Croatia is Calling!
Bordering the Adriatic Sea is a country that has become a popular summer destination. The beauty of Croatia's natural environment, amazing beaches with crystal clear waters, its rare blend of glamour, its cultural treasures, ancient architecture and time listed folk traditions make this one of Europe's "it" destinations.
Croatia in a nutshell
Croatia's island laced Adriatic coastline commands all manner of superlatives. Venetian old towns meet upmarket resorts; isolated rocky coves and Istrian ports converge with Roman ruins and pumping nightlife.
Croatia clings to the western edge of the Balkans. With thousands of kilometres of coast to explore, some of the cleanest seawater in Europe and up to 2600 sunshine hours per year it's not hard to see what draws visitors back.
There are seven national parks in Croatia. Among them the alluring Brijuni islands, the Kornati islands, the island of MIijet, often overshadow the natural inland attractions of Krka Waterfalls, Pakienica Canyon, Plitvice Lakes and Risnjak Mountain.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia's premier attractions. This UNESCO World Heritage forested wonderland features 16 turquoise lakes and waterfalls that easily make up for the crowds.
Hiking and climbing options can be found in the Risnjak National Park, located in the mountains of Gorski Kotar, or on the Velebit Massif of Northern Dalmatia's Paklenica National Park an UNESCO wildlife refuge.
On the coast Split is the economic and cultural capital of Central Dalmatia. Founded in the third century AD by the Roman Emperor Diocletian, it's historic centre lies within the walls of Diocletian's Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Roman Croatia continues in Pula, Istira's administrative centre and chief port and the tiny medieval city of Trogir also established in the third century. Kornati National Park, is an archipelago of more than 90 islands scattered over an area of 300 sq km (116 sq miles).
Among Croatia's 1185 Adriatic islands is the intricately carved Venetian architecture and seaside promenade of Hvar Town on Hvar Island, the chicest and most visited of southern Dalmatian islands, settled by the Greeks in 385BC.
Dubrovnik's UNESCO World Heritage-listed old city took some knocks in the homeland wars but has been restored to its former glory.
The 13th Century walls overlook the Adriatic and envelope well preserved medieval antiquities the likes of Rector's Palace, the Franciscan Monastery (home to Europe's oldest pharmacy) and Romanesque churches.
The baroque architecture of Croatia's capital provides Zagreb with a strong central European flavour in contrast to the coasts Italian devotion to the good life.
In short Croatia is a hybrid of folkloric charm. There's the Slavic soul with more than a hint of Mediterranean jetset.
Train network in Croatia
The national railway company of Croatia is known as Hrvatske ~eljeznice, H}. The company operates nearly 3,000 km of tracks. Major routes in Croatia are Zagreb to Koprivnica, Zagreb to Oštarije and Rijeka, Oštarije to Split, Zagreb to Sisak and Zagreb to Vara~din.
Tickets that get you around Croatia
- Croatia Single-Country Pass
- Eurail Select Pass (2 Countries) - Choose your 2 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Select Pass (3 Countries - Choose your 3 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries
- Eurail Select Pass (4 Countries) - Choose your 4 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Global Flexi Pass - 28 countries - 5/7 days in 1 month or 10/15 days in 2 months.
- Eurail Global Continuous Pass - 28 countries - 15, 22 days or 1, 2 or 3 months.