Tourism in Croatia is a well-developed industry as Croatia is an attractive tourist destination, particularly because of its extensive coastline and well-preserved coastal Renaissance towns. In 2005, Croatia had 10 million tourist visitors.
The interior of the country, with the exception of the capital Zagreb, the erstwhile Baroque capital Varaždin and a plethora of medieval castles, has fewer tourist attractions. Eight areas in the country have been designated national parks, and the landscape in these areas is afforded extra protection from development.
Several companies run flotillas of yachts along different stretches of the coastline, which is also popular with divers.
Croatias eight tourist regions
The peninsula of Istria has the best tourist infrastructure in Croatia. Its west coast has several historical towns dating from Roman times, such as Poreč (Euphrasian Basilica) and Pula (Amphitheater), surrounded by large hotel
Istria picture gallery
Travelling to Istria
Kvarner & Highlands
This is probably the most varied region. The entire Kvarner gulf provides striking sceneries, with tall mountains right next to the sea, overlooking a dozen large islands. The island of Pag has one of the biggest party zones in Europe in the town of Novalja Tourist resorts range from Opatija and Lovran,
Travelling to Kvarner
This region is a yachting paradise. The Kornati National Park has hundreds of mostly uninhabited islands. Aside from Zadar, a Roman town with many
This is another popular yachting region, dotted with islands, and centered around Šibenik and its famous cathedral. The interior has the Krka National
The large islands of this region, which such pearls as the town of Hvar or the resort of Bol, would be its main attraction if there was not the city of Split and
Travelling to Dalmatia
Dubrovnik picture gallery
The most interesting part of this large region is the north, with the old city of Varaždin and the hilly area of Zagorje, dotted with castles and spas. The Marian shrine of Marija Bistrica is the largest and most notable pilgramage
spot for the faithful in the entire country. The south has some natural
Tourism in this region is just developing, mostly with spas. The area of Baranja has the national park of Kopacki rit, a large swamp with an incredible variety of fauna, especially birds. The cultural center is the historical city of
Travelling to Slavonia
Zagreb picture gallery
Apartments in Trogir
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complexes, resorts, camps and sports facilities. The interior is quieter, very green and wooded, with dozens of tiny stone towns perched on hills, such as Motovun. The island group of Brijuni is a site of luxury tourism.
with their feel of Austro-Hungarian imperial decadence, to the former Venetian island towns of Rab and Lošinj. The interior regions Gorski kotar, Velebit and Lika have vast stretches of virginal nature, with mountain peaks, forests and fields, many animal species including bears, and the national parks of Plitvice Lakes and Risnjak.
monuments, there are many smaller coastal resorts. The interior has mixed plains and mountains, with the impressive Paklenica canyon as the main attraction.
Park with its waterfalls and religious monasteries, and the city of Knin with its medieval fortress and archeological remains.
its unique Roman heritage, the Diocletian's Palace. There is also theexcellently preserved coastal town of Trogir, which boasts of over ten
churches, a cathedral, palaces and a fortress. The small town of Primošten is famous throughout the country for its abundant vineyards and wine.
Probably the most famous Croatian site, the fortified city of Dubrovnik is a breathtaking sight, but the region has numerous attractive islands, ranging from the historical Korcula to the untouched forests of Mljet.
highlights, such as the nature park Lonjsko polje, where it covers the area of the former Nazi Jasenovac concentration camp. The southwest area is known for it's forests and wilderness, especially. Baroque churches are found readily throughout the area, along with other cultural architecture. Much rebuilding is being done in the areas destroyed during the Croatian war of independence.
Osijek, with other notable cities being Đakovo and war-torn Vukovar. Gastronomy specialities are popular, with traditional Slavonian wines and
cuisine being a unique part of the region.
Like Prague or Budapest, Zagreb has a Central European feel to it, with a large and well-preserved old town on the hill and a 19th-century city center. The Croatian capital is also the country's largest cultural center, with many museums and galleries.