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Country Info

  • Full Name: Republic of Croatia
  • Population: 4,480,043 (July 2011 est.)
  • Capital city: Zagreb 685,000 (2009)
  • Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK)
  • Climate: Mediterranean and Continental
  • Terrain: Diverse- flat plains, low mountains and islands
  • Official language: Croatian
  • Total size: 56,594 km2

Croatia is nestled on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea and boasts 1,777.3 km of coastline – excluding its' 1,246 islands and islets which add 4,058km more of it. The entire coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with mild spring and autumn and cold and snowy winters in central and northern regions. It has flat agricultural plains along the Hungarian border and low mountains and highlands near the coastline and islands. The country's largest islands are Krk and Cres, and its highest point is Dinara, at 1,830m. It has a number of natural attractions, the most famous of which are the Plitvice Lakes.

Biggest cities in Croatia include Zagreb – the capital; Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site; Rijeka, the country's largest port; coastal cities of Split and Zadar, and Osijek in the northeast of the country.

Connectivity

Croatia Airlines is the country's national carrier, and the country has several international airports located in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Rijeka and Pula, which are included in the networks of an extensive number of carriers and charter companies, mainly from Europe. Travellers can also opt to use Tivat Airport in Montenegro, as it is close to the historic city of Dubrovnik.

A ferry or hydrofoil connection is widely available throughout the coastal area. Car ferries are serving the following cities: Rijeka, Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik; and islands of Hvar, Korčula and Dugi Otok. The island of Krk is connected to the mainland with a bridge.

The country's rail network encompassed all major Croatian cities except Dubrovnik, and there are direct lines from Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Greece.

Roads in Croatia are well maintained but narrow, curvy and sometimes slippery, especially when wet.

MICE

Croatia generally has developed infrastructure, a myriad of accommodation options with a diverse price range, comprehensive conference and convention facilities, pleasant climate and a wide range of leisure options. Cities of Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Opatija and Split are amongst the country's top MICE hubs, each offering a distinct background for event organizing.

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