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Why Croatia

The question is – why NOT Croatia.

This small, friendly country is a perfect place to live, work, explore and meet new friends. Located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe chilling next to the Adriatic Sea it gives a perfect insight both into modern and traditional lifestyle.

For many, it is the favorite holiday destination but still not overcrowded with tourists so you can enjoy a proper local life. The benefit of being so small is that you can easily discover all its different parts – wonderful cities which date from the roman ages, intact forests, rivers, fields and mountains, more than a thousand islands and miles of beaches with clear blue sea, traditional villages and picturesque countryside.

In just a day you can be in the capital city, go for a mountain hike and make it just in time for the most beautiful sunset while laying on a beach.

Now when we have your attention allow us to introduce our country.



In Croatia, you will find about 4,000,000 people, but about a million is living in the capital and its surrounding areas which means there are so many places where you can be alone, with no crowd.

• Our close neighbors are Slovenia, Bosna and Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, Montenegro and Italy. Except voting for each other at Eurovision contest we are in good relationship and love to visit each other on regular bases.

• We have a one of kind language (Croatian – or how we would say – Hrvatski) that will tangle you tongue while trying to figure our the difference between č,ć,š,ž,đ,dž,nj & lj 😊

• Croatia comes in all for seasons. It is a rather healthy environment to live in, with fresh air and nice mild climate. During summer most of the days are sunny and warm, and during winter we go skying (small slopes – don’t get too excited) and inland parts get cold (well…cold-ish). So, you might say that Croatia follows the Goldilocks principle – just right!

• For such a small country we sure have a lot to offer. Our culture and heritage are rich and diverse. There are:

  • –  8 national parks & 11 parks of nature

  • –  10 UNESCO world heritage sites & 17 UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage items

  • –  over 1000 islands in the Adriatic see but only 78 of them are inhabited (perfect sailing destination)

  • –  popular sites to visit but also a lot of abandoned forgotten ones worth exploring

  • –  rivers for rafting, mountains for hiking and climbing, sea for swimming, diving and fishing, bike routs all

over the country, …

  • Croatians are very easy going, friendly people – we love our traditions, are huge outdoor and nature lovers, family and friends are equally important and we enjoy our delicious food and drinks

  • We are a pet friendly country so bring your four-legged “colleagues” along

  • Food and drinks are such an essential part of our lives. The cuisine is so diverse so it is going to be an attack to

    your taste buttons – local Croatian wines, cheese from Pag island, kulen and čvarci from Slavonija, oysters and mussels from Ston, hundreds of different fishes form the whole coast and islands, pašticada from Split, štrukla form Zagreb and kremšnita from Samobor, eels and frogs from the Neretva Valley and sarma in every Croatian home



The hit HBO series Game of Thrones

was filmed on the Dalmatian coast and made Dubrovnik ( Kings Landing ) even more popular – and no- it is not a scenery – those are Old Walls dating from the 15th century and are one of the most preserved fortification systems in Europ.

Dalmatian dogs

are a breed from Dalmatia – a local name for Adriatic coast.

Nikola Tesla

one of the greatest inventors in the history and a genius ahead of his time was born in Croatia – today his birthplace was turn into a Memorial center that you can visit.

Hum in Istria

is the world’s smallest town.

The eastern Croatian city of Vinkovci

is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe with people living there for over 8,000 years.

The 3 wonderful chandeliers

hanging in the main Zagreb Cathedral came in 2001 from a Las Vegas casino being renovated. It was a gift since one of the workers in the casino was a Croatian emigrant who asked the owner to donate them which he did – we are Balkan people – we ́ll take anything for free.

Croatians “invented” a necktie

it was first worn by Croatian soldiers and the name for it is kravata.

In Zadar – mid coast of Croatia

you can chill next to the see and listen the Sea Organ – an instrument played by waves while according to Alfred Hitchcock enjoying the most beautiful sunset in the world.

Croatian money

is named after an animal – a marten (cute forest rodent).

In Krapina ( North Croatia )

you can “visit” your long lost relatives since it is a finding of the wealthiest collection of remains of Neanderthal people in the world.



Our long, rich and turbulation history made us what we are today. It also literally shaped our country into funny- looking, some say dragon, others croissant, shape.
The area known as Croatia today was inhabited even in the prehistoric period. Fossils of Neanderthals have been found in northern parts. Long lost cultures have left a trail and Roman and Greek leftovers can be seen even today. It is believed that the Croats came to this area around the 7th century, they liked it so much so they stayed – when you think about it, they could be the “original digital nomads”. Throughout the history we have been a set of principalities, a kingdom, a union with Hungary, then with Austria, half of it was under Venetian Republic, then a part of Habsburg Monarchy and later the Federation of Yugoslavia until finally we gain our independence in 1991 becoming The

Republic of Croatia we are still today. Putting several millenniums of history in three sentence is a skill only tour guides have 😊

EU & Schengen

Croatia is a member of the EU and NATO, but not yet in the Euro or Schengen zones. Both of that are in progress and soon to be finished. While it remains on the border of Schengen, Croatia is a handy place to use as a temporary base. In every 6-month period, you can stay 90 days in Schengen zone. And it doesn’t have to be consecutive. In 180 days the maximum number of days you can spend in the Schengen is 90 days, so people are choosing Croatia to reset Croatia is one of the first members of the European Union that regulated the temporary residence for digital nomads from all over the globe, approved for up to one year. Digital nomads in Croatia are exempt from paying income tax when providing services to employers not registered in Croatia.