|15 Reasons Why it's Time For You To Go to Croatia
|By Nenad N. Bach and Darko ®ubrinić |
Environment , Entertainment , Education
CROATIA - CRAVATE - 101 DALMATIANS - MARCO POLO - ZLATIN RAT - DIOCLETIAN'S PALACE - 2CELLOS
(Golden Cape) on the island of Brač, Croatia, close to the town of Bol
probably the most beautiful cape in the world
- Always sunny - Croatia is one of the sunniest spots in the Europe. Visitors should expect 12 hours of sunshine a day in May and June, on average, and 15 in July and August. On Adriatic coast numbers are even higher. That'€™s more than Provence or Corfu. Croatia enjoys 2.715 hours of sunshine a year which is more than Sydney Australia.
- And easy to reach - Some Greek islands take four hours to reach by plane from London. The Canaries? More like four-and-a-half. Hvar, Split, Dubrovnik and Pula are all just two-and-a-half hours away or less. The biggest International Airlines like Lufthansa, Emirates, British Airways and many others has direct flights to Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik airports. There are also smaller airports for small and mid passenger airliners and private jets like Brac, Mali Losinj, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar.
- It'€™s still good value - Croatia has been a member of the EU since 2013 but kept its currency, the kuna. So while the pound has suffered a massive slump against the dollar and the euro, the outlook isn't quite so alarming for foreign visitors to the country.
- Recently Popular Hollywood filming destination - After Game of the Thrones, Robin Hood, Star Wars and Mamma Mia this year James Bond set to film in Dubrovnik-Croatia and Julia Roberts is on her way to Split-Croatia. Anthony Hopkins and John Malkovich didn't filmed here, they rather bought villas in this beautiful country.
- It has the world'€™s most atmospheric Roman ruin - The remains of Diocletian'€™s Palace in Split, another Game of Thrones filming location, is now the buzzing heart of the city. Among the ancient columns, temples, walls and underground cellars that once made up the Roman emperor's retirement home, you'€™ll find dozens of hidden bars, restaurants and shops. Stay at Apartments right in the centre of the Unesco World Heritage Site. The port city of Pula in Istria is noted for its first-century Roman amphitheatre, one of the best preserved in the world. Time your visit to the city to coincide with its annual film festival (held in July), which features screenings inside the ruin, or look out for one of its regular musical concerts.
- There are spectacular beaches - Just don'€™t go hoping for sand. Croatia is all about picturesque pebbled beaches, lapped by crystal clear water. Zlatni Rat is the best known, and adorns just about every travel brochure, so expect crowds, but there are gorgeous hidden spots on the mainland. There are many hidden islands like Lastovo and Mljet where you can feel Robinson experience in Mediterranean as it once was especially if you come with the boat.
- Incredible national parks - Croatia has eight national parks, including the Unesco-listed Plitvice Lakes and Krka, both of which are famous for their stunning lakes and waterfalls. 10% of Croatia is declared National Park and one Third of Croatia is covered by forrest with natural water springs.
- There are some incredible summer festivals - Croatia hosts numerous open-air cultural festivals during the summer, the best known being the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, staged from mid-July until mid-August and attracting well-known international performers. Tiny Motovun, a hilltop village in Istria, hosts a film festival each year, with parties held within its medieval walls. Ultra Music Festival is the biggest EDM and house music festival on the continent. Bringing it all together on the lush Adriatic coast of the Croatian town of Split the festival lays on a programme of epic stadium shows, beach kickbacks and full-throttle boat parties across the town and it's surrounding islands.
- And it has 1244 islands, isles and reefs - Croatia has 1244 islands, isles - and reefs and only 48 of them are inhabited. The surface of territorial sea is 31.067 km2 and this is the heaven if you come to Adriatic sea with yacht or sailing boat.
- It'€™s the birthplace of Marco Polo - who was born in Korcula. Korcula Town is worth visiting anyhow for its impressive medieval old town, good wines and Moreąka sword dance performances.
- And has one of Europe's tastiest Regions - Dalmatia and Istria's international profile as a fine purveyor of quality olive oil, wine, truffles, both white and Black is growing at breakneck speed.
- It'€™s got a fascinating history - Croatia has a remarkable history with lots of remains from Ancient Roman period, Medieval period, Napoleon period, Austrian Empire and modern days period with many ruins, castles, villas, fortresses and over 2.500 shipwrecks which is visible to all divers who snorkel among shipwreck.
- Safety and Security - The Institute for Economics and Peace ranks Croatia higher than the US for safety and security.
- FORBES recommend - Forbes magazine ranked Croatia in the top of 12 best retirement heavens. Croatia offers great beauty a mild Mediterranean climate, ancient culture, tax breaks for retirees and low cost of living.
- You should know... - The necktie worn by business people all around the world is from Croatia. The CRAVAT as it was named originated from Croatian soliders who served as mercenaries for the King of France. 101 DALMATIANS is originally from Croatia. Dalmatian breed of dog is from region Dalmatia.
The city of Split
The town of Mali Loąinj
on the island of Loąinj
in Croatia, with spectacular view westward: the mount of Osorąćica on the island of on the left,
the island is almost connected with the island of Cres on the right, via an ancient town of Cres. This is one of the most beautiful regions in the world.
Below the clouds on the right one can see the top of the legendary mount of Učka on the Istrian peninsula