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Croatia: an introduction
Since becoming an independent state in 1991, Croatia has grown into one of the most popular European tourist destinations. And even though its currency went through a turbulent time in the 1990s, it’s now more stable and increasingly favourable for UK holidaymakers.
The main attraction is Dubrovnik – its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval walls encircling the narrow, café-lined streets. Walks around the walls take about an hour and there are views of the nature reserve of Lokrum island. It’s a 3-hour drive up the coast to Split, where there are sandy beaches and a Roman palace built by the emperor Diocletian in the 4th-century AD.
Staying in hostels is a way of keeping down costs, but there are budget hotels that aren’t too expensive either. You can also use the country’s good intercity bus network, and stick to some of the less glamorous restaurants. Daily spend: £20-30
Travelling along the Dalmatian coast between Split and Dubrovnik bumps up your spend. And if you’re staying in private hotel rooms along the way, you can expect to pay about £30 a night. Families could be better off renting out an apartment. Daily spend: £50
As an up-and-coming tourist destination, there are plenty of 4 and 5-star hotels in the cities and very upmarket restaurants too. You might also like to rent a car to get around. Daily spend: £100
Prices are approximate and subject to change.
Money saving tips for Croatia
Save the receipts. You’ll be given a receipt for nearly everything you buy, so it’s easy to keep track of your spending.
Buy food and drink outside Dubrovnik’s old town. The prices within the old town walls are much higher.
Use the bus. The Dubrovnik network is easy to understand and the main bus station is just outside the old town walls.
Choose your own tip. It’s customary to tip in Croatia, but a service charge is never included in the bill.
The smart way to travel
Keep track of your holiday spending and instantly convert local prices into pounds with our free smartphone apps. There are three handy apps to download for iOS and Android, including Travel Essentials, Travel Money Card Plus & Currency Converter. You can also download an instant currency converter for your Apple Watch.
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