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CROATIA

2023 promises to be a huge year for tourism in Croatia. As the clock struck 12 on New Year’s eve, Croatia not only adopted the Euro as currency but became part of the Schengen Zone, joining 26 other countries in Europe that have officially abolished border control and passport checks at their mutual borders.
2022 was already a bumper year for tourism in this beautiful Balkan state as the country welcomed over 22 million visitors, breaking records to surpass pre-pandemic levels. The Republika Hrvatska (Croatian) or Republic of Croatia is growing increasingly popular, not just for Europeans seeking sun, sea and history but with a large number of Asian tourists, drawn by Croatia’s cultural heritage and history, its mediaeval castles and cities, in fact Croatia boast no less than 10 UNESCO Heritage Sites with 15 more on the tentative list.
Framing the deep history of Croatia are architectural delights dating back to the 6th century and a gastronomical offering that has been shaped by many different cultures including the Ottoman empire, Italians and other influences from the Middle East. Each region has its own unique gastronomic identity, from Italian in the northern region of Istria to Dalmatia, where cuisine is dominated by offerings of the Adriatic sea, to inland in Salvonia where the land and Austro-Hungarian influence provides hearty stews and goulash made of game, pork, boar and deer. The region is also famed for its wines and brandies.
Croatia boasts 1777 km of shoreline which gives rise to beautiful coves, beaches, crystalline waters and reefs which are peppered by some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Sailing has thus become massively popular in Croatia with so much to explore both above and below the surface.There are a wealth of underwater treasure such as caverns, pillars, canyons and wrecks stretching from the North Western Istria region, through Croatia proper and down the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik in the South.
The inland offering of the country is a world away from the sun kissed Adriatic coast. Fairytale forests, snowy mountains (weather permitting) deep blue lakes and some of the most stunning scenery and wildlife that nature can provide can all be found as one crosses the rugged hills and mountains that protect inner Croatia. Here, nature rules and hiking, biking and sustainable tourism and off-piste adventures are on the top of the to-do list. There are 8 national parks to choose from scattered across the country each one offering its own stunning scenery and natural wonder.