Known for its medieval architecture, balmy climate, mountainous terrain, azure waters, dreamy island getaways, delicious wine and spectacular beaches, Croatia is a sun-drenched coastal paradise waiting to be explored! Here are 10 fun facts about Croatia that may surprise you before you go:
1. You’ll have no shortage of islands to explore – 1246 islands to be exact!
2. Love the sun? You won’t want to ever leave with Croatia’s 2,715 hours of sunshine per year.
3. Croatia is home to the worlds’s smallest town called “Hum” with a population that changes between 17 and 23.
4. The amphitheatre, located in Pula is one of only 3 preserved in the world and the 6th largest amphitheatre in existence.
5. Game of Thrones fan? You’re in luck! You may recognise King’s Landing, where majority of this was filmed in Croatia’s coastal fortress city Dubrovnik.
6. It has the largest amount of UNSECO intangible goods of any European nation. These include wooden toy carvings, lace making and gingerbread baking.
7. Nature lovers are also in luck as around 10% of Croatia is made up of nature parks – 8 national parks and 2 nature reserves.
8. The Croatian currency, the Kuna, is named after a rodent. Yes, you read that right! The Kuna, which is also the word for the marten, a furry cute ferret-like animal.
9. Speaking of animals, the dog breed dalmatians (all 101 of them!) originated in Croatia and are named after the Adriatic coastal region of Dalmatia, Croatia since Imperial Roman times. The dog’s roots run deep too with illustrations of the dog breed dating back to the 17th century.
10. Think you’ve seen the world’s most impressive sunset? Think again! According to Alfred Hitchcock, “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, in Florida, applauded at every evening.” Well there you have it, you’re in for a sunset treat!
Ready to experience all that Croatia has to offer? Check out one of our 8-day sailing tours from Split to Dubrovnik or from Dubrovnik to Split, hitting the best of Croatia’s islands. You can check out the details here.