Croatia (Hrvatska) is consider to be a “new European tourism star”; becoming 2013. European Union Member and – to explore one of the most beautiful countries, you surely need to spend at least few weeks, especially because of the fact that one time visit – want stay just on one time. Believe me on this!
When I say “new Europeans tourism star” – then I suggest you to find on line their TV commercial (named exactly like that) – it’s a great visual start of this journey.
You can come to Croatia by bus, train, planes and cruiser – different approaches means different ways to see beauty that Croatia offer. For the adventurous among you, it is even possible to take a ferry from Dover to Dunkirk and then travel by car to Croatia. Driving from Dunkirk does take around 12 hours so is definitely the longer option but the drive through Europe is definitely worth it.
Capital and biggest city of some more then 700 000 people is Zagreb. It really does reminds people on Vienna, by its architecture, especially because of the old part of the city. Tourists are mostly overwhelmed with food, welcoming hosts and the fact, that if in any moment crowded city life become annoying for your view of holiday – seaside is really close.
Croatia has over 1700 km of amazing beaches and landscapes. You can choose bigger cities (like Split, for example) or very small villages that contain just a few villagers who live there.
Imagine this scene – you’re lying on the beach of the Adriatic sea, drinking cold and refreshing drink, watching the sunset with your friends, family, loving ones and feeling like you’re somewhere in the Caribbean yet in the heart of Europe. Sound good? I thought so.
Croatia was several times top 20 most wanted travel destination and it definitely is! Dubrovnik, a jewel city of the Adriatic, for all the visitors by cruisers, with his ancient history, events and complete offer – is one of the top European destinations for US celebrities.
So, if you choose this amazing country, I definitely suggest you to visit Zagreb, regions of Istria, Dalmatia, city of Dubrovnik. All you need to do is to learn just a very basic Croatian (“Zdravo, Kako ste?”) to create smiles and, very often, discounts, to try continental and seaside food, Dalmatian vine, Mediterranean based fruits – all completely organic.
Croatia truly is a hidden treasure of Southern Europe, so much so I’m reluctant to share the secret so widely.