A country with the most beautiful sea in the world and a long and extremely indented coast with over a thousand highly preserved islands. Monumental cities, exceptionally rich and valuable cultural and historic heritage, unspoilt natural continental oases, a hundred-year-old tradition of authentic gastronomy based on Central European and Mediterranean influences, impressive quantities of drinking water, an enviable level of safety for all citizens and guests, a stable, parliamentary democracy, urban centers, a naturist mecca – this is Croatia today.
The city of Osijek and Slavonia, the fertile lowland region situated in the northeast of Croatia; Dalmatia and the sea in the south; the largest Croatian port, Port of Rijeka, and the Northern Adriatic with its most significant islands (Krk, Cres, Lošinj); Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and Northwest Croatia with its highly developed industry; the wilderness of the Lika Region and the Velebit Mountain in the hinterland; and the idyllic, forest-covered Gorski Kotar Region and Istria in the west are the main geographic regions of this small country situated in the very heart of the Mediterranean.
«A Small Country for a Great Vacation» reads the famous slogan but it is not merely a phrase. Croatia is a country of 90,000 square kilometers in area with a population of 4.5 million citizens. It has eight national parks (Brijuni Islands, Kornati, Mljet Island, Plitvice Lakes, Krka Waterfalls, Paklenica, Risnjak and North Velebit). Croatia will welcome you with open arms at any time.
It is worth to mention that the origins of naturism in Croatia date back to 1936 and are associated with the island of Rab situated in the Northern Adriatic. With the blessing of the then local authorities, British nobleman Sir Edward III and his life partner Wallis Simpson made the first steps in that direction without imagining that from that moment on naturism in Croatia would start growing into a respectable, widely spread and successful tourism branch.
Yet another interesting fact is associated with the origins of naturism in Croatia. Croatia is the first European tourist country that has opened the door to naturists, and that is definitely one of the reasons why this special tourism demand segment has for decades considered Croatia as one of its most favorite destinations.
Besides the afore-mentioned, we should mention one more thing about this Central European and Mediterranean jewel – due to excellent sports results achieved since the proclamation of independence in 1991, Croatia has been dubbed “a wonder of the sporting world”.
Since 1557 Zagreb has officially been the capital of Croatia and its economic, cultural and administrative center with the largest population. “A Small Vienna”, as Zagreb is dubbed by the locals, is a syntagm that most closely depicts its dominant, architectural structure built on strong Austro-Hungarian foundations. Zagreb is today a truly charming urban center with all amenities, services and infrastructure characterizing a modern Central European city, offering something for everyone.
Split, the main Dalmatian and the second largest Croatian city, is located in the central part of the Adriatic coast. Its ancient history left to the future generations a truly valuable cultural and historic monument, a fascinating building from the period of origin of the city, Diocletian's Palace.
Rijeka is the third largest Croatian city and the largest Croatian port. It is the cultural, economic and administrative center of Northern Adriatic. The fourth largest Croatian city is Osijek, a cultural, economic and administrative center of Eastern Croatia.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is highly ranked on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List. This continental natural gem consists of 16 interconnected lakes and numerous waterfalls.
The Kornati National Park is an exceptionally attractive string of islands. This maze of the sea and rocks with over 90 islands and islets stretches over 220 square kilometers of the central part of the Adriatic. Among other, it is characterized by exceptionally interesting geomorphology and rich eco-system biocenoses.