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TIPS AND ADVICE FOR YOUR TRIP TO CROATIA

The average Croatian prices are lower than those in Italy, Germany, Norway, and higher than the prices in Czech republic. The food that Croatian people buy is averagely 7% cheaper than the average prices in EU. Here's a short review of some prices in Šibenik (hopefully it will be useful for your trip-planning). The prices can, of course, vary from location to location.

You'll spend some 8 to 10 kn for coffee macchiato, 35 kn for a pizza, 10 kn for a small and 15 kn for a large beer, 12 to 15 kn for a juice.  In restaurants you'll spend around 40 kn for spaghetti with seafood, 80 kn for a steak, 50 kn for pork chops, and some 300 to 400 kn for high quality fish. In grocerie stores, a litre of milk costs about 6kn, loaf of bread 7 kn, a litre of alcohol-free drinks 9 kn, a chilo of chicken some 30 kn, a chilo of veal some 50 kn, a chilo of anchovies some 20 kn, fish-farmed bass 70 kn.

Parking prices in Šibenik depend on the zone you're in, and can vary from 3 to 10 kn per hour. In some zones parking is limited to 120 minutes. A whole-day parking can cost from 67 to maximum 165 kn during the season.

Bus tickets to nearby places like Brodarica cost about 10 kn, to Vodice 20 kn, and if you decide to travel from Šibenik to Dubrovnik you'll pay 150 kn a ticket, 40 kn to Trogir, and some 60 kn to Split, depending on the bus carrier. Most carriers include 50% discount for children younger than 10, kids who don't use the seat don't pay the ticket, and if you buy the return ticket you can save up to 20%.

The ticket to the Krka National Park is 95 kn during the season. Children from 7 to 14 will pay 70 kn, and those younger than 7 can get in for free. You'll pay extra for boat trips.

Prices on the islands are a bit higher than usual, but concerning the delivery expenses, that's completely understandable.

You'll pay some 30 to 50 kn to get into clubs (depending on the club), and if there's some local or foreign guest star, the ticket can cost 70 kn and more.

Another thing you should consider while enjoying your summer here, is visiting a dentist. Dental services still cost much less than in EU countries, so why not make your holidays not only enjoyable, but practical, too.

Like in most European countries, the staff in bars and restaurants get refund, which is included in the price. Guests usually leave 5 to 10 % tips, as a gratitude for a good service, especially in high class restaurants.

If your homeland has signed the Health Care Convention agreement with Croatia, you won't have to pay for medical services, and if not, you'll be charged according to the price lists. Therefore, don't forget to check that up before you leave.

When entering Croatia you need to have your passport or some other internationally recognized identification document. Before going on the trip you should check if you need to have visa for Croatia, because that won't be possible once you get to the Croatian border.

3000 Euros is the maximum that you can carry in or out of Croatia, which would be 15000 kn in national currency.

Shopaholics among you should remember to ask for a tax-free form (if your bill exceeds 500kn), and save your bills, because you can ask for tax refund on your way back home.

If you want to use one of your electronic devices, you should know that the voltage in city's electricity network is 22V, with 50 Hz frequency. Therefore, the visitors from the USA need to use transformators, and those from Great Britain the European adaptors of electricity system.

Eventhough this area is known for a low rate of tefts and burglaries, you should be more careful during the tourist season. Don' leave your belongings unattended on the beaches, in bars, clubs, appartments, always close your windows and lock your doors. Never leave valuables in your car cause it can be a real bait for burglars. Also be very careful if someone asks you for road assistance, cause it could be a scam.

During the season, the mobile telephony providers have special offers for tourists, making your calling home cheaper. In Croatia you can also make phonecalls from post offices or phone-booths, wich operate with phone cards that you can buy in postal offices or news-stands.

Most of the stores are open from 8 a.m to 8 p.m on weekdays, and during the season many of them are open on Sundays snd holidays. Public services and business offices' working hours are from 8 a.m till 4 p.m on work days. Post office is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pharmacies are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m on workdays, from 7 a.m to 1 p.m on Saturdays, and on Sundays there's always one pharmacy open.

Tap water in Croatia is potable.

Croatian currency is KUNA

Code number for Croatia is +385

Internet domain is .hr

Public holidays in tourist season:

22nd June:  The Antifascist Movement day

23rd June: Corpus Christi

25th June: Statehood Day

5th August: Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

15th August: The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

In case of emergency call 112

THE CLIMATE

The climate is typically Mediterranean, with dry and warm summers, with average temperatures around 25 - 26 degrees Celsius in July and August, and the average sea temperature around 23-24 degrees Celsius. With an average of 2710 hours of sunlight per year, we're one of the most sunny locations on Mediterranean.

The most common winds are 'bura' (north-east) and 'jugo' (south-east), and in summer days, along the coast, there's usually the pleasant 'maestral' (north-west).

The sun can be very strong in the summer, so it's very important to protect yourself well, and try to avoid getting sunburned. This is especially important if you're with kids. Wear sunglasses, hats, use sunshades, wear light cotton clothes. The kids should stay in the shade most of the time. Try avoiding the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

 

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