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Croatia Local Customs

  • Laundry

    Dubrovnik Local Customs

    This is typical Mediterranean habbit, drying cloths outdoors at the fresh air. Shouldn't be too sunny but also not too windy and then it's ideal for fast drying. Fresh and slightly salted air gives to a cloths very special smell. Coastal people use this method all year long because winter isn't that cold and rarely snowing. The only problem is...

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  • Outdoor life

    Split Local Customs

    The old core of Split is a network of short and narrow streets, very typical for all Mediterranean city structures raised in the medieval times. It is attractive for most of the tourists especially if Anericans or north Europeans. Such a streets could be extremelly charming in particularly if loaded with the small shops and cafe bars, but also,...

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  • Walking

    Plitvicka Jezera National Park Local Customs

    The natural barriere in between Kaludjerovac and Novakovica brod lakes is covered by the wooden path. There are no artificial materials in the park at all, everything you see around is provided and built by the natural resources only. The pictures showing walking path from above, I took them from the upper trail near by Bear Cave spot, except for...

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  • Local food

    Split Local Customs

    Split has a local beverage that can be found in many of the cafes and restaurants around town. It's called "Pipi" and has a cute little blonde with pigtails on the front. It's absolutely delicious, and I wholeheartedly became addicted to the stuff while I was there. Also, it's pretty cool to check out the bottles it comes in. Of course many of the...

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  • Taking a rest

    Plitvicka Jezera National Park Local Customs

    There are two options the get the area of the Upper Lakes; at the natural barriere in between lakes of Milanovac and Kozjak you can turn right to get there by the boat tour, or you can turn right to get there walking. This is the resting place at lake of Kozjak right in front of the little port from where the boat-tour takes you to the Upper Lakes.

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  • Local Sports Supporters

    Split Local Customs

    This is the Croatian name for the inhabitants of Split. They are well known for the gregarious nature, love of singing, good food and drink and particularly for their devotion to sport. The local soccer team, Hajduk ("The Bandit") is one of the best supported teams in the country and plays in the Poljud Stadium, which the Rough Guide to European...

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  • Sveti Duje - Patron saint

    Split Local Customs

    There are four pillars by which the city of Split is known: Saint Duje, Marjan hill, Hajduk football club and Free Dalmatia newspaper. Saint Duje is the protector of the City, he was Solin bishop, tortured and executed during emperor Dioceltian. True Split people never curse or joke about Sveti Duje.

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  • Picigin

    Split Local Customs

    Picigin (pronounced "pizzighin") is a popular game played on beaches. It involves several players passing around a small ball and keeping it in the air and out of the water for as long as possible. As such, the game somewhat resembles volleyball but it is played with a much smaller ball, usually a peeled off tennis ball. There are usually around...

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  • Mjesano meso

    One of the most characteristic dishes from Croatia is called "mjesano meso", the mixed grilled meat. It is content of: sausages (kobasice), thin slices of meat roasted on a skewer (raznjici), spiced meat (cevapcici), pork filet (lungic), etc.Do not trust, however, to any grilled house you meet around! In most of touristic places exist "grilled...

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  • CHEAP ACCOMMODATION IN CROATIA

    What we noticed when travelling in Croatia, was the large amount of private homes with accommodation.What you look for is a sign that says 'ZIMMER FREI,' this means there is a room to rent.We stayed in one near Plitvice Lakes, there are dozens around this area.Our room was in a full house, it looked like they had built a new house next door. We had...

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  • Opanak

    Opanak is handmade and very light leather shoe, inevitable part of the national garb. There are special and very skilful craftsmen who produced this shoes. This kind of the shoe is characteristic for the most of the Croatian regions. The difference can be noticed in decorations and colours.

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  • National garb of Croatia

    Not every region but every place in Croatia have its own garb, very different in style and decorations. All garbs are made excusevilly from the nature fabrics only; wool, coton, hemp and flax. Morover, all parts of the garb are handmade, usually during the long winter days. By the type of the decorations and colours it is easily to know from which...

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  • Glaglolitsa - the "forgotten" Slavonic...

    The "difficulties" of the Cyrillic alphabet are well-known. In quite a few countries with predominantly Slavonic population the official alphabet differs from Roman. It is called as many know "Cyrillic" and as much less people know - in all it's variations it is a very phonetic and easy-to-remember alphabet.What is less known: it has a brother,...

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  • Coffee Croat-style

    Just like their meals, Croats like to draw out a drink of coffee as though they hadn't anything better to do. A typical day can involve three or more coffees in the morning, noon and night. Cafe is the place where locals prefer to pass the time and makes for a common meeting place for both business and pleasure.When warm weather hits it is...

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  • Cheese from the island Pag.

    The island Pag has some of the best cheese in the world.It´s main sheep cheese and it has it´s own unique taste because the island is very barren and a lot of sea salt gets blown on to the island so that the sheep milk has a different taste.The most famous cheese from Pag is called "Paski sir" and is really really good.It has been voted one of the...

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  • Pivo

    Croatian beer wasn't anything to write home about. but you might want to try an Ozujsko, which is a lager-style. In fact, most of the beer I saw was in the light lager style.

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  • Croatian wine

    All of the local wines that I tried (all reds) were good. I was told the best is the Dingac, but I also enjoyed the Viski plavac from the island of Vis and the house red pictured here was pretty decent as well.For some reason, the quality of wines surprised me, but then again, if you think about the Roman influences here, it's really not that...

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  • The Language (habits)

    I assure you - its better not to understand every word we say. Especially for your mental health :-)Croatian language is part of slavic languages spoken in mid and eastern Europe. We do - actually - understand each other (cro and foregin countries) but it depends on langage and how fast one talks of course. BUT often we dont understand each other....

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  • Sunday evening in Zadar

    The Forum dates from the 1st century, St Donat's church the 10th.But Zadar kids are more concerned with Euro 2008.

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  • NEW YEAR!!!

    I spent New Year in Dubrovnik which was absolutely fantastic. Although it was cold everyone gathered on the main street in the old town where there was a stage, music and LOTS OF FREE CHAMPAGNE!!!! In fact, the people on the stalls kept urging you to take more and more (this proved fatal for me). There was such a great friendly atmosphere and no...

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  • Language Help

    I realised numbers were a very important thing to know. For even if you could ask how much something cost ( Koliko kosta -pronounced koshta) it was useless if you couldn't understand the answer.Numbers - Brojevi 0 zero - nula1 one - jedan(masc), jednaFem, jedno (nt)2 two - dva(masc), dvije (fem/nt) (dveeye)3 three - tri4 four - cetiri (chetiri)5...

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  • Worshipping of War Crime Criminals

    Although travelling through Croatia is a nice thing to do, the Croatians seem to have a strange habit on worshiping people. For many Croatians the generals of the Croatian army who have committed war crimes are heroes, because in their eyes these generals have fought for their independence. Which contradicts with the general accepted idea in the...

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  • Naturism

    Croatia has a long established reputation as a destination for naturists, with PKK beaches scattered all along its coast.

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  • Stray Cats

    In the coastal towns, especially in Dubrovnik and Trogir, we saw so many stray cats wandering the streets. They are all very small and thin and very cheeky... and I felt so sorry for them I wanted to take them all home. I think next time I visit a Croatian coastal town I will bring cat food... even though I don't know if the cities (or the cats)...

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  • Kuna and Lipa

    The currency of Croatia is the Kuna, its abbreviation is kn. There are 100 Lipa in 1 Kuna. The banknotes look rather similar to the good old German mark which isn't a big surprise considering there is a small note "Printed in Germany" on some of them. ;)You can get money from ATM machines all over the country. Petrol stations, shops and bigger...

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  • Language

    The Croatian language is quite funny at times when you are a German speaker. There are many words which originate in the German language but the spelling is Croatian. My favourite words were sendvic (Sandwich), švarzvald (Black Forest Gateau ... from the German word Schwarzwald) and bedinerica (house maid) and I really enjoyed learning new ones all...

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  • Gastronomy and Eating Out

    In Croatia one dish could feed two and a soup three. Don't worry so much about the bill though as it is easy to find a great restaurant with very reasonable prices.The main gastronomic influences are Italian, Germanic and Slavic.Many so called traditional dishes come with pasta and in Dubrovnik for example I think there are more Italian restaurants...

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  • Television

    Croatian television is full of American Sit Com's from the 80's like "Northern Exposure, Roseanne, Married with Children" or English series like "Blood on the wire". All these are shown in English with subtitles. Films are also always shown in their original language. This might explain why Croats are so good with languages.

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  • Wine

    Croatia produces it's own wines that maybe aren't very famous around the world but are perfect for me as they are light and don't have a heavy aftertaste. Furthermore you can get a good bottle for virtually nothing! It's so cheap you don't even have to settle for the house wine you can order something a little more expensive!

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  • Stray Cats

    There are a lot of cats wthout collars wondering the streets of Dubrovnik which makes me think they are homeless or the people of Dubovnik don't believe in cat collars.I saw many bowls of water in the streets too which is another sign of stray cats. For example in Spain many people leave food and water for the multutudes of stray animals.They all...

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  • Pronunciation

    Pronunciation is easy as croat is phonetical. They do have some different letters though that you will need to learn. I don't have the symbols available on my computer but have put pronunciation help on the words that contain them.Other pronunication differences are:The j is pronounced as yu is ooo is ou as in four i is ee like in seenj is ny like...

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  • Ćevapi Heaven

    The country of Croatia has taken part in the 54th International Exhibition of Innovations, Research & New Technologies in Brussels with 31 invention. The most important invention [and I'm sure all the TSC members will agree] is the revolutionary tchevuppy-making machine! It's a revolution in the production of ćevapi, since it enables forming...

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  • Hrvatski - the language in Croatia

    The official language in Croatia is Croatian & it belongs to the southern Slavic group of Indo-European languages. It is written in the Latin script & it has some specific sounds & letters, e.g. č, ć, đ, ž & š. People ususally say it reminds them of Russian with all those shushy sounds, but it's not that similar. It is...

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  • Weddings

    If you ever see/hear a big line of cars driving through town, horns blaring, and all decorated, you have just witnessed a wedding procession pass by. The car with the most flowers is the bride and groom. This is led by a car waving the flag of the Republic of Croatia. This is something that you'll hear almost every weekend, most of the summer in...

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  • Going out for drinks...

    If someone invites you out for a drink, its usually assumed that they are paying for it. The same if you invite someone else out, it means that you are paying for it. The idea is that it will all work out in the end, esp. if you are friends.

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  • 0.00 ‰ - Viva Croatia! ;o)

    By the new law of the Republic of Croatia, the official alcohol level in the blood has come down to 0.00 ‰! The law does tolerate a tiny percentage of 0.1 ‰ though, 'coz it is easily mistakable. That doesn't help much, I know, but if you drink anything, you really shouldn't drive! One glass of wine, beer or simply two fresh peaches can cost you...

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  • Krapina- Neanderthal man

    Krapina is an small town situated about 50 km north of Zagreb.It is wide world known because of Paleontological site of Husnjakovo, where you can see one of the most significant finds of Neanderthal Man in the world.

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  • Historic sights

    Great number of very important historic sights can be seen al over Croatia, especially along the Adriatic coast. Many settlements have been founded already in pre-Roman times by the Greeks and Illyrian tribes. As for the Roman times, the most important settlements were Salonae (Solin), Issa (Vis), and Pula.This, on the picture, are remains of an...

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  • FJAKA - Local Mediation Technique

    Croatians living in coastal area, especially Dalmatians, are generally described as joyous people who love singing but waste their energy carefully. This specific state of low energy consumption which occurs mostly during hot summer afternoons is called FJAKA.People tend to sit or lay in shade, speak in lower voice or rather - have a nap.I think...

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  • Kumrovec - the Ethno-museum

    Kumrovec is small village in the northern part of the country called Hrvatsko Zagorje. It is situated about 60 kilometres north of Zagreb. The whole place is turned into the unique Ethno-museum, Staro selo, with original village houses including the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito.

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  • Corals - No , Thank You!

    Island Zlarin was and in a way still is known for it's tradition of gathering and processing corals. Brave men from Zlarin were diving all over the Mediterranean sea looking for corals, and local craftsmen were famous for their skill of producing high quality decorative items.An amusing anecdote: the whole willage would gather to say good bye to...

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  • spit-roasted lamb and suckling pig

    The favourite meals of very many people on all occasions include spit-roasted lamb and suckling pig. Preparation looks simple, you just need to light the fire put the lamb on a stake and that's it. But true connoisseurs will scorn such approach because there are hundred secrets in the process. Served with onion, baked bread and with beverage of...

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  • Fish Served With Head & Tail

    During and just after the recent war, fishermen who caught large fish had problems selling it, so they offered their catch on a lottery. So few years ago we bought a few tickets for this large Dentex fish. We didn't believe we might actually win, so we went to have a pizza. On our way back, we saw those fishermen waiting for us - Ha! We won!But! It...

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  • KLAPA Singing Tradition

    The tradition of Klapa singing evolved since 19th century in Dalmatia. It's main characteristic is harmonic multi tonal homophone singing, mostly love songs and stories about life of fishermen, sailors and simple people. The name "klapa" probably evolved from local speech of Italian town Trieste, where word "clapa" means bunch of friends....

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  • In vino veritas

    It's hard to say whether we like wine or beer better – sometimes it seems we don't really care what we drink as long as we drink ;-)Irronically, we have a 0 alcohol tollerance for drivers. The law was passed fairly recently but stands a high chance of being revoked before the end of the year. Numerous petitions to the government are being sent...

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