Croatia is a country in Central Europe but it’s not part of the Schengen Area.
EU residents can enter the country freely, but travelers from other countries must go through customs.
Croatia borders the Adriatic Sea and offer a long coastal stretch as well as a diverse inland area.
Most visitors travel to Croatia to visit Plitvice Lakes, the peninsula of Istria and the coastal towns of Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik.
The country has quite a few natural parks and a lot of islands that lie before the coast of the mainland.
But, what we actually want to know… how LGBT-friendly is Croatia actually? And more inportantly, are there any cool and welcoming places LGBT travelers can go to?
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is the hot spot of LGBTQ+ action in the country.
Not that there is a lot of action, but there’s a tight and welcoming LGBTQ+ community in this city.
Hotpot is one of the only queer places in the city. It’s mostly frequented by men, but officially, the audience is mixed.
Dubrovnik is an LGBTQ+ friendly destination on the Croatian coast.
This doesn’t mean you should go all the way with public display of affection! Keep it nice and friendly.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any dedicated venues for LGBT travelers (nor locals).
Split is also LGBTQ+ friendly. They even have a Pride event!
But again, even though you’re very welcome, keep PDA reasonable and don’t overdo it.
In Split, there aren’t any dedicated LGBT Bars or clubs either.
Croatia included sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression on the list of protected categories in their Anti-Discrimination law in 2008.
In 2010, it became clear that extra measures had to be taken to fight hate crime against LGBT. There is still a taboo and locals in rural areas frown upon it.
Over the years, Croatia has taken more steps to exclude homophobic content from literature and school books.
So even though lesbian, transgender and gay travelers are welcome in Croatia, that doesn’t mean you should be French kissing in the streets.
The country still has a few barriers to break in order to become an actual LGBTQ+ travel destination.
That’s the question!
We do things our way and everyone is allowed to do things their way, obviously!
For us, we like to keep a low profile when we travel. With this in mind, we also keep PDA, hugs, and kissed for our private quarters. This clearly depends on the country and the region we’re in. So this doesn’t count for the entire world.
Croatia is a relatively safe country to visit as LGBTQ+ traveler. You very likely to be welcome everywhere and you probably won’t run into any trouble.