Croatia Vacations

Croatia stretches up along the Adriatic Coast with over 1,000 islands spread out against the backdrop of the Dinaric Alps, the portion of the European Alps that stretches through Croatia and other Adriatic countries. Several of the cities in Croatia are listed on Unesco's World Heritage list. Trogir has history that extends back to the Romans and early Greeks. While Split has the Palace of Diocletian which was built in 3rd century AD. And then there is the city of Dubrovnik which is considered the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and was a powerful 13th century maritime power. All of this combines with the beauty of their rugged coastline and makes Croatia a charming destination.

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Croatia Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Croatia

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb, which forms one of the country's primary subdivisions, along with its twenty counties. Croatia covers 56,594 square kilometers (21,851 square miles) and has diverse, mostly continental and Mediterranean climates. Croatia's Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. The country's population is 4.28 million, most of whom are Croats, with the most common religious denomination being Roman Catholicism.

The Islands of Croatia are world famous. Of the thousand islands in Insular Croatia only 48 are permanently inhabited. The largest islands are Cres and Krk, each of them having an area of around 405 square kilometers (156 square miles). The most populous islands are Krk (over 19,000 permanent inhabitants) and Korcula (over 16,000 permanent inhabitants). The largest industry on the islands, of course, is tourism with the great beaches on the Adriatic. All islands are easily accessible from the mainland.

Architecture in Croatia reflects influences of bordering nations. Austrian and Hungarian influence is visible in public spaces and buildings in the north and in the central regions, architecture found along coasts of Dalmatia and Istria exhibits Venetian influence. Large squares named after culture heroes, well-groomed parks, and pedestrian-only zones, are features of these orderly towns and cities. in major urban areas exemplified in works of Giorgio da Sebenico and Niccolò Fiorentino such as the Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik.

Other landmarks include the walls of Dubrovnik which helped to defend the city since the Middle Ages until the 1991–1992 siege. In addition, there are 444 protected areas of Croatia, encompassing 9% of the country. Those include eight national parks, two strict reserves, and ten nature parks. The most famous protected area and the oldest national park in Croatia is the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Velebit Nature Park is a part of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme.