5 Reasons To Not Visit Croatia

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Written by our local expert SJ

Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

It’s no secret I love my newly adopted homeland of Croatia. This blog and its contents are enough to tell you all of the great things about living in Croatia. My shouting from the rooftops about it non-stop means I get tweets and emails from people asking questions about ‘what are the best things to do in Croatia’ or specific questions about their upcoming visit. I love answering them.

Yesterday, a reader asked me if they should bring their Mother-in-law with them to Croatia. Not because this reader did not like his Mother-in-law – but instead asking if his Mother-in-law would like Croatia.

What was I supposed to say to that? It got me thinking about the types of people who should not visit Croatia. So I told him, that she should not visit Croatia if she does not like….

Ancient Ruins

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Church of Saint Nicholas.

These are everywhere in Croatia. Leftover from various previous rulers from centuries ago. Not only do you have Roman forums, like this one in Zadar and places like Diocletian’s Palace in Split, but you’ll see ancient & historical ruins and many small villages in every town.

If ancient ruins don’t interest you, you may not want to visit Croatia.

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Croatians have a severe love affair with coffee. Business meetings, catch-ups with friends old & new are all conducted over a tiny cup of espresso coffee, for hours!

There are cafes everywhere here in Croatia, so you’ll have no trouble finding one. Cody from Zablogreb wrote last year that Croatians annually drink 5 kg of coffee per person, that’s 22,500 tons of coffee per year, and they spend 2.25 million hours having coffee each year, that’s half an hour a day per person.

So, don’t visit Croatia if you don’t like coffee.

The Sun

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Beach Copacabana At Sunset In Dubrovnik

It’s one of the sunniest places on earth, well at least in the Mediterranean. During summer, the sun does not go down till well after 9 pm, which means you can enjoy a full day of exploring and then still have plenty of time to take a stroll along the many Croatian beaches after dinner and watch the sunset. Croatia is known worldwide for incredible sunsets. If you hate sunsets, you best not come to Croatia.

Smiling Faces


A Croatian would give you the shirt off his back. They’re friendly and happy-go-lucky here in Croatia. Whenever we travel, we always ask the locals we meet for their recommendations, and they’re always happy to tell us about a secret spot, or hidden restaurant that we should visit.

If smiling friendly locals turn you off while on vacation, I recommend you book someplace else.

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Natural Beauty


I recently wrote about Croatia’s eight stunning national parks, and I had some people tell me they had no idea that Croatia was so diverse. As well as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the breathtaking waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes, you can climb, raft, hike, cycle, and trek all across Croatia. Things of beauty, not your style, then you know my response….

Now, I have not yet had a response from that reader. So I do hope that he had a giggle at my cheeky response and that he and his Mother-in-law visit Croatia and they have a smashing time. I did give him this list of things to do in Croatia if they do decide to come on over to this paradise I now call home.

Would these reasons keep you away from Croatia?

Want Ideas For Things To Do In Croatia?

If you are traveling to Croatia, we’ve got a stack of suggestions. Here are just a few:

Comments (106)

  1. I’m glad you wrote this post. Hopefully many people will read it and by the time I get back to Croatia for another visit, the whole place will be cleared of people who don’t like these things :) .

    Honestly though, there can’t be any people like that, can there?

  2. I love the way you answered that question :-D Proof by contradiction or “Reductio ad impossibilem” ;-)

    1. Super glad you liked it Yummy – I am known to be a bit of a smart bleep.

  3. I think it would be tough, but I would somehow handle all of that ;) lol sign me up!

  4. I had no idea Croatia had such a love affair with coffee! It sounds like a beautiful place to visit, for sure :)

      1. Thank heaven Starbucks did not show up yet :-)
        Thank heaven twice for Ottomans and Italians, as their coffee rules in Dalmacija !

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