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Croatia and Montenegro

With over a thousand islands and islets, the Dalmatian coastline spans several thousand kilometers, and with sunny weather bundled with the sapphire waters of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is a sight to behold. The first thing that strikes you is the remarkable clarity of the water, set against dazzling white beaches, and castle ramparts - the water sparkles with a jewel-like intensity. Get ready to explore uninhabited islands, a rich nightlife, and a plethora of history.

The Land of 1000 islands

The islands of Dalmatia stretch from north to south, starting with the famous Brijuni archipelago and national park, followed by Croatia’s largest and second largest islands – Krk and Cres.The northern islands offer a unique combination of preserved nature and a traditional Dalmatian way of life which will allow you to explore, lay back and relax on the beach or in one of the ubiquitous cafés.

Croatia is a place unlike any other, proud of its long history and traditions, filled with grand palaces, walled cities and picture perfect coastal villages. It’s a young country still sorting out its identity in some ways, but in others, a longstanding, distinctive local culture endures. The general vibe is as much Slavic as Mediterranean.

Just over a decade ago, following the war that broke up the six republics of the former Yugoslavia, much of Croatia lay in ruins. Its prized Adriatic town, Dubrovnik, had been under siege for seven months and bombed by more than 2,000 mortars.

Today, strolling around the walled city, one would never know there had been a war. On the ramparts of its 12th-century citadel, contented tourists look out over shimmering seas and terracotta roofs, taking in the scent of orange and over-ripe figs; below them, men in pressed linen jackets savour espressos in the shade of bougainvillaea. In the evening, the sound of jazz and clinking wine glasses drifts down from rooftop bars as little yachts return to harbor.

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People, food and culture

The people of Croatia have inhabited the beautiful country for over 14 centuries. At the crossroads of influences between the west and east, it offers a unique potpourri of European culture.

Traditional Croatian food has links with Italian, Austrian, Hungarian, and Turkish food, yet the cuisine has its own distinctive flavor depending on the region it originates from. Crni rizot is a must-try Croatian food for all seafood lovers. It is a type of squid risotto made from black rice and is prominent in the city of Ston. Another popular item is the Pasticada, which is a fillet that is marinated in a wine vinegar for days, and then braised before being served with homemade gnocchi. Termed the “Queen of Dalmatian cuisine”, this dish is perhaps one of the most popular-every Croatian household has its own recipe for pasticada.

And lets note forget world famous oysters from the Peljesac region! Also, it's wine is delicious, sophisticated and increasingly celebrated world wide. For those with a sweet tooth, Soparnik, a savory pie filled with Swiss Chard, makes for a delicious apres dinner delicacy.

  • Languages spoken:

    Croatian

  • Fun Fact

    Croatia has a total of 1246 islands, isles and inlets for you to sail through!

  • One reason you should go here

    Spend your nights on a sailing boat as you go island hopping!

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