Croatia’s always had its fans – from playwright George Bernard Shaw who described Dubrovnik as “paradise on Earth” to Roman emperor Diocletian who was so fond of Split he built his eponymous retirement palace there ( at UNESCO World Heritage Monument today).
UNESCO thinks it’s pretty fabulous, designating seven World Heritage sites and eleven examples of intangible cultural heritage. And it appears that the rest of us are finally catching on, making Croatia the Mediterranean’s fastest growing tourist destination. This is good news for the availability of budget airline flights, with most of the tourists staying on the country’s 1,100 miles of coastline and around 1,200 islands.
Hemmed in by the eastern edge of the Alps to the northwest, the Danube to the east and the Adriatic to the south, and with the Dinara mountains running across its centre, Croatia has an incredible diversity of habitat all couched in spectacular landscapes. This patchwork of environments supports a huge range of wildlife, which in turn has inspired and enabled the flourishing of a hunting tradition extending back more than 120 years.
Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the north-west to the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central region is covered by the Dinara mountain range, and its southern parts extend to the coast of the Adriatic Sea. For a country with a relatively small footprint, Croatia has two distinct climates: Mediterranean on the coast with warm summers and mild winters, and Continental, a climate of more extremes, in the interior with cold winters and hot summers.
Since Croatia joined the EU in 2013, the Dalmatian coast has become a veritable tourist boom town with tourists flocking to the coast and its islands to enjoy the azure seas and unspoilt Mediterranean charm. The interior has not see the same footfall, and retains its rural rustic charm.
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