Croatia Travel Guide
The culture of Croatia has roots in a long history: the Croatian people have been inhabiting the area for fourteen centuries, but there are important remnants of the earlier periods still preserved in the country. Because of its geographic position, Croatia represents a blend of four different cultural spheres. It has been a crossroad of influences of the western culture and the east—ever since division of the Western Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire as well as of the Mitteleuropa and the Mediterranean culture. The Illyrian movement was the most significant period of national cultural history, as the 19th-century period proved crucial in emancipation of the Croatian language and saw unprecedented developments in all fields of art and culture, giving rise to a number of historical figures. Most notably, Croatia has a place in the history of clothing as the origin of the cravat, a precursor of the modern necktie.
Croatia’s main pull has to be its stunning coastline, which measures 3,600 miles (5,790km) in all, if you count the blissful islands, of which there are said to be more than a thousand. Unlike many seaside destinations, Croatia has very little sand. Its grey-white pebbles and rocks mean that the sea is exceptionally clear (with great visibility for snorkeling), but you might want to buy a roll-up beach mat and a pair of rubber beach shoes as some of those rocks can be pretty jagged. The big modern seaside resorts offering all-inclusive holidays don’t really have beaches at all, but concrete bathing platforms lined with sunbeds, and steps affording easy access into the sea. Most also have outdoor swimming pools. The best Croatian islands for beaches are Krk (Vela Plaza in Baska), Rab (notably around Lopar), Pag (with Zrce party beach, known for its open-air dance clubs and music festivals), Dugi Otok (Saharun) and Brac (with the star being the stunning Zlatni Rat beach in Bol).
If you are looking for adventures and discoveries and want to stay in Europe, then you have to go to Croatia. The country enjoys an incredible geographical diversity with the Adriatic Sea, several rivers and lakes but also mountains and many wonders to explore thanks to outdoor activities. The conviviality and diversity of this tourist destination makes it an ideal place to practice adventure sports. If you’re looking for adrenaline and need a break, this region has what you want, from kayaking to canyoning or skydiving. Split, Omiš, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Hvar or Korčula