Croatia is one of the best destinations for nautical tourism in the world. With 1244 islands, out of which 67 inhabited, and many gorgeous coastal towns, this European nautical attraction is a TOP destination for sea lovers. The coastal sea surface extends to 33,200 square kilometres with the coastal length of about 5,835 square kilometres. Major Croatian cities are Zagreb (the capital), Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar, Karlovac, Pula, Sisak, Knin, Gospić (the administrative centre of the largest Croatian county), Šibenik, Slavonski Brod, Mali Lošinj (the largest and most developed coastal town) and Vukovar (the largest river/inland port in Croatia).
Croatia has as many as eight national parks: the Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak, Northern Velebit. Some national parks can be reached by boat, like the Brijuni, Krka, Kornati and Mljet, others, like Risnjak or world-known waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes, are also near the sea and are suitable destinations when organizing day trips.
When talking about world heritage we should mention some sites that made it on this important list; the Plitvice Lakes national park, 1700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Old City of the ”Pearl of the Adriatic” – Dubrovnik, the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, Historic City of Trogir, the Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik, built for 100 years without the use of concrete or cement and Stari Grad Plain on Hvar island.
With an average of 2600 sunshine hours Croatian coast is one of the sunniest on the Mediterranean, and the average sea temperature in summer varies from 25°C to 27°C.
Croatia became the 28th European Union member on July 1, 2013, and from April 1, 2009 has been a NATO member. The currency is kuna. 1 euro equals 7,5 kunas. It is interesting to note that Croatians paid in kunas way back in the 10th century in the times of Croatian kings, and the oldest kuna was found in the oldest town in Croatia, Osor. This little town is 4000 years old.
There are around sixty marinas in Croatia with 17000 wet berths and 9000 dry berths and with additional 30000 berths in different ports. There is a continuous effort in marinas to enrich and provide the highest level of service, at the same time adapting to guests’ contemporary needs and wishes. They are situated in larger Dalmatian cities or beautiful island coves near the most interesting natural and cultural activities.
The most ferquent visitors to Croatia are Germans, Austrians, Italians and Slovenians, and from other continents Americans and Australians for whom Croatia in the last 5 years has become an essential destination. Croatia has three great summer party destinations attended by hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world; Zrće on Pag island, Garden festival in Tisno on Murter island and Ultra Europe Music Festival in Split and Hvar island.