Croatia is a small Mediterranean country, stretching alongside Adriatic Sea. With one of
the most beautiful coastlines in the world, Croatia has long been a popular holiday destination for Europeans. Many
wars and battles were fought throughout centuries over this Mediterranean paradise. The longest part of Croatia
coastline is Dalmatia, while Istria occupies the northern part of Croatian coastline.
But despite that, Croatia has remained relatively unknown outside Europe. As recently as
early 90s, the name Croatia was associated with the bloody war in former Yugoslavia, as far as the
wider world audience was concerned.
But for the Europeans, many of whom spent numerous summer holidays in Croatia, the name
‘Hrvatska’ (as it is named in
Croatian language) was well known. Even while it was part of the former Yugoslavia, Croatia was one of the most
popular tourist destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean.
On the Mediterranean sea map below, you can see countries that border the Mediterranean,
which includes Croatia nesting alongside Adriatic
Sea. The Adriatic Sea is "sandwiched"
between Croatia and Italy.
Map of Mediterranean Sea, with Croatia (circled in red),
the surrounding countries, and Adriatic Sea nesting between Croatia and Italy
Hot travel destination
After gaining its independence and becoming a republic in 1991, Croatia has since steadily
built its reputation as one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world! While the tourism was naturally
affected during the early 90s war, since the country was mostly liberated in 1995, the number of annual visitors
has been steadily growing and getting close to the pre-war levels. It is expected that during 2006 and beyond
Croatia will continue to be one of the hottest travel destinations in the world.
Beautiful Croatia video - features beautiful images from Croatia, including Split,
Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes, etc.
Croatia was the No. 1 destination for 2005, according to an annual poll taken by the Lonely
Planet guidebooks. The popular guidebooks company has also put out its first travel guide to Croatia in
Medical Tourism in Croatia
Croatia has also joined the list of countries offering medical tourism. This is in
particular a favourite destination for those looking for dental services, as Croatia has highly trained dental
surgeons, technicians and orthodontists. Many of these dental specialists acquired their skills abroad, in EU or
North America. Now they provide first-class dental services at developing-country prices.
A growing number of foreigners come to Croatia, not only for dental surgery, but also other
medical services, such as cosmetic surgery. Some of the local medical tourism professionals advertise their
services in European newspapers. Their foreign clients usually come from Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Great
It's an excellent way to make the most of your holiday - get your teeth done and improve
your tan on one of the local beaches. Or combine your cheap medical treatment with a great holiday in Croatia,
exploring the country's beauty and old architecture.
Croatia - the popular destination
Croatia's coastline of a thousand islands has been a popular destination for German,
Austrian, Italian, Hungarian and other visitors, many of whom holiday in Istra peninsula in the north part of the
Croatian coast, as well as Dalmatia region in Split, Makarska, Trogir, etc. However the
walled city ofDubrovnik is a popular destination for British visitors in
particular, who are visiting that area in the increasing numbers, owing also to regular flights from London to Dubrovnik.
Back in August 2005, when the popular Tara Reid visited Croatia as part of her European
Summer Vacation tour, it became a known destination for American visitors, too. She partied in Split and Dubrovnik,
filming segments for her E! Entertainment show "Taradise". She's just one of many celebrities that visit Croatia every
In early November 2005, NBC Today breakfast show in was done from Dubrovnik, with its host
Matt Lauer and Goran Visnjic, a Croatian actor well known for his role of Dr Luka Kovac in the ER. The recent news
from America shows an increasing interest by Americans in Croatia as one of the most desirable destinations. The
CNN has named Croatia as one of the '2006 hot spots'.
The city of Dubrovnik is one of the most
recognized travel destinations in Croatia
Croatia has been also becoming increasingly popular with French travellers, as well as
Scandinavian visitors. During 2005 they have been visiting the country in increasing numbers. Even greater numbers
are expected in 2006.
This is also becoming a popular destination for the Russian travellers, often known locally
as big spenders.
In early 2006, the shipbuilder yard Heliyachts, in the coastal city of Pula, has
started building a 50-metre mega yacht for a young Russian multi-millioner, Kiril Minovalov. Mr Minovalov is a
35-year old banker, who owns the Moscow bank Avangard, after which the new yacht will be named. He already owns
another yacht, Moira 25 type, which has been sitting in the Split marina for the past 3 years. The yacht is being
used for cruising in Adriatic, where Mr Minovalov tends to spend most of his
summer holidays. The estimated cost of the new yacht is 25 million dollars. The 227th on the list of Russias
richest, Mr Minovalov's current worth is estimated to be 95 million dollars.
Travel - To visit and truly experience Croatia's natural
beauty of rivers, lakes and mountains, choose one of private or group
adventure travel trips. They vary from easy level, to moderate and even hard level.
Croatia - Trying to be better than the other, many Croatian casinos offer unique settings
in old historical buildings and provide attractive holiday packages.
Holidays - Its long coastline
dotted with over thousand islands, blue Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean climate and centuries old culture
has long made Croatia one of the most popular holiday destinations.
Croatia Hotels - When making
your travel plans, you need to consider where you will be staying in Croatia. If you're visiting the cities of
Dubrovnik or Split, or the capital Zagreb, you will find many hotel options to suit all
Dalmatia Travel - As the
largest coastal region in Croatia, Dalmatia offers numerous island holiday and travel possibilities. This
picturesque coastline is dotted with charming towns and inlets, just waiting to be enjoyed.
Discover Croatia - From the
ancient port of Dubrovnik and the beautiful Adriatic coastline, to the multitude of UNESCO protected national
parks and lakes, there is something for everyone to explore and enjoy in Croatia.
Extended Getaway - The
longer you plan to stay, the less you will pay for your hotel accommodation. In the city of Split you will find
extended getaway deals with hotels Atrium, Globo, Dujam and Le Merdidien Lav hotel.
Flights to Croatia -
Travelling to Croatia by air requires some planning. A wide variety of airlines fly to Croatia from Europe, in
particular during the summer season. Book your flight early and you will get discounted
Popular Croatia - With its
stunningly beautiful coastline and one of the cleanest seas in the world, it's no wonder Croatia is one of most
favored European holiday destinations. Visitors can enjoy its pristine islands, deep gorges, forests, soaring
mountains and flower filled meadows.