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Croatia – A pearl on the Adriatic Sea

Croatia with its numerous islands and bays, romantic harbour towns, luxurious accommodation and the impressive mountainous region in the interior of the country has a lot to offer holidaymakers interesting and eventful. In addition to more than 1200 islands, the water-rich country also has mountains up to 1800 m high to offer. Cities steeped in history alternate with cinematic backdrops and seemingly untouched nature. For example, it is not only since the movie “Game of Thrones” that the ancient buildings in Split such as Diocletian’s Palace or the Krka National Park, where large parts of the “Winnetou” films were filmed, have belonged.

Swimming on the Croatian coast

The Winnetou films were filmed in the Krka National Park, Image: Seumas Christie-Johnston / shutterstock

The Croatian coast in particular is a paradise for sailors, sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts. More than 1770 km of coastline and over 1100 islands make Croatia a destination for holidaymakers from all over the world every year. Located directly off the Dalmatian coast , each of the islands offers a very special flair with its secluded bays, azure blue sea and impressive landscape. Whether you are looking for peace and quiet or party enthusiasts – everyone is sure to find their very special favourite place here. The island of Krk with more than 2500 hours of sunshine and the beautiful island of Rab with its extraordinary beaches are very popular.

Impressive nature and national parks

Croatia also impresses with numerous nature and national parks. At the foot of the steeply rising Dinaric Mountains there are beautiful coastal towns and agricultural regions with vines, olive trees and orange groves. Nature lovers in particular will be delighted by the Vela Draga Nature Reserve in the Učka Nature Park near Rijeka. In addition to the limestone columns that rise up to 100 m, the waterfalls and caves are impressive in this canyon-like valley. Also worth seeing is the “Blue Grotto” on the island of Biševo near Vis, which can definitely compete with Capri .

The largest islands of Croatia

In a separate article from May 26, 2022, we have summarized the largest islands in Croatia :

  • Krk – a natural paradise in the Kvarner Bay
  • Cres – a dream destination for hikers and swimming enthusiasts
  • Brač – one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia
  • Hvar – the neighboring sister island of Brač introduces itself
  • Pag – cheese as a speciality of the island
  • Korčula – the alleged birthplace of Marco Polo
  • Dugi Otok – Telašćica Nature Park as the main attraction of the island
  • Mljet – a forested beauty in the south of Croatia

Sights in Croatia

Sailing in Croatia
Explore Croatia’s islands by boat – a holiday that will be remembered forever. Image: xbrchx / shutterstock

Croatia can boast several sites that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humanity. With the ancient complex of the city of Split, the old town of Dubrovnik , as well as the historic city of Trogir, there are numerous special sights throughout the country. Dubrovnik, a Croatian city, is also a popular destination for tourists from all over the world, which, together with Hvar , is now often compared to Ibiza or Marbella. Also worth seeing are the cities of Pula and Zadar with their Colosseum and an artificially built sea organ, which plays an impressive melody only through the waves of the sea.

Travel information Croatia

Capital Zagreb
Form of government Parliamentary Republic
Parliamentary democracy
Currency Kuna (HRK)
Area 56,594 km²
Population approx. 4,190,670 (as of 2016)
Languages Croatian
Electricity grid 230 volts, 50 Hz
Area code +385
Time zone UTC+1 CET
UTC+2 CEST (March to October)