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  • Writer's pictureVicky Lopez

Croatia - and it's 1200 Islands

The Republic of Croatia sits at the cross-roads of Central and Southeast Europe. It borders Slovenia and Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, and Montenegro, and shares a maritime border with Italy. Croatia officially joined the European Union in 2013.

So lets discover Croatia. One of the most famous desserts in Croatia is fritule. It is an integral part of the culture of the coastal region and is considered a must-serve, especially during holidays in Dalmatia. Fritule is made from a mixture of flour, eggs, dry yeast, and warm water, milk, or yogurt. The dough is formed in small balls, fried in oil and covered with powdered sugar. While they are similar in taste to doughnuts, fritule alsw abouo has the distinct flavor of the individual ingredients tossed into the mix, such as raisins, lemon zest, rum, or apples. Get a taste of it during your trip to Croatia.

The Croatian coast has given life to several scenes from the hit HBO series Game of Thrones since 2012. Recent data shows that 244,000 tourists have visited Dubrovnik, just one of the locations where the series films. Fans are always eager to walk the streets of Qarth when in Trogir or stroll across Kings Landing in Dubrovnik.

The natural beauty of the Croatian natural parks and their various flora and fauna will leave you mesmerized. Visit any or all of Croatia’s eight national parks: Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak, and Northern Velebit. Frequently referred to as heaven on earth, Brijuni has 14 small islands that are famous for their beautiful shapes, varied and distinct forms, and high cliffs. Meanwhile, Plitvice, which has 16 lakes that are connected by waterfalls as high as 78 meters, is just another one of the Croatian national parks that will truly captivate you with its natural beauty.

Croatia boasts 1,100 miles of impressive mainland coastline and over 1,200 nearby islands. So why not explore Croatia by cruise? Croatia's cruise season generally runs from Mid-April to mid-October. Start with Dubrovnik, coined the pearl of the Adriatic. UNESCO lists Dubrovnik's old town center as a world heritage site. Equally as beautiful is Split, the main town of Dalmatia. Back in 305 AD, the city captivated the heart of the Roman emperor Diocletian, who decided to build a residence here. Do you love the beach? Visit Zadar, which is known for its wonderfully glassy sea.

Six (6) Fun Facts about Dubrovnik:

1. The oldest, longest-operating pharmacy is in Dubrovnik.

2. One of the city’s famous attractions is its striking stone boundary. The walls were constructed between the 12th and 17th centuries.

3. The city is a familiar background on the silver screen.

4. Many tourists consider Dubrovnik as Kings Landing, the capital of Westeros.

5. Dubrovnik is cut off from the rest of Croatia.

6. Just north of the city, a 12-mile strip of Bosnia and Herzegovina cuts Croatia in two.

Fun Facts About Croatia:

1. The smallest town in the world, Hum, is located in Croatia.

2. The Guinness World Record holder of the biggest white truffle is from Croatia.

3. Giancarlo Zigante of Pototoska found a giant truffle weighing 1.31 kg (2 lb. 8 oz.) in Eastern Croatia in 1999.

4. You can find the most famous beach in Croatia in Bol, on the island of Brac.

5. Zlatni Rat is a renowned beach because of the changes in its shape and color, depending on the wind.

6. Croatia gets 2,715 hours of sunshine a year.

7. According to Alfred Hitchcock, the seaside town of Zadar in Dalmatia has the most spectacular sunset in the world.

Let me close this out by saying, Croatians are very friendly people, and appreciate a good sense of humor . They can be disappointed by visitors who eat too little or leave a full plate! If you visit their house, it's customary to bring a gift, and a big appetite. And lastly, address them the way they introduce themselves.

When you're ready to plan your trip to Croatia, please message me or call me. I have some fantastic ideas that will make your trip stress-free and the memory of a lifetime

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