The length of its sea coast is 5,835 km, including islands, islets and reefs. There are 1,185 islands, islets and reefs, of which 47 islands are inhabited.
- Croatia has a varied climate, with continental climate conditions in the north and east and a Mediterranean clime along the coast.
- Croatia’s population is 4.5 million.
- The currency is called the “Kuna”; 1 Kn = 7.5 Euro
- Payments can be made by credit cards, as well as with euro-checks in some larger companies. Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs.
- Because of its position, the Croatian coast can be easily reached by boat or aircraft. Major international airports are: Zagreb, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
+385 Country code
112 General emergency number
(0) 51 9155 Croatian national Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC), Rijeka
060 520 520 Weather report, weather forecast and road conditions
Weather reports of port authorities on VHF channel: Pula (VHF 73), Rijeka (VHF 69), Sibenik (VHF 73), Split (VHF 67), Dubrovnik (VHF 73)
(062) 999 999 Tourist information in English, German, Italian and Croatian
BACKGROUND AND CULTURE
Super yacht owners can expect to find a courteous and welcoming Croatia that is determined to live up to its bountiful heritage and is increasingly aiming at catering to the luxury market.
Refreshingly, Croatians are not dazzled by celebrity and wealth. Crime is low, the quality of life is good, and the cost of living is cheaper than in Western Europe. Language isn’t a problem either as English, German and Italian are widely spoken, especially along the coast and amongst the nautical tourism fraternity.
The “customer is king” attitude to tourism is not firmly embedded in Croatian culture. Although the quality of service is generally good, everyone is treated equally and at a similar pace. This makes for a very refreshing change from the more sophisticated Western Med approach to super yacht visitors.
Croatia has eight national parks, four of which are located in its mountain region:
1. NP Risnjak
2. NP Plitvice Lakes – a UNESCO world heritage sight
3. NP Northern Velebit
4. NP Paklenica
These four are found in its coastal region:
1. NP Brijuni
2. NP Kornati
3. NP Krka
4. NP Mljet
All of these have contributed to Croatia being considered one of the most beautiful destinations in all of Europe.
UNESCO IN CROATIA
UNESCO has given three Croatian cities, two colossal complexes, and two natural areas the status of monuments of world cultural heritage.
1. Late Antique Palace of Diocletian, remodeled through the centuries into the medieval city of Split
2. City of Dubrovnik
3. City of Trogir
4. The Basilica of Euphrasius in Porec
5. Cathedral of St.Jacob in Sibenik
6. Starigrad Plain in Hvar
7. Plitvice Lakes