Etiquette

Greetings Friends and family, both male and female, greet each other with a kiss on each cheek – never a single kiss. If you go in for a third kiss (as they do in Serbia), a Croatian will even it up with a fourth – it can never be an odd number. Don't panic – if locals are greeting a tourist, a handshake is more usual.

Dining out If you head out for a drink or meal with a Croat, whoever does the inviting should do the paying. It's an unspoken rule that the other person should even the score next time around.

Dining in If you're lucky enough to be invited to a local's house for dinner, come with an empty stomach (force-feeding is a national obsession) and a small gift such as chocolates or flowers. If you bring flowers, there must always be an uneven number of stems.