Croatia Tourism is a well developed industry. The country receives almost 15 million tourists a year. All this is because its extensive coast on the Adriatic Sea and its beautiful and undiscovered beaches bays and coves. The interior of the country besides the Capital of Croatia, Zagreb, receives much less visitors than the coastal section.
The country is currently being advertised under the motto
“The Mediterranean as it was once”
Zagreb the picturesque Croatian Capital
Zagreb the capital of Croatia
Zagreb is the largest city of the Republic of Croatia located on the northwest of the country, along the Sava River. The population is around 700,000 inhabitants and the Zagreb metropolitan area has a population of 1,300,000 people.
It has always been in the crossroads between Eastern Europe and the Adriatic Sea. Zagreb is the center of government and also the leading economic center of the country that just a few decades ago was part of Yugoslavia and part of the six republics of the union.
The Tourism board has divided the country in eight regions for the purpose of promotion and they are:
The town of Istria near the Slovenia Croatian Border
Is located on the northwest borders its former sister Republic of Slovenia, also an independent country for several decades. Istria peninsula is very famous with foreigners who visit Croatia on their holidays. Several towns in the Istria region are:
There are many more resorts in Istria and also because of the closeness you can cross the border to Slovenia or on the other hand take a catamaran to neighboring Venice in Italy.
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Kvarner is the largest Croatian Bay on the Adriatic Sea
Kvarner and the Highlands
Kvarner Bay, the largest of Croatian Bays lies between Istria in the north and Dalmatia in the south. Mountainous Croatia reaches the sea in the area and this is why the touristic area is called Kvarner and the Highlands.
This is where the visitor will find the lakes of Plitvice, Velebit and Risnjak as part of eight national parks located in the area as well as Croatia’s largest park Ucka Nature. Their natural beauty is awe inspiring.
Several popular islands are part of the region like Krk, Cres, Mali Losijn and Pag. Also here is the Opatija Riviera with its beautiful residences built during the times of the Austro Hungarian Empire. Popular tourist resorts on the southwest coast are located southern of Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski and Senj to Karlobag.
The Sea Organ on the Adriatic coast of Croatia
North Dalmatia – Zadar Croatia
It is located in the very center of the Croatian coastline in the Adriatic. It features more than 300 islands and islets all as beautiful as you imagined the Croatian Islands. They all have beautiful beaches, secluded coves and above all many historical monuments.
Zadar offers many hotels and restaurants. Through the years it has been a famous tourist destination for Eastern and Western Europeans. There are hotels, remodeled of course, that date to the last years of the 19th Century. Tourism here is mainly for beach lovers with many charming beaches and promenades and as mentioned many hotels and restaurants.
Monument to the Sun in Zadar Croatia
Attractions in Zadar
This is a large art installation consisting of 300 solar plates incorporated in the stone quay in the shape of a circle, measures 22 meters in diameter. The monument symbolizes the Sun while the solar plates absorbs solar energy in daytime, transforming into unusual light effects during the night.
This is an architectural object as an experimental musical instrument which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps. The waves create somewhat random but harmonic sounds. The device was made by the architect Nikola Basic.
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Sibenik is a town midway between Dubrovnik and Split
This region is known locally as Sibensko-Kninska Zupanija, it contains one of Croatia’s most beautiful National Parks, the Krka Waterfalls. It is also home to the Vransko Jezero Park, a huge lake which is a sanctuary for birds and is excellent for coarse fishing.
Sibenik Croatia, less known than Dubrovnik and Split, possesses a personality and strong charm of its own. Sibenik’s cathedral, dating back to 1434, is one of the marvels of the Dalmatian Coast. St Jakov Cathedral lies below a castle in the old quarter. Here you’ll find a nice atmosphere of charming squares with modern shops.
Here the coast features many peninsulas jutting out into the sea. One of this peninsulas is the fortress town of Primosten famous for its wine.
Brodarica located across the island of Krapanj is a quiet small town. Other islands to visit are Zlarin with its church, the island of Privc with two small villages, Privc Luka and Sepurine.
The whole region brings relaxation to the soul, with abounding vineyards, little cafes and crystal azure seas for swimming.
The National Park of Krka jus 15 minutes south of Sibenik is one of the natural wonders of Croatia. It covers an area of 111 km2. In the south of the park is the river Krka with a series of spectacular cascading waterfalls.
Split is the second largest city of Croatia
The region of Dalmatia Split is an area of high mountains and a Mediterranean coast to die for. In this area you will find wild river falls, peaceful rivers and the open ocean, all in one region. That is all besides underground caves and deep lakes.
Split is Croatia’s second largest city and remains one of the Adriatic’s most lovely towns. There is a lot to see in Split. It is home of the Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides, Split offers a wealth of museums and Roman ruins under a dramatic mountain backdrop and opens onto a vast expanse of sea.
Split is the center from where to explore the region and its wonders. From here youmay visit the legendary islands of Solta and Brac. And on the mainland you do not want to miss places like Solin, Omis, Trogir, Brela Beach, Baska Voda and Makarska, each less than an hour away by car.
The Magical city of Dubrovnik in Croatia
Located on the southernmost part of the Dalmatian coast is this piece of heaven, Dubrovnik. I was fortunate to visit Dubrovnik before and after the Balkan War and can attest to its beauty and its people. It is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe. It attracts jetsetters, royalty and all tourists that want to see a jewel of a city in Croatia.
“Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik”, so wrote George Bernard Shaw, smitten by the beauty of the city whose untouched,1940 m long defensive walls, today under the protection of UNESCO, all in a city called the Pearl of the Adriatic.
Plitvice Waterfalls are some of the highlights of Croatia
This hilly and mountainous area of Central Croatia differs from Slavonia or Coastal Croatian areas in terms of landscape as well as climate. The area is great for those seeking the air and views of the mountains as opposed to beaches.
Here you do hiking, skiing in winter as well as visiting many old towns of baroque style and palaces. Visit the area of Zagorje with its many castles worth visiting.
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Facts about Croatia
The national flag of Croatia
Croatian: Zastava Hrvatske, or The Tricolor is one of the state symbols of Croatia. It consists of three equal size, horizontal stripes in colors red, white and blue. In the middle is the coat of arms of Croatia.
Map of Croatia and its neighbors