As one of the most important tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, Croatia boasts a long-standing tradition in tourism. Each Croatian tourist region has shaped its specific offerings in line with global trends and local tradition.
history dates back thousands of years with many historic buildings from the
first decade perfectly preserved. There are numerous cultural and historical
monuments in Croatia, such as the ancient amphitheatre in Pula, the palace of
the Emperor Diocletian in Split (under UNESCO protection), the Romanesque
cities of Krk, Rab, Pag, Koreula and Trogir, Dubrovnik, a 13th century city
with excellently preserved Renaissance towers and walls, which is also under
UNESCO protection, one of Europe's first public theatres in Hvar, the basilica
of Euphrasius' in Poree, the preromanesque church of St. Donat in Zadar,
Šibenik cathedral, and many others.
continental part of Croatia, there are some 50 medieval castles, as well as
picturesque cities and towns, such as Varaždin, where acclaimed baroque
concerts are held. The capital city, Zagreb, over 900 years old, is adorned by
the medieval Upper Town and has numerous places of worship, museums and
has eight national parks, including the Plitvice Lakes (a UNESCO world heritage
site since 1949), Paklenica and Risnjak in the continental region. And the
Kornati archipelago, Brijuni, the Krka river and the wooded Adriatic island of
Mljet are other national parks found in the coastal region. There are an
additional six natural parks: the Kopaeki rit (marshlands), Medvednica,
Velebit, Biokovo, Telašeica, Lonjsko polje, Vransko lake, Papuk, Ueka and
coast with 1,187 islands, is one of the most indented in Europe, and is ideal
for sailing. The needs of visitor will be satisfied in the hotels, camping
sites, marinas and private residences by the intimate atmosphere of the fishing
villages and small harbours, unique cuisine and excellent wines, and in the
continental part by the countryside, hunting and fishing.
MORE INFO on
the web page of the Croatian National Tourist Board: www.croatia.hr
coast is 5835 km long, has 1185 islands and islets, and extends from the
northwest to the southeast. It is divided into the regions of Istria, Kvarner
home to 50 marinas, all gathered together under the Croatian Marinas Group,
with a capacity of over 13,200 sea berths and 4,500 dry berths. The larger
marinas have technical services, derricks, petrol stations and various
commercial and catering services.
of the marinas belong to the ACI Club (Adriatic Croatia International Club) and
the others are independent. Of the twenty-one ACI marinas seventeen are open
throughout the year and four during the summer season only.
Croatia International Club, among the navigators better known as the ACI club
presents a unique chain of 21 marinas, which extend from Dubrovnik in the south
to Umag in the northern part of the Croatian Adriatic.
Croatian Association of Nautical Tourism: www.hgk.hr, www.diving.hr,
Nautic Tourism - Marinas
charged in Croatian marinas for yacht berths and other services. They are
usually fixed and published in the autumn for the following year.
in Public Harbours
On public piers in harbours under municipal authority, the local authorities
have the right to charge mooring fees. The amount of the fee depends on the
size of the yacht and the length of pier it occupies, which means that yachts
mooring alongside the pier will pay more than those mooring stern of bows to.
When berthing "in a pack" (several yachts mooring alongside each
other), the mooring fee is charged for every yacht. The amount of the fee is
determined by the local authority can vary from one harbour to another.
areas, the local authorities charge mooring fees for yachts moored in bays
under their authority. In return, garbage is collected and, in some places,
groceries delivered. Law will in future regulate the extent to which fees can
be charged without any service being provided. Persons collecting mooring fees
must identify themselves by producing a printed receipt.
food presents no problems along the Croatian coast or on the islands. All
marinas and harbour have well-supplied supermarkets. However, during prolonged
spells of bad weather there can be a shortage of fresh vegetables and bread on
small islands, which do not have a regular ferry service. Food prices are comparable
to those in Europe. Restaurants can be more expensive on small islands.
easily available both on roads and in harbours. All types of petrol, including
unleaded petrol, and diesel are available; however, unleaded petrol pumps and
less common on piers. Petrol stations are temporarily closed for safety reasons
when they are being supplied with petrol from tankers.
Electricity in Marinas
marinas and some harbours have water and electricity hook-ups on the pontoon-piers.
Water: water connections are usually 1 inch in diameter, 3 inch diameter
connections are much less common. Because of possible water shortages in the
summer months, most Croatian marinas require yachts to use hoses with taps.
In Croatia the current is 220 V AC. In marinas and public harbours (as well as
camping grounds), three-pin "Euro-plugs" are used. In some marinas
(Punat, Kremik) a number of pillars have 'conventional' safety sockets.
Association of Nautical Tourism CCC County Branch Rijeka
Bulevar oslobodenja 23, 51000 Rijeka
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
yacht & charter croatia www.croatiacharter.com
Nautic Tourism - Search & Rescue
Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Rijeka (MRCC RIJEKA) provides a 24 hour
as the maritime rescue coordination center in Croatia operated on the frequencies
and channels of the GMDSS system, as well as maintaining 24 hour service on two
toll-free telephone numbers for all calls from fixed and mobile telephones at
the emergency number +9155, from outside Croatia at the telephone number +385
51 9155 and by fax +385 51 312 254.
- Weather report for the Adriatic
Shore-based radio stations emit daily weather reports and weather
forecasts for the upcoming 12 and 24 hour periods, both in Croatian and in
Rijekaradio - call sign 9AR - VHF ch. 04, 20, 24, 81 at 5:35, 14:35, 19:35
Splitradio - call sign 9AS - VHF ch. 07, 21,23, 81 at 5:45, 12:45, 19:45
Dubrovnikradio -call sign 9AD - VHF ch. 07,04 at 6:25, 13:20, 21:20 UTC
* UTC - universal time coordinating (= GMT, Greenwich Mean Time)
- Constant weather forecasts on
VHF - transmitters
Weather forecasts for the Croatian coastal region are provided in
Croatian, English, Italian and German every ten minutes, and are updated
at 7:00, 13:00 and 19:00 (local time).
VHF ch. 73
for northern Adriatic/ western coast of Istria
VHF ch. 69 for northern Adriatic/ eastern part
VHF ch. 67 for central Adriatic / eastern part
VHF ch. 73 for southern Adriatic / eastern part
Ivanić Grad - Naftalan
the slopes of Moslavacka gora, 27 km from Zagreb, about 30 km from Zagreb’s
Pleso Airport. Naftalan is a unique health resort in Europe.
indications: Treatment of skin diseases; treatment of bone and muscle tissue;
treatment of blood vessels; treatment of the peripheral nervous system;
post-traumatic rehabilitation of the locomotor system.
Omladinska 23, 10310 Ivanic-Grad
Tel. (01) 2881 471
Fax: (01) 2881 481
Thalassotherapy Crikvenica www.hupi.hr/talaso, Bizovacke toplice www.bizovacke-toplice.hr,
Toplice Topusko www.ljeciliste-topusko.hr.
situated in a peaceful valley surrounded by hills and open towards the south,
46 km from Zagreb.
springs with hypertermal water, temperature 39 - 41°C, are rich in calcium,
magnesium and hydrocarbonate.
programs are based on the natural health properties of the area (hypertermal
mineral water and neutral medicinal mud - fango) and the application of all the
modern procedures of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Specialized hospital for medical rehabilitation Krapinske toplice
Gajeva 2, 49217 Krapinske toplice
Tel. (049) 232 122
Fax. (049) 232 140
Tel. (049) 202 202; (049) 501 555
Fax. (049) 501 601
well-known spa in Croatian zagorje with a Rehabilitation Centre (altitude 168
m), 40 km from Zagreb.
indications: Degenerative diseases of the joints and spine; inflammatory and
rheumatic complaints; non-joint rheumatism; effects of trauma such as
fractures, joint fractures, scars, polytrauma; post-operative conditions;
rehabilitation of the locomotor system after disease or damage in the
peripheral or central nervous system; rehabilitation after cerebrovascular
disturbance; rehabilitation and treatment of progressive muscular dystrophy;
active medical holiday programmes.
tourist company Matija Gubec, 49244 Stubicke toplice
Tel. (049) 282 501, (049) 282 420, (049) 282 024
Fax. (049) 282 024
hospital for medical rehabilitation Stubicke toplice
282 328; (049) 283 550
Fax. (049) 282 225
toplice Spa and Resort is one of the favorite gateway spots in Croatia. Within
easy reach of Zagreb International Airport, Tuheljske toplice is located less
than thirty minutes northwest of Zagreb, Croatia's capital.
indications: Treatment of rheumatic disorders; treatment of inflammatory
sciatica and arthritis; treatment of gout; treatment of neuralgic diseases;
treatment of urological diseases; treatment and rehabilitation of diseases of
49215 Tuheljske toplice
Tel. (049) 556 224
Fax. (049) 556 216
health resort with a long tradition in the north of Croatian zagorje, 15 km
from Varazdin, 69 km from Zagreb; excellent bioclimatic factors and thermal
water (58°C) with sulphur and fluorine, suitable for the treatment of various
indications: Spinal injuries and diseases; rheumatic illness; neurological
conditions and diseases; orthopaedic diseases and deformities; post-operative
and post-injury conditions and diseases in the locomotor system; rehabilitation
for children from 2 to 14 years.
Bolnica za reumatske bolesti i rehabilitaciju
Trg slobode 1, 42223 Varazdinske toplice
Tel. (042) 630 206
Fax. (042) 630 827
Tel. (042) 630 438, (042) 630 831
Fax: (042) 630 826
Tel. (042) 630 407
Croatia has a long tradition of
naturist tourism, creating an image of an ideal naturist destination by
organisation and construction of adequate specialised buildings and facilities.
naturist centres are praised for their protection of the environment and some
naturist destinations such as "Valalta" Rovinj, "Koversada"
Vrsar, "Ulika" Cervar Porat are adorned with the prestigious
international symbol of a protected environment - the "Blue Flag".
centres accept all guests with the International Naturist Federation (INF)
member's card and all families that follow naturist rules. It should be stated
that single men without the International Naturist Federation member's card, as
a rule are not admitted.
naturist centres and camps with parts assigned to naturists, there are many
beaches on the Adriatic that are not especially marked. Make note that although
naturism is tolerated, don't be the first naturists on a beach you're not
familiar with, especially if it is in the vicinity of a town or village!
More info: www.cronatur.com,
A short list
of most interesting destinations:
Phone:+385 (0)52 804 800
Fax:+385 (0)52 821 004
Phone:+385 (0)52 404 000
Fax:+385 (0)52 404 091
Phone:+385 (0)52 445 123
Fax:+385 (0)52 445 306
Phone:+385 (0)52 441 378
+385 (0)52 441 123
Fax:+385 (0)52 441 761
Dubrovnik and its surroundings
Osmine - naturist beach near Osmine Hotel in Slano, 40 km north of Dubrovnik,
Palace Hotel - naturist beach by Dubrovnik Palace Hotel in Lapad (take the bus
to the last stop and continue walking till you reach the sea), Lokrum -
naturist beach on the easternmost point of the island of Lokrum, can be reached
by boat from the Dubrovnik port, Betirina - naturist beach in a closed cove
near Mlini and Srebreno, 15 km south of Dubrovnik, can be reached by boat from
Mlini, Supetar - naturist beach on the island facing Cavtat, 22 km south of
Dubrovnik, can be reached by boat from the Cavtat port.
The Island of Hvar
Naturist Camping NUDIST
Fax:+385 (0)21 774 187
Mobile:+385 (0)91 261 1126
The Island of Vis
FREE NATURIST BEACH DOLE (EX DUBA)
In season and office: ++385 21 628749 / fax. ++385 21 628750
The Island of Cres
Naturist Camping BALDARIN
Phone:+385 (0)51 235 646
+385 (0)51 235 680
Fax:+385 (0)51 604 649
about 500 clean and well-maintained campsites (usually about $6 a night) spread
along the coast and throughout the islands.
developed region in terms of the number of campgrounds, capacity and quality of
service is Istria, Kvarner and its nearby islands, while Dalmatia is the most
attractive part of the country due to its nature, combined with its diverse
coast. Most campgrounds are located along the shore within easy reach of the
beaches. Campground quality, on the whole, corresponds to European criteria,
particulary concerning availability of space and facilities. Prices are among
the most reasonable in the Mediteranean. It must be mentioned that camping
outside of designated camping areas is prohibited.
locations and prices, consult the Croatian Camping Union (www.camping.hr).
Tel. (01) 483 45 60
Fax. (01) 483 45 57
of hunting areas:
the north-east of Croatia. At the total hunting area of 347,685 ha, there are
83 joint hunting-grounds. Hunting in this region has a rich tradition, notably
big game hunting. It offers top trophy game in open hunting-grounds (deer, wild
boar, roe-buck) and in fenced hunting-grounds (fallow deer, mouflon). Small
game hunting includes pheasant, snipe, quail, partridge, wild duck, wild goose
richness and diversity, the Lika-Senj County provides one of the leading offers
in hunting tourism by hunting societies and private hunting-ground
lease-holders. Mountain hunting-grounds (North Velebit, Crno jezero, Brinje)
are inhabited by big brown bears. On the south side of Velebit, by the sea, in
St. George and Jablanac hunting-grounds, it is possible to go mouflon, chamois
and fallow deer hunting. In almost all hunting-grounds, the most represented
game is wild boar. Inaccessible terrain and good habitats enabled the
development of top trophy examples of this game. Among small game,
hunting-grounds of the Lika-Senj County offer Greek partridge, snipe, quail,
pheasant and rabbit hunting.
Primorje-Gorski Kotar County at large is a huge hunting-ground, divided to
three natural entities - mountainous, maritime and island entity. Numerous game
species, like brown bear, lynx, protected wolf and wood grouse, timid doe,
deer, wild boar and chamois, the beauty of the rugged ground, live here in
primeval peace almost by laws of nature. Located by the Adriatic coast, from
the Bay of Plomin to foothills of Vinodol, are coastal hunting-grounds. The
most represented animal is doe, followed by wild boar and red deer. The most
attractive game in this hunting area is snipe. The charm of hunting here lies
in numerosity of rabbits, Greek partridges and pheasants. There are
hunting-grounds on islands of Krk, Rab and on the group of islands of Cres and
Losinj. Only here will you find Aksis deer, but it is also possible to hunt
fallow deer, doe and mouflon.
Winter Tourism And Skiing
and see during summer Croatia is also getting popular during winter. There are
several winter sport resorts.
Olympic Center located 27 km from Ogulin, in a vast valley at 620 meters above
the sea level where mountain and Mediterranean climates meet in preserved
nature of Gorski Kotar. Skiing, snow-boarding, sledging and ski trekking is
possible on 7 groomed ski runs.
resort Platak is situated only 30 km from Rijeka, with well prepared ski runs,
six cable cars, two mountain lodges and other facilities for visitors.
information go to: www.platak.hr
slopes are primarily situated on the northern slopes of Medvednica Mountain.
The runs begin at its peak - Sljeme - and take advantage of the diverse
configuration of the terrain, shaping runs of varying degrees of difficulty:
the "White Run", "Red Run", "Green Run",
"Blue Run" and "Tree Run".
about ten adventure racing events of varying duration and degrees of difficulty
organized in Croatia on an annual basis. Athletes and recreationalists alike
willing to engage in extreme efforts are discovering not only the wilderness of
mountain and forested areas, of rivers, islands and the sea but also their
beauty. The diversity and wealth of landscapes and terrains provide race
organizers with an inexhaustible selection of possibilities in planning
adventure routes. This is why adventure racing in Croatia soon gained in
popularity among local and foreign crews. Events organized include rafting,
kayaking and mountain biking, orienteering, paragliding and climbing
competitions, marathon races, triathlon contests and other outdoor sports
Ucka mountain trek
Risnjak mountain trek
Terra Incognita Croatia
Velebit adventure trekking
Zagreb Urban Challenge
Cro challenge Dalmatia
Cro challenge Dubrovnik
National Park is the most visited Croatian climbing center, well known
throughout the country as well as outside its borders, and both in terms of
organization and quality, and is included among the top European climbing
There are a
growing number of climbing areas along the islands' limestone sea cliffs. Check
in with Cliffbase (www.cliffbase.com), on the island of Hvar, for
info on the 120 well-bolted sport routes nearby.
details consult the The Croatian Climbing Federation www.plsavez.hr
and Mountain Croatia Dinara - 1,831 m
Kamesnica - 1,809 m
Biokovo - 1762 m (Sv Jure)
Velebit - 1,758 m (Vaganski vrh/peak)
Licka Pljesevica - 1,657 m (Ozeblin)
Velika Kapela - 1,534 (Bjelolasica)
Risnjak in Gorski kotar 1,528 m
Svilaja, Dalmatia - 1,508 m
Snjeznik, Gorski kotar - 1505 m
Ucka - 1,401 m (Vojak)
Peri - Pannonian Part Zumberacka gora - 1,178 (Sveta Gora)
Ivancica - 1,060 m
Medvednica - 1,033 m (Sljeme)
Psunj - 985 m (Brezovo polje)
Papuk - 954 m
Samoborsko gorje - 879 m (Japetic)
Krndija - 792 m (Kapavac)
- 778 m (Vidova gora)
Cres - 650 m (Gorica)
Hvar - 626 m (Sv. Nikola)
Losinj - 588 m (Osorscica)
Vis - 587 m (Hum)
Krk - 569 m (Obzova)
Korcula - 568 m (Klupca)
Mljet - 514 m (Velji Grad)
Lastovo - 417 m (Hum)
Rab - 403 m (Kamenjak)
citizens well as foreign nationals may perform diving activities only if they
hold a valid divers card. Divers card will be issued by the Croatian Diving
Federation and it will be valid for a year following the issue date.
shores, the Croatia Adriatic, is its most intricately indented part, with a
total of 1185 islands, islets and reefs, with a total coastline length of 5,835
km, a surface area of 138,595 km2 and its greatest depth being 1330
m (Southern Adriatic Depression) and with waters that are exceptionally
transparent to a depth of 50 m. Sea temperature fluctuations throughout the
year: in winter months temperature ranges from 7 to 10 oC, in summer
months average surface temperature is from 21 to 26 oC, while the
temperature at a depth of from 20 to 30 m remains constant throughout the year,
ranging from 16 to 17 oC.
phone:9155(DAN), VHP channels 16,10.74
Barokomora Pula: tel/fax:++385 (0)52 217 877,24 572,
Barokomora Pula: mob.098/255 945, 098/219 225
Barochamber Split: IPM HRM phone ++385(0) 21 354 511
Barochamber Split:phone/fax: ++385(0) 21 361 355, 343 980 980
(more info: www.diving.hr,
will be issued only to persons with adequate qualifications. Temporary diving
qualifications are not valid. A fee for the issue of a divercard in the
Republic of Croatia will amount to Kuna 100. The area, at which diving is
performed, must be visibly marked, an orange or red buoy or a diving flag. The
maximum approved depth for diving for sport and recreation is 40 meters.
Diving is not permitted at the
- In the areas of internal sea
waters encompassing harbors, accesses to harbors, anchorage and the areas
with heavy traffic.
- In strict and special sea
reserves, natural parks and other protected sea and undersea areas.
- Near anchored warships and
protected military facilities at the coastal edge at the distance of less
than 100 meters.
- Brijuni, Krka national parks
- National park Kornati
- National park Mljet
Recomended diving locations:
Biševo: Modra špilja (Blue Grotto)
Hvar: Pakleni otoci
Krk: Bay of Klimno – wreck of Peltastis
Premuda: The Cathedral and the wreck of the Szent Izstvan
Rovinj: Baron Gautsch Wreck
In the zones
of the national parks Brijuni, Kornati and Mljet, diving is permitted if
organised by licensed diving centres and under the supervision of certified
Useful information and contacts
Diving Tourism Group – DTG (PRO DIVING CROATIA) is an organization which brings
together local and foreign companies engaged in diving tourism (professional
diving centres) in Croatia. The seat of the DTG is in Split (HGK Split,
Trumbiceva obala 4).
Diving Association (CDA) - The CDA seat is in Zagreb, Dalmatinska 12.
chambers are located in Split (two chambers: Institute for Maritime and
Hyperbaric Medicine, and the Goskovic Institute), in Pula (Polyclinic OXY Pula)
and Zagreb (Polyclinic OXY Pula – Zagreb Branch, Dubrava Clinic Hospital). They
are always fully prepared for the reception of any injured divers, and rescue
services are linked with helicopter units in the event of emergency assistance,
and swift transport, if needed.
embarking on a fishing expedition it is necessary to obtain a license. Fishing
licenses are issued by tourist agencies and offices in all towns along the
coast (details on www.croatia.hr) Licenses are issued for
recreational angling, underwater spear-gun fishing, hand trolling, long lining
and tuna fishing. The whole Adriatic Sea is open for fishing and special
limitations are applied in aquatoria of national parks (Kornati, Brijuni, Krka,
Mljet), and for some smaller locations. Cost of license varies according to
whether one requires a daily, weekly or monthly license.
Korcula Fishing - info about fishing in Korcula - Croatia http://www.korculainfo.com/fishing-korcula.htm
Game Fishing in Adriatic, Croatia - Big Game Fishing in Croatia.
Bluefin tuna, swordfish, sharks, amberjacks, snappers, albacore... www.big-game-adria.com
Losinj Island - Sport Fishing Club Udica – The
club is well known all over the world in underwater spearfishing and certainly
the most known in Croatia. www.island-losinj.com/udica
GAME Specialist for Adriatic - Fishing techniques: - trolling -
drifting Night fishing is available as per request. http://www.magicyachting.com
Pag - fishing and scuba centre web http://www.scubacentarpag.hr/
Robinson - "Robinson-like" accommodation in a fisherman
house on the island of Pašman not far from the Kornati islands. http://www.fishingrobinson.com/
The river of
Gacka, the most abundant river in trout, is a real fishing paradise with its
beauty and clear water. Real tourist lure.The first sport fishermen
already began arriving at to Gacka waters by stage coach in the middle of the
past century. Who comes once to Gacka, always returns.
Tourists travelling from the sea to the Plitvice Lakes had to pass through Gacka
and see its beauty. On the Gacka river, you can meet fishermen from America and
even from Japan, and those from New Zeland and north Europe.
If You like
the fishing and decide to visit river Gacka, you will look accommodation in a
privat house, where lovely and hospitable people expecting you. The City has a
few restaurants, where you have a possibility to test our domestic food.
info visit: www.gackaflyfishing.hr
or rural holidays is getting more popular tourist brunch in Croatia. On many of
authentic rural estates all over continental parts of country, visitors can
relax away in the quiet and green, enjoy domestic food specialties and fill its
vacations with mushroom, grape, and asparagus picking, or take relaxing walks,
bicycle rides or hike in the local hills and mountains.
tourism households of Zagreb County offer a great deal of variety: from sightseeing the
area in a hot air balloon, taking a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, pony rides
and horseback riding, various sports and recreation courts, walks through the
forest to vineyards and old wine huts, visits to wine cellars, wine tasting in
family wineries, viewing local ethnology collections, demonstrations of how
mills and looms work to a pleasant stay in the lush green nature of the
immediate Zagreb surroundings. Guests can become acquainted with farm animals,
learn to milk a cow and meet some of the more unusual residents of this area,
such as ostriches.
MORE INFO: http://www.seoski-turizam.net