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Croatia is experiencing a cultural renaissance and historical shift.  The influences of a time gone by are still palpable as the region moves from socialism to an open market.

Witness this formative transformation. Dive into the culture, the history, the politics and the arts with more in-depth information, local insights and useful information for your visit to Croatia.

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Helpful Travel Hints

Croatia is a friendly, unspoiled, European country.  The country is clean, has good water, the roads are generally quite good and the sailing environment is well developed.  The ferry system is excellent and runs on time.   There are Cash Machines in airports, cities and many villages. Credit cards are generally accepted in the cities, but not necessarily in the countryside on the islands and in smaller restaurants & shops.   The local currency is Kuna.

Good Reads

Much has been written, especially in modern times, about the complicated Balkans. And Croatian literature is rich,  often with an ethereal or mystical component with deep Slavic emotion. Here are recommnedations from our AE crew and guests of travel, fiction & non-fiction books, articles and references, which give insight into the people, region, culture, history & pshyche of Croatia and the Balkans.

Sailing Holiday Checklist

Packing Checklist Swimsuits Beach towels for sunbathing (or order ahead and we will have them for you at a small charge) T-shirts Shorts Casual evening wear Windproof jacket Deck shoes (white sole closed canvas or boat shoes are best) Sun hat Sunglasses with lanyard Sunscreen/sun cream Lip salve/screen Toiletries (all-in-one shampoo/shower gels can be handy) Prescription medicines Travel wash if you want to rinse things out in the evening Passport/ID card/visa Holiday insurance Medical insurance card Cash/Euros/credit cards Camera with batteries and 12v (car plug) charger 2 pin continental plug adapt 12v car-type charger for mobile phones, cameras etc. Fleece/sweater Warm trousers Light wet weather gear The marinas and towns all have grocery shops for generally available food & toiletries, batteries, sunscreen, etc. , so it is easy to stock up en route.  Your itinerary provides information on where the best fresh produce & fish markets are.   Clothing is not so readily available. Shops with sunglasses, towels & beach toys are also common.

Marinas in Croatia

Croatia has a fully developed infrastructure of well maintained and serviced marinas as well as thousands of safe harbors, coves, bays, town quays, safe moorings and anchorages.  You are never far from a safe haven.

Buying Croatian Wines

There are lots of good Croatian wines in all price ranges. Be adventurous –  when you are in restaurants and villages, try the local wines.  Assuming you are new to Croatian wines, we recommend the following when buying in local stores:

Croatian Varietals

Croatia boasts as many as 60 indigenous varietals grown in essentially 4 primary wine growing regions – continental (Slavonia/Zagorje/ Zagreb area), Istria (peninsula between Rijeka, Italy and Slovenia), Dalmatian Islands along to the coast and islands) & South Dalmatia, including the Peljesac Peninsula. About 2/3 of Croatian varietals are white (mostly from the north and continental regions). The remaining 1/3 reds, are mostly from the coastal regions and Istria.

Restaurant Recommendations

New restaurants are popping up all over Croatia. Our guides, skppers and local Experience Makers are constantly exploring new ideas for you to try.