Despite the publicity, Croatia’s pleasures are more timeless fashion. Over 1778 kilometers of coastline, sparkling sea winds around rocky coves, lapping at pine-fringed beaches. Bustling port of Istria, with fishermen while children dive into the sparkling water. In Dalmatia, cities throb with nightlife amid ancient Roman ruins.
Yachts glide along the coast, the movie stars discreetly arrange to buy one of the islands of Croatia 1185 and no Mediterranean cruise is complete without a stop in Dubrovnik. The interior landscape is so seductive, but less visited. Discover a spa resort in Istria Istarske Toplice. Hike through virgin forests drenched mountain rivers in the west. Plitvice waterfalls that moisturize the face. And then there’s the culture. The country suffered Roman, Venetian, Italian and Austro-Hungarian has a unique identity and slightly schizoid. Find a strong central European flavor baroque architecture of Zagreb, and Italian devotion to the good life is filtered from the coast, permeating Croatian food and style. During holidays and festivals country’s Slavic soul emerges, colorful costumed dancers about to turn traditional folk melodies.
Crusaders maintain a strong attachment to the land and traditions that nurture the dream of independence for so long. Although a wave of speculators and developers wash ashore, there is a genuine commitment to preserving the extraordinary beauty of the coast. If the country can resist the temptation of easy money is a painful test of his character. But so far the signs are promising.