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. Croatia is your Mediterranean fantasy and we think it is best revealed by boat.
Here are 15 realities about Croatia.
- Croatia has a bucket load of islands – 1246 islands to be exact
- Love sunshine? Croatia gets 2,715 hours of sunshine per year
- The dog breed, Dalmatian comes from Croatia
- Croatia is not called “Croatia” in Croatian. It’s called Hrvatska
- Croatia is home to the globe’s smallest town called “Hum” with a population that changes between 17 and 23
- If you’re a GOT fan, head to Dubrovnik. Seasons 2 and 3 showcased Croatia’s most well-known city, the coastal fortress of Dubrovnik, which was chosen as King’s Landing
- Around 10% of Croatia is made up of nature parks – 8 national parks and 2 nature reserves
- Croatia invented the necktie
- Croatian Slavoljub Penkala invented a mechanical pencil in 1906 called the Penkala. Today, it’s call a pen
- It has the largest amount of UNSECO intangible goods of any European nation. These include wooden toy carvings, lace making and gingerbread baking
- The amphitheatre, located in Pula is one of only 3 preserved in the world and the 6th largest amphitheatre in existence
- Dubrovnik was first defined as the “pearl of the Adriatic” by English poet, Lord Byron and is still known by that name today
- Their currency, the Kuna, is named after ferret-like rodent valued for its fur
- While most of Croatia is, safe there are some parts that have hidden land mines, which haven’t been removed yet
- The oldest university of Croatia is the University of Zagreb, which was founded in 1669
Inspired? Travel Talk offer 8-day sailing tours from Split to Dubrovnik and from Dubrovnik to Split. You can check out the details here.