"I am buying in Croatia. It's beautiful, environmentally pristine, the people speak English, medical care is great, cities have cultural events and the ocean, lakes, and forests offer every sport you could want," said one member moving to Croatia. Another expat said, "First of all, Croatia is a beauty! The long coastline, from high up near Italy to deep south Albania is one long stretch of magnificent views with hundreds (if not thousands) of islands. Its history dates back to the old Roman days, with for example the palace of Diocletian in Split as an example, no doubt Dubrovnik, and many more ancient towns and places."
Living in Split, Croatia
Split, Croatia (pictured above) has a population of over 150,000. Split is located in Dalmatia on the Adriatic sea. An expat in Split described the expat community and lifestyle there, "The expats are mainly German. Few are English speaking. This is a highly seasonal area. The places open in May and close in September. During the tourist season, there is considerable night life, great restaurants, cafes, etc. In the winter, it is just locals. The history goes back 3,000 years. Vast number of historic sites, nearby national parks, the Adriatic to swim in and for water sports. You can do as much or as little as you want." When asked about whether you need a car when living there, he replied, "Car is required. Taxis are costly but the bus service which is good, only operates between main centres."
Living in Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj, Croatia is a charming city on the north Adriatic Sea with a population of approximately 14,000. While Rovinj is a popular tourist destination, it is also an active fishing port.
Living in Dubrovnik, Croatia
With a population of over 40,000, Dubrovnik, Croatia is located on the Adriatic coast about 15 minutes from Bosnia-Herzegovina and an hour from Montenegro. Dubrovnik is called the Pearl of the Adriatic and is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia. The city was damaged during armed conflict in the 1990s. Today, the Old City of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the focus of a major restoration project co-ordinated by UNESCO. Dubrovnik's restaurant scene offers something for everyone. Fresh seafood, amazing local wines and seaside ambiance make for memorable evenings.
Living in Orebic, Croatia
Orebic, Croatia is a small coastal city on the Peljesac Peninsula on the Adriatic coast with a population of just over 4,000.
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Living in Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and also the country's largest city. With a population of over 750,000, Zagreb is the only city on our list that isn't on the Adriatic Sea. Despite it's landlocked location, Zagreb is a bustling city with great restaurants, nightlife and historic sites. For families seeking international schools, Zagreb has several including The American International School of Zagreb, The British International School of Zagreb and Bright Horizons International British School of Zagreb. "We have been in Zagreb for 30 years. My wife is Croatian and I'm English. We love it -- know all the ins and outs, happy days," said one expat living in Zagreb.
Living in Hvar, Croatia
Hvar is the only island on our list of best places to live in Croatia. Hvar is an up-and-coming destination for expat retirees known for its beautiful beaches, quaint seaside towns, mild winters and island lifestyle. There are many ferry routes from Hvar Island to mainland Croatia.