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Croatia


Croatia is one of the new countries on the political map of the world, got independence in 1991. However, exit from Yugoslavia escalated into a war that ended only in 1995. Now everything is fine and in 2013 Croatia joined European Union.

Has a very favorable geographic position, occupying almost the entire coast of the Adriatic Sea and thus received a huge tourist potential. We highly recommend Croatia for a beach holiday and for leisure. High season here is July and August. We were in August and have to say that number of tourists in that month is great.

Curiously, that part of the territory with Dubrovnik is separated from the rest of the country. Read more about this in an article about Dubrovnik.

Map of Croatia
Map of Croatia vidiani.com

In 2005 was opened a new highway A1, which runs through the whole country (the green line on the next map). It is paid, but nevertheless very convenient. We drove by it from Zagreb to Split.

Transportation map of Croatia
Transportation map of Croatia @

The roads are very comfortable, so the car will be a great choice. Buses are the main passenger transport in the country, although they are quite expensive. On the second place are ferries and catamarans and only then rail, which is quite underdeveloped.

The main resort region of the country is Makarska riviera. Here tourist finds a standard set:  mountains, beach and sea. It looks like this:

View of the Biokovo mountains
View of the Biokovo mountains Yuriy Buriak

As a basic place we chose the town of Baska Voda, where spent a week. If you travel by car then choose any resort town on the coast, it does not matter which one, they are all almost the same. All the major attractions of the country, except Plitvice Lakes, located in  2-hour drive from Makarska Riviera and it is extremely convenient.

But even if you do not travel by car, you can use buses. Croatia has well developed bus service and buses run on a single track along the coast , so it is impossible to get lost.

Our route in Croatia:

Day 1 - Zagreb

We arrived in the morning from Hungary and spent half-day in the capital.

St. Mark's Church, Zagreb
St. Mark's Church, Zagreb Alexander Klink / wikipedia.org


Zagreb Cathedral (1093)
Zagreb Cathedral (1093) Yuriy Buriak


 Ban Jelacic Square in Zagreb
Ban Jelacic Square in Zagreb Yuriy Buriak

After lunch we went to the coast to the town of Baska Voda.

Day 2 - Baska Voda

On this day, we rested and walked to Makarska.

Baska Voda
Baska Voda Yuriy Buriak


On the way to Makarska
On the way to Makarska Yuriy Buriak

Every evening we watched a beautiful sunset

Baska Voda
Baska Voda Yuriy Buriak

Day 3 - Dubrovnik

Visited Dubrovnik, one of the jewels of Croatia

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Yuriy Buriak


Stradun Street in Dubrovnik
Stradun Street in Dubrovnik Yuriy Buriak


Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Yuriy Buriak

Day 4 - Baska Voda

Rested and walked towards Brela

Brela
Brela Yuriy Buriak


On the way to Brela
On the way to Brela Yuriy Buriak

Day 5 - Sibenik, Krka National Park

First went to Sibenik

Cathedral of Sts. James in Sibenik
Cathedral of Sts. James in Sibenik Yuriy Buriak


Sibenik
Sibenik Yuriy Buriak

And then to the Krka National Park

Krka National Park
Krka National Park npkrka.hr


Krka National Park
Krka National Park Yuriy Buriak

Day 6 - Split, Trogir

Visited Split and Trogir.

Split
Split visitsplit.com


Diocletian's Palace in Split
Diocletian's Palace in Split Yuriy Buriak


People's Square in Split
People's Square in Split Yuriy Buriak

Day 7 - The islands of Brac and Hvar

On a pleasure boat visited large islands of Brac and Hvar.

Bol (Brac)
Bol (Brac) Yuriy Buriak


Jelsa (Hvar)
Jelsa (Hvar) Yuriy Buriak

Day 8 - Plitvice Lakes

Left towards Zagreb and on the way visited the main attractions of Croatia - Plitvice Lakes.

Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes Yuriy Buriak


Veliki Slap Waterfall & Sastavci Waterfalls
Veliki Slap Waterfall & Sastavci Waterfalls www.robertthompsonphotography.com


Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes Yuriy Buriak


Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes Yuriy Buriak

Useful links :
http://croatia.hr - Croatia travel guide
http://www.hr/directory - all croatian websites
http://www.mvep.hr/en/ - information about visas
http://meteo.hr/index_en.php - weather forecast
A huge number of PDF brochures about Croatia
http://www.croatia-beaches.com/index.html - Croatia beaches

Transportation
http://www.jadrolinija.hr - the main operator of ferries and catamarans
http://www.akz.hr/default.aspx?id=260 - Zagreb bus station
http://www.ak-split.hr/EN/index.html - Split bus station
http://www.liburnija-zadar.hr/index.php?lang=en - Zadar bus station
http://atpsi.hr/hr/ - Sibenik bus station
http://www.udaljenosti.com/vozni-red-vlakova  - train schedule. On croatian language, but it is not difficult to understand what to do
http://www.croatiaairlines.hr - Croatian Airlines
http://www.hac.hr/home - the official website of the Croatian highways

Hotels and private apartments
http://www.adriatic.hr
http://www.adriatica.net
http://www.hrvaska.net
http://www.croatia.hr
http://www.rentalcroatia.com
http://www.dubrovnik-area.com
http://www.atlas-croatia.com
http://www.dalmatia-cen.com
http://www.apartmani-hrvatska.com/croatia/index.htm
http://www.youradria.com/

Car rentals
http://www.mack-concord.hr
http://www.easycar.com
http://kompasno1.hr
http://www.markulin.hr
http://www.nationalcar.hr
http://www.weltrentacar.hr

Some movies where you can see Croatia:

Game of Thrones (TV Series, 2014) - a popular TV series filmed in Split and Dubrovnik (video).

Doctor Who (2010) - two episodes of the cult TV series filmed in Trogir. The Vampires of Venice (video) and Vincent and the Doctor (video), locations can be found here.

Winnetou movies (1962-1968) - in the 60s were shot more than 10 films about the leader of the Indians, which have been popular for a long time. Almost all movies were filmed in Croatia, mainly in Trogir and its surroundings, as well as on the Plitvice Lakes. For example, here are locations of the third film.

Armour of God (1987) - movied, which made Jackie Chan a world famous star was partly filmed in Zagreb. For example there was made a scene of one of the most spectacular car chases in the history of cinema (video).

Hercules (2014) - Some scenes of the blockbuster with Dwayne Johnson filmed in Dubrovnik.

Season of the Witch (2011) - fantasy with Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman, mostly filmed in Croatia.

The Hunting Party (2007) - a thriller starring Richard Gere filmed in Croatia.

Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Job (1988) - action movie filmed entirely in Croatia

Fiddler on the Roof (1971) - American film about Ukrainian village filmed in Croatia. The action takes place in 1905.



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