Major Tourist Attractions: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Brac, Hvar, Diocletian's Palace
Located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, Croatia is an ideal vacation destination. With diverse topography, Mediterranean-influenced cuisine and wine, defensive walls dating back to the Middle Ages, and year-round sun, it’s no surprise that tourism arrivals to Croatia continue to increase.
Croatia is ideally located within Europe; a chunk of the country lies along the Adriatic Coast, offering rugged shoreline and tranquil turquoise waters throughout its more than 1,000 islands. The mountainous areas of Croatia are just as impressive. Plitvice Lakes National Park is famous for its cascading lakes while Krka National Park is noted for its clear pools and waterfalls.
Croatia was once a part of the former Yugoslavia, becoming an independent nation in 1991. Its largest city, Zagreb, is also Croatia’s capital. Other cities of note include Dubrovnik, dubbed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” a UNESCO World Heritage site noted for its impressive defensive walls, and Pula, located in the Istria region. Pula is home to a Roman amphitheater, also called the Pula Arena, where many concerts and performances are held.
Croatian cuisine is diverse and can vary by region. Try seafood along the coastal regions, cheese on the island of Pag, and štrukli (Central Croatia pasta) in Zagreb. If you travel to Istria during truffle season, be sure to try some white truffles. Local beverages include Rakija, a type of brandy that can be made with grapes, figs, plum, and herbs. Don’t miss the local Croatian wines, especially Vrbnicka Žlahtina, a dry white wine produced on the island of Krk.
English is commonly spoken, especially in tourist areas, with Croatian being the official language. Croatia is part of the European Union, but not the Schengen Area, which means border controls are in effect. You can fly into Croatia from other European destinations, or take the train to many cities. Exploring the region by car is also highly recommended.
In Croatia, you can:
- Explore Croatia’s natural scenery at spots like Krka National Park and Plitvice National Park
- Visit Korcula, the alleged birthplace of Marco Polo
- Hunt for a white truffle in Istria during the White Truffle Festival
- Drive the Dalmatian Coast
- Stay in one of Croatia’s lighthouses that are available to rent
- Wander the defensive walls of Dubrovnik
- Take a small-ship cruise out of Opatija and visit some of Croatia’s islands
- Visit a local winery on the island of Krk and sample Žlahtina, a local specialty
- Catch a stunning sunset in Zadar
- Eat fresh seafood on the Peljesac Peninsula
- Visit the Renaissance gardens of Trsteno
- Attend a concert in the Pula Arena
- Go rafting on Cetina or scuba dive in Bol
- Visit a naturist resort, or nudist beach, in Rab
Address: 2 Thomas Jefferson Street
Phone: 01 661 2400;
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