Why should you visit Croatia?
If famous Roman emperor Diocletian knew the seaside city of Split was the perfect place to build his palace (which is one of the world’s most impressive Roman ruins in existence and is UNESCO-protected) in the fourth century AD, then you know it is the perfect place for your vacation. He was happy enough tending to his Croatian vegetable gardens while living out his retirement. Of all of Europe, he chose Croatia. Where Croatia lacks in population (a Southeastern European country of ~ 4.4 million, majority of which are Catholic), it makes up for in rich culture, history and scenic landscapes. It is located between Italy and Greece and could be most closely related to West Virginia in its size.
The official language of the country is Croatian. The national currency is Kuna and roughly 5.7 Kuna equal $1.00. Euros are also widely used. July 1st of 2013 marked Croatia’s accession into the European Union.
The capital, and Croatia’s largest city, is Zagreb, full of several historical and artistic tourist sights and a café culture that must be experienced in person. Other cities you might have heard of are Dubrovnik (where popular TV show ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed and ancient walls that surround the city are just one feature of its stunning architecture and sculptural detail), Zadar ( a marble-clad, traffic-free old town, following the old Roman street plan and whose lively café scene and dazzling ruins bring the little town to life), Pula (whose amphitheater is home to the sixth largest surviving Roman arena built around the 1st century AD), Korcula (which allegedly houses Marco Polo’s birthplace), Hvar (a party island while at the same time agriculturally abundant in olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields) and many more.
Due to its Mediterranean climate, summers are hot and winters are chilly but the weather is less drastic than in the United States. Reflective of its location within Europe, Croatia is very geographically diverse with flat plains along its Hungarian border and low mountains and highlands near the coast. Once you get past the Northern cities, full of several intellectual and cultural attractions, you reach a 1,150 mile-long coastline with a glistening turquoise sea that serves as a pathway to more than 1,200 islands that vary from uninhabited to bustling with agriculture, fishing and tourism.
Croatia’s vast geography offers you everything all in one: breathtaking views, nudist beaches, kayaking, windsurfing, yachting, unspoiled nature, organic wines and treats, ancient cathedrals and ruins and 24-hour dance parties. A visitor of any age or background with any kind of interests can make Croatia the perfect destination for themselves!