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tours to Croatia
 Capital Zagreb
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 Location

Croatia - a country located in southern part of Central Europe, in the north of the Balkan Peninsula. It shares borders with Slovenia to the north, with Hungary and Serbia to the northeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to the south, the Adriatic Sea to the south.  Country  area - 21 851 sq. mi.

 Carrency Kuna (HRK) = 100 Lips. $1 = 5.35 HRK (feb. 2010)
 Population 4 489 500 (2009)
 Local time ^ hours ahead of New York time
 Electrical Voltage

230V, 50Hz

 Visa reqierment

Croatia  tourist  visa  is  not  required for  US  citizens.

 National cuisine

Sampling Croatian cooking is one of the high points of a visit to Croatia. Although it may be an exaggeration to say the whole country is made up of gourmets, it's true that Croatians place a high priority on fresh, correctly prepared food. You may even want to try a Croatian recipe yourself from one of these fine Croatian cookbooks! Dining in Croatia is a generally relaxed experience mainly because you can eat remarkably well for the price. Budget travellers will find themselves eating tasty local specialties for a fraction of what they'd pay at home..

Like much of Croatia culture, the cuisine is divided into coastal (Dalmatian and Istrian) and interior flavors (mostly from Zagorje which includes Zagreb and northwestern Croatia) with a sub-category of Slavonian cuisine from east Croatia.  Following are items you'll find nearly everywhere in Croatia:

Burek - this is heavy cheese, meat or apple pastry was the breakfast of choice for farmers and fishermen.

Cevapcici ( pronounced Chev ap chee tse) - Croatia's answer to the hamburger, this meatball is made of spicy beef or pork.

Raznjici (pronounced razh nyee chee) - Another Croatian quick treat, this is a sort of shish kebab.

Palacinke (pronounced pala chink eh). This is a pancake often stuffed with walnuts or chocolate and sometimes served with ice cream.

Blitva -Swiss chard boiled and served with olive oil, potatoes and garlic is a simple and delicious side dish that's served throughout Croatia.

Pag Cheese - Made on the island of Pag, this sharp, sheep's milk cheese is a delicacy throughout Croatia. It's often served as an appetiser, thinly sliced with olives on the side.

Bakalar - dried cod is prepared a variety of ways and is traditionally served on Christmas Eve. 

 

 Weather

Central Region (Slavonia, Zagreb):
Here the climate is moderately continental. For the center of the country is characterized by hot, dry summers and wet, quite cold winters. In January the average temperature hovering around
 +3F to +34° F in August, is +68° F, +74° F. In mountainous areas the climate is more cold and snow. Average January temperature is from +23° F to +50° F, in August - +55° F, +64° F.

Adriatic coast:

Climatic characteristics of the region are determined by the influence of the sea, which alleviates all the seasonal fluctuations in temperature. Summer is hot and very dry, winters warm and humid. Average January temperature - from +
23° F to +5F, in August - from +74° F to +90° F. The sun is shining on average 2,600 hours per year. Water temperature in summer - +77° F, +81° F.

 SOUVENIRS

The best way to make purchases in Croatia - during walks through the narrow streets of the ancient port of Croatia. At a large shopping streets of big cities you will see a familiar name brands, just as expensive and trendy young Croats, as well as any European dandy. But to find souvenirs of manual work much harder than the products of mass production.

Embroidery and lace - one of the major gifts in Croatia. Embroidery and lace Croatian women are engaged for centuries.
Best lace can be found on the Pag island  Best Croatian embroidery of gold and silver thread - at Osijek.
In Croatia, a huge number of paintings. Beautiful scenery and unique architecture gives to artists lot of impressions, which they transferred to canvas. Most pleasant picture hidden in the narrow streets of old Istrian towns. Especially good gallery in Rovin and Dubrovnik. In Zagreb, there are larger and more representative paintiings. In Croatia, you can also buy a practical and beautiful things - wooden bowls and dishes, wicker baskets, woven rugs. All this - great souvenirs. It is best to buy these items at local markets.
The wines produced in Croatia, although they do not enjoy international renown, but you will not disappoint. In Croatia, produce excellent spirits. The most famous - plum brandy, strong plum brandy, which to end your busy dinner. There is a popular grape vodka - traps and Brandy. The same can be said of jams and honey, as well as olive oil.
At most resorts are tourist markets, usually on the waterfront  or in the port area. You can  buy souvenirs of mass production. But you can find and handicrafts. Traditional  Croatian souvenirs are lace, ties, jewelry in the form of the head Negro, decorative candles, goat cheese, cherry brandy, wine.

Shops in Croatia are working from Monday to Friday from 08.00 AM to 08.00PM, Saturday and Sunday - from 08.00AM to 02.00PM. Many shops in resort areas have a break from 12.00 to 05.00PM, but the time of closure of such stores around 10.00PM.


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Croatia - quite a developed industrial-agrarian country.
 Due to its geographical position, Croatia, on its territory remained a huge number of ancient monuments, architectural buildings and museums.

In such a small country there are a huge number of monuments of world importance: the island of Sipan (the era of the Renaissance), the cathedral in Šibenik (Juraj Sebenico, XV century, Europe's only church built of stone slabs), a chapel in Trogir (Nicola Firentinats, XV century,
It comprises 150 sculptures and bas-relief image of a human face), about eighty original summer residences of the nobility, built in the Renaissance in the Republic of Dubrovnik (XVI cent.) etc.

Being on the Adriatic coast of Dubrovnik, the number of perfectly preserved to this day monuments of the Renaissance (walls and towers, public buildings, churches, houses and palaces) can be compared only in Europe, with Venice and Amsterdam.

In the capital city of Zagreb  - the  best   way is to visit Ivan Zakmardiya pedestrian alley that leads to the funicular (1888), connecting the upper and lower parts of the city and the tower Lotrscak, from a viewing platform which offers a magnificent view over the city. Not far away to the east lie the baroque church of St. Catherine, the most prestigious exhibition hall of the city - Muzeyski space, and slightly to the north, at the intersection of Kamenita and Opalichka, stone gate (XIII century. Miraculously survived a fire in 1731) depicting the Virgin Mary .

Split - the second largest city of Croatia, the heart of Central Dalmatia, and most important transportation hub of the country. Old Town (III century. BC) lies on the southern side of the high peninsula, the western part of which occupies a large park. The main attraction of the city - a square fortress palace of Diocletian (III cent.) Made of white stone, from which, in fact, "grew up" Split, and which is considered one of the most interesting Roman monuments in Europe. Must be visited: Square Peristyle, above which rises the Neo-Romanesque tower of the Cathedral, Gold and Silver Gate, rebuilt the mausoleum of Diocletian's Cathedral (VII cent.) With the sarcophagus of St. Dulje, the patron saint of Split, the temple of Jupiter, the Venetian Gothic Town Hall (XV cent.) and the Venetian tower (XV cent.)

In Porec preserved many churches, the most famous of which is the Basilica of St. Efraziusa, which is located in the UNESCO list of world treasures and has a surprisingly beautiful Byzantine mosaics, Porec has brought worldwide fame. Porec is the most visited tourist center of Croatia, thanks to the excellent infrastructure, spectacular scenery and excellent opportunities for recreation.

Center of  Kaptol is the cathedral of St. Stephen, built in 1899 on the spot, and using some elements of the destroyed by an earthquake in 1880 of a medieval cathedral. Be sure to visit the nearby Baroque archbishop's palace, which served as a fortress defending against attacks of the Turks, a central area of Josip Jelačić its monuments, arcades and Mirogoj cemetery - one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe, as well as the picturesque market Dolach and Comedy Theater. Founded in the XVII century. University of Zagreb is one of the oldest, and its building - one of the most beautiful in Europe.

There are 7 amazing national parks in  Croatia. Three of them are located on coastal islands: Brijuni near Pula, Zadar and Kornati near Mljet near Korcula. Roman antiquity is particularly felt in Pula (well-preserved amphitheater, arch Sergievatsa and the Temple of August) and Split (Diokletsianov monumental palace, IV century).