Croatia is a European oasis of cultural and natural diversity.
On a relatively small area, you can find many different cultures, mentalities, dialects, climates, lifestyles, cuisines, cultural and historical heritage based on which Croatia has been dubbed ‘A Land of a Thousand Islands´ or `The Mediterranean as it Once was´.
Croatia`s climate varies based on the region, from mild continental, in the mountain region, sub-mountain and mountain, to Mediterranean in the coastal region and sub-Mediterranean in the outback.
Croatia is the best ecologically preserved area in Europe with the cleanest sea and the largest number of national parks and nature in relation to the size of the territory - a total of 8 national parks. The Plitvice Lakes National Park, included on UNESCO`s World Heritage List, is most certainly the best known.
Croatian traditional cuisine is based on Slavic cuisine with influences from the neighboring countries.
Croatia is also the home of the tie, gingerbread hearts, cheese and Pag lace.
The average temperatures in the inland range from: 0 - 2ºC in January and 19 - 23ºC in August; and on the coast 6 - 11ºC in January to 21 - 27ºC in August. With an average of 2,600 sunny hours per year, the Adriatic coast is one of the sunniest in the Mediterranean, with sea temperature ranging between 25 - 27ºC.
Area: 56,542 km2
Density: 83 ppl/km2
Currency: kuna (1 kn = 100 lipa)
Coastline: 5835 km
Number of islands: 1185
Quoted by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy "as Pula, along the Kvarner gulf, that marks the end of Italy and bathes its boundaries", Pula is an ancient city, with evidence of human presence dating back 1 million years. Reaching it's zenith during the Roman rule in 46–45 BC, when it was raised to colonial rank and the sixth roman amphitheatre was built there.
Opatija came to fame in the late 19th century as a royal holiday town, built as the first tourist resort on the Croatian coast from a small fishing village. With secessionist and neo-classical mansions climbing steeply into the hills, Opatija offers stunning vistas, great architecture and Viennese style coffee houses well worth visiting.
A town formed from two rival hilltop villages, Kaptol and Gradec, whose numerous disputes endeding in carnage on the then known Krvavi most, Zagreb today is today a bustling metropolis and the captial of Croatia. Rich with cultural sights and small underground designers stores, it can be very interesting for a short trip or even a long weekend.
The Poster city off the Croatian National Tourism Board, Dubrovnik is known as one of the oldest free trading towns in the Mediterranean, rivaling Venice. Should you wish to see it during your stay in Croatia, there are flights from Pula Airport that can take you there and back for a daily tour.
Plenty of waterfalls, greenery and clear, warm water make the Mrežnica River one of the most beautiful rivers in Croatia. Ideal for canoeing, rafting and great for kayaking, one can travel along the Mrežnica River from one to five days.
Located in Gorski kotar, the most mountainous and heavily forested region of Croatia, about 15 km inland from the Adriatic Sea, the park covers 63.5 square kilometers. As a place where Dinaric and Alpine zones meet, Risnjak offers a magnificent variety in plant and wildlife on a relatively small area.
The Oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, Plitvice lakes are among the first natural sites worldwide with more than 1,200,000 visitors per year.
Very steep and wild, Cres is quickly becoming an important conservation project due to it's a wondrous biodiversity that includes 24 reptile, 200 bird, 87 butterfly, 15 bat, 7 amphibian and 31 dragonfly species, as well as a colony of 120 bottlenose dolphins that live around the archipelago.
Surrounded by three mountains (Tuhobić, Viševica and Bitoraj) and three lakes (Bajer, Lepenica and Potkoš), Fužine is only an hour away from Rovinj and Vrsar. Fužine is today a nice little town renowned for its typical mountain cuisine that includes bear paws, frogs and other interesting delicacies.
Susak, a wondrous sand island resting on limestone bedrock, completely different from any other island in Croatia, devoid of traffic and tourism, a unique experience worth the trouble of getting there.