Did you know that Croatia is one of the most famous European destinations for a summer vacation? Croatia is seeing its tourism industry booming…. in 2019 the country had more than 16 million visitors and over 90 million bookings in just the first eight months. Croatia was part of the former Yugoslavia, which was split into several countries in mid-June 1991 like, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia (including Kosovo which became an independent republic in 2008), and Macedonia.
You can easily get carried away by the beauty and mystery of this Central European country, which offers many irresistible attractions to visitors. It is conveniently accessible by airplane and has a beautiful coastline that will not fail to amaze you!
In Split….the largest coastal city in Croatia and the second-largest city in the country, you will find a mix of contemporary lifestyle and ancient history with ruins dating back to the Roman Empire. The city is linked to many nearby islands by ferry. Its busy waterfront, dotted with many restaurants offering fresh seafood, the old town in the heart of the city with narrow side streets….are a must-see for anyone visiting the city.
Another favorite destination for visitors is Dubrovnik, which looks like a place straight out of a fairytale. Its steep red castle walls, and numerous museums and cathedrals, have a magnetic beauty that will not let you down! The best thing to do in Dubrovnik is to walk along the city walls. It could be the highlight of a day well spent in this stunning Medieval and Baroque city. Start your evening with a sunset drink overlooking the sea and end your day in one of the best restaurants in Croatia.
Istria, is another fabulous holiday destination. In Istria you will find places like Rabac, a small town, with a car-free boulevard and many bars, cafes, and restaurants….. Charming Rovinj with numerous historical sightseeing spots……Poreč with top resorts and fantastic hotels.… Rijeka, and Pula with good transport connections including flights and the islands of Cres and Krk.
The Makarska Riviera is often a top destination for families looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. There is a big variety of large resorts with well-priced hotels. There’s not a whole lot of sightseeing sites, but there are lovely pebbled beaches which means you’ll often come across the parent-and-kid brigade here. Escapes to Split can be either made by a rental car or by bus, while the island of Brac is accessible by ferry, where you can visit the immense famous ‘Zlatni Rat beach’. For the slightly more adventurous hiking travelers, Mount Biokovi is located behind the Riviera.
If you plan to travel to Croatia, make sure that your itinerary includes a trip to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, situated between Zagreb and Zadar, and Brijuni National Park close to Pula, which belonged to President Tito. He used Brijuni as his Summer Residence. Almost 100 foreign heads of state visited President Tito on his islands, along with several film stars. President Tito died in 1980, and by 1983 all 14 islands were declared a National Park of, at that time, Yugoslavia.
Croatia was the first European country to commercialize naturism and the history of nudism in Croatia started already way back in the 1930s. Nowadays you find dozens of nudist resorts and campings along the coastline of Istria. There is no better place than Croatia to try naturism if you have never tried it before. Because of its geography and family-oriented nature of most beaches, annoying voyeur problems are rare in comparison to other counties. Swimming nude in the Adriatic is a glorious experience. Just treat other campers and beachgoers with the same respect that you would expect yourself and make memories!
The best time to visit Croatia is from April to September when the climate is warm and pleasant. There are many travel agencies, which organize trips to Croatia, and if you plan well ahead in time, you could even get some attractive deals.