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Croatia

Republic of Croatia/Republika Hrvatska

Region: Central Europe

Area: 56 594 km²

Capital: Zagreb

Major cities: Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar

Climate: Continental, mountain, Mediterranean, and subtropical

Language: Croatian

Religion: Roman Catholicism

Local time: GMT +1

Calling code: +385

Currency: Croatian kuna

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club

Visa: not required for citizens of the EU, the US, Canada, Israel, Japan, and some others for a stay up to 90 days; required for citizens of CIS countries. For more details please visit http://projectvisa.com/visainformation/Croatia

Transport: air, railway, and water transport

International airports (cities): Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula

Lately, medical services in Croatia are in particular demand among the citizens of Western Europe, the CIS countries, and the USA. And not surprisingly, because the level of medical services and attendance complies with global standards at rather affordable prices. A lot  of private medical centres of this small Balkan country have singled out medical care of foreign patients as a priority field of their activity.   

For patients from other countries, medical centres of Croatia can offer services in the sphere of plastic surgery, dentistry, orthopaedics, traumatology, sports medicine, ophthalmology, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation.

Undeniably, plastic surgery services are greatly favoured today, in particular, surgeries of nose correction, breast augmentation or reduction, liposuction in the arm, hip, and tummy area. The prices for the services of plastic surgeons in Croatia are 2-3 times lower than in the countries of Western Europe.

Dental clinics of Croatia can offer modern technologies and methods of treatment and prosthetics. The following procedures are offered at quite affordable prices: endodontic treatment, whitening, metal-ceramic prosthetics, as well as implant placement. By the estimation of experts, prices for dental services in Croatia are on the average by 40% lower than in the UK or the USA. 

Clinics specializing in orthopaedics, traumatology, and sports medicine perform checkup and surgical treatment of a number of orthopaedic diseases and traumas of adults and children: shoulder, elbow joint, feet, knee and hip joints. These clinics also conduct surgical treatment of sports traumas, congenital and post-traumatic deformation of child extremities, specialized therapy of child cerebral paralysis, as well as ultrasonic examination of hip joints of breastfeeding infants.

Over 5 000 surgeries are performed in Croatian ophthalmological centres each year. The most required procedures include: laser vision correction, artificial lenses implantation, surgical treatment of cataract with mini-invasive methods, surgical treatment of glaucoma, laser trabeculoplasty and mini-stunt implantation, eyelid surgeries, surgical treatment of heterotrophy (squint eye), and artificial eye implantation.

For the period of treatment, foreign patients are accommodated in comfortable single wards facilitated with all required equipment, they are provided with quality professional care and attendance. Medical personnel speak several foreign languages, including English. Scheduled surgeries are followed by further rehabilitation, recuperation, and recovery at Croatian resorts.

Recommended time for treatment: May, June, August, September.

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For many decades already citizens of Western Europe and the CIS countries give their preferences to Croatia for resort recreation and recovery. Picturesque Adriatic sea coast is literally dotted with resorts and thalassotherapy centres. The country has established numerous health centres with thermal and mineral waters, mud treatment centres, and even Roman thermae have survived.

In Croatia the only European unique deposit of naphthalan (a kind of therapeutic oil) can be found. This deposit has brought world fame to the resort town of Ivanic Grad. The reasons for staying at the resort include: skin diseases (psoriasis, diathesis, neurodermitis, scleroderma, chronic contact dermatitis), post-burn states, diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus (arthritis, Marie-Strumpell/Bekhterev’s disease, degenerative spinal and joint diseases), diseases of blood vessels, central and peripheral nervous system, radiculopathy, and paresis. For treatment and recovery purposes they also apply naphthalan oil-based ointment and thermal iodine and fluoride containing sodium waters from the Pannon sea.

In the resort centre of Daruvarske Toplice town people find effective treatment of rheumatism, gynaecological diseases, some types of infertility, and chronic inflammatory processes applying hot neutral acratothermal springs and mineral muds.

The Stubičke Toplice resort in the Croatian Transcarpathia is mostly visited by patients with degenerative joint and spinal diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, abarticular rheumatism, as well as by sportsmen after traumas or surgeries. Hydro gymnastics, hydro massage, baths, and other procedures are conducted applying thermal waters.

A stay at the Croatian resort of Krapinske Toplice is recommended to patients with diseases of cardio-vascular system (especially after a heart attack and heart surgeries), nervous peripheral system disorders, and with complicated cases of pancreatic diabetes. In recovery procedures they apply waters from radon thermal springs, mineral springs with calcium and magnesium salts, and muds.

Tuheljske Toplice is a famous Croatian balneological resort. Its major natural healing factors are radon thermal sulphide hydrocarbonated waters and therapeutic muds. This resort specialises in musculoskeletal apparatus disorders, diseases of nervous system, gynaecological problems, andrological diseases, as well as recovery and immunity strengthening.

Specialists recommend to patients with chronic diseases of the digestive tract to visit the resort of Varaždinske Toplice. Thermal mineral sulphurous water decreases the level of acids and sugar in blood and produces a favourable effect on the digestive tract. Healing muds are successfully applied here during the rehabilitation course for sportsmen after a trauma or surgery.

Female patients with gynaecological diseases and those with infertility problems should visit the climatic and balneological resort Daruvar. During the treatment and recovery process, waters from nine mineral springs and local muds of volcanic origin are applied here.

3*- from €60;

4*- from €85;

5*- from €110.

Janjetina (lamb garnished with herbs), goulash (rich soup), kroštule (fried pastry).

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Croatia amazes by its architectural style embracing all the best traditions of Gothic, Renaissance, and Antiquity.  

The Saint Marcus Church. This is a parish church located in Zagreb. Assumed construction date — end of XIII century. The church was rebuilt several times, its facades and stylistic design was altered. The north-western wall has an image of a lion holding the city’s coat of arms. The most precious part of St. Marcus Church is deemed to be its south portal constructed in XIV century by the famous Prague sculptor Ivan Parler. The Gothic ensemble of the doorway features 15 statues placed in 11 separate niches: the statues of the 12 apostles, Jesus, Mary, and Saint Mark. This collection is considered the richest in Europe.

The Temple of Augustus (Augustov hram) is an ancient monument in Pula (southern part of the Istrian peninsula). It stands on the main square, next to the rebuilt Communal Palace incorporated with the Temple of Diana. A small Temple of Augustus is still one of the most visited sites in Pula. Right at the entrance you become immersed in the atmosphere of antiquity. You can admire the artistic masterpieces of the architects of those times. Inside the Temple, visitors are offered to view a collection of Antique sculpture. The exposition features bronze and stone sculptures from Roman period.

The honorary triumphal Arch of the Sergii. It was erected by the, patrician Salvia Postuma Sergii in the I century AD as a symbol of the victory at Actium of her three brothers fighting on the side of Octavian Augustus. The arch was built on the facade of the gate and served as a city entrance. It consists of two crenellated Corinthian columns at either side topped with the bas-reliefs in the form of chariots. Most part of decorations is on the side of the wall visible from the city.

The Euphrasian Basilica (Eufrazijeva bazilika). This architectural complex known far and wide outside Croatia is situated in Poreč city. The episcopal complex, including, apart the basilica itself, a sacristy, a baptistery and the bell tower of the nearby archbishop’s palace, is one of the best examples of early Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean region. The basilica was erected back in IV century AD and dedicated to Saint Maurus of Parentium. Soon it was rebuilt into a small church. The floor mosaic from its oratory, originally part of a large Roman house, is still preserved in the church garden The triumphal arch bears traces of mosaic with images of Christ, Apostles, the Holy Lamb, and 12 martyrs, over the apse there is mosaic with images of Virgin Mary with child, on the sides — images of local saints. Euphrasius, holding the church in his arms, is represented on one of the mosaics on the apse, next to St. Maurus. The central mosaics between the windows of the apse represent the Annunciation and the Visitation. Due to its exceptional value, the architectural complex of Euphrasian Basilica was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 as one of the most significant monuments of Byzantine architecture in the world

Zagreb Cathedral (Zagrebačka katedrala). Full name – The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Stephen and Saint Ladislaus. It is rightly deemed the most renowned structure of Croatia. The building is so tall that its two spires are visible from any part of the city (being 105 m tall each), even from the very suburbs. The cathedral was not once destroyed and rebuilt, having finally reassumed its Neo-Gothic stylistics. There are skilfully crafted statues of saints on either side of the entrance. Zagreb Cathedral has one of the best organs in Europe. This instrument was constructed in the end of XIX century and still amazes with the purity and beauty of sound. On the square opposite the cathedral there is a most gorgeous fountain with the statues of Virgin Mary and four angels. At night it is illuminated and grasps the imagination even more.

The Croatian National Theatre (Hrvatsko narodno kazalište). Its building in Zagreb is a remarkable site both from the cultural and architectural viewpoint. In 1870, the Croatian National Opera was established on the basis of the National Theatre. The theatre’s new building was built in 1895. Its project was designed by the famous Viennese architectures Herman Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner, who have built several theatres in Vienna. He building is in Neo-Barocco and Rococo style, with two small domes in its front part and one large dome closer to the hind part. The interior decoration is very rich, with paintings of famous Croatian artists represented on the walls. Before the theatre building there is a wide square with bright flower-beds and an exquisite fountain. The National Theatre is situated to the south of the historical centre of Zagreb, in Lower Town.

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