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Weather in Croatia

Along the Adriatic coast a mild Mediterranean climate dominates with a large number of sunny days. The summer is hot, the winter is mild and rainy here. The highest temperature is about 30-35 degrees in July and August, in the winter it does not go below 5 °C. The temperature of the sea is 25, in the winter 10-12 °C.

The country's interior has a continental climate, here the average temperature is 22-30 °C in the summer and reaches the freezing-point in the coldest months of the year (December, January). In the mountains cool summers are exchanged for cold winters with a lot of snow.

The most interesting weather phenomena are the winds. The Mistral comes at the beginning of the summer and brings cool air from the sea. The Sirocco (or Jugo) is a warm wind coming from the south. It is often followed by rain. The changeable Bura is a typical katabatic (drainage) wind, it blows in gusts.

Local time

Croatia is the part of the Central European Time Zone (GMT+1). When it is 12.00 in Zagreb, 11.00 in London, 6.00 in New York and 21.00 in Sydney.

Shopping

Shops are usually open from 8.00 until 18.00 on weekdays and until 14.00 on Saturday. In the summer in the tourist places they are often open late at night and on Sunday, as well. In Dalmatia (e.g. Split) many shops closes around 9 pm even in off-season. Banks and public services work from 8.00 until 16.00 from Monday to Friday.

Money

The local currency is Croatian kuna (HRK) but Euro is also widely accepted when you pay for your accomodation. Kuna was introduced in 1994 instead of the former Croatian dinar. The word 'kuna' means marten in Croatian and refers to those medieval times when martel pelts were used as means of payment. The kuna is subdivided into 100 lipa (this means linden tree).

Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa and 1, 2, 5 kuna

Banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 kuna

Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices and hotels. Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard) are widely accepted.

Post

Post offices can be found throughout the country, even in smaller villages. The symbol of the Croatian Post is a black horn in a yellow background or the abbreviation of Hrvatska Pošta (HP). Post offices are usually open from 7.00 to 19.00 on weekdays and in bigger tourist resorts and cities on Saturday and Sunday, as well. Postage stamps and phone cards can be purchased here, at newspaper stands and tobacco kiosks.

Making the call

Croatia's country code is +385.

When you make a call from abroad, dial 00 (the international access code), the country code, the city or area code (2 digit number) and the subscriber's number.
The most common mobile networks are VIP (091), T-Mobile (098) and Tele 2 (095). For an international call to a Croatian mobile, dial the country code (00 385), drop the 0 and dial the remaining 9 digits.

Phone cards (telefonska kartica) cost 25, 50, 100 and 200 kuna and can be purchased at kiosks or post offices.

Important telephone numbers

Police                 192

Fire Brigade         193

Ambulance          194

Road assistance  1987

All emergency situation 112

(when calling from a foreign mobile phone, dial +385 1 first, then the number)

National holidays

New Year's Day - January 1                     

Epiphany - January 6

Easter Monday

International Workers' Day - May 1

Corpus Christy

Anti Fascist Resistance Day - June 22

Statehood Day - June 25

Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day - August 5

Feast of the Assumption - August 15

Independence Day - October 8

All Saints' Day - November 1

Christmas - December 25-26

Travelling with kids

Croatia is an ideal destination for families. Children will enjoy the sea and the trips as well as the aquariums, the fish markets and the cruises. Since most of the beaches are pebbly or rocky, it is advisable to buy swimming shoes for them. Also, do not forget the sun lotion with high UV protection at home!

Many hotels and camps have playgrounds and children pools and provide animation for kids. Children usually get a 50% discount from admission charges and excursion or boat trip prices.

Tourist attractions for kids:

Aquarium – Rovinj

Maritime Museum – Orebić

Amphitheatre – Pula

The sandy beach in Baška

Marjan hill – Split

Trakošćan Castle

Zrinski Castle – Čakovec

Herczer Palace (Insect Collection) – Varaždin

Port – Rijeka

Trsat Castle – Rijeka

Kamerlengo Fortress – Trogir

Plitvice Lakes

Lotrščak Tower – Zagreb

Sport

Sport plays an important role in the Croats' life. One of the most popular sports is basketball, the Croatian player, Toni Kukoč played in the team of Chicago Bulls. In Zadar a statue was put up to Krešimir Ćosić, the professional basketball player and Olympic champion.

The Croatian national football team won a bronze medal at the World Cup in 1998. The top goal scorer of the World Cup was Davor Šuker who retired in 2002 and opened his own football school.

The most well-known Croatian tennis player is Goran Ivanišević who won the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 2001. The other two tennis stars are Mario Ančić and Ivan Ljubičić. They won a bronze medal in doubles at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and the Davis Cup in 2005. Marin Čilić (born in Bosnia and Herzegovina) reached the quarterfinals in the US Open in 2009.

The alpine skier Janica Kostelić is the only woman who won four gold medals at the Winter Olympics (in 2002 and 2006). His brother, Ivica, is also a renowned skier, a world champion in slalom (2003) and an Olyimpic silver medallist (Winter Olympics in Turin, 2006).

 

 

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