Croats are incredibly proud of their heritage and call their country “Our Beautiful Homeland”– also, the title of the national anthem. The sense of nationalism comes from their long and rich culture, as well as a legacy of foreign invasion and great control. When visiting here, be polite and courteous. Learn a few Croatian words, and impress the locals. Of course, you will not be fluent, but citizens like to see an effort to embrace the culture. Follow a sensible, respectful demeanor, and everything will be fine.
There are no rules in particular concerning dress codes, which means you have the right to expression.Croatians aren’t afraid to wear bold colors. This fashionable attire looks great against the Adriatic Sea. Croatia is hot, hot, hot during the summer months, so make sure to pack your sunscreen!
Out of respect, do wear longer, more formal clothing when visiting museums and churches, as this is always a good idea. Remember, we do not want to minimize the beauty around us with distracting outerwear.
Following an upscale dining or bar experience, tip 10-15% gratuity, as it is expected. Otherwise, it is considered polite, but not mandatory to leave coins from your change on the table in cafes and restaurants.
Religion and politics are sizzling topics to avoid, almost universally. In Croatia, stay away from discussing Croat-Serb relations or anything related to the War for Independence, unless you feel extremely confident in your wisdom regarding the topic.