From the sky, Dubrovnik appears rose gold. Terracotta roofs, creamy limestone streets and burnished domes trickle down to a long peninsula that juts into the turquoise Adriatic. With many influences from Byzantine, Greek, Austrian and Yugoslavian rule, the Old Town has a thousand tales to tell.
The city’s charming vigour is apparent in its stylish, unhurried population, who mix happily with visitors on the magnificent Stradun, a 300-metre thoroughfare of gleaming, polished stone. You'll never tire of the harbour views: there's a reason why many fans come back to their favourite luxury villas in Dubrovnik time and time again. The imposing city walls offer their own panoramic views over beaches, mountains, squares and rooftops.
But don’t neglect the sparkling Adriatic. Explore Dubrovnik's many tiny islands by sea kayak or private boat, stopping off at Lokrum's pretty inland cove for a swim. You might want to take in the Franciscan Monastery, whose sheltered cloisters are a welcome retreat. At night, don’t miss sunset cocktails and traditional Dalmatian dishes at Nautika, a slick and stylish restaurant with one of the best locations in Europe, right on Dubrovnik’s photogenic harbour.
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The official currency used in the Republic of Croatia as of January 2023 is the Euro (EUR)
Credit cards can be used where indicated. You can withdraw cash from ATMs in all larger cities and important tourist offices.
Tipping in Croatia
The Croatians are fairly relaxed about tipping etiquette. However, service is not usually included in restaurants and it's common practice to leave the spare change, or up to 10% of the total in a smarter restaurant. Tipping taxi drivers in Croatia is not expected.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
As of 1 January 2023, Croatia is part of the Schengen area.
Your passport must be issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country, and valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave.
You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. If you are travelling to Croatia and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit.
Driving in Croatia
You will need your home country’s driver’s licence with you to drive and hire a car in the Republic of Croatia. Croatians drive on the right-hand side of the road in left-hand drive vehicles.
The speed limit on Croatian motorways is 130 km/h, 90 km/h on open roads, and the inner-city speed limit is 50 km/h.
The minimum driving age in Croatia is 18. However, the minimum age for renting a car in Croatia is 21. However, if you are below 21 years of age you can choose to pay a young driver's surcharge. This surcharge usually amounts to EUR 25 per rental.
There are parking zones in most Croatian cities. Higher zone numbers are generally not too close to city centres and have cheaper parking spots. It’s worth checking out the parking zones before you drive into cities. A lot of people choose to park in shopping mall garages, since it’s usually cheaper than parking in Zones 0 and 1.