Visit Croatia

Croatia

Overview

Croatia lies in Central Europe in a beautiful part of the Balkans, sharing borders with Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro.

 

Throughout the 1990s many tourists avoided the region due to the war in Yugoslavia, but in the last few years many Westerners have rediscovered the beauty of the place and are coming back in the thousands.  

Sites to See

The country’s stunning coastline and hundreds of islands are best explored by ferry. The national Croatian ferry service has an especially large network, allowing for some serious island hopping.

 

The famous city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site sometimes referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, is a must-see. The stunning churches, monasteries, and museums are a living testimony to the city’s glorious past. From Dubrovnik you can also make excursions to Montenegro or Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

The capital city of Zagreb is another beautiful place to visit. Zagreb is Croatia’s largest city, with many similarities to other Central European cities such as Budapest, Vienna and Prague.

Another must-see is the Split on the Dalmatian coast with its famous Roman castle ruins.

And finally, there’s the 3,000 year old city of Pula on the peninsula of Istria with its astonishing old amphitheater.

Cuisine

Croatian food is enormously varied. In the eastern part of the country they simply love meat, particularly spicy sausages and Čobanac ("shepherd's stew" with lots of meat and hot paprika).

The coastal region, on the other hand, is famous for truffles, soups and, of course, fish and seafood (fresh from local fisherman).

 

Casinos in Croatia

Croatia is fast becoming one of the top gambling destinations in Europe. The city of Zagreb alone boasts some 17 casinos, ranging from the small and specialized to the enormous and extremely opulent.

Many Croatian casinos are part of large hotels, which is advantageous because this means there are plenty of package deals to be found.

 

In addition, around the coast of Istria there are literally dozens of gambling establishments, best known for casino games such as blackjack, roulette, Caribbean Stud poker and the always popular slot machines.

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.