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 favourite 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 are living in the capital and its surrounding areas. This means that, if you prefer your peace and quiet, you can find so many places to be alone and away from the crowds.
For such a small country we sure have a lot to offer. Our culture and heritage are rich and diverse. There are:
Food and drinks are such an essential part of our lives. The cuisine is so diverse that it is definitely going to be an attack on your taste buds in the best way possible – you won’t be able to choose from the array of local Croatian wines, cheese from Pag island, kulen and čvarci from Slavonija and Baranja, oysters and mussels from Ston, hundreds of different fish form the whole coast and islands, pašticada from Split, štrukla from Zagreb and kremšnita from Samobor, eels and frogs from the Neretva Valley and sarma in every Croatian home.
Our long, rich and turbulent history made us what we are today. It also literally shaped our country into the funny-looking – some say dragon, others say croissant – shape it is today.
The area of today’s Croatia 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 traces can be seen even today.
It is believed that the Croats came to this area around the 7th century, and they liked it so much that they stayed – when you think about it, they could be the “original digital nomads”.
Throughout history we have been a set of principalities, a kingdom, a union with Hungary, then with Austria, then with both of them, while half of Croatia was under the Venetian Republic, just to then become a part of Habsburg Monarchy and later the Federation of Yugoslavia, until finally, we gained our independence in 1991 becoming The Republic of Croatia we still are today. And, if you were wondering, putting several millennia of history in three sentences is a skill only tour guides have.