4th on the list of 2004 Top Destiantions!
Croatia ranks 4th on "Top Destiantion for the Coming Year (2004)" annual survey polled from the global staff (over 4000 in US, UK, French and Australian offices) of the prestigious "Lonely Planet", the internationally recognized travel expert and publisher (650 guidebooks in 14 languages, covering every corner on the planet)! At the same time it is the only European destination among the Top 5.
From the article:
"Croatia is an absolute gem: Mediterranean meets Eastern European – a great combination of food and style, natural beauty and architectural delight. One of Europe's best-kept secrets!" "...beautiful coasts, great food, interesting history, and easy accessibility compared to many Eastern European places."
Article on Lonely Planet
Croatia the "hottest" destination in the Mediterranean
British Times Magazine
In the comprehensive article recently published in the British magazine Times, the author of the text claims - ask anyone, Croatia is the "hottest" destination on the Mediterranean, which he explains with these words - you can sail better than in Turkey, the islands easily match those of Greece and their cuisine is as good as Italian cuisine.
The author was left with the impression on that Croatia has not changed much in the last twenty years and because of this it is all the more beautiful. Observing it with the eyes of a tourist, the author notes that Croatia is a country for all generations and structures of guests. It offers an abundance of historical architecture - from Roman times to gothic, renaissance, baroque and secession, an abundance of sophisticated but also remote areas and given that it is relatively small, one can experience its beauties in "one stroke". Croatia is a nautical heaven and as explained by the author, Croatian nautical statistics send the mind reeling because with over 1000 islands, 500 ports, 48 marinas and hundreds of safe anchorages, it is considered by many, the best place to sail in the Mediterranean.
Diverse regions are a veritable heaven for adventurers looking for an active holiday, the author goes on to not, because given the combination of coastal and Continental tourism you can really try everything - from climbing, cycling along mountain paths, rafting, canoeing and canyoning on lively rivers right up to numerous content offered at and under the sea. It is not surprising, the author concludes, that more and more tourist companies are deciding to add Croatia in their offers - the country that has something for everyone.
"Days of wine and Lavender"
The American magazine Islands which is published in more than half a million copies and deals with people, culture and the beautiful sights on islands, recently published an extensive 17 page story about the Croatian island Hvar.
In the text "Days of wine and Lavender" the journalist portrays to the American reader the history and culture of this mid-Adriatic island Hvar which has enjoyed the distinction of being one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Along with its rich history, the journalist depicts the typical everyday life on Hvar in which he describes the meaning of local terms like pjaca (town square), prosek (prosecco-sherry), wine, gregada (a typical Hvar dish of several kinds of fish, boiled with potatoes).....
These descriptions make it evident how much the journalist, throughout his visit, got into the spirit of the Mediterranean ritual of long leisurely coffee drinking, the carefree sitting back and observing of the people and surroundings which is one of the basic characteristics of the everyday life of people who live in the sun drenched region of the Adriatic sea.
Other than his depiction of everyday life, the journalist was clearly well acquainted with the intertwining of local wines and Dalmatian gastronomic specialities, by which Dalmatia and the whole of Croatia is well known for. The journalist was impressed with the wide fields of lavender of which he stated that they are a unique attraction in this part of the world.