Why Croatia ?


Map of Croatia

Position

Croatia provides the closest warm water coastline for the whole of central Europe. For Germans, Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Austrians, Hungarians and Danes the Croatian coast is a natural holiday destination. There is easy motorway access from north Italy.


Climate

Croatia has a typical Mediterranean climate similar to north Italy or the south of France. The Croatian coastline typically experiences over 300 sunshine days a year and summer sea temperatures of over 20 degrees centigrade and are ideal for swimming.


Natural Beauty

Croatia, Fisherman

Croatia has a spectacular coastline. With over 1100 islands (of which 67 are inhabited), Croatia has an astonishing 5,385 km of coastline. The Dinaric mountains (with eight peaks over 1500m) provide a spectacular backdrop to much of the coastline. The sea is clear and unpolluted.



Pula Amphitheatre

Culture & History

Croatia has a rich culture and history. The Romans were there and left their mark, such as the 1st Century amphitheatre in Pula (the sixth largest in the world) and the spectacular Diocietan's Palace in Split. The later Venetians influence is apparent everywhere in the architecture of the towns on the coast and islands.


Travel & Access

Low coast airlines such as Ryanair, easyJet, scandjet, Flybe, and GermanWings fly to the five airports situated along the Croatian coast. From north to south these are Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. Access to Istria (in the Northwest) is also easily achieved from Trieste in Italy and Ljubljana in Slovenia. Croatia is improving rapidly with New motorways now linking the capital Zagreb with Rijeka, Pula, Zadar, Split and to within 60km of Dubrovnik.


EU Membership

Croatia is scheduled to join the EU in July 2013. Foreigners are already able to own property in Croatia either directly or if preferred through a company provided the property will be used for rental). Once a member of the EU property ownership will be even simpler.


Recreation

Croatia

Croatia, with its clear water, heavily indented coastline and numerous islands, is a paradise for water based sports. Yacht charter and diving schools are plentiful. There are currently few golf courses but a national plan to build a network of new courses is already in place. Cultural festivals such as Dubrovnik's summer festival and the Motovun film festival are growing in number and quality, and attract international performers. The Pula festival, set in the amazing outdoor auditorium of the 1st century Roman amphitheatre, featured Luciano Pavorotti in 2004 and Placido Domingo in 2003.


Croatia, Restuarant

Food & Drink

On the coast there is a typical mediterranean cuisine - fresh fish, sea food, prosciutto and pasta are plentiful. The range and quality of restaurants is improving every year. Croatia has some fine wines, and wine routes are being established to encourage "wine tourism" whilst central Istria is one of Europe's principal truffle regions.