Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Rabac, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Rabac?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Rabac, they said:
"Rabac is a small resort town located on the eastern coast of Istria. It's known for its beautiful pebble beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it a popular destination for tourists and expats alike. Before moving to Rabac, it's important to know that the official language is Croatian. While English is commonly spoken in tourist areas, it may be beneficial to learn some basic Croatian phrases to help with day-to-day life. The cost of living in Rabac is generally lower than in many Western European countries. However, prices can increase during the peak tourist season, which runs from June to August. Croatia, including Rabac, is part of the European Union, but it is not part of the Schengen Area. This means that different visa rules may apply, so it's important to check the specific requirements before you move. The local currency is the Croatian Kuna, not the Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted, but it's always a good idea to have some cash on hand, especially in smaller establishments. Croatia has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. However, Rabac can get quite crowded during the summer months due to its popularity as a tourist destination. Healthcare in Croatia is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance to cover any medical costs. Public transportation in Rabac is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. However, the town is small enough to navigate on foot or by bicycle. Croatian cuisine is diverse and delicious, with a strong emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Seafood is particularly popular in Rabac due to its coastal location. Finally, Croatians are known for their hospitality and friendliness. They are generally welcoming to foreigners and expats, making Rabac a great place to live and experience the Croatian lifestyle," explained one expat living in Rabac, Croatia.
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About the Author
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.