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With a past that includes both the Greeks and Romans, Croatia has a varied history as well as numerous ancient buildings to explore, like Emperor Diocletian’s palace in the city of Split. 

Once 20th Century Yugoslavia broke up, Croatia emerged as an independent country and acquired most of the Adriatic coastline including the famous, old city of Dubrovnik. The coastline is littered with islands many of which have ancient towns and villages to explore. Marco Polo was said to have lived on one of these islands.

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Croatia are the 16 lakes in Plitvice National Park, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Croatia Videos: This 3.33-minute video explores several things to do in Croatia. Here is Rick Steves’s 24-minute video with a lovely, comprehensive look at Croatia.

FunFacts about Croatia: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the southeast, sharing a maritime border with Italy. (Source)
  • Zagreb is the capital of Croatia.
  • The population of Croatia is 4.28 million.
  • The main religion in Croatia is Roman Catholicism.
  • The four historical regions of Croatia are: DalmatiaCroatia properSlavonia, and Istria.
  • Historically, Croatia has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period, quote:  Fossils of Neanderthals dating to the middle Palaeolithic period have been unearthed in northern Croatia. (Source)
  • Croatia was later settled by, quote:  Illyrians and Liburnians. In 9 AD the territory of today’s Croatia became part of the Roman Empire. Emperor Diocletian had a large palace built in Split to which he retired after his abdication in AD 305. (Source)
  • In the 7th century, the Croats invaded this part of the Balkans and destroyed most of the Roman towns. The city of Dubrovnik (now of Game of Thrones fame) was founded by those fleeing this invasion.
  • The Danube, Europe’s second longest river, runs through Croatia in the east.
  • Croatia is one of the most biodiverse countries in Europe because of its 4 distinct regions, quote: Mediterranean along the coast and in its immediate hinterland, Alpine in most of Lika and Gorski Kotar, Pannonian along Drava and Danube, and Continental in the remaining areas. (Source)
  • The karst geology of parts of Croatia have given the country approximately 7000 caves and pits. Three of Croatia’s caves are deeper than 1,000 m (3,280.84 ft).
  • Climate: Most of Croatia has a moderately warm and rainy continental climate with a warmer Mediterranean climate along the coastal areas.
  • Croatia has a high-income economy.
  • Tourism is an important part of the Croatian economy.

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26 thoughts on “Croatia

  1. Thanks for the mini history lesson. I find it all so interesting. You can see a bit of the different influences in the architecture. I love the photos of the lake. I really want to take a long stroll down that path.

  2. Breathe taking pictures and would love to visit there. This history and some of the historic buildings-right up my alley!! AZ

  3. Such a beautiful place. I would love to visit it some day. I loved the picture of the donkey. He looked so peaceful and docile. Would like to pat his head.

    Fort Myers, Florida

  4. Beautiful. We Love in a stunning world filled with so many beautiful places. Thoughts
    to everyone in Dorians path.

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