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With an area of only 56,000 km², Croatia is by no means a large country and not even as big as West Virginia. Nevertheless, Croatia is as diverse as few other countries in the European Union. Picturesque islands, idyllic cities, mountains and lakes characterize the country and offer the best conditions for a colorful vacation.
Croatia was already settled in ancient times and was an important region of the Roman Empire, which left its mark not only in the world-famous theater of Pula and Diocletian’s Palace in Split. The country’s position on the edge of the Habsburg Empire and on the threshold of the Ottoman sphere of influence have shaped Croatia culturally. After the declaration of independence from Yugoslavia at the beginning of the 1990s, several bloody wars followed, but tourists no longer feel much of these. Nevertheless, history meets one here at every turn.
But Croatia above all inspires its visitors not by its past, but by a lot of nature. Whether in the Kvarner Bay, on Istria or on the Dalmatian coast: the cristal clear water is one of the cleanest in Europe. A relaxing beach vacation is therefore guaranteed here. The world-famous Plitvice Lakes inland are among other impressive natural beauties, just like the gentle mountain landscape of Zagorje around the capital Zagreb.
Speaking of cities: not only Zagreb, the lively capital of the country, but also Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar and Split are worth a visit and could hardly be more different. The coastal towns exude Mediterranean flair and remind partly also because of their historical affiliation to Venice to Italian coastal towns.
The Croatian culture is very inspiring too. Whether you listen to the sound of traditional instruments such as tamburica, admire sculptures of the Croatian master Ivan Mestrovic or taste the delicious Croatian cuisine, vacation mood is guaranteed here!
On the pages listed below, we take you on a journey to the most beautiful places in Croatia, give you practical tips and offer you exciting background articles. Dobrodošli – welcome!
The Croatian capital offers an exciting mix of medieval architecture and beautiful buildings from the time when the country was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the same time, Zagreb is picturesquely nestled in the Zagorje area. Despite being a European capital, things are always relaxed and laid back here. Outside of Zagreb, beautiful castles, excellent wineries and the famous Plitvice Lakes, a unique natural spectacle, await you.
The historic region of Dalmatia makes up a large part of the Croatian coast. Here you will find the most beautiful beaches of the country and are still only a few kilometers away from the mountains. Unique historic cities such as Zadar or Split offer enough variety for a beach vacation. And also the islands are beautiful. Whether on Brač, Hvar, Korčula in the south or one of the smaller islands in the north – all are bathing paradises.
Dubrovnik has been world-famous not only since the hit series “Game of Thrones,” much of which was filmed here. The relatively small city and its surroundings are cut off from the rest of Croatia and perhaps that is why it is so popular with cruise tourists. But not only the unique old town scenery is worth a visit, in the surrounding countryside you will find beautiful beaches, old castles and much more.
Directly on the Slovenian border and within sight of Venice lies the idyllic peninsula of Istria. Here, too, you can spend a wonderful beach vacation, and Istria is also known as a party stronghold. But also the culture is not neglected: A visit to the amphitheater of Pula is one of the most best vacation impressions in Croatia.
Slavonia is definetely a less popular tourist attraction than the coastal region and the capital Zagreb. The agricultural region in the east of the country was hit particularly hard by the war, but is very interesting for explorers. In a sense, this is where the heart of the real Croatia beats, away from the tourist crowds. And cities like Osijek and Vukovar with its famous water tower are always worth a trip to the Hungarian-Serbian border region.
Whether Dalmatia, Istria or the Kvarner Bay is the best place to spend a vacation is a matter of debate, and not just among Croats. The islands of Krk, Rab, Cres and Lošinj are definitely worth a visit. You can combine a beach vacation with a visit to Rijeka, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2020.
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