Republic. Independence from Yugoslavia proclaimed in 1991.
Head of state:
President Ivo Josipović since 2010.
Head of government:
Prime Minister Zoran Milanović since 2011.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs as in most of Western Europe.
With a gorgeous coastline and over 1,100 islands, Croatia is one of Europe's top seaside destinations. But it's much, much more than just sea and sunshine. Croatia has everything from picture-perfect, historic walled cities to spectacular Roman ruins, imposing castles, unspoilt national parks and some of the clearest waters you’ll find anywhere on the Adriatic. Fantastic cuisine (including exquisite seafood on the coast and truffles in Istria), good local wines and a buzzing café culture all add to the appeal. The country's capital, Zagreb, is truly Central European. Everything from the architecture to the hearty culinary offer 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. Throughout Croatia travel guide there are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, numerous museums and 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.
Last updated: 04 March 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.
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.