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August
16

The emperor’s old palace comes alive during this 10-day festival commemorating the once omnipotent ruler. The highlight is the reappearance of...

September
08

Taking place in the wider Dubrovnik region, this marathon also gives the chance for a shorter, 15km (9-mile) run. Both races start and finish in...

September
14

Platform for unknown directors and screenwriters from around the globe.

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Croatia Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

56,542 sq km (21,831 sq miles).

Population

4.5 million (2013).

Population density

79.5 per sq km.

Capital

Zagreb.

Government

Republic. Independence from Yugoslavia proclaimed in 1991.

Head of state

President Ivo Josipović since 2010.

Head of government

Prime Minister Zoran Milanović since 2011.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs as in most of Western Europe.

Occupying a stunning stretch of the Adriatic coastline, Croatia is one of Europe's top seaside destinations. Boasting more than 1,100 islands, the country is renowned for its limpid waters and picture-perfect scenery.

But Croatia is much more than sea and sunshine; it has everything from historic walled cities and spectacular Roman ruins to imposing castles and unspoiled national parks. The fantastic cuisine (including exquisite seafood on the coast and truffles in Istria), fine wines and uzzing café culture add to the appeal.

The country's capital, Zagreb, is truly Central European. Everything from the architecture to the hearty cuisine reflects the region's centuries-old ties with Austro-Hungary and the city also makes a good base for visiting the historic castles and vineyards of Zagorje. Croatia is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, has a glut of world-class museums and plays host to dozens of festivals.

Rugged mountain ranges such as Velebit and Gorski Kotar are a haven for hiking, while the Adriatic offers ideal conditions for sailing, scuba-diving and sea-kayaking. Those in search of a more restful holiday can enjoy hours of sunshine on the beach - and remember, as Europe's top naturist destination, Croatia is one place you can finally get that all-over tan.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 24 July 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Following the flooding in Eastern Slavonia region, the Croatian Ministry of Health has declared a state of emergency in the area due to the risk of disease. If you plan to visit this area, seek medical advice before you travel.

Carry your passport with you at all times. You must be able to show some form of identification if required, including when checking into hotels.

Land mines are still a danger in some isolated areas.

Around 400,000 British nationals visit Croatia every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. If you already have an EHIC, make sure it hasn’t expired.

You should also take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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