About Croatia, its location and historical influences

Pula, Arena, CRoatia, photo by Matko M. Švarc
Pula, Arena, CRoatia, photo by Matko M. Švarc

Where is Croatia?

One of the most common misconceptions about Croatia is the question of where is Croatia settled. Considering how small Croatia is compared to many surrounding countries in Europe, it’s no wonder people often get confused. The pure image of Croatia as a Mediterranean country with ancient Roman, socialist and Central-European influences admittedly sounds like a place that could be set in various locations.

Zagreb, Croatia, photo by J. Duvall, photo credit by TB of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia, photo by J. Duvall, photo credit by TB of Zagreb

Is Croatia a Mediterranean country?

Croatia is a relatively small European country that shares its borders with Italy on the Adriatic sea (south), Slovenia on the NorthWest, Hungary on the North, and Bosnia and Hercegovina and Serbia on the East. It has a population of just 4 million people. English is spoken in most of the county very well, and in the tourist destinations excellent. Croatia’s tourism dates more than a hundred years, and the people are skilled and experienced with all the knowledge to accommodate and handle all types of guests. It’s a modern country, still unexplored. Many hidden treasures and beautiful scenery are peacefully waiting to be visited.

Sastavci, Photo credit by NP Plitvice lakes
Sastavci, Photo credit by NP Plitvice lakes

Is Croatia a Central European country?

Indeed, Croatia’s location determined its history, and it is no coincidence when you look at its specific location.  You could say that Croatia lies in the very middle of a couple of regions and never was set entirely in one specific cultural circle. How would we describe the exact location of Croatia on the map? East of Italy and Slovenia, the Northeastern coast of the Adriatic sea, south of Hungary, and all the Middle-European circle of countries such as the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, etc. On its Eastern and Southeastern sides, Croatia faces Serbia, Bosnia, and other countries of the Balkan circle. Quite confusing, isn’t it? Some politicians and scientists still argue whether Croatia belongs to a specific region or circle, but there hasn’t been an entirely strong consensus.

The main train station in Zagreb, Croatia, photo by J. Duval, photo credit by TB of Zagreb
The main train station in Zagreb, Croatia, photo by J. Duval, photo credit by TB of Zagreb

What makes Croatia unique and special?

A country so small you could miss it on the map at first sight but full of centuries of rich influences and history. Whether you are looking to visit attractions such as ancient Roman amphitheaters, medieval churches or castles or something more contemporary, Croatia truly offers it all.

The Cathedral of St.Peter, Đakovo, Croatia, photo by Matija Sculac, photo archives of Croatia TB
The Cathedral of St.Peter, Đakovo, Croatia, photo by Matija Sculac, photo archives of Croatia TB

And the specific location of Croatia also resulted in breathtaking nature that you can’t see that often anywhere else in the world. Starting from the fantastic Adriatic sea and its coast to the miracle of Plitvice lakes, Croatia is the place that has it all.  Croatia has perfectly connected to all parts of Europe thanks to its location, so international transportation makes it easier and more accessible.

Rijeka - photo - by Borko Vukosav
Rijeka – photo – by Borko Vukosav

Once you’ve answered your question, „Where is Croatia?“, why not treat yourself to a holiday that will make you experience all those colorful highlights of Croatia at once? Explore some tours and find out more! Croatian attractions, highlights of your holidays!

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