Croatia


Croatia, land of over 1,000 islands (and sparingly used vowels), is a great destination for beaches, sun, relaxation, scenic drives and nicely restored fortified cities.

Your best bet is to rent a car and start exploring. Driving along the Adriatic coast offers great views of dramatic rocky beaches mixed with imposing mountains, lots of green forests and cool blue waters.

I stayed on Korcula Island (birthplace of Marco Polo) which boasts some cool little towns (including the main town, also called Korcula), some of the most scenic secluded little beaches I've seen in a while at Pupnatska Luka and Racisce, and beautiful vistas all around. Take note that beaches in Croatia are filled with pebbles, not sand - it sounds like they'd suck, but turned out to be great (don't forget your slippers).

While the capital of Zagreb is your typical Central-European city, Dubrovnik in the South is really beatutiful and absolutely worth visiting. Do a tour of the city walls and keep your camera handy. Afterwards take the cable car to the top of the hill overlooking the city for some more excellent views.

Apart from beautiful cities, islands and beaches, Croatia also has Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the best natural parks in Europe with picture-perfect lakes and waterfalls. Do one of the tours which include hiking, crossing the lakes with electric ferries and/or using the bus and you won't be disappointed.

Finally, in Krapina you'll find the state-of-the-art Neanderthal Museum which presents hi-tech exhibits on cosmology, evolution and the history of man, focusing on Neanderthal remains found on site (Krapina is one of the most important Neanderthal sites in the world).

Additional info:
- country entry on Wikipedia
- country profile on Wikivoyage

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