Croatia tourist guide

Welcome to Croatia!

Croatia is situated between the far East corners of the Alps on the North-West and the Panonian plain and the shores of Dunav on the East. The mountain chain of Dinara covers the central part of Croatia and its southern part ends on the coast of the Adriatic sea. The land is rich with natural treasures with eight National parks and eleven Nature parks.

There are numerous cultural monuments in Croatia from all historic eras which are scattered around the entire territory. Croatia is a country that inherited a wealth of diverse influences which are a true representation of the tempestuous past and changes brought on by different lieges from which the Croats adopted only the best customs. A country of contrasts is what describes Croatia best, because of its natural diversities and many other elements.  Epic, lyric, past and present all come together.

Croatia is a land of rich cultural heritage which is present not only in numerous museums, galleries and churches which are enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, but also in the fact that Croatia is a magical place on the Mediterranean where every walk becomes a remarkable descent down the thousands of years old steps of rich and famous history. Whether you are following the stone alleys to merry towns and harbors of Istria, Quarner and Dalmatia, or climbing the green roads of central Croatia to reach fairy forts and castles, every step is a new experience. Croatia is special because its territory combines and intertwines four cultural circles: East and West, middle European and South Mediterranean spirit.

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Croatia beach guide Croatia beach guide

Would you like to spend your holidays in Croatia near the most beautiful beaches? You love sandy beaches? Its important that your accommodation is close to a beach where you can surf or dive, a beach with fun activities or you simply would like to relax with your family near a peaceful family beach?

Our guide to beaches in Croatia has a beach for every one of you!
To help you find what best suites you, the beaches  that we recommend are ranked in the following categories:

Family beaches Blue flag beaches Sandy beaches Don't miss Romantic beaches Nudist beaches Party and nightlife Watersports and activity
Croatia beach guide Islands in Croatia

Croatia is a country with 1000 islands, to be accurate 1185 islands, islets and reefs. This beautiful part of nature is one of the best indented coasts in the world. Croatian islands make up the second largest archipelago in the Mediterranean. 67 islands are inhabited, and the largest are Krk and Cres in the north part of the Adriatic and islands of Brac and Hvar in middle Dalmatia. Each island tells its story with its sights, history and customs. Run away from the prying eyes to hidden coves and enjoy the adventure offered by a holiday on the beach.

Top islands
Korcula Pag Hvar

Croatia beach guide UNESCO heritage

Among the numerous cultural monuments in Croatia, six of them are under the protection of UNESCO. Visit Croatia and spend your holiday surrounded by rich cultural and historical heritage.

The Plitvice Lakes Dubrovnik Diocletian's Palace in Split Historic city of Trogir St. Jacobs Cathedral in Sibenik Stari Grad Plain Euphrasius Basilica in Porec
Natural heritage

We would like to invite you to take you holiday in Croatia and discover the beauty of the Croatian National and Nature parks.

National parks Nature parks

Top 5 Must do in Croatia

Blue cave Blue cave
See the glowing blue sea inside the Blue cave on the island of Biševo near Vis.
Opatija Opatija
Spend the night in an Empress Sissi style accommodation in Opatija and feel like royalty.
Bačvice, Split Bačvice, Split
Play Picigin with the friendly locals on the Bacvice beach in Split.
Zadar Zadar
Listen to the unique and only sea musical instrument in the world - the sea organs in Zadar.
Plitvice Plitvice
Taste delicious meals prepared under a coal covered pot in the restaurant Lička kuća at the Plitvice National park.

Did you know?

“The tie” is actually a descendant product of the famous kravata, named after Croatian soldiers who used to wear it around their necks in the 17th century.
Primosten Primosten
There is a picture in the palace of the United Nations in New York, USA of the Primosten vineyard which goes to show how hard people had to work to create fertile ground by pulling away lots of rocks on that area.
Korčula Korčula
Marko Polo, a traveler and explorer who brought the potato beetle from China to Europe, was born in 1254 in Korcula
Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
The first pharmacy in Croatia was opened in Dubrovnik in the 14th century.
Pen Pen
Pen, the first mechanical writing tool in the world, was invented by Slavoljub Penkala in 1906 in Zagreb
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If you are a fan of ancient times, begin your voyage through Croatia with the monument of the Roman Pula, move on to the greatest forum on the East side of the Adriatic in Zadar and end your journey with the magnificent Diocletian’s Palace in Split. When you walk through the Croatian towns you walk through time, you’ll go from the preromantic period with the St. Donat church in Zadar from the 9th century and the romantic period of the amazing town-monument such as Trogir or the islands Rab and Krk. Gothic period will embrace you in Zagreb, Pazin, Ston and Peljesac and you will discover renaissance on Cres, in the Sibenik Cathedral of St. Jacob, on the islands Hvar and Korcula and finally, in the memorable and unique Dubrovnik. Towns Varazdin, Bjelovar and Vukovar will give you an inimitable experience of the Baroque.

If you prefer the charms of smaller places, enjoy discovering the beauties of unfamiliar and covert destinations which retell its own thousand-year-old history, Croatia is the location for your destination. Enter the world of hundreds of middle-aged churches. Croatia is a country which not only takes pride in being a land of remarkable history, but people as well; Such as the famous medieval philosopher from Istria, Herman Dalmatin, world traveler and explorer born in Korcula, Marko Polo, miniaturist and the Croatian Michelangelo, Julije Klovic, mathematician, astronomy researcher and the greatest physician in his time, Ruder Boskovic from Dubrovnik and, finally, one of the most brilliant inventor’s mind in the world from Lika, Nikola Tesla.

Croatia stretches in the form of an arch from the Dunav on the North-East to Boka Kotorska on the far South. It is divided into three large geographical regions:

1.    Mediterranean coastal region comprises the islands, coast and the low inland popularly called Zagora. It is encircled with limestone mountains: Ucka, Big and Small Kapela, Velebit, Dinara (1831m) and Biokovo. Croatian coast is the best-indented coast in Europe with more than 1000 islands, islets and cliffs. The climate in this region is Mediterranean with warm and dry summers, but mild and cold winters. Mirna and Rasa in Istria, Zrmanja, Krka and Cetina in Dalmatia and numerous other underground streams are the longest Croatian rivers, and the lakes: Vransko (Cres), Vransko (Biograd) and Prokljansko Lake.

2.    Forest-mountain region consists of Gorski kotar and Lika, characterized by high limestone hills with limestone fields and river valleys. It is the least populated part of Croatia. Mountain chains of Velebit, Kapela and Pljesevica divide this region from the coastal and Panonian region. This part of Croatia is characterized by mountain and fresh climate. Some of the larger rivers are Dobra, Gacka, Lika, Kupa and the largest lake group in Croatia – the Plitvice lakes.

3.    The largest and the most populated region in Croatia is Panonia. Half of the region is made of fertile land which makes is the most important agricultural part of Croatia. This region is the key part of the country, considering its traffic and economic value, and it also comprises Zagreb-the capital. The climate is mildly continental.

Did you know?

•    Ivan Mestrovic, a famous Croatian sculptor, created a magnificent monument to the Native American Indians in Chicago, USA.

•    The great monument in front of the United Nations building in New York called “MIR” is the creation of Croatian sculptor Antun Augustincic.

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