"Fabulous beaches, crystal clear waters, friendly people, no rubbish, clean hotels, good food, sports galore, evening entertainment and all this in total safety !"
Croatia has one of the cleanest seas, one of the most-indented coastlines, Mediterranean climate, beautiful nature and hospitable hosts.
If you like to explore unspoiled nature, rich cultural heritage and extensive offer of cultural events Croatia can become a fascinating discovery for you.
To claim that the fact the Roman emperors apprecieted an fought for the Easter Adriatic – Croatian coast was only a coincidence – would be a lie! Numerous islands, bays, beaches and great climate suitable for enjoying were the reason for them to settle here centuries ago.
Mediterranean architecture, stones – one hundred small towns, villages and islands – Middle Ages or Renaisance, 1000-year-old little stone churches along the coast,
bell-towers, churches, palaces and pavements, balustrades, villas, olive trees, lavender, vineyards, pine trees, cheese and vine, grilled fish, prosutto and the evening song, crickets in the pinewoods, legends, museums, customs and celebrations and many more features that the Mediterranean and continental Europe can offer are the reason we say we live in a country described only with superlatives.
Let us mention medieval towns with statues, fortesses, palaces, churches and monasteries – Dubrovnik, Trogir, Korčula, Rab, Šibenik, Zadar; Roman pavements and walls – Split (seventeen hundered years old – the Emperor Diocletian chose to build his residential palace) and Pula (Arena dates back to the first century A.D.); old castles, fortresses (because of the countries position – wars fought against Tatars, Franconians, Venetians, Turks and Serbs)…
Croatia is a land of diversity and richness – it is both Mediterranean and Central European, mountainous and lowland, coastal and continental country.
Characterised by preserved natural heritage – it concieves the great number of the national parks in small land surface. The most valuable parts of the natural heritage of Croatia are preserved within 352 different protected areas (9% of the land area of Croatia). Among the most important protected areas there are eight national parks.
The main trhee natural wholes of Croatia, namely lowland, mountains and coastal, differ one from another in their basic characteristics (as described by Croatian National Tourist Board).
Central Croatia is a historical-geographic region in the northwestern and central part of Croatia. This area is full of thermal springs where spas have been built, complete with hotels, swimming pools, sports-recreation grounds, and medicinal halls. Important cultural and monumental heritage in this area is the whole old town of Varaždin (European Baroque) with its park-cemetery and among the natural heritage it is important to mention the region Trakošćan-Macelj-Ravna gora; Opeka (arboretum) and Vindija cave (geo-morphological monument). Hrvatsko Zagorje is a region full of villages and small towns, picturesque hills, numerous vineyards, and cultural historical monuments.
Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem, are the historical-geographic area in the eastern part of Croatia. It is the most fertile part of Croatia which, in addition to its agricultural values, also offers diverse tourism attractions – numerous hunting grounds, fishing in the rivers and fish ponds, famous wines (Kutjevo, Đakovo, Ilok) and famous delicacies (kulen, a type of spicy sausage). Slavonia, is the region of thermal springs, castles, wine and wheat, where people traditionally live from agriculture and therefore many public festivities and customs are related to the natural rhythm of growth and the annual schedule of works in the fields.
Istria is the most diverse tourism region in Croatia, due to its natural particularities, its rich cultural monumental heritage, its location, and its transportation position. Istria is the largest peninsula of the eastern coast of the Adriatic and takes the leading position in Croatian tourism. It is a unique region where central Europe descends to the warm Adriatic Sea. It is in this very place that the sea cuts deepest into the center of Europe, surrounding Istria on two sides. Due to the vicinity of the Mediterranean Sea, the winters are snowless, and the summers are long, sunny, and warm. Istria is among the sunniest oases in Europe and at the same time, it seduces with its cosmopolitan charm, picturesque landscapes, medieval towns set on the top of hills, and its beautiful coast.
Dalmatia is a historical-geographic and tourism region of the Adriatic area; it consists of the insular and coastal part and the sub-Mediterranean inland (Dalmatinska zagora) and encompasses nearly all Adriatic islands except for those in the Kvarner region. Dalmatia has, for a long time, been famous in the tourism world for its clean sea, abundance of sun, numerous islands and islets, natural beauty, and particularly for its cultural monumental heritage and the cultural events (Passion heritage, games of knighthood, folk songs, folklore, and festivals).
The Adriatic Sea is among the cleanest seas in the world, and the government of the Republic of Croatia supports numerous research projects aimed at the conservation of this natural heritage. Apart from the cleanliness of the sea, another important characteristic is the uniqueness of the biology and terrain of the coastal area, which is exhibited in the great number of plant and animal species, particularly the large number of endemic species.
Image of Croatia was based primarily on sun and sea, in the upcoming season Croatian National Tourist Board points out: cleanliness, unpollutedness, hospitality, safety, adventure, fun, and emotions. Also, one of the priorities in the development and marketing plan in the coming period is the construction of major highways, the most significant of which is the Zagreb-Split highway, with a total length of 375.7 km, planned for completion in June 2005.