Croatia: The Mediterranean as it Once Was


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Fast Facts About Croatia

  • Population: 4,475,611
  • Capital City: Zagreb
  • Climate: Mediterranean and continental; continental climate predominant with hot summers and cold winters; mild winters, dry summers along coast
  • Time Zone: GMT+1
  • Language: Croatian (Official)
  • Country Code: +385


Brac, Croatia

Romantic Europe—One Town and Village at a Time

This morning, I awoke to bright blue skies, crisp autumn air, and the slow, muted clanking sounds of cows wearing big metal cowbells and moving down the street just outside my window. You see, today I am living in a small town in the Swiss Alps. It’s October, which means the farmers are bringing their cows down from the high altitudes and into the low fields and warm barns for the winter. The air smells faintly of fields and campfires. And aside from the bells, all is quiet.

Four of Europe’s Most Romantic Train Journeys

Like so many from the U.S., when I daydream about traveling through Europe, I always imagine myself on a train: speeding quietly through the countryside, over the mountain passes, past charming, ancient towns, or along the shores of a massive glacial lake. Other forms of transportation—with their two-hour pre-flight check-ins, their bumpy, uncomfortable buses, and their too-close-for-comfort seating arrangements—always feel like a hassle.

Live in a Heritage City Behind the Old Iron Curtain

For decades the Iron Curtain divided Europe in two. Folks in the U.S. and Western Europe were afforded only glimpses of life in the Eastern Bloc. The political situation severely restricted travel. And half of Europe became an uncharted and unknown land. Then the Berlin Wall fell and a dozen or so nations opened up, embracing new freedoms. Visitors were welcomed and discovered a history going back thousands of years, regions of untouched natural beauty, and a seriously low cost of living.

Festivals Around the World: Beer-Can Boats and “the Manly Games”

Make your way to the Italian city of Siena for Il Palio on July 2 and witness 10 bareback riders charge through the streets as part of an ancient religious tradition. The Corteo Storico pageant precedes the race and celebrations go on long after the winner has passed the post.

How to Buy a Yacht for Retirement

How to Buy a Yacht for Retirement

If you’ve decided to buy a boat and live the cruising lifestyle, you have all the same questions we did. Where do you start? What makes a good boat? How much will it cost? Where do you shop? The first thing you need to do is research. Back when Al and I bought Carina the Internet was in its infancy. We did it the old fashioned way, with print publications. Now things are much easier with a vast amount of information online.


Travel to Croatia: One of the Most Beautiful Places in Europe

Before I arrived in Croatia, people told me that it was one of the most beautiful places in Europe. “If you love Italy, you’ll love Croatia,” they said. “After all, the Croatian coast is where the Italians go to vacation.” Most of Croatia’s coast is along the historic Dalmatian region—a place that perfectly meshes Italian and Eastern European inspirations in architecture, food, and even language. I based myself in Split…


Europe’s Seductive Tug: How to Indulge without Breaking the Bank

Europe may be the second-smallest continent by land mass, but it’s extravagantly diverse in geography, climate, language, and culture. From the flamenco-dancing south of Spain to Rembrandt’s tulip-filled homeland, to the rugged cliffs of Italy’s Mediterranean coast, it’s equally rich with opportunity…for gracious travel…comfortable living…even for good-value investing.


Discover Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

Before I arrived in Croatia, people told me that it was one of the most beautiful places in Europe. “If you love Italy, you’ll love Croatia,” they said. “After all, the Croatian coast is where the Italians go to vacation.” Most of Croatia’s coast is along the historic Dalmatian region—a place that perfectly meshes Italian and Eastern European inspirations in architecture, food, and even language.


The Secret to Making Good Money from Almost Any Country You Choose

Imagine living in Europe, Africa, or Australia and earning a living while traveling around and discovering the continent. Sounds too good to be true? Well this is exactly what I have been doing for about six years now. I started off in Africa because I had always wanted to go on a safari but could never afford it.


The Perched Villages of Europe

In medieval Europe, keeping an eye out for and guarding against invasion—a frequent occurrence in those days—was no easy feat. But one of a nobleman’s greatest defensive weapons was a castle perched on a rocky hilltop near an important mountain pass. The location itself—surrounded by steep cliff—offered protection.

European Ski Village edit

Renting on the Slopes of Europe for Ski Season

For thousands of years skiing was just a way to travel in winter, carry mail and goods to snowbound towns, or—believe it or not—charge into battle. Then in the mid-19th century the first races took place and before long enthusiastic amateurs had taken up the sport.


Travel in Croatia: The Corner of Europe That Time Forgot

As the ferry approaches Brac Island and Supetar, its toy-town “capital,” the blues fragment into shimmering greens and turquoises. In the harbor, the water is so crystal clear I can see fish. It’s like gazing into a magic mirror. Today, Croatia is pulling out all the stops. Trees froth with blossom, fields are speckled gold with wildflowers, and there’s the scent of summer in the air.


Croatia: the Blue Beauty of the Adriatic

Blue becomes bluer, every shade from sapphire to cobalt. Sea merges with sky. The intensity of blueness is almost too much. It’s as if the Adriatic has fallen into the clutches of a Photoshop enthusiast with an uncontrolled passion for color saturation.

Eight Ways to Vacation Overseas—Free

Eight Ways to Vacation Overseas—Free

Everyone dreams of vacations. But accommodation, food, and transportation all add up. In the current economic climate, low cost is good. And “no cost” is even better. Here are some suggestions to save on your next vacation


Searching for Abbazia: Following royal footsteps along Croatia’s most elegant promenade

The elegant seaside town of Abbazia once vied for the title of Europe’s most stylish health resort. But the only way to pin-point Abbazia on a map today is if your local antiquarian book shop possesses a copy of Three Months in Abbazia, by Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton; the town has vanished from maps and memory. Like the blooming magnolias, the town itself still exists, but after the formation of Tito’s Yugoslavia, it was renamed Opatija.

business in Croatia

All in a name: Setting up a company in Croatia

If you’re thinking of investing in Croatia and want to take advantage of this country’s pre-EU membership status, the first step is to form a Croatian limited liability company. This enables you to purchase real estate, reside in Istria for six to twelve months at a time, earn money, and even participate in Croatia’s fine national health plan.


Hello Mummy

More than 50 miracle cures have been attributed to the mummified corpse of Saint Nicolosa. Alas, I cannot add my hay fever to the tally.


What it costs to live in…Pula, Croatia

In this occasional column, we report on the costs incurred to you, should you make the move to Europe. This week, we visit Pula, Croatia, for the lowdown on some general items you’ll be paying for. Prices given are those recorded as of April 20, 2007. $0.18 equals 1 kuna.

From the office to the sea

From the office to the sea

In 2002, Jeff Martin was busy running his successful law practice in Massachusetts. “I was having no fun at all,” he says. The only thing he did enjoy was scuba diving.


Hotspots September 2007

A collection of hotspots for IL travelers to consider for the year ahead

From the office to the sea

From the office to the sea

In 2002, Jeff Martin was busy running his successful law practice in Massachusetts. “I was having no fun at all,” he says. The only thing he did enjoy was scuba diving.



Take a look at some up and coming hotspots for international real estate investing.


Is this the new Tuscany? Istria-the jewel of the Adriatic

Croatia is often dubbed “the Mediterranean as it used to be” or “the new Tuscany.” But are the accolades justified?
Undoubtedly, the country deserves all the recent media attention. No mega-resorts, few concrete high-rises and graced with more than 1,100 islands, its coastline truly is idyllic.



June’s hottest finds for international real estate investing


 Taxes in Croatia Croatian Real Estate Taxes Property Tax In general, you should allow 10% on top of the purchase price to cover associated taxes and fees. There are no annual property taxes on private dwellings (except if the property is registered as a holiday home), but purchase tax is levied when buying real estate. […]

Hay Fever Remedies (and Other Tips From Croatia)

The finest aromas I never smelled are wafting out of this harbor town… Learn more about Croatia in International Living Postcards– your daily escape Monday, July 9, 2007 Istria, Croatia Rovinj is remarkably unsmelly for a medieval town. (Medieval drains can often be vile.) Instead it’s the aroma of coffee and fresh bread–bakeries here stay […]

Rural Istria

Picture sunlight dappling through woodland glades, verdant hills crowned with tiaras of honey-colored medieval villages of loggias, archways, cobblestone streets, and little squares. With its community of artists and musicians, one of the loveliest of Istria’s rural towns is Groznjan. In 1910, it was under Austrian rule. The census of that year shows a thriving […]

This July see Balkan stars under the stars…and enjoy a film festival as an insider

In Roman times, the masses were appeased with bread and circuses. (You could say that little has changed. Fast forward 2,000 years, and the powers-that-be now distract us from reality with a diet of banal TV shows and celebrity worship.) In Pula, in Croatia’s Istria region, the Roman legacy of popular entertainment survives in astounding […]

Rolodex: Contacts in Croatia

International Living’s Rolodex Embassies and Consulates Embassy of the United States of America, Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2, 10010 Zagreb, Croatia; tel. (385)1-661-2200 or (385)1-661-2300; website: The Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit assists Americans with passport renewal, registration of Americans living in Croatia, birth reports for children of American citizens born in Croatia, voter registration, […]


Taxes in Croatia Croatian Taxation Croatia has a high tax regime, but this shouldn’t affect you unless much of your income derives from sources within the country–or you become a tax resident. Tax residents are generally taxed on their worldwide income. Based on physical presence, you are a tax resident in Croatia if you stay […]

Croatia Visa and Residency Information

Visas and Travel Requirements On Jan. 1, 2004, Croatia introduced new residency and entry laws for foreigners. With EU entry in mind, these are similar to the laws of existing EU member states. For a trip lasting up to 90 days within a six-month time frame, North Americans do not need a visa to travel […]

Travel in Croatia

Many tourists travel in Croatia to take advantage of the many beautiful beaches The best time to travel in Croatia is between May and September. In general, the country has hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Breaking it down: northern Croatia has a continental climate, central Croatia has more of a mountain climate, and […]

Live in Croatia

There Are Countless Benefits to Living in Croatia Many expats choose to live in Croatia because of its beautiful coastline If you have decided to live in Croatia, then it is important when buying a property to always be sure of your rights and title by going through a real estate agent. Because of foreigners’ […]

Beachfront Property in Croatia

Croatian beachfront real estate, in Hvar and other amazing destinations, is some of the best in Europe Croatia, with more coastline than any other European country, hides some of the most exquisite beachfront property in the world. Every twist and turn of the coastline serves up grand views of secret coves, little harbors, and calm […]

Invest in Croatia

Opportunities for Investment in Croatia Since 2000, Croatia has been one of Central Europe’s fastest growing economies, so investing in Croatia is naturally on the rise. Its main foreign trade partners are Italy and Germany.  Although Croatia’s history is ancient, on the economic front, it’s still pretty much a new country. It wasn’t even awarded […]

Move to Croatia

Why Move to Croatia?   There are countless reasons why potential expats are interested in moving to Croatia, and one of the nation’s primary draws is its many islands. Croatia has an incredible 1,185 islands, 66 of which are inhabited. The biggest is Krk, the longest is Hvar, the highest is Brac, and the most […]

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