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November 03.2023.

Is Croatia safe to visit for tourists? Let's Dive into the Details!

Travelling is not just about seeing new places; it's about experiencing the world confidently and comfortably. Statistically, Croatia is one of the safest countries in the world, safer than the UK and the US. Let's break down the data and see what makes it so safe...

Blog written by Matej Duspara Passionate world wanderer, always taking the road less travelled

With its serene Adriatic coast and rich historical backdrop, Croatia is not only a visual feast but a haven of safety. It boasts a Level 1 travel advisory, the safest level from the U.S. Department of State and is ranked 14th on the Global Peace Index of 2023. Croatia's peaceful environment is palpable, and its allure as a top destination for various travellers is undeniable.

A Welcoming Destination for LGBTQ+ Travelers

Croatia proudly raises the rainbow flag, celebrating the country's ranking as the 27th most welcoming country on the "LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index.” The nation's progressive stance is woven into its laws and social norms. With same-sex relationships legal since 1977 and life partnerships recognised since 2014, Croatia is a place where love knows no bounds and diversity is embraced with open arms. Croatia offers several LGBTQ-friendly destinations, with Dubrovnik leading as the most tolerant city. The island of Rab is noteworthy for being the first declared gay-friendly destination in the country. 

Other coastal cities like Rovinj and Hvar also welcome LGBTQ visitors with open arms. These destinations not only provide safety but also a sense of community and belonging.

A Safe Haven for Solo Female Travelers

For women travelling alone, Croatia offers a sanctuary where safety is a given. With low crime rates and the warm hospitality of its people, solo female travellers can experience a sense of liberation and joy. Whether you're wandering the cobblestone streets of Rovinj or soaking up the sun in Hvar, you'll find a community where empowerment is the narrative, and safety is the standard.

With a low crime rate, especially in terms of violent crime, women can explore the country's wonders with confidence. From the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace in Split to the tranquil islands of the Dalmatian archipelago, the sense of security is as clear as the waters of the Adriatic.

Local women and travellers alike report a high degree of safety, even when enjoying the vibrant nightlife or navigating the country's picturesque, yet sometimes remote, landscapes. While it's always wise to exercise caution and stay aware of your surroundings, the Croatian legal system and community norms work in tandem to create an environment where safety is the norm, not the exception.

Croatia's embrace is as safe for female tourists as it is warm. Respect for women is woven into the country's fabric, with well-lit urban spaces and a whisper of violent crime. All travel there feels as secure, if not more so, than any other European nation.

Family Quality Time

For families, Croatia is a treasure trove of educational and fun experiences, all within a safe setting. The country's historical sites act as interactive learning venues, while its natural landscapes offer countless opportunities for adventure. Croatian culture, with its family-oriented values, ensures that visiting families are met with a warm welcome, and the range of family-friendly accommodations adds to the ease of the stay.

Navigating Croatia with Ease

Croatia's compact size makes it easy to explore, with reliable and affordable public transportation. The country's tourism infrastructure is well-developed, ensuring that travellers can navigate with ease and peace of mind. Emergency services are readily accessible, and assistance is always within reach. 

The country's robust tourism infrastructure ensures that whether you're using public transportation or taking a solo stroll, your safety is prioritised. Buses are clean, punctual, and well-maintained, while taxis and shared rides offer friendly and accommodating service. And while it's wise to stay vigilant, especially in crowded tourist spots, you can rest assured that help is always at hand, with emergency services just a call away.

Pack your bags...

Croatia's enchanting blend of safety, acceptance, and historical charm makes it a unique gem in the heart of Europe. It's a country where the past and present coalesce to create a welcoming environment for all. Whether you're seeking solace in the quiet beauty of its islands, the camaraderie of its inclusive cities, or the adventures that await in its natural landscapes, Croatia is not just a destination; it's a promise of unforgettable memories.

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