Did you know that Croatia is the motherland of ties?
Yes! Ties were invented here, in Croatia!
So you better buy a Croatian tie for yourself or as a present to a friend. There is a special Croata shop in Split selling Croatian ties, there are even ladies' ties there!
What to buy: Ties
What to pay: about $50
Croatian currency, kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipas), is currently (Sep 2002) rated about 7.30 kunas for one dollar (or euro). The exchange offices (mjenjacnica, if I spell it right) are common, but most of them are closed after 20:00. To exchange 100 euros or more, they require a passport or an ID; but, oddly, you can do 50, and then return with another 50 after a few minutes - or visit another mjenjacnica. You can also use major credit cards to draw money (obvious).
Don't forget to taste delicious Croatian wines in a restaurant and then to buy it (if you like wine).
You can buy them in each grocery, supermarket, wine store and even at petrol stations.
The culture of winemaking has been known on Croatian soil since Roman invasion. In the medieval times winemaking has become an important, and in some parts of the country, the only source of income for the people of Croatia.
Croatian-English dictionary on wine labels:
Bijelo vino = White wine
Pjenusavo vino = Sparkling wine
Crno vino(not in use today) = Red wine
Crveno vino = Red wine
Cuveno vino = Selected wine
Desertno vino = Dessert wine
Geografsko porijeklo = Geographical origin
Kvalitetno vino = Quality wine
Polusuho = Medium-dry
Prirodno = Natural
Proizvedeno u ... = Produced at ...
Punjeno u ... = Bottled at ...
Ruzica vino(not in use today) = Rose wine
Slatko = Sweet
Stolno vino = Table wine
Suho = Dry
Visoko kvalitetno = High quality
What to buy: Personally I liked Istrian MERLOT and KASTELET.
Some of the best ones are KASTELET (especially 1996 and 1997), Plavac and Babic. All of these are from Dalmatia and are especially good with fish and meat dishes, best served at room temp.
What to pay: Buy where the locals do (supermarkets and bigger stores) - avoid quite expensive a little grocery stores close to your hotel and petrol stations.
Do NOT forget to save original packagings of all goods you bought in Croatia when you come back.
Just in rare case you have to return something. Add bills haha :-))).
Look at my pic. Hmm... order a truck better.
If you like street markets, you can find a few in Croatia, like this one in Zagreb, in a square named Dolac, in the city centre. There were mainly fruits and veggies but also flowers, some local craft and food vendors.
Bajadera is a great chocolate I got to know already before visiting Croatia while meeting VT member diocletianvs in Cologne. Now, being in Croatia I could have as much as I wanted and of course, I bought few extra to have back at home with the delicious coffee.
Go to the village Motovun (ore surrounding area), buy the marvelous truffel mushroom. It is expensive, but not if you comepare to the prices in Western Europe.
What to buy: Wine, olive oil, grappa, fruit and truffels
What to pay: as much as you want
Kras's sweets are something special. They are very retro now! Since in former Yugoslavia there was almost no other brand of candies, we were glad to have Kras (pronoun. Krash). The Kras's products you will still find in most of the shops in former Yugoslavia (also in Slovenia, Ljubljana). Kras does make some salty products also like salted sticks, salted fish shaped bytes etc. Kras hasn't changed the envelope of its products for decades and that is what makes it so special! Now we are eating this products with nostalgy, remembering our childhood when we were revarded with these candies. And we worshiped the Kras's boxes and looked at the envelopes as there was some hidden answer. Kras's factory was first established in 1911 so our parents and even grandparents share the same feelings about it.
What to buy: Featuring - these on the picture are called "ice cubes" or "ledene kocke". Those are filled chockolate cubes. Quite delicious.
What to pay: A bit less than avarage chocholate candies.
There are a lot of things to buy, such as handicrafts reflecting the rich folklore (lace on Pag, national costumes in Slavonia, embroidered tablecloths etc.), leather goods, crystal, silver filigree jewellery or jewellery made of corals and sea shells, natural sponge, ceramics, local handicrafts, hand-made goods, hand-carved items in lustrous Brac island stone paintings and sculptures by naive artists etc. And the traditional gingerbread cakes of all shapes and sizes, especially heart-shaped, are not only a gift to dear people but also as Christmas tree decorations.
Numerous small boutiques and open markets offer a good choice of clothes, shoes and bags. Of course, ties - cravats in fashionable designs are a popular buy in the country of their origin - Croatia.
While in Croatia many visitors enjoy and take home the only original marachino sour cherry liqueur and cherry brandy, excellent wines, typical brandies (based on the basis of winepress residue and herbs), sweet prosecco (sherry) wine, different products on the basis of truffles, virgin olive oil, capers, tinned fillets of salted fish, smoked ham, kulen and other smoked and cured meats, not forgetting the internationally renowed food seasoning Vegeta. Dried spices and all kinds of flowers, some of which processed into oils, particularly lavender, remind tourists of the time spent in Croatia.
At the end of the pedestrian street there are a lot of good women's clothes shops and there is the shopping center.
In the old town there are small shop for souvenirs and good jewelry.
Under the Diocleciano's palace there are a big gallery with local art (draws and engravings), jewerly and souvenirs. It's opend till ten o'clock at night.
What to buy: Choral jewerly is cheaper than the rest of Europe and really good.
Local artist are really good and there are several art galleries with good prices.
What to pay: It's not expensive.
Sells all food / drinks, limted meat display.We were getting in provisions for 6 people/2 weeks, before leaving Kastela Marina. to sail to Dubrovnik.
2 trolleyfuls, 150 EUR. When we tried to leave the grounds with the trolleys, were stopped by security, who wouldn't believe we intended to return them. After a couple of minutes of negociations, management provided a van + driver .... for free! Will try this at every supermarket in the neighbourhoud of a marina in future
If you want to buy cheap or have a larg offer of choice, the KONZUM is a larg department store which can be find near any larger city.
What to buy: Food, clothes, … you name it!
They sell "pipi" which is very funny as this is how urine is called in dutch :-) ... NO! I didn't buy it to see how it tasted like :-)
What to pay: not to expencive
We saw in Split many shoe-stores, with very acceptable prices (that is what my girlfriend told me ;-)) If we didn't backpacked she definitely would buy some (read multiple!)
What to buy: Shoes!
What to pay: Very acceptable prices
What to buy:
You must stop in wayside stand and taste fresh fruit expecially fresh figs ( green or violet ), melon, oranges. In Europe haven't thas proud fruits.
What to pay: Fresh fruits are very chip. I payd for 1,5 kg - 1 EUR. It's worth a try.
The town is full of little capitalists like these two? These and other kids collect shells from the shores around Hvar Town and try to sell them on the quaysides competing with the other sellers who have stalls there. No wonder I didn?t see many shells down by the water, the kids take all the nice ones.
What to buy: Elsewhere you can find fresh lavener and also the bottled oil.Olive oil too.
What to pay: A few Kuna,or Euros or something nice from your pocket or bag (kids love shiney things with bright colours,so try bartering)
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