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6 Things you Should Know About Croatia (by Marja Radic)

Have you decided where to go to vacation this year? No? That’s good news because I can help you with that. And have you ever heard about Croatia? If yes, in this blog post you can find some place or Tourist attraction which you haven’t seen before. If not, I will introduce you with one of the most popular tourist destinations. Let’s go!

1. Mediterranean pearl

"Dalmatia", photographer: Ivan Keskic

Croatia is a democratic republic in southeastern Europe, at the crossroads of Central Europe and the Mediterranean. The first neighbors are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary and Montenegro. There are three Natural parts: Pannonian basin, Dinaric Alps and Adriatic basin. By geographical regions Croatia is divided by Dalmatia, Istria and Kvarner gulf with islands, Gorski Kotar and Lika, Slavonia and Baranja and Central Croatia; all equally beautiful and worth visiting.

2. The natural beauties as gifts of heaven

What will leave you breathless is the wealth of natural beauty. Green mountains and hills, yellow fields of grain, crystal blue sea, mountain giants with white tops and fresh slopes... No wonder that National Park Plitvice Lakes are found on the UNESCO World Heritage list in the category of nature with its sixteen lakes. I have a feeling that will be more Croatian gems of nature to find on it.

3. The diverse historical and cultural heritage

"Split", photographer: Michelle Maria
Start of our history in these areas is the 7th century. By 1991, when we had become independent, we went through a variety of social changes and many foreign masters. It has left its mark on the culture, customs and architectural legacy that we inherited. 

Also here we have our own champions: on the UNESCO list of cultural world heritage there are seven attractions that I would recommend you to see when you come to Croatia: historical Complex of Split with the palace of Roman emperor Diocletian, Old City of Dubrovnik, the Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian basilica in historic center of Porec in Istria, historic city of Trogir, cathedral of Saint James in Sibenik, Stari Grad Plain on Hvar and medieval tombstones graveyards. What a list!

4. Tasty and healthy food

Another part that can be best described by word diverse: gastronomy. There is no typical cuisine or a typical dish so you can try whatever you want: seafood, meat, vegetables, olive oil, prosciutto, meat with beans or cabbage, stew of venison and boar, various cheeses and wines from Croatian vineyards, homemade cakes dough… there won’t be enough place to write everything so I have to stop myself. :)

5. Successful athletes

For athletes we like to say that they are the best ambassadors of our country because of their great success. Surely you've heard of the Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic, or the best skier of all times Janica Kostelic. Football players brought us a world bronze medal, a handball and water polo several world championships and Olympic medals. Currently most famous athlete is Luka Modric, football virtuoso who has won the Champions League three times.

6. Last, but not least… people!

Kind, warm, big humanitarians, funny, loud, positively crazy, passionate, excellent hosts for dozens of thousand tourists every year… For this one, you really have to come. Well, that’s it. Surely I missed many things, but I find these as important ones. What else to say than: welcome!

You might also want to read more about Croatia in the article "Gripe Fortress".


Maria Radic is a historian, journalist and blogger from Split, Croatia. She believes that history is true life's teacher and politics an instrument for implementing those lessons. That's why she started a blog For My History Lovers which you can follow on Facebook

This post first appeared on A Stranger To Someone's Life, please read the originial post: here

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6 Things you Should Know About Croatia (by Marja Radic)


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