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Where is Croatia?

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I get asked this all the time when I go home to the States, so I thought I’d help people out with it!  As well as share some other helpful info about this great country.  😉

I must admit, when I first met Miloš almost two years ago, I too had to look Croatia up on the map.  I’m an educated American, but Croatia isn’t really on the radar of most folks here in the Western Hemisphere.  I’ve since spent a lot of time there, and I really love it.  (And it’s NOT just because my boyfriend is Croatian!)  It’s kind of a funny shaped country with a big chunk that’s inland, and a long thin stretch of coastline along the Adriatic Sea.  It’s right across the water from Italy.  Here’s a handy map – since Americans DO know where Italy and Greece are, this map puts it all into perspective.

Croatia in relation to Italy and Greece...

Croatia in relation to Italy and Greece…

Croatia in relation to the rest of Europe...

Croatia in relation to more of Europe…

Miloš lives in north-western Croatia, just a bit south of Rijeka, in Crikvenica – a beautiful coastal town.  Because of the proximity to Italy, I’ve told him I want to have my first visit to Venice next off-season (winter time) when I’m there.  Despite all my extensive travels in Europe, I have yet to visit Italy!  It’s on the to-do list for sure!  😀

So a lot of my time has been spent in northern Croatia, but if my readers recall, last summer Miloš and I visited Zadar.  This summer, we’ll be visiting Split and Makarska, farther south along the coast.  (Dubrovnik is also a very popular tourist destination, and is a stop with many of the large Mediterranean cruise ships.)

Major cities in Croatia

Major cities in Croatia

Croatia

Croatia

To quote the little blurb from Google:

“Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean.”

Croatia’s capital is Zagreb, located inland, which is also home to the country’s primary airport.  People in Croatia speak Croatian.  (Seems obvious, but I’ve learned that not everyone knows that.)  But there ARE many regional dialects.  Croatia will be joining the EU in July of this year (2013.)  Their form of currency is the Kuna.

Croatia is ranked among the top 20 most popular tourist destinations in the world, and was voted world’s top tourism destination in 2005 by Lonely Planet.

Here’s a link to the website for the Croatian board of tourism:

Croatian Board of Tourism

The real draw of Croatia is it’s glorious coastline and ancient history.  Here you will find some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.  The water is crystal clear and brilliantly blue.  Croatia has many islands along it’s coast, so there are countless hidden treasures in the form of beaches and quaint towns to discover.  And for the history buffs out there, this land goes back thousands of year – explore Roman ruins and ancient palaces.  For fans of the show “Game of Thrones” – some of it is actually filmed in Croatia!

Here’s just a sampling of some pics of what Croatia has to offer:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Plitvica, Croatia

Plitvica, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia - Roman ruins

Split, Croatia – Roman ruins

Makarska, Croatia

Makarska, Croatia

Makarska, Croatia

Makarska area, Croatia

Makarska, Croatia

Makarska, Croatia

Makarska, Croatia

Makarska, Croatia

Zadar, Croatia (on the bottom right hand corner, you can see the Greeting to the Sun!)

Zadar, Croatia (on the bottom right hand corner, you can see the Greeting to the Sun!  It’s that circle there.  And right next to it is the Sea Organ.)

Inside the Old Town section of Zadar - Jen & Miloš

Inside the Old Town section of Zadar – Jen & Miloš

Back to the Greeting to the Sun

Greeting to the Sun. Zadar, Croatia – Jen & Miloš

The steps of the Sea Organ in Zadar

The steps of the Sea Organ in Zadar

When in Croatia, do as the Croatians do...

^^^  Of course you are all familiar with my pic from Saharun Beach, Dugi Otok, Zadar area…

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Crkvenica, Croatia - Jen

Crkvenica, Croatia – Jen

Crikvenica, Croatia

Crikvenica, Croatia – Jen

Crikvenica, Croatia

Crikvenica, Croatia

Crikvenica, Croatia

Crikvenica, Croatia

Lovely ending to a lovely day

Lovely ending to a lovely day in Crikvenica, Croatia.  Jen & Miloš

Other lovely pics from all around Croatia…..

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3e. Pictures & Images of Croatia. Photos of Croatian Historic & Landmark Sites

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Croatia!

Croatia!

Rich ancient history and fantastic beaches…. Croatia!

(And of course you know that I can help book you on your very own Croatian adventure!  I don’t just book Disney trips!  Let me know if you want some info.  And as ALWAYS, we never ever charge clients a fee for travel booking services!)

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

2 thoughts on “Where is Croatia?

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