A Land of Dramatic Landscapes and Culture
For many, Croatia is synonymous with a holiday on the coast. It would be hard to argue otherwise. The boomerang-shaped country, in the northwest corner of the Balkan Peninsula, has more than 1,200 islands and one of the longest shorelines in Europe. But it would be a shame to come only for sunbathing and ignore the cultural traditions here. Croatia has a thriving capital city of Zagreb and a green and fertile continental region. Beyond just the landscape, however, the country also has a dense and multifaceted heritage defined by the crossroads of history— carved for millennia by the empires that met and mixed here. Over the centuries, an assortment of cultures influenced the region, including Greek, Illyrian, Roman, Ottoman, Byzantine, Hapsburg, Venetian, Austro-Hungarian, and Yugoslav.
A unique combination of topographies, Croatia is made up of distinct regions. The mountains are part of the Dinaric Alps Range. The Adriatic coast, stretches from Slovenia in the north to Montenegro in the south. And the continental section that extends east to the Danube River.
How to get there?
Visitors can reach Croatia by car, plane (with international airports in several cities, including Zagreb, Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik), ship and ferry—with regular connections to Italy and from the mainland to Croatia’s islands—bus, and train (with connections to the Schengen Zone through Zagreb’s main station). Active travelers can also pedal through the country by bicycle, which crosses the border through the EuroVelo 6 and 8 routes, or trek on the Via Dinarica hiking trail, which traverses the entire Western Balkans region.