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By Jenny Reis
If you're looking for something different for your upcoming holiday, why not consider travelling to Croatia, a lovely little country with plenty to offer.
Lonely Planet proclaimed that Croatia was the top travel destination for 2005, and tourism hasn't died off a bit since then. The Croatian economy is thriving due to tourism, and the people love to see visitors spending their holidays in Croatia. When you come here, you'll be able to enjoy sunny islands, luxurious coastlines and exciting cultural city centers. The people are happy to welcome you into their towns and make you feel like a local yourself. You'll have stories about your Croatia holiday for years to come, and you'll always look back on it with fond memories. Take a look at all of the interesting Croatian cities that you can visit and start making your plans today.
But you might be wondering, "Where is Croatia?" Croatia is a little country that lies right in the midst of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans. It's bordered by Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia/Herzegovina. If you still can't place exactly where that is, think of it as just slightly to the east of Italy with the Adriatic Sea separating the two of them. But where is the Adriatic Sea? If you can identify boot-shaped Italy on a map, you can find the Adriatic Sea. If you are looking at Italy as if it is a boot, the Adriatic Sea would be the portion of water that is sitting behind the boot, closest to the heel and farthest away from the toe. Now that you know where everything is located, why not start thinking about holidays in Croatia? Don't think of Croatia as just one lukewarm country but as a culture made up of many different areas and people.
Croatia's Adriatic coastline shows how beautiful and relaxing this sea can be. Spend your holidays in Croatia on a small island surrounded by Adriatic water, sailing on the waves or simply sunbathing on the shore. You can even fly in directly to the international airport on the island of Krk, which is one of the biggest Croatian islands. If that doesn't sound appealing, why not travel to Hvar, which has the most sunny days of all of the islands and is perfect for reclining on the sandy shore. It also is home to the oldest theater in the entirety of Europe. Are you a surfer? Try out Brac, an island that features a beautiful, sandy beach that is over two kilometers long. There are
many other islands besides the ones that we've mentioned here, so take a look at your options and choose the island that goes best with your personality and travel style. But don't think that you have to stay tied down to just one. Do a little island hopping and then head back to the coastline.
You don't have to stay on an island to enjoy the Adriatic Sea. Try staying on the coastline in a beautiful city like Dubrovnik, which is a city based on pleasing visitors and providing luxuries and a healthy dose of Croatian culture. The red roofs and white walls harken back to the old times of European coastal cities. It has a long history as a
tourism location, so you'll know that you're getting the classiest hotels and bars that were specifically designed to impress. The coastline provides a natural setting for many exhilarating seaside activities, so even the most restless of visitors will find something that will satisfy their adrenalin needs. There are yachts that take off every day from these coastal cities, and they bring thousands of tourists out onto the water so that they can observe sea life and even take a dive into the Adriatic waters.
You can find travel packages that include airfare and holiday accommodation, and these packages can help you save money and make booking more convenient. A travel agent can even help set up a package for a European tour of multiple countries. Honeymoon packages are also popular, and a good travel agent can help make your honeymoon that much more special by booking the classiest hotels and events.
You might even want to consider making advanced reservations at some of the most popular restaurants so that you can experience the high life.
Eat a hand-crafted, fabulous meal while gazing out the window of the restaurant to view the crashing waves of the Adriatic coast. Or, if you're planning on travelling throughout the continent with a European tour, take time in Croatia to slow down and enjoy the easy, seaside life. Whatever you plan to do in Croatia or how you plan on
approaching this holiday, you'll find something that is perfect for your family.
So start planning your Croatia holiday as soon as possible. Planning is half of the fun! Sit down with your spouse, family or friends and think about what kind of activities would be the best fit for all of you. Decide whether you want to go for a simply tourist experience with lots of luxury and class or if you want to delve a little deeper into the Croatian culture and mingle with the locals. Take a look at all of the accommodations available and see which ones fit your budget and your lifestyle. This Croatia holiday could be one of your favorite trips ever, so begin your research now and start booking as soon as possible.
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