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About Croatia

Croatia is located in Central Europe, bordering Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, and Bosnia Herzegovina and has a long coastline stretching from the east coast, from Prevlaka in the south to cape Savudrija in the west. Croatia has a natural beauty and plenty to offer the visitor pre and post treatment, with lakes, waterfalls, woods mountains and a magnificent coastline. In the cities there is a lively café culture that attracts musicians and artists and pavements of cool types sipping endless Espressos, while the Istrian Peninsula has more than a hint of Italy about it.

To visit the Mediterranean delight of Croatia today, it’s hard to imagine that its conflicts and struggles for independence are just a few short years in the past. Croatia has achieved so much in those intervening years, culminating in membership of the European Union on July 1st 2013. Today, Croatia is a warm, welcoming country, which feels like it has been there forever, rather than coming into official being in 1991.

Croatia is a country of two halves, with almost 600 miles of Mediterranean coastline, including some high-class resorts and harbours, coupled with a large interior of lakes and mountains. Head for the coast, even in the busiest times of the holiday season, and you can still find quiet beaches and remote coves away from the crowds, and if you can get to one of the one thousand islands, you’ll have even more privacy.

Alternatively, if you prefer the bright lights and full-on Mediterranean-chic experience, head for the cosmopolitan seafronts of Dubrovnik and Hvar, where the rich park their yachts and head for a fine selection of restaurants and cocktail bars.

Set off inland, and you’ll encounter some stunning scenery, with everything from awe-inspiring caves to majestic mountains with endless hiking and biking trails. The interior also boasts enchanting medieval castles and fortresses that tell you that the recent troubles are nothing new in the region.

Wherever you go in this fascinating country, you’ll enjoy warm Balkan hospitality and delicious Mediterranean food, with the emphasis on fresh local produce, good wine and olive oil that seems to make everyone so healthy and long lived in this part of the world.

Right in the heart of Croatia lies the capital, Zagreb, a magnificent historic city that has amalgamated the cultures of Austria, Hungary and middle Europe into the Mediterranean way of life to create a fascinating cultural and culinary mix. Zagreb is a modern city packed with superb new art new galleries and attractions, yet one that is still proud of its history and heritage, making it an essential part of your itinerary, even on a beach based holiday.

Despite its growing popularity, Croatia has yet to become spoiled by the tourists, although you shouldn’t wait too long to visit, as with a destination this special, the change is inevitable in the end. For now, Croatia is a diverse and intriguing country with something for everyone, from elite coastal resorts to fascinating local festivals.

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Population: 4.3 Million
Currency: Kuna
Capital: Zagreb
Languages: Croatian
Religions: Catholic (86%)


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