… that in 1906 the Croat S. Eduard Penkala invented and patented the first real pen and first fountain pen.
… that the tie is a Croatian invention. In the 17. century the Croats made it a costum to put a piece of textile around the neck as a detail of fashion.
… that in four places on Veliki Brijuni were found more than 200 footprints from dinosaurs.
… that around the Arena of Pula was fastened the biggest tie in the world. It was 808 meter long and at the lower part of the tie 25 meters wide.
… that UNESCO and the Croatian government proclaimed the year 2006 that of Nikola Tesla. In 1882 Tesla discovered the principle of the rotating magnetic field. With his genious discovery he enabled the creation of the first electromotor running with alternate current.
… that our olympic Janica Kostelic entered in history with her many victories and became the most successful skier ever in the olympic games.
… that Croatian islands hide a lost world of living fossils. In caves of Hvar and Korčula were found new types of very small lobsters, survived examples of species that died out long ago.
… that Croatia is the homeland for protected and endemic types of plants. One of them is runolist, which has been protected by the law of nature since 1952, as well as the degenija of Velebit, an endangered, rare and endemic type that has been protected since 1964.
… that Ivan Meštrović is the most famous Croatian sculptor, as well as one of the biggest modern world artist. An interesting fact is that in 1947 he organized in the Metropolitan Museum of New York an exhibition about his work, which was the first exhibition of a living artist.
General Visa Requirements for Croatia
Even prior to EU entry, foreign visitors did not normally require visas to enter Croatia. Citizens of the U.K., EU countries, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand did not (and do not) need visas to visit Croatia. Visitors can visit Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180 day period.
Visa Requirements for Croatia for Holders of Schengen Visas
On joining the EU, Croatia extended a ruling for holders of Schengen visas that was first introduced in 2012. This regulation allows holders of valid dual or multiple entry Schengen visas to enter, stay and transit in or through Croatia WITHOUT the need for an additional visa (for tourist purposes).
Travellers holding a dual entry Schengen visa must have one unused entry if travelling to Croatia.
Holders of a residence permit, or certain other types of visa issued by a Schengen Area country, can also visit Croatia without requiring an additional visa.
For more details, do see the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please pay special attention to the bold text.
Despite being part of the EU, Croatia IS NOT part of the Schengen Zone. The country officially applied to join on 1st July 2015 (the two year anniversary of joining the EU), but it is still not yet part of the Zone. The latest news is that it may join in early 2019.
However, this means that if you are in possession of a Schengen visa, you will not use up any days of the time limit (90 days in a 180 day period) that you are allowed to be in the Schengen zone if you visit Croatia.
This is useful if you’re travelling in Europe and need to be careful with the Schengen days you use up. If you come to Croatia you’ll still be in Europe, but won’t use up any “Schengen visa” days. And, of course, spending some time travelling in Croatia isn’t exactly a hardship!
Entering Croatia with an ID card
Citizens of EU countries may enter Croatia using their national identity cards (if these exist) instead of a passport. Otherwise, passports are required to enter Croatia.
Electricity in Croatia
In Croatia the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
The Official Language of Croatia – Croatian
Croatian is the most popular language in the country, and 95% of the population are Croatian native speakers.
But a lot of Croatians speak some foreign language. Mostly English, German and Italian. So you should not have any difficulty getting by