Up until the middle of the past century, Dalmatia, Istria and the islands have been living in a modest and difficult way through agriculture and fishing. The donkey was a very appreciated animal back then. Narrow paths though the fields bound with stone walls called „suhozid“(made by clearing stones from the little soil they had for planting) as well as narrow stone alleys in the towns would allow only such means of transport, by donkey or “tovar“ as they call it in Dalmatia. Development of tourism started the modernization of roads, agriculture was no longer the primary industry and the donkey was replaced by vehicles and machines. The much more successful tourism industry took over the leading role over agriculture. A statue of a donkey can be seen in Jelsa on the island of Hvar and a statue of a tourist can be seen on the Makarska waterfront. The newer life history of the Croatian coast is beautifully summed up in those two statues. Nowadays the donkey is no longer a workforce, but a tourist attraction and a pet.
If you were planning to bring your pets on holiday to Croatia, it would be good to know you can only take them across the Croatian border if you have the proper veterinary documentation on your pet’s health and cats and dogs have to be micro-chipped. When bringing your pet to Croatia, you are responsible for fulfilling the terms for entering the country. Make sure your pet is vaccinated in time, that an antibody titre was done and that you have a valid pet-passport and veterinary certificate. It’s also quite important to inform yourself if the accommodation you chose accepts pets.