A country that connects the east and west of Europe, a beating artery, roots extending from ancient times, rich history and culture, old towns , crystal clear Adriatic sea, thousands of islands, incredibly beautiful national parks, various UNESCO world heritage sites, music festivals at locations that date back to ancient times and finally – the hospitality of Croats – Croatia is a country of incredible magnetic attraction.
Below is a guide to plan your road trip to Croatia ! Click here to know Things to do in Croatia !
Visa: Applying for Croatian visa is like applying for any other Schengen visa ( though it is not part of Schengen area , a valid Schengen visa is enough to visit the country ) . Either you can directly apply though VFS or go through an agent. I suggest you to do it yourself.
Basic Documents needed for Visa: ( From INDIA to CROATIA )
- Passport ( minimum 6 months validity and enough pages ) – Submit old and new if you have two passports
- Photos ( you can go to any studio nearby for this , you will get it in 15 minutes )
- Bank statements ( you can just take a print online of the statements that your bank sends you every month )
- Pay slips & 3 years IT returns ( Source of Income )
- Flight Tickets and Accommodation Details
- Cover Letter
- NOC from the place of your work
Currency: One Croatian Kuna equals to around 10 INR. Please check www.xe.com for the conversion rates. We got the Kuna currency in Zagreb airport itself.
SIM: We always buy a SIM in the airport as we need MAPS for our road trips 😊 You will also need the phone to contact your hotels for late check in’s or for any route related queries. So please make sure you always have a working phone with you. There is a small store right after the rental car pick ups ( opposite the ladies restroom ) in the airport , where you can pick up the SIM.
Flight from INDIA : We flew in and out of Zagreb – capital of Croatia !
From Bengaluru, INDIA – you have many flights to Zagreb but we chose to fly through Zurich as that was the best available option for us. We just had 40 minutes to catch the connecting flight to Zagreb in Zurich and I was very skeptical to book this option but the officials at the yatra.com assured me that I would not be facing any issue and would be able to catch the flight on time.
So, if you guys also see this option and it is cheaper – please go ahead and book your tickets!
Itinerary: We drove from the northern part of the country – Zagreb to the southern Dalmatian coast – Dubrovnik. Complete Itinerary Details here !
Accommodation: We made all our bookings through booking.com and we stayed in some of the cutest places ever. The only thing you need to decide is whether you want to stay in the old town in cities like Split, Dubrovnik or stay outside the old town.
Note: If you choose to stay in the old town, you will have to park your car in the public parking space and walk towards the old town. This isn’t too difficult if you are driving around ( as you can sort out clothes in one suitcase for those particular days and leave the rest in the car ). Don’t miss the experience of staying in the old town – it is blissful !
Weather: When is the best time to visit Croatia?
Late May or Early September is the best time to visit Croatia to avoid huge crowds as June to August will have the most visitors. We visited early September and the weather was very pleasant.
Getting Around Croatia:
We rented a car from Sixt through the website http://www.rentalcars.com/ . So, once we landed – we picked up the car from the Zagreb airport and dropped it off in Dubrovnik as we flew back to Zagreb to catch our flight back to India.