Croatia is a special country. Its villages are rich in history. People who love islands get access to over a thousand islands when they visit Croatia. The azure waters make the country an appealing destination for anyone who loves relaxing in waters while enjoying the summer warmth. The country has warm and accommodating people. All of this makes traveling to such country sounds awesome.
For any tourist to fully enjoy his or her time in Croatia, there are some do’s and don’ts that he or she should learn beforehand. Read on to find out what you should and shouldn’t do while in Croatia.
Things to Do in Croatia
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Despite Croatia being small, it has 10 world heritage sites that you can explore. If your plan is to visit these heritage sites, the best time to visit is during either the spring or the fall. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to visit during the summer unless you will be comfortable with the huge crowd that visits the heritage sites during the summer season.
Some of the UNESCO heritage sites you may find interesting include:
- The Old City of Dubrovnik
- Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Historic City of Trogir
- Stari Grad Plain in Hvar
- The St James Cathedral located in Sibenik
Check Out the Croatian National Parks
Croatia currently has 8 national parks. We have outlined the parks below:
- Krka National Park
- Plitvice National Park
- Brijuni National Park
- Mljet National Park
- Paklenica National Park
- The Kornati Islands National Park
- Sjeverni Velebit National Park
- Risnjak National Park
All of these parks have amazing experiences to offer. This makes it tough to consider one as being the best. If you would like to visit all the eight national parks, you can set up your base in the Zadar region. You can easily reach 4 of the national parks from Zadar.
Explore the Islands and the Clear Blue Waters
If you are in Croatia, don’t spend all your time in the same place. If you do, you will miss the experience of a lifetime. You can use public ferries to travel between islands. Public ferries are the easiest way to explore the islands. However, you have to keep in mind that this will not allow you flexibility. You will be more flexible if you charter a boat.
One thing that could make traveling from island to island tough is not knowing where to spend your nights. You don’t have to worry about accommodation while in Croatia. The country has the best self-catering apartments, holiday villas, and chalet rentals. This list from Interhome shows you the best holiday accommodations available in Croatia.
Visit the Secret Tunnels
If you happen to visit the Paklenica National Park, you should not leave without visiting the secret tunnels built back in 1950 by the Croatians as a refuge place if the USSR used air to attack them. These secret tunnels are available for tourists to explore. You shouldn’t be scared that the bunkers are unsafe. They have already been excavated and are safe for you to wander through.
Things Not to Do in Croatia
Do Not Leave Garbage Laying Out
Croatia is a clean country. It is important to enjoy your time in the country and leave it clean. Even though you will be leaving the country after enjoying your vacation, treat the country just as you want your own country to be treated. Put any litter in the nearest bin. If none is available, take the litter with you. Just don’t leave it on the beach.
Do Not Use the Churches for Your Selfies
In Croatia, the churches are sacred. You have to conduct yourself in a way that shows you respect these sacred places. To Croatians, the churches are places where they go to reflect and also pray. As a visitor, you should not treat the churches as a place where you are supposed to be posing and taking pictures. While taking selfies in the church might seem cool to you, it won’t be cool to the local people.
Do Not Walk Around Topless
While you can sunbathe in some areas topless or even nude, it is not in all areas where this is allowed. You might have to pay fines for not having a top in some areas. Also, it is important to respect the culture of the people living in a particular island. For example, if you are in Krk, make sure that your clothes stay on. Krk is made up of a religious community. Hence, walking around topless won’t be a good thing.
Enjoy Yourself in Croatia
In Croatia, you can have unlimited fun. There are national parks to visit, islands to explore, and historical sites to see. Make sure that you enjoy all of these while visiting the county. However, do not forget that there are those things you should avoid doing; if something doesn’t feel right, you should probably avoid doing it. Most of all, enjoy this beautiful country and everything it has to offer!