A Guide To A Positive Tourist Experience in Croatia

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1. Learn basic words

Many Croatians speak English, especially those in the tourism industry, but it’s always a nice gesture to learn a few basic words. Simple words such as “hvala” (thank you,” “kako si?” (how are you?) can go a long way and make Croatians feel really special. Also, it’s pretty cool to be able to say you know some basic Croatian! It can’t be that hard to leave a few unique words which can completely change your experience while on your holiday! 

2. Clean up after yourself



Croatia prides itself on keeping its beaches pristinely clear, but it’s not always possible as a tourist destination. Remember that you’re a visitor to our beautiful country, and be mindful of that. While not everyone does their job cleaning up trash, every town, city, and island is packed with trash cans for your convenience. Those beaches, unfortunately, don’t clean up themselves and if you’d like to return to crystal clear water and a pristine beach, do your part! 

3. Avoid political discussions

Croatia’s history is long, complicated, and recent. The last occurred only 26 years ago, which many tourists aren’t aware of. If you aren’t aware of the history, avoid getting into the discussion because Croatians are very passionate. Remember that your knowledge of history is completely different from those who lived through it. Do your best to avoid the topic or listen to gather knowledge of the situation if it comes up. 

4. Double check the currency before paying



Very often, tourists assume you can pay with Euros anywhere in the country, and while this is mainly true, many businesses in Croatia are family-owned. They may accept Euros but not coins because even though we are a part of the European Union, our currency remains the Croatian Kuna. At times it might be much easier to pay in the local currency, and there are many ATMs and exchange offices all around the country. 

5. Be open to new experiences

Much like any other destination, there is more to Croatia beyond the mainstream tourism locations. If you’re in Dubrovnik, explore beyond the walls. If you’re in Split and Zagreb, there is so much more out there outside the city center. Croatians are more than sharing the beauty of their country with tourists, and a lot of it remains unnoticed by foreigners. Be open to new experiences, such as exploring and trying out things outside of your comfort bubble! 

6. Be respectful

We get it; you’re on holiday in a beautiful country, but try to be mindful of the local people. Respect the historical monuments, the environment you’re in, and the locals. Don’t overcrowd historic places everyone wants to enjoy or block narrow streets in Split, Dubrovnik, or islands. The city does not belong to you at the end of the day, but it is thrilled to have you. 

For more information about currency in Croatia, click HERE.

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