apartment in Croatia

Living in Croatia

Croatia is a popular destination both for tourists and those looking for a place to retire or buy a holiday home. With kilometres of scenic locations along the Adriatic coastline, countless forests and lakes in the interior, and favourable property prices, the country makes a wonderful second home and draws new property buyers from around the world every year.

Croatia is a good place to settle for a number of reasons. The climate is mild, the people are friendly, the living costs are lower than in most EU countries, and there are a number of schools offering language courses for those who want to learn to speak Croatian. While coastal towns and villages are ideal for summer vacations, they are quite deserted for the rest of the year and offer limited leisure opportunities. For this reason, most foreign nationals who decide to move to Croatia relocate to a big city.

Residency permits

Foreign nationals who decide to move to Croatia must apply for a temporary residency permit at the local Ministry of the Interior office and provide several official documents and a stated reason for moving. This can be related to business, employment, family, study, or real estate purchase or rental. Once obtained, temporary residency permits are valid for a year. After holding one for five years, foreign nationals can apply for permanent residence in Croatia.

Cost of living in Croatia

The cost of living in Croatia is pretty affordable in general, but the average salary is also far less than what many foreigners are used to earning in their home countries. The average monthly living expenses are typically between 400 and 700 EUR for those living in mid-range homes. These amounts cover the basics: accommodation, utilities, food and transportation.

The most popular locations for holiday homes have always been those on the Istrian and Dalmatian coast, with the cities of Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik topping the list. Only a short flight from the UK, Ireland and other European countries, the major cities on the Croatian coast have been on the hot property map for many years and prices reflect this, even though they are still considerably lower than in some of the better known Mediterranean hotspots. Real estate offers along the Croatian coast range from ruins and basic stone houses to large seaview apartments and villas.

Holiday homes in Croatia


house in Split

This two-floor house in Split comprises two separate apartments connected with an interior staircase. Situated in an attractive location, about 500 metres from the city centre, the house has a balcony, a garage and a garden.

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apartment in Croatia
This modernly designed apartment in Split is situated in Meje, the city’s best residential area. Only minutes away from the city centre, the fully furnished south-facing apartment has four bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room, two bathrooms, and three balconies overlooking the sea.

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house in Croatia
For those looking for a holiday home with a more authentic Dalmatian feel, this detached stone house on the island of Šolta, just south of Split, comprises three floors and a loft. The property, which also includes several smaller stone houses and is surrounded by a stone wall, has the infrastructure in place but requires reconstruction.

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