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Novigrad, Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Novigrad, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Novigrad?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Novigrad, they said:

"Novigrad, is a small coastal town known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and beautiful beaches. Before moving to Novigrad, expats should be aware that the official language is Croatian, although English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. The cost of living in Novigrad is relatively low compared to other European cities, but it's important to note that salaries are also generally lower. The local currency is the Croatian Kuna, and it's advisable to have a basic understanding of the exchange rate. The climate in Novigrad is Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters. It's important to prepare for the heat in the summer months, especially if you're not used to it. Croatian cuisine is diverse and delicious, with a strong emphasis on seafood in coastal areas like Novigrad. It's worth trying local dishes, such as truffles and Istrian ham. Healthcare in Croatia is of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. If you're an EU citizen, you should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you move. Public transportation in Novigrad is reliable, but many locals prefer to use cars or bikes. If you're planning to drive, you should familiarize yourself with local driving laws. Croatians are generally friendly and welcoming to foreigners, but it's important to respect local customs and traditions. This includes dressing modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. Finally, it's worth noting that Croatia is a member of the European Union but not the Schengen Area. This means that different visa rules may apply, depending on your nationality. It's advisable to check the latest visa requirements before you move," wrote a member in Novigrad.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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