The Republic of Croatia is at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean. With more than a thousand islands off the Adriatic coast, Croatia is a “Jewel“ in the Mediterranean region. The country is an adventure-lover’s paradise, blessed with rugged mountains, crystal clear lakes and rivers, rugged canyons, and miles of pristine coastline. Croatia is divided into 20 counties with its capital city, Zagreb, being the economic, transport, cultural and academic centre of the country. Zagreb is the only metropolitan area in Croatia with a population of over one million.
You are probably far more familiar with Croatia than you realize, and we have Game of Thrones to thank for it. The show showcased Croatia’s most famous city, the walled seaside fortress of Dubrovnik, which was chosen as King’s Landing. Filming has since expanded to other Croatian cities, including Split, which is home to a Roman emperor’s retirement palace.
Croatian food and Croatian cuisine are different from one region to another. For a small country such as Croatia, it is unusual to see such a rich culinary tradition, but geographical position and historical events have left an impact on the country’s cuisine, and people in Croatia are very proud of this heritage that they nurture and enjoy on a daily basis. The coastal region is characterized by the influences of the Greeks, Romans, Illyrians and later Mediterranean cuisines – Italian and French. It features many seafood specialties (squid, cuttlefish, octopus, shrimp, lobster…) prepared in various ways.
A trip to Croatia offers breathtaking natural beauty, great swimming, lots of history, interesting architecture, incredible wine, delicious seafood, and warm, friendly and unpretentious people and nightlife.