- Population: 4,191,000
- Position: Croatia lies between eastern and central Europe, in the northern Balkans
- Area: 56,594 km2
- Government: Croatia is a Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
- Capital city: Zagreb, population: 1,088,841
- Membership of international organisations: Croatia is a member of the European Union (since 1 July 2013), the Eurozone, the Schengen Area, NATO, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the World Trade Organization, and a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean
- Official language: Croatian
- Religion: The majority of the population is Roman Catholic, but Christianity is not an official religion. The Constitution defines all religious communities as equal and freedom of religion is a right defined by law.
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Climate: Mediterranean, Continental, Semi-highland and Highland
- Time: Central European Time (UTC + 1), Central European Summer Time (UTC + 2)
- Average daily temperatures: July 27°C in Zagreb and 29°C in Dubrovnik, January 2°C in Zagreb and 5°C in Dubrovnik
- Neighbouring countries: Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro
- Length of coastline: 5,835.3 km
- Highest peak: Dinara 1,831 m
Croatia is a fairy tale about a country of 1,185 islands, her rich heritage, magical nature, and her brave Men whose great deeds have put Croatia on the map of the world. It is a story about a land whose charms have been celebrated since ancient times.
Croatia has always been a place of true inspiration. Dante Alighieri spent some time living and travelling through and people say that his great-grandson Nicolo Alighieri was a pharmacist in Zagreb. There is a book “Dante`s path through Croatia” which describes his life in Croatia. George B. Shaw described Dubrovnik as the pearl of the Adriatic … And there are many more others who fell in love with this country.
A solid 1.778 km of Adriatic coast winds around innumerable coves, inlets and bays. Add in more than a thousand islands and you’re talking a whopping 5,835 km of seafront. If you can’t find the beach of your dreams here, it probably doesn’t exist.
12 reasons to visit!
Not many countries can offer such a wide variety of amazing possibilities like the Balkan countries can. Here below we have put together twelve reasons why you should visit Croatia. These are top things to know about one of Europe’s most popular destinations, but they are not the only reasons why we find Croatia so special. There are of course many many more. Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Plitvice national park, islands of Hvar and Korcula… these are only some of the places that rank very high on the travel bucket list.
Drop everything and come and see it for yourself.
- more than a thousand of spectacular islands and islets with innumerable bays, inlets and coves – coast is absolutely astounding, it will take your breath away
- a heritage dating back thousands of years, with spectacular ruins lying all over the country
- culturally rich folk traditions
- a combination of a relaxed coastal town with the ambiance of a fast-paced city atmosphere
- 8 stunning national parks
- top class Mediterranean food prepared in a home-cooked manner
- Mediterranean climate with mild winters and gorgeous spring and summer seasons – it is one of the sunniest regions in the Mediterranean
- walled towns with splendid stone architecture
- truffle tasting and truffle hunting
- Dalmatian pace of life
- scenic beauty
- it is a sailing lovers’ paradise
Did you know?
- that the Washington’s White House was built using stones from Brac island?
- that Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia?
- that Pula Amphitheatre is one of only three conserved amphitheatres in the world, which used to be the site of gladiator fights, and it is the sixth largest amphitheatre still existing?
- that neckties were invented in Croatia?
- that Hum in Istria is the smallest town in the world, with only 23 habitants?
- that the first Marco Polo’s book »The travels of Marco Polo« originally comes from Croatian’s island Korcula?
- that the biggest attraction in Split is its Roman legacy?
- that Dubrovnik walls are the most preserved defensive walls in Europe?