Croatia has the best that Eastern Europe has to offer in a nutshell: forested hills, rustic villages, idyllic islands, walled medieval cities, Roman ruins, Adriatic coastline and a vibrant culture. Sitting on the fault line where Western and Eastern Europe meet, Crotia has weathered its share of difficulties, but has absorbed Latin, Venetian, Hapsburg and Slavic influences to create its own distinctive whole.
Best time to visit
April to September for the good weather – or the 15th century in independent Ragusa (Dubrovnik).
Wandering through the walled medieval city of Dubrovnik – a rhapsody in limestone, cobbled streets and terracotta tiles.
Fossicking in Split, a city built around Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace
Sunning yourself in the Venetian harbour town of Hvar, where the sun shines 300 days a year
Visiting the country’s surprisingly cosmopolitan capital, Zagreb
Watching the tumbling cascades at Plitvice Lakes National Park
Food and drink
Çevapcici (grilled, spiced meatballs), a Balkan classic: pasticada (beef stuffed and roasted in wine and spices).
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is set in Dalmatia – cravats and ballpoint pens were invented by Croatians, tere are few spotted dogs in Dalmatia.