CROATIA – FACTS & FIGURES
Croatia is a country rich in natural beauty and whatever place visited for your holidays, you’ll always find something that will simply amaze you. The longest part of the beautiful Croatian coast belongs to Dalmatia – “coast of thousand islands.” Dalmatian type of the coast has already become a geographical term and a symbol of beauty. It offers jagged coastline, islands, islets, reefs, peninsulas and bays, marine channels and mountain chains that follow them for miles. Cities along the coast with its rich cultural heritage and beautiful architecture of all styles are an element of awe, joy and inspiration. Rich Mediterranean and subtropical vegetation complements, but does not finish this never fully used gift of God and fruit of diligent human hands.
Climate on the Adriatic
The climate on the Adriatic is very much within the same parameters as the general Mediterranean climate. It is characterized by hot summers, many sunny days, and mild and rainy winters. Perfect for sailing! The warmest months are July and August, when the air temperature is between 25° C and 35° C ( 77° F – 95° F), and the sea temperature reaches up to 28° C (83° F). The rain is very rare in this time, and it is considered to be the peak of the tourist season. Averaging from 2,400 to 2,800 sunny hours per year, the Croatian Adriatic is one of the sunniest coastlines in the world.
Croatian currency is Kuna – HRK (1 Kn = 100 Lipa). Foreign currencies can be exchanged in exchange offices, banks, post-offices, tourist agencies and in the majority of hotel reception desks and auto-camps. Foreign citizens can carry their foreign currency in and out of the country, though value of domestic currency can not exceed 15,000 Kuna. One should always report valuable technology items at the customs office. Foreign citizens can get tax refund for the goods bought in the country, if the value of goods exceeds 500 Kuna, but they need to have their “tax free” form validated upon leaving the country.
There are hospitals in all major cities, and in smaller towns there are medical clinics. Foreign citizens can take advantage of free medical service if there is an agreement between Croatia and the country they come from. Otherwise, medical services are charged according to current price lists.
Working Hours of Shops
Shops are usually open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., from Monday to Friday, Saturdays between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In smaller towns there is a possibility of shops working slit shift. During a summer season, most of the shops are open every day. Post and bank office usually also work between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Important Phone Numbers:
112 Emergency number
193 Fire department
1987 Road Assistance
9155 Sea search and rescue
060 520 520 Weather forecast and road conditions
+385 1 4640 800 Croatian Automobile Club
Laws and regulations on sailing in Croatia
At least one person on the sailing yacht must possess valid nautical and VHF license. Navigational and VHF licenses in Croatia are issued by Port Authorities. If your license is issued in a foreign country, please check whether it’s valid for Croatian territorial waters. If you don’t want to hire a skipper you must send us copies of your licenses in advance to confirm the booking. Also, you must have the originals with you on board. In addition to navigational and VHF license, you must also have a certified crew list on board. We will get this document for you when you deliver us all needed information and give it to you during the check-in. In case some changes in the crew occur during the sail, you must notify us immediately so we can make a new list.