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Opatija, 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 Opatija, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do I need to know before moving to Opatija?

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

"Opatija, is a beautiful coastal town known for its Mediterranean climate, making it a popular destination for expats. Before moving to Opatija, it's important to understand that while English is commonly spoken in tourist areas, the official language is Croatian, so learning some basic phrases can be beneficial. The cost of living in Opatija is relatively low compared to other European cities, but it's still important to budget accordingly. The local currency is the Croatian Kuna, not the Euro, so you'll need to be familiar with the exchange rates. Healthcare in Croatia is of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. If you're from an EU country, you should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you move. Croatia is part of the European Union but not the Schengen Area, which means different visa rules may apply. It's essential to check the visa requirements for your specific nationality before planning your move. Opatija has a rich history and culture, with many festivals and events taking place throughout the year. It's worth researching these to fully immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. Public transportation in Opatija is reliable, but many expats choose to drive. If you plan to drive in Croatia, you'll need to obtain a local driving license or an International Driving Permit. The cuisine in Opatija is heavily influenced by its coastal location, with seafood being a staple in many dishes. It's also known for its excellent local wines and olive oils. Finally, it's important to note that Opatija is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer months. This means that the town can get quite busy, and prices may increase during this time," said one expat who made the move to Opatija.

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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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