Croatia is a country situated in south central Europe and Mediterranean region. It is to the east side of the Adriatic Sea, to the east of Italy. It is also bordered by Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the southeast, Serbia in the east, and Montenegro to the south. Croatia has more than 1,200 islands and islets of which only 48 islands are inhabited. The island of Krk is the largest inhabited island of country.
The Nation is geographically diverse; flat agricultural plains along the Hungarian border with low mountains and highlands near the Adriatic coastline and islands. There are 1,246 islands; the largest ones are Krk and Cres, Korčula is the most populated island but most people live in the northern parts of the country and 1 in 4 Croatians lives in the capital city Zagreb. Croatian is not an easy language to learn but to most Croats, see it as a sign of respect when foreigners make an effort to learn a few basic phrases such as greetings and thank you.
Many Croatian dishes contain fresh vegetables and seafood. Croatians cook with fish or shellfish such as scampi, mussels, shrimps which are the main catch in coastal regions. Oily fish such as sardines, mackerels, anchovies are very popular too. Sport lovers, this is the place for you, Croatians are lovers of the outdoors and sports. The most popular sports are soccer, handball, tennis as well as table tennis (ping pong) and water sports.
What don’t you know:
- Over 100 mammal species such as the brown bear, the grey wolf, the golden jackal and the red fox live in the country.
- Hum in Northwestern Croatia is considered to be the smallest town in the world. Only 17 people live in this town, according to Guinness World Records.
- The most popular Croatian festival is the Dubrovnik Winter Festival which takes place every year in December.
Must see places:
- Pula Arena (Pulska Arena in Croatian) is one of the largest amphitheaters in the world and one of the few reminders of the Roman empire.
- Opatija; is one of the best known summer resorts on the Adriatic with historic buildings from the Austrian-Hungarian empire.
- Plitvice Lakes National Park is well known for its numerous waterfalls.