Time for a little wanderlust. Today we visit the beauties of Croatia. Sitting between Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia, and right across from Italy, Croatia is an interesting mix of Mediterranean and Central European cultures.
Because of its geographic position, Croatia represents a blend of four different cultural spheres. It has been a crossroad of influences of the western culture and the east—ever since division of the Western Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire—as well as of the Mitteleuropa and the Mediterranean culture. The Illyrian movement was the most significant period of national cultural history, as the 19th-century period proved crucial in emancipation of the Croatian language and saw unprecedented developments in all fields of art and culture, giving rise to a number of historical figures.
The bulk of the tourist industry is concentrated along the Adriatic Sea coast. Opatija was the first holiday resort since the middle of the 19th century. By the 1890s, it became one of the most significant European health resorts. Later a large number of resorts sprang up along the coast and numerous islands, offering services ranging from mass tourism to catering and various niche markets, the most significant being nautical tourism, as there are numerous marinas with more than 16 thousand berths, cultural tourism relying on appeal of medieval coastal cities and numerous cultural events taking place during the summer. Inland areas offer mountain resorts, agrotourism and spas. Zagreb is also a significant tourist destination, rivalling major coastal cities and resorts.
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croatia; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/viator/the-10-most-beautiful-pla_b_4980780.html?ir=Travel&utm_campaign=040114&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-travel&utm_content=Photo