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When many of us envision a memorable holiday, Eastern Europe hardly ever comes to mind. However, countries such as Croatia could very well be some of the best-kept secrete in all of Europe. Not only does this region offer an agreeable climate, but the selection of beaches and tourist attractions will be able to meet even the most demanding of needs. Let's take a closer look at what Croatia has to offer as well as the most unforgettable sights that are not to be missed during your stay.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of visitors will choose to fly to Croatia. There are two main airports which serve the bulk of international flights. These are Franjo Tudnam Airport (in Zagreb) and Dobrovnik International Airport. As Tranjo Tudnam is located within the capital city and services well over 2 million passengers each year, this tends to be the most popular choice. Some of the airlines which fly to and from the country include:
Please note that budget carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet are not directly connected to Croatia. Therefore, connecting flights from cities such as Paris or Berlin could be the best options.
Are you surprised to learn that Croatia boasts some of the most impressive beaches in Europe? If so, you are not alone. Some pristine locations include Bol, Dubrovnik (along the coast), Hvar and Krk are known for splendid waters and their rather tranquil atmosphere. These could all be welcome changes if you are hoping to avoid an influx of tourists during the spring and summer seasons.
There are several historic sites interspersed throughout this country; notably in Istria, Dalmatia and the Kvarner Highlands. Many of these locations date from Roman times or earlier. These regions are also known for their amazing examples of nature. Krka National Park is famous for its waterfalls as well as for rather rare species of animals including the Eurasian lynx.
Still, there are sights to be seen within the cities themselves. It is especially worthwhile visiting the capital city of Zagreb, for there are various locations to experience. The Modern Gallery, the Archaeological Museum, the Croatian National Theatre and The Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters are a few venues which should never be missed.
Finally, Croatia is also known as a quality destination for skiers during the colder months of the year. Inland mountain ranges abound and there are slopes perfect for beginners as well as professionals.
Croatia enjoys a continental climate; warm and dry in the summer with rather moderate winters (except in the highlands where it can get quite cold). Most tourists prefer to visit during the spring and the summer, for the climate is the most agreeable.