Bathed by the Adriatic Sea, this is one of the most successful of the former Yugoslav republics after they ended their federal pact in the early 90’s. Emerging virtually unscathed from the ensuing Balkan War, Croatia grew to become a major industrial country in the region, followed closely by its northern sister, Slovenia. Croatia is virtually a virgin country when it comes to tourism, and as such, many visitors and new comers find it to be quite attractive and charming. The country offers budget-friendly accommodation all the way to superb, high-class hotel rooms and apartments. Its capital, Zagreb, is one of the largest in the Balkans and its European charm is simply appealing.
Though one of the largest of the Balkan capitals, Zagreb’s population is relatively small, but rest assured it’s by no means a dormant city: nearly every street is flanked by grand Hapsburg-era buildings, stylish cafes, fine restaurants, excellent museums, and an endless array of exciting attractions featuring one-of-a-kind night life. There are also many Baroque and Art Nouveau edifices which lend the city a unique charm. Zagreb’s main attractions, arguably, are the Ban Jelacic Square (the view at night is specially breathtaking), the sumptuous Hotel Esplanade (if you’re a fan of Agatha Christie, this is your place…), quaint Tkalciceva Street lined with old traditional shops and cafes, and of course, the Marshal Tito Square surrounded by pretty gardens, grandiose buildings and lots of unique European style.
One of the most sought-after tourist destinations of the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik is more of a monument to Balkan heritage…and also fun! Having become a UNESCO World Heritage city, Dubrovnik is home to a myriad number of museums, resorts, cafes, shops and an unparalleled lifestyle which has lent the city a rather hip profile over many Mediterranean counterparts on the French Riviera. Its yacht-filled harbours, its famed seaside castle walls, Venetian-style Renaissance palaces, dozens of elaborate public gardens, alluring Rio-style beaches, sea resorts (the Adriatic is replete with island-resorts!) and nearby mountains make of the city the glittering jewel of The Adriatic. And as if it were not enough, Dubrovnik also hosts the famous Dubrovnik Summer Festival, packed with hundreds of venues such as classical music, opera, theatres, modern music, open-air markets and all that could further incite the envy of Cote D’Azur!