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6 Best Places to Live in Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

Summary: There are so many amazing places to live in Croatia. Here are 6 great places from cities and towns on the Adriatic to Hvar island to the inland capital city of Zagreb. We invite you to add your favorite place to live in Croatia!

Expats in Croatia - 6 Best Places to Live in Croatia

"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

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

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

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

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

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.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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lunagabri1948
Oct 21, 2017 04:51

Wonderful site!!!!! I love it!!!!....I'm moving to Croatia..I'm italian and at time I live in Gozo....My favourite city is Trogir....'cause I need the sea......but my heart beats...for Dubrovnik!!!!

Updated On: Oct 26, 2016

First Published: Oct 26, 2016

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Croatia is an astoundingly beautiful country that lies along the Adriatic Sea. Expats discuss why they love living in Croatia, the challenges of expat life there, buying property in Croatia and much more.

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6 Best Places to Live in Croatia

There are so many amazing places to live in Croatia. Here are 6 great places from cities and towns on the Adriatic to Hvar island to the inland capital city of Zagreb. We invite you to add your favorite place to live in Croatia!

There are so many amazing places to live in Croatia. Here are 6 great places from cities and towns on the Adriatic to Hvar island to the inland capital city of Zagreb. We invite you to add your favo...

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