Croatia

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Croatia is a Mediterranean country that bridges Central Europe and the Balkans. It is on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea, across from Italy on the western side. Croatia is bordered by Hungary to the north, Slovenia to the northwest, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the southeast, and Montenegro to the south.

An Introduction to the Region of Croatia

There are three distinct areas of Croatia: Lowland Croatia (cr: Nizinska Hrvatska), Littoral Croatia (Primorska Hrvatska) and Mountainous Croatia (Gorska Hrvatska) and these can be neatly split into five travel regions:

  Istria (Istra)
A peninsula in the northwest, bordering Slovenia
  Kvarner
Seashore and highlands north of Dalmatia, includes subregions: Bay of Kvarner and Highlands (Lika and Gorski Kotar)
  Dalmatia (Dalmacija)
A strip of mainland and islands between the Mediterranean and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Slavonia (Slavonija)
Including subregions Slavonija and Baranja (north of river Drava) northeastern area of forests and fields, bordering Hungary, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Central Croatia (Središnja Hrvatska)
North central highlands, location of Zagreb.

Other Muslim Friendly Cities in Croatia

  • Zagreb GPS 45.816667,15.983333 – the capital and largest city
  • Dubrovnik GPS 42.640278,18.108333 – historic coastal city and.
  • Split GPS 43.51,16.45 – ancient port city with Roman ruins
  • Pula GPS 44.866667,13.85 – biggest town in Istria with the Roman amphitheater (commonly called Arena)
  • Osijek GPS 45.557531,18.679589 – capital of Slavonia and an important city
  • Rijeka GPS 45.316667,14.416667 – Croatia's largest and main port
  • Zadar GPS 44.114167,15.227778 – largest city of north-central Dalmatia with rich history

Other Muslim Friendly Destinations in Croatia

  • Krka National Park GPS 43.801944,15.972778 (Nacionalni park Krka) – river valley near Šibenik
  • Island of Cres GPS 44.96,14.408056
  • Island of Hvar GPS 43.133333,16.733333
  • Island of Brač GPS 43.316667,16.633333
  • Island of Krk GPS 45.066667,14.6
  • Island of Šolta GPS 43.37,16.31
  • Makarska GPS 43.3,17.033333 on the Makarska Riviera
  • Plitvice National Park GPS 44.880556,15.616111 (Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera) — waterfalls, lakes and botanical assets easily gets it in the top 5 of most exquisite nature attractions of Europe, it is..
  • Žumberak GPS 45.7,15.46 – mountainous region that spans the border between Slovenia and Croatia

Demonstration for Palestine and Gaza in Croatia

Dear Supporters of the Palestinian Cause in Croatia,

We are excited to announce a peaceful demonstration in support of the People of Palestine, set to take place in Croatia over the next three days. This event is an opportunity for us to come together and raise our voices and the Palestinian Flag for a just and peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict.

We want to emphasize that this demonstration is intended to be a peaceful and respectful gathering. Our goal is to show solidarity with the people of Palestine and call for a peaceful solution to the conflict. It is crucial that we maintain a peaceful and respectful atmosphere throughout the event.

Important Guidelines:

To ensure the success of our demonstration and to maintain a peaceful environment, we kindly ask all participants to adhere to the following guidelines:

Peaceful Protest: This is a non-violent demonstration. We do not condone any form of violence or vandalism.

Respect for Law Enforcement: Please treat law enforcement officers in Croatia with respect and follow their instructions. Do not engage in confrontations with them.

Leave No Trace: Dispose of any trash responsibly and leave the demonstration area clean.

Thank you for your commitment to our peaceful demonstration in Croatia, and let us stand together for a better future for all.

In solidarity, eHalal Croatia

Croatia Halal Travel Guide

How is the Climate in Croatia

Northern Croatia has a temperate continental climate, while the central and upland regions have a mountainous climate. The entire Adriatic coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Spring and autumn are mild along the coast, while winter is cold and snowy in central and northern regions. The average temperature inland in January ranges from -10°C to 5°C; August 19°C to 39°C. The average temperature at the seaside is higher: January 6°C to 11°C; August 21°C to 39°C.

Terrain

It is geographically diverse with flat agricultural plains along the Hungarian border (Central European area), low mountains and highlands near the Adriatic coastline, and islands. There are 1,246 islands; the largest ones are Krk and Cres. The highest point is Dinara at 1,830 m.

History of Croatia

The Croats settled in the region in the early 7th century and formed two principalities: Croatia and Pannonia. The establishment of the Trpimirović Dynasty ca 850 strengthened the Dalmatian Croat Duchy, which together with the Pannonian principality became a kingdom in 925 under King Tomislav. The independent Croatian kingdom lasted until 1102 when Croatia, after a series of dynastic struggles entered into a personal union with Hungary, with a Hungarian king ruling over both countries. In 1526, after the Battle of Mohács, in which Hungary suffered a catastrophic defeat against the Islamic Ottoman Turks, Croatia severed its relationship with Hungary and its parliament (Sabor) voted to form a new personal union with the Habsburg Monarchy. Croatia remained an autonomous kingdom within the Hapsburg state (and later Austria-Hungary) until the empire's dissolution following its defeat in World War I.

In 1918, a short-lived State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs (carved out of south Slavic parts of Austria-Hungary) joined the Kingdom of Serbia to form the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, later renamed Yugoslavia in 1929. The new state was unitarist in character, erasing all historical borders within its new territorial division, which resulted in a strong movement for more autonomy for Croatia. This was achieved in 1939, only days before the start of World War II, when Croatia was granted broad autonomy within Yugoslavia as Banovina of Croatia. When Germany and Italy attacked Yugoslavia in 1941 and the state was dissolved, parts of it annexed to Germany and Italy, and puppet governments installed in Croatia and Serbia. Almost immediately, a strong resistance movement was formed, led by communist leader Josip Broz "Tito" (whose father was a Croat), which gained broad popular support, but by the end of World War II and the Ustashe puppet government and its militia had systematically murdered roughly 30,000 Jews, 29,000 Roma, and at least 300,000 Serbs, mostly at the notorious death camp they built in Jasenovac. After the end of World War II, a new, communist Yugoslavia was formed with Tito becoming "president for life". Tito ruled with a strong hand, using political repression and secret police to quell any separatist sentiments, with the official motto of the new country being "Brotherhood and Union". Still, because Yugoslavia didn't belong to the Warsaw Pact, having broken off political ties with the USSR in 1948, it was by far the most open socialist country in Europe and its citizens enjoyed more civil liberties and a higher living standard than the rest of the Communist bloc.

After Tito's death in 1980 and the weakening of political repression led to a period of political instability. Faced with the rise of nationalist sentiment, a decade-long recession, and the weakening of communist grip on power on the eve of the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the first free elections were held in Yugoslavia in almost 45 years. In these elections, nationalists won power in all Yugoslav republics, leading to a rise in inter-ethnic tensions, which culminated with Croatia and Slovenia declaring their independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. This led to open war in newly independent Croatia and later in Bosnia and Herzegovina which declared its independence in 1992. The wars ended four years later, in 1995, with a decisive Croatian victory in Operation Storm, bringing peace to both countries. The anniversary of Operation Storm is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day in Croatia every August 5.

After a period of accelerated economic growth in the late 1990s and 2000s Croatia joined NATO in 2009 and the European Union in 2013. Croatia today is a functioning liberal democracy, with a free market system and a robust welfare state.

Public Holidays in Croatia

  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • January 6: Epiphany
  • Easter (according to the Gregorian calendar)
  • Corpus Christi (60 days after Easter)
  • May 1: International Workers' Day
  • June 22: Anti-Fascist Struggle Day
  • June 25: Statehood Day
  • August 5: Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian defenders
  • August 15: Assumption of Mary
  • October 8: Independence Day
  • December 25: Christmas

Local Language in Croatia

The main language is Croatian, which is a Slavic language which is very similar to Serbian and Bosnian.

Many Croatians can speak English to some level, but German and Italian are also very popular (largely because of the large annual influx of German and Italian tourists). Elderly people rarely speak English, although they may be able to converse in German or Italian. If you know Polish or Czech then these languages have some similarities to Croatian. Some people might also speak French or Russian. Many older people can speak Russian as it was a compulsory second language in schools during the communist era, but this has largely been supplanted by English among the younger generations.

How to travel to Croatia

Croatia is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

  • There are normally no border controls between countries that have signed and implemented the treaty. This includes most of the European Union and a few other countries.
  • There are usually identity checks before boarding international flights or boats. Sometimes there are temporary border controls at land borders.
  • Likewise, a visa granted for any Schengen member is valid in all other countries that have signed and implemented the treaty.
  • Illegal migration has become the norm throughout the European Union due to countries such as Germany that has ignored the Dublin agreement.

Entry requirements

Any person not covered by a visa exemption will need to apply for a visa at a Croatian embassy or consulate in advance. The application fee for a short stay Croatian visa is €35. However, it may be feasible for multiple-entry Schengen visa holders to use their Schengen visa to enter Croatia provided that it remains valid during the their stay.

More information about visa exemptions and the visa application procedure is available at the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

Buy a Flight ticket to and from Croatia

There are international airport in Dubrovnik IATA Flight Code: DBV, Osijek IATA Flight Code: OSI, Pula IATA Flight Code: PUY, Rijeka IATA Flight Code: RJK, Split IATA Flight Code: SPU, Zadar IATA Flight Code: ZAD and Zagreb IATA Flight Code: ZAG.

The only Flights from outside Europe are from Ben Gurion Airport and Doha, and the occasional charter flight from Tokyo and Seoul. If coming from North America, you will have to transfer at a hub such as London or Frankfurt Airport.

Travel by train to Croatia

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The train network passenger lines are operated by Hrvatske Željeznice (HŽ) Putnički Prijevoz (PP)]. They connect all major Croatian cities, except Dubrovnik (you can take a train to Split then take one of the frequent buses or the more scenic ferry to Dubrovnik and the train station is at the pier). There are direct lines from Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary (suspended due to immigrant crisis), Slovenia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. There are indirect lines from almost all other European countries.

From neighboring countries and there are EuroCity, InterCity and EuroNight rail services:

The German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) has a Europe Special/Croatia, where they sell Munich - Zagreb starting at €39.

While Croatia is covered on some Rail travel in Eurail passes, staff at domestic ticket windows tend to have no idea about validating the pass on the first day of use. There are recorded instances of staff saying that the conductor would validate the pass, and the conductor simply treating it as a regular ticket. Fortunately and the international ticket staff (particularly in Zagreb) are aware of how to validate the pass, and have been known to validate it retroactively where necessary. They even ask for the details of the domestic ticket seller who gave the wrong information.

The traveller is therefore recommended to have already validated their Eurail pass on arrival in Croatia, or to have it validated at an international window even if the first trip on it will be domestic.

By car

To enter Croatia, a driver's license, an automobile registration card and vehicle insurance documents are required. If you need road assistance, you should dial 1987. The following speeds are permitted:

  • 50 km/h - within built-up areas
  • 90 km/h - outside built-up areas
  • 110 km/h - on major motor routes
  • 130 km/h - on motorways
  • 80 km/h - for motor vehicles with a caravan trailer
  • 80 km/h - for buses and buses with a light trailer

When driving in the rain, you should adjust speed to conditions on wet roads. Driving with headlights is not obligatory during the day (during Daylight Savings Time; it is obligatory during winter months). Use of mobile phones while driving is not permitted. Maximum permitted amount of alcohol in blood is 0.05% (matching neighboring Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina) although this has varied and was down to 0% until that was found to not be tenable in the nation. Use of seat belts is obligatory.

Travel on a Bus in Croatia

Very good network of buses once in the nation - affordable and regular.

If you are coming from Italy there are two buses daily from Venice leaving at 11:00 and 13:45 going to Istria, with a final stop in Pula. These are operated by different bus companies, but you can buy tickets for both buses at the ATVO bus office at the Venice bus station. The office is in the bus station, but located outside on the ground level across from where all the buses park. Both buses pick up at spot b15. It is roughly a 5-hour bus ride, with stops in Trieste and Rovinj. You can also pick up the bus at the bus station in Mestre, 15 minutes after the scheduled bus leaves Venice. Coming in from Trieste, Italy is popular among Europeans, for Trieste is a Ryanair destination. You cross the Italian-Slovenian border first, followed by the Slovenian-Croatian border, but they are very close to one another.

Dubrovnik and Split are the main destinations of international buses from Bosnia and Hercegovina or Montenegro, with daily buses traveling to cities such as Sarajevo, Mostar and Kotor (some lines such as Split-Mostar operate every few hours). Seasonal lines also extend through to Skopje from Dubrovnik. Border formalities on the buses are extremely efficient, and do not involve leaving the bus (previous services from Dubrovnik to Kotor involved changing buses at the Croatian border).

Osijek is a very big bus hub for international travel to Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia in addition to its local buses, and the station is located conveniently next to the train station. Many buses heading from Zagreb north into Hungary or Austria will pass through Varaždin.

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Book a Halal Cruise or Boat Tour in Croatia

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Ferries are affordable and go regularly between various places by the coast. Although not the fastest and they are probably the best way to see the beautiful Croatian islands of the Adriatic Sea.

Jadrolinija is the main Croatian passenger shipping line that maintains the largest number of regular international and domestic ferry and shipping lines. The following international lines are serviced by vehicle ferries:

  • Rijeka - Zadar - Split - Hvar - Korčula -Dubrovnik - Bari
  • Split - Ancona - Split
  • Korčula - Hvar - Split - Ancona
  • Zadar - Ancona - Zadar
  • Zadar - Dugi otok - Ancona
  • Dubrovnik - Bari - Dubrovnik

Blue Line International also covers the international line Split - Ancona - Split

Venezia Lines has regular catamaran lines between Venice and the Croatian cities of Poreč, Pula, Rovinj and Rabac.

How to get around in Croatia

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Buy a Flight ticket to and from Croatia

National airline company Croatia Airlines connects major cities in Croatia to each other and foreign destinations. Due to the comparatively short distances and relatively high hassle of air travel - especially when you travel with luggage - domestic air travel is used mostly for getting to end points - e.g., Zagreb to Dubrovnik (see map) and vice-versa.

Another popular flight (available in the summer months only) is between Split and Osijek, saving a long trip back through Croatia, or alternatively through the middle of Bosnia.

Travel by train to Croatia

Train travel is definitely improving in Croatia, with money being spent on updating the aging infrastructure and vehicles. Trains are clean and mostly on time.

Croatia's train network connects all major Croatian cities, except Dubrovnik. If you want to visit Dubrovnik, you will have to travel by train to Split, and then go on the bus for Dubrovnik. Trains to Pula are actually connected via Slovenia due to historical accident, though there are designated connecting buses from Rijeka.

Rail is still the cheapest connection between inland and coast, though not the most frequent. 160 km/h "tilting trains" that connect Zagreb with Split and other major cities in Croatia such as Rijeka and Osijek provide more comfort and fast journeys between cities (Zagreb-Split is 5.5 hr, Osijek is 3, when other trains take around 4.5 hr). If you make a reservation early enough you can get a substantial discount, or if you are a holder of an ISIC card.

Tickets are not usually sold on board, except if you happen to get on the train on one of the few stations/stops without ticket sales. However, only local trains stop on such stations. In all other cases, a ticket bought on the train will cost considerably more than the one bought outside the train.

Travel on a Bus in Croatia

Gare routière de Šibenik

A very comprehensive coach network connects all parts of the nation. Bus service between major cities (intercity lines) is quite frequent, as well as regional services. The most frequent bus terminal in Croatia is Bus Terminal Zagreb (in Croatian "Autobusni kolodvor Zagreb"). Despite the recent improvements in the railway network, buses are faster than trains for inter-city travel. See Bus travel in the former Yugoslavia for more information.

  • Autobusni kolodvor Zagreb - Bus Terminal Zagreb, timetable information, content in Croatian, English
  • CroatiaBus - bus company - timetable information, prices, content in Croatian and English.
  • Autotrans Rijeka - bus company - timetable information, prices, content in Croatian and English.
  • Autobusni promet Varaždin - bus company - timetable information, prices, content in Croatian, English and German.
  • Libertas Dubrovnik - bus terminal and company information in Dubrovnik, with international and domestic information. Content mostly in Croatian.

Book a Halal Cruise or Boat Tour in Croatia

Croatia is endowed with a beautiful coastline which is best explored by ferry to access the hundreds of islands.

In many instances and the only way to get to the islands is by ferry or catamaran. If you plan on using either you should check these web sites because they have the regular ferry and catamaran information.

  • Jadrolinija - Jadrolinija is the Croatian National ferry company, and as well as routes operating from the major cities to the islands, operate a ferry along the Adriatic Coast from Rijeka to Dubrovnik (and then across to Bari, Italy) calling at Split, Hvar, Mljet and Korčula. Check timetables stal_ferries.htm as the schedules are seasonal. The boats are large and have sleeping facilities as the Rijeka-Split leg goes overnight.
  • SNAV] is an Italian company connecting Split with Ancona and Pescara. Check timetables ] as the schedules are seasonal.
  • Azzura lines, is an Italian operator connecting Dubrovnik with Bari Check timetables ] as the schedules are seasonal.
  • Split Hvar taxi boat Taxi boat service that works 24 hours and can take you anywhere you want.
  • Yacht Charter in Croatia, a charter company with one of the largest fleets, situated in Split ACI Marina.
  • A Yacht Charter Croatia offers a variety of sailing yachts, gulets and catamarans.
  • Antlos offers a selection of skippered yacht holidays in Croatia, including Split, Hvar, Brac and the whole of the Dalmatian Coast.
  • com Navis Yacht Charter services are intended for those who want to explore coast and hidden bays by sea for one week or more.
  • Europe Yachts Charter Europe Yachts Charter offers you chartering services in Croatia and some other Mediterranean countries.
  • Croatia Cruise Cabin Charter Discover a completely new cruising experience that gives you the freedom to sail individually or in smaller groups.
  • Crewed Yacht Charter in CroatiaLion Queen charter offers Gulet Cruises Croatia as one of the main specialist in this area.
  • If travelling as an individual or small group tour operators like Med Experience offer individual spots on a yacht trip down the coast.
  • tia-4/ Map with Croatian yachting marinas There are 6 main regions where you can charter a yacht: Istria, Kvarner gulf, Zadar region, Sibenik region, Split region and Dubrovnik. All of them all well-communicated with Croatian airports.
  • com/ Globe Yacht Charter is specialized for organizing cruises around Croatian islands. They offer all inclusive yacht charter.
  • Catamaran Charter Croatia brand new catamarans for charter in Croatia. Bare boat or with skipper.
  • PlainSailing.com bareboat, skippered and crewed yacht and catamaran across Croatia.

Outside the summer months it is often difficult or imfeasible to make a day trip to the more remote islands. This is because ferry schedules are made to suit commuters who live on islands and travel to the mainland, not vice versa.

By car

Sisak, Croatia - panoramio (1)

Roads in Croatia are usually well maintained, but usually very narrow and full of curves. Some local roads in Istria have been worn down to a smooth surface from regular wear and tear, and can be extremely slippery when wet. It's difficult to find a true highway with more than one lane per direction and the only exceptions being the ones connecting Rijeka, Zagreb, Osijek, Zadar and Split. Speed limits are thus low (60–90 km/h), and it's not recommended to drive faster (although most local residents do), especially at night. Be aware of animals crossing the road. In case you want to overtake a slow vehicle on a narrow road, often the drivers in front of you will set the right yellow turning lights, and drive on the very right side, to sign the drivers behind, that it is ok to overtake. But on your own risk.

Renting a vehicle is around the same price as in the EU (from around €40). Almost all cars have a manual transmission. Most rental agencies in the Balkans allow you to hire a vehicle in one country and drive in the neighboring countries however try to avoid a renting a vehicle in Serbia and driving it into Croatia (or vice versa) in order to avoid negative attention from nationalists.

On Croatian Motorways toll fees apply (and may be paid in either kuna or euros). The A6 motorway runs between Zagreb and Rijeka, and the main motorway A1 from Zagreb to Dubrovnik is still under construction (the current ending point is in Vrgorac, which is 70 km from Dubrovnik). To reach southern Dalmatia including Dubrovnik, you must cross a short portion of Bosnia-Herzegovina, so check if you need a visa or other special requirements for entry into Bosnia (EU and US Muslims don't need a visa). Another major motorway is the A3, linking the Slovenian border (not far from Zagreb) with eastern Croatia and the Serbian border (120 km from Belgrade). The general speed limit on motorways is 130 km/h. You will probably encounter cars driving much faster, but following their example is of course highly unsafe.

When exiting a toll motorway, ask the receipt at toll booth if it is not given to you to be sure you do not get overcharged (you could receive along with the receipt some unexpected change compared with the price you were given verbally).

If an unknown person flashes their vehicle lights at you it may be a sign that they've recently passed a police unit doing speed limit checks. Ensure you are in compliance with all the traffic rules and regulations to avoid being stopped and fined.

Trying to find a parking space near Croatia's coastal old towns in the summer can be an exercise in futility. Even though prices range from the merely expensive 7 kn in Split to the extortionate 30 kn per hour in Dubrovnik and the spaces fill up very quickly. However, away from the old towns, parking is convenient and often free at shopping malls and large supermarkets, sports venues, near residential tower blocks and at restaurants (free for guests).

Best way to travel in Croatia by a Taxi

You can use a taxi service by calling 970, or sometimes another number for a private company – check individual city articles. The taxi usually comes within 10 to 15 minutes from the call except in the busy summer season where it depends on how much business they have. Croatian taxis are generally rather expensive.

You can also book the transportation in advance which is great when you are in a hurry or have a larger number of people in need of transportation, or you just want everything organized in advance.

You can also arrange a taxi service by E-mail in advance to have even more comfort and to save money since these taxi operators are cheaper than the regular taxi service.

What to see in Croatia

Croatia has an impressive history, a fact that is best explained through the vast array of sites worth visiting. Most towns have an historical centre with its typical architecture. There are differences between the coast and the continental part, so both areas are a must. The most famous town is probably Dubrovnik, a prime example of the coastal architecture, but by no means the only one worth visiting. Equally important is the capital and largest city, Zagreb, with a population of about 1 million. It is a modern city with all the modern features, yet it has a laid back feel. In the east, in the region of Slavonia with its regional capital Osijek and the war torn Vukovar are awe inspiring. Scattered throughout the region are vineyards and cellars, most of which give tours and tastings.

Throughout the nation there are numerous cultural venues that are worth seeing. Croatia has 7 UNESCO protected sites, 8 national parks and 10 nature parks. In total and the nation has 444 protected areas. Beautiful Adriatic sea stretches along 1777 kilometers of coastline and there are 1,246 islands to be seen making Croatia an attractive nautical destination.

Top Muslim Travel Tips for Croatia

Hvar from Fortica - City of Hvar has average of 2726 hours of sunshine per year, as do many other Croatian towns on Adriatic coast. Croatia is a land of urban culture which numbers more cities than any other part of the Mediterranean

Sailing

Sailing is a good way to see the coastal islands and networks of small archipelagos, and it gives you a chance to see some incredible bays that are simply inaccessible by anything other than a boat. Most charters leave from Split or the surrounding area on the North or the South circuit, each offering its own pros and cons, although Dubrovnik is becoming increasingly popular. A good way is to book a package with a company at home (and let them worry about speaking in Croatian!), although many Croatian companies do offer both bareboat and crewed charters.

Booking of a charter vessel is basically done in two payments - 50 percent of the charter price is paid as a deposit, after which the booking is confirmed. The other 50 percent of the charter fee is usually paid six weeks before the charter date. Before the first payment of the charter fee you should request to see the charter contract from the agency where you chartered a boat - pay close attention to the cancellation fees because many times if you cancel your charter vacation you could lose the initial fifty percent you have already paid.After that you are all set for a sailing vacation.

Most yachts are only available on a Saturday - Saturday basis in peak season (May - September) but there may be more flexibility from yacht companies in April and October if you can't do the full week. When you arrive at the 'home marina' (where your chartered yacht is situated), you need to do the check in (usually Saturday around 16:00) and you have to do the shopping for the charter vacation - there is usually a mini-market in the marina, but it will be expensive compared to a normal supermarket. Typically you will be nearest a big supermarket on the first day, so it's the best time to stock up. Buy everything that you possibly can (that won't go off) - the sea and winds can unpredictable and you don't want to get stuck on the boat without anything to eat or drink! Top up your shopping with fresh bread, Meat, fruit and vegetables in local marinas.

You can also order from yacht provisioning services who can deliver your shopping straight to your yacht. This is convenient because it takes the load off you and the things you must do when you arrive at the marina for your sailing holiday, but also (obviously) works out more expensive.

Medical tourism

Increasingly Croatia is becoming a popular place for Medical_tourism|health tourism. A number of dental surgeries have experience in treating short term visitors to Croatia. Croatian dentists study for 5 years in Zagreb, Split or Rijeka. Harmonization of training with EU standards has begun, in preparation for Croatia's accession.

Croatia for the disabled

Facilities for the disabled are not as developed as elsewhere, but there are exceptions to this and certain hotels, camp sites and beaches have facilities for the disabled and wheelchair access.

Lighthouses

One of Croatia's more "wild" holiday offers are the lighthouses. Most of them are situated on a deserted coastline or in the open sea. The speciality of this is that you are able to cut yourself off from the rest of the world and take the time to "smell the roses". Sometimes the best way to relax is to take part in a Robinson Crusoe style holiday.

Croatia has 11 rent-a-lighthouses along the Adriatic coast: Savudrija, Sv. Ivan, Route Zub, Porer, Veli Rat, Prisnjak, Sv. Petar, Pločica, Sušac, Struga and Palagruža.

Shopping in Croatia

Money Matters & ATM's in Croatia

Croatia's official currency is the kuna, denoted by the symbol "kn" (ISO code: HRK). Although many tourist business owners may accept euros and they are not legal tender in Croatia. Any amount of kuna you have left at the end of your stay can be converted to euros at a local bank or exchange office.

Prices are around 10% to 20% lower than most other EU countries. Tourist destinations and articles are much more expensive.

ATMs

ATMs (in Croatian bankomat) are readily available throughout Croatia. They will accept various European bank cards, credit cards (Diners Club, Eurocard/MasterCard, Visa, American Express, etc.) and debit cards (Cirrus, Maestro, Visa electron, etc.) Read the labels and notices on the machine before using.

Tipping

Tipping is not particularly common, although it may occur in restaurants. Prices are usually already adjusted upwards, and labour laws ensure a minimum wage for all workers and therefore tipping is usually not expected.

Taxi drivers and hairstylists are often given tips by rounding up the displayed price to the nearest multiple of 5 or 10 kn.

A unique training of tipping exists among the pensioners who receive their pension via mail in rural settlements. They may leave any coinage to the postman who delivers it as a sign of appreciation.

Tax-free shopping

If you buy goods worth more than 740 kn you are entitled to a PDV (VAT) tax return when leaving the nation. This applies to all goods except petroleum products. At point of purchase ask the sales person for a PDV-P form. Fill it out and have it stamped on the spot. On leaving Croatia the receipt will be verified by the Croatian Customs service. A PDV refund in kunas can be obtained within six months, either at the same shop where you bought the goods (in that case the tax will be refunded to you immediately), or by posting the verified receipt back to the shop, together with the account number into which the refund should be paid. In this case the refund is dealt with within 15 days of receipt of the claim. There is another, much easier way to receive the refund. Buy your goods in shops with a "Croatia Tax-free Shopping" label. This label is displayed on the shop's entrance, usually next to the labels of credit and debit cards this particular shop accepts. Using an international coupon, refund is feasible in all countries-members of the Tax-free international chain. In this case the service charge is deducted from the tax refund amount.

Croatia now uses the Global Blue system. They will do the refund and take a commission. You can do this at the airport or post it once you get home.

Natural cosmetics

The ingredients used (herbs, Olive oil, etc.) are grown in Croatia. In comparison to some world famous beauty products, Croatian natural cosmetics present real value for the money.

Ulola manufacturers soaps, bath salts, body butters and more. It's all natural and comes in combinations like: orange and cinnamon, goats milk and almond oil, etc.

S-Atea manufacturers soaps, shower gels, body butter and more. Seaweed, Olive oil, rosemary and lavender are some of their main ingredients.

Brac fini sapuni (Brac quality soaps) manufacturers a wide range of natural soaps and the latest addition to their bath line is Aurum Croaticum made from virgin Olive oil and thin leafs of 23 carat gold!

Croatian clothing designers

Etnobutik "Mara" (designs by Vesna Milković) offers a range of really unique clothing and accessories inscribed with "glagoljica" (glagolitic script; old Slavic alphabet). Some of her designs are protected as Authentic Croatian produce.

I-gle Fashion Studio by two female designers Nataša Mihaljčišin i Martina Vrdoljak-Ranilović. Their clothing is sold in Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge (London).

Nebo ("Sky") is a fashion house that makes really nice, funky clothes and shoes.

Nit ("Thread") is definitely not widely known even among Croats but is definitely worth visiting as they have some "funky and arty but serious" clothing items that are "value for money".

Borovo is a well-priced and stylish shoe company which makes everything from flip-flops to desert boots and high heels.

Halal Restaurants in Croatia

To be updated

eHalal Group Launches Halal Guide to Croatia

Croatia - eHalal Travel Group, a leading provider of innovative Halal travel solutions for Muslim travelers to Croatia, is thrilled to announce the official launch of its comprehensive Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide for Croatia. This groundbreaking initiative aims to cater to the diverse needs of Muslim travelers, offering them a seamless and enriching travel experience in Croatia and its surrounding regions.

With the steady growth of Muslim tourism worldwide, eHalal Travel Group recognizes the importance of providing Muslim travelers with accessible, accurate, and up-to-date information to support their travel aspirations to Croatia. The Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide is designed to be a one-stop resource, offering an array of invaluable information on various travel aspects, all carefully curated to align with Islamic principles and values.

The Travel Guide encompasses a wide range of features that will undoubtedly enhance the travel experience for Muslim visitors to Croatia. Key components include:

Halal-Friendly Accommodations in Croatia: A carefully selected list of hotels, lodges, and vacation rentals that cater to halal requirements, ensuring a comfortable and welcoming stay for Muslim travelers in Croatia.

Halal Food, Restaurants and Dining in Croatia: A comprehensive directory of restaurants, eateries, and food outlets offering halal-certified or halal-friendly options in Croatia, allowing Muslim travelers to savor local cuisines without compromising their dietary preferences in Croatia.

Prayer Facilities: Information on masjids, prayer rooms, and suitable locations for daily prayers in Croatia, ensuring ease and convenience for Muslim visitors in fulfilling their religious obligations.

Local Attractions: An engaging compilation of Muslim-friendly attractions, cultural sites such as Museums, and points of interest in Croatia, enabling travelers to explore the city's rich heritage while adhering to their values.

Transport and Logistics: Practical guidance on transportation options that accommodate Muslim travel needs, ensuring seamless movement within Croatia and beyond.

Speaking about the launch, Irwan Shah, Chief Technology Officer of eHalal Travel Group in Croatia, stated, "We are thrilled to introduce our Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide in Croatia, a Muslim friendly destination known for its cultural richness and historical significance. Our goal is to empower Muslim travelers with accurate information and resources, enabling them to experience the wonders of Croatia without any concerns about their faith-based requirements. This initiative reaffirms our commitment to creating inclusive and memorable travel experiences for all our clients."

The eHalal Travel Group's Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide for Croatia is now accessible on this page. The guide will be regularly updated to ensure that Muslim travelers have access to the latest information, thus reinforcing its status as a reliable companion for Muslim travelers exploring Croatia.

About eHalal Travel Group:

eHalal Travel Group Croatia is a prominent name in the global Muslim travel industry, dedicated to providing innovative and all-inclusive travel solutions tailored to the needs of Muslim travelers worldwide. With a commitment to excellence and inclusivity, eHalal Travel Group aims to foster a seamless travel experience for its clients while respecting their religious and cultural values.

For Halal business inquiries in Croatia, please contact:

eHalal Travel Group Croatia Media: info@ehalal.io

Buy Muslim Friendly condos, Houses and Villas in Croatia

eHalal Group Croatia is a prominent real estate company specializing in providing Muslim-friendly properties in Croatia. Our mission is to cater to the specific needs and preferences of the Muslim community by offering a wide range of halal-certified residential and commercial properties, including houses, condos, and factories. With our commitment to excellence, client satisfaction, and adherence to Islamic principles, eHalal Group has established itself as a trusted name in the real estate industry in Croatia.

At eHalal Group, we understand the importance of meeting the unique requirements of Muslim individuals and families seeking properties that align with their cultural and religious trainings. Our extensive portfolio of Muslim-friendly properties in Croatia ensures that clients have access to a diverse selection of options tailored to their needs. Whether it's a luxurious villa, a modern condominium, or a fully equipped factory, our team is dedicated to assisting clients in finding their ideal property.

For those seeking a comfortable and modern living space, our condos are an excellent choice. Starting at US$ 350,000 and these condominium units offer contemporary designs, state-of-the-art facilities, and convenient locations within Croatia. Each condo is thoughtfully designed to incorporate halal-friendly features and amenities, ensuring a seamless integration of Islamic values into everyday living.

If you are looking for a more spacious option, our houses are perfect for you. Starting at US$ 650,000, our houses provide ample living space, privacy, and a range of customizable features to meet your specific requirements. These houses are located in well-established neighborhoods in Croatia, offering a harmonious balance between modern living and Islamic values.

For those seeking luxury and exclusivity, our luxury villas in Croatia are the epitome of sophistication and elegance. Starting at US$ 1.5 million and these villas offer a lavish lifestyle with private amenities, breathtaking views, and meticulous attention to detail. Each luxury villa is meticulously designed to provide a serene and halal environment, allowing you to enjoy the finest living experience while adhering to your Islamic principles. For further details please email us at info@ehalal.io

Muslim Friendly hotels in Croatia

In Croatia there are 6 major types of lodging:

Study as a Muslim in Croatia

European Union citizens have the same status as Croatian citizens when applying to Croatian universities. Full English-language courses in computer science and medicine are available in Zagreb and Split.

Stay safe as a Muslim in Croatia

During summer make sure you use adequate SPF to protect yourself from sunburn. There are no ozone holes over Croatia but it's fairly easy to burn in the sun. If this happens make sure you get out of the sun, drink plenty of fluids and rehydrate your skin. The local residents will often advise covering the burnt spot with cold yogurt bought from the supermarket.

In case of an emergency you can dial 112 - responsible for dispatching all emergency services such as fire departments, police, emergency medical assistance and mountain rescue.

Watch out for bura wind danger signs. The bura can be particularly strong in the Velebit area, where it can blow up to 200 km/h and overturn lorries. However, if the wind is strong enough to pose a significant danger to all traffic on a road section, that section will be closed. During strong bura wind, avoid any activity on the sea. Accidents caused by wind occurs every year and claim tourists lives in Croatia. From sailing accidents to drownings due to high water.

Medical Issues in Croatia

No vaccinations are required when going to Croatia.

If you're going camping or hiking in continental Croatia during summer, you should be aware of ticks and tick-carrying diseases such as encephalitis and lyme disease. Approximately 3 ticks in 1000 carry the virus.

In Eastern Slavonia (particularly around the Kopački Rit near Osijek) wear long sleeves and take insect repellent.

Tap water in Croatia is perfectly safe, and in some areas considered the best in the world. However, you can still choose from several brands of excellent bottled water (Jamnica being the most popular, and Jana, several times awarded as the world's best bottled water.)

Though the water may be some of the best in the world, avoid drinking the home-made sold in refilled plastic jugs in many local farmers' markets as it may cause intestinal distress.

Local Customs in Croatia

The 1990s were marked by ethnic conflict and the bloody and brutal war in Croatia is still a painful subject, but generally there should be no problem if you approach that topic with respect. Visitors will find that domestic politics and European affairs are everyday conversation subjects in Croatia.

Visitors should avoid describing Croatia as a Balkan country, as Croats prefer to think of their country as Mediterranean and Central European, and some will take offence at the word "Balkan". Geographically, southern and coastal Croatia is part of the Balkans, while areas north of the Sava and Kupa rivers are not.

Socially, displays of affection among the younger generation are the same as Western GCC standards, but the older generation (over 65) are still quite conservative.

When driving on rural roads, particularly when a driver has to pull in to allow you to pass, it is customary to wave a thanks to the other driver by raising your hand from the steering wheel.

Most Croats will respond to "thank you" with something along the lines of "It was nothing" or "not at all" which is equivalent to the English "Don't mention it".

Telecommunications in Croatia

Telephone

Croatia uses the GSM 900/1800 system for mobile phones. There are three providers, T-Mobile (also operates the Bonbon prepaid brand), Vip (also operates the Tomato prepaid brand) and Tele2. Over 98% of the nation's area is covered. Since 2006 UMTS (3G) is available as well, and as of 2013 also HSDPA and LTE. If you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for 20 kn. There have been promotions in which SIM cards were given away for free with newspapers (7 kn) and sometimes even literally handed out on the street. GSM phones bundled with T-Mobile or Vip prepaid SIM cards can be found in postal offices, grocery stores and kiosks at varying prices.

An alternative to using a mobile phone is calling cards which can be found in postal offices and kiosks and there are two providers, Dencall and Hitme. You can buy cards from 25 kn.

Area codes: When calling between cities (actually between counties) or from a mobile phone, you must dial specific area codes: (area code)+(phone number)

  • Zagreb (01)
  • Split (021)
  • Rijeka (051)
  • Dubrovnik (020)
  • Šibenik/Knin (022)
  • Zadar (023)
  • Osijek (031)
  • Vukovar (032)
  • Virovitica (033)
  • Požega (034)
  • Slavonski Brod (035)
  • Čakovec (040)
  • Varaždin (042)
  • Bjelovar (043)
  • Sisak (044)
  • Karlovac (047)
  • Koprivnica (048)
  • Krapina (049)
  • Istria (052)
  • Lika/Senj (053)

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