Looking for a fun place to go on vacation? Have you thought about the country of Croatia?
If you’re like a lot of people, especially if you live in North America, you probably haven’t. But Croatia is actually a thriving trip destination, and holidays in Croatia are an increasingly popular choice.
Located south of Hungary and Austria, Croatia has world-class beaches, beautiful mountains, a vibrant culture — and even some Game of Thrones related sightseeing.
Below are three great reasons to visit the country of Croatia.
1. The history
Today, Croatia is a prosperous, modern country. It’s part of the area known as “The Crossroads of Central Europe,” and there are still plenty of medieval coastal cities along the Adriatic coast for sightseeing, as well as many Croatian cultural events in the summer.
Croatia is also home to one of history’s first popular tourist destinations. The city of Opatija was a very popular resort during the middle of the 19th century, with visitors from northern and western Europe and beyond.
That tradition continues today. According to the World Tourism Organization, Croatia is the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world.
2. The beaches
Croatia’s coastline, with 116 Blue Flag beaches, is very popular with both visitors and locals. The Blue Flag is a seal of quality and safety given out by the Foundation for Environmental Education, an international organization.
Most of the beaches in Croatia aren’t sandy; instead, beachgoers relax in private coves. The weather is warm and the Adriatic Sea is very inviting. It’s especially nice during the summer, when tourism reaches its peak.
Some of the more popular beaches include the Brela Beach, which is along the Makarsa Coast, and Zlatni Rat Beach, a thumb-shaped strand that often features in promotional materials for Croatian getaways.
3. The resorts
It can be frustrating to try and book a vacation in a foreign country. After all, how are you supposed to know which of the resorts in Croatia are any good? One easy way is to consult a reputable site that rates the resorts and hotels in Croatia.
When you can see how large groups of previous guests have rated a resort, you get a pretty good idea of which spots are for you. After all, if you’re traveling to another country, you want to make sure you have a nice place to stay when you get there.
A Croatian vacation can be a great change of pace. It’s a beautiful, modern country with a wonderful Old-World charm. You can visit old castles, dynamic cities, and world-class beaches. Why not spend your vacation someplace new this year?