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Pronunciation

A note on how to pronounce Croatian words. Read the words phonetically is the rule and try to remember these hints on pronounciation:

       
U
as
u
put
E
as
e
better
I
as
i
in
A
as
a
apple
O
as
o
hot
Š
as
sh
shut
Ž
as
j
je suis
Ć  &  Č forget trying to distinguish between them - always the same as the ch in church.

Practicalities

Choosing seafood in restaurants:

Prices for shellfish and fresh fish are usually shown on menus per kilo so do ask to be shown the days catch as it is easier to choose your fish when you see the size.

Size & roads:
The peninsula is less than 90km wide and 100 from north to south and takes perhaps and hour and a half from top to bottom. The inland lanes are not busy which makes driving and exploring a pleasure. As you look at the map of the region you will notice a Y shaped artery, known as the" Istrian Y", this is the main fast road stretching from north to south.

Population:
The population of Istria is approximately 200,000.

Currency:

The currency is the Croatian Kuna. HRK is the abbreviation for Croatian Kuna. Prices are shown e.g. 100HRK. Hrvatska is the Croatian word for Croatia.

HR:

If you are driving to Croatia then you will notice road signs with HR, in the neighbouring countries when approaching the border, this is an abbreviation for Hrvatska = Croatia.