How up are you on your geography? According to Google, one of the top searches for 2018 was “Where is Croatia?” Undoubtedly, that question is asked frequently because Croatia is a trending travel destination but apparently lots of people don’t know exactly where it is. Maybe you heard about a friend of a friend who went there last summer or a colleague who is planning a trip there in May. So you, too, Googled “Where is Croatia” to find out what all the fuss is about. We’re glad you landed here so Travel Maestro can fill you in.
Where is Croatia?
Croatia is in Europe. You can argue that it lies on the western edge of eastern Europe or in the southeastern part of central Europe, depending on cultural, geopolitical or geographical perspectives. It enjoys over 1,000 miles of coastline on the Adriatic Sea, directly across from the “calf” of Italy’s boot. Over a thousand islands sit along that coast ranging in size from large enough for its own airport (Brač) to tiny bare chunks of rock.
Croatia shares a border with five countries – Hungary to the northeast, as well as four countries that were part of the former Yugoslavia: Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro.
Why Visit Croatia?
In short, Croatia is safe and sunny with spectacular scenery. Like any destination that becomes popular, it’s no longer the bargain it once was but is still a good value. There is a solid infrastructure with luxury hotels and deluxe resorts, good highways, and dependable trains and ferries.
Croatia boasts multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Old City of Dubrovnik being one that draws multitudes of travelers every year. A walk atop the walls of the medieval city or a cable car ride to the peak of Mount Srd offers breathtaking views of the city and the Adriatic. Travel Maestro tip: To avoid heavy crowds, visit Dubrovnik old town in the early evening and walk the city walls just before closing at 7:00 pm.
In Split, the fourth-century Diocletian Palace is some of the best-preserved Roman architecture in eastern Europe. The rambling palace maze is the living heart of downtown with local shops and businesses operating within the ruins right next to remnants of huge ancient columns. Just outside the palace gates you’ll find a lovely palm-lined oceanfront promenade reminiscent of the French Riviera. Travel Maestro tip: Season 4 of Game of Thrones was filmed in Split, Klis, Zrnovnica and Baska Voda. King’s Landing is Dubrovnik.
Travelers looking for active adventure will find plenty of outdoor pursuits in Croatia’s eight national parks. Plitvice Lakes, another World Heritage Site, is considered a national treasure and one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe. There you can walk paths and wooden bridges among 16 aquamarine and sapphire-hued lakes connected by waterfalls and surrounded by lush forested mountains.
From May to October, plenty of sunshine makes swimming and sunbathing the main attraction at the many, many beaches of Croatia. Crystal clear waters and extensive reef formations make it a prime diving destination. You can also hire yachts or sailboats, with or without a skipper to sail among the islands and inlets of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Travel Maestro tip: Shoulder season months of May, June, September, and October are ideal for water sports because the weather is great but the crowds are low.
So now that you know where this gem of a country is and what you can see there, aren’t you ready to visit yourself? Don’t be the last one you know to experience the wonders of Croatia.