June 17, 2021 – 2020 has been a difficult year for Croatia as the country mainly depends on tourism. With borders opening up and travel back to normal, it’s important to remain respectful of people and the environment you find yourself in, no matter where you are. Here is a guide to a positive tourist experience in Croatia just in time for the summer season.
1. Learn the 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 like “hvala” (thank you “,” kako si? “(How are you?) It can’t be that hard to leave a few unique words that can completely change your experience while on vacation!
2. Clean up after you
Croatia prides itself on keeping its beaches perfectly clear, but that is not always possible as a tourist destination. Remember that you are a visitor to our beautiful country, and be aware of this. While not everyone is doing their job cleaning up the trash, every town, town, and island is full of trash cans for your convenience. These beaches, unfortunately, do not clean up on their own and if you want crystal clear water and a pristine beach back, do your part!
3. Avoid political discussions
Croatia’s history is long, complicated and recent. The last one happened only 26 years ago, which many tourists don’t know. If you are not up to date with the story, avoid getting into the discussion because Croats are very passionate. Remember that your knowledge of history is completely different from those who have experienced it. Do your best to avoid the topic or listen to gather information about the situation if it arises.
4. Check the currency before paying
Very often tourists assume that you can pay in euros anywhere in the country, and although this is mainly true, many businesses in Croatia are family-run. They can accept euros but not coins because even though we are part of the European Union, our currency remains the Croatian kuna. Sometimes it can be much easier to pay in local currency, and there are many ATMs and money changers all over the country.
5. Be open to new experiences
Just like any other destination, there is more to Croatia beyond the traditional tourist spots. If you are in Dubrovnik, explore beyond the walls. If you are in Split and Zagreb there is so much more outside the city center. Croats do more than share the beauty of their country with tourists, and much of it goes unnoticed by foreigners. Be open to new experiences, like exploring and trying things outside of your comfort bubble!
6. Be respectful
We understood; you are on vacation in a beautiful country, but try to pay attention to the locals. Respect historical monuments, the environment in which you find yourself and the inhabitants. Don’t overcrowd the historical places everyone wants to enjoy or block the narrow streets of Split, Dubrovnik or the islands. The city isn’t ultimately yours, but it’s glad to have you.
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