Croatia – a small country for a great experience

beautiful croatia

As a variation of the popular slogan in the title says, Croatia is a country that ranks among the smaller European countries, but the richness and diversity of its preserved nature and environmental, cultural and historical heritage, its long tradition of tourism, its transport accessibility and proximity to the European market, provide a true experience and adventure. More than just a holiday – something new and undiscovered.

According to the analysis of Google data and the survey conducted by the website teflSearch, Croatia was the most desirable holiday destination in the world during 2015 and 2016.

One of the most attractive holiday destinations in Croatia is the Makarska Riviera, at the centre of which is Podgora, a town that will enchant you with its natural beauty, crystalline sea, clean and tidy beaches, the magnificent mountain of Biokovo, and the modern hotel accommodation - including the prominent Medora Auri Family Beach Resort, which is perfect for a family holiday. Podgora provides a genuine experience of the Mediterranean, not only with its natural heritage, but also with the flavours and aromas of Dalmatian cuisine, preserved traditional customs, and cultural and historical monuments from the ancient times. All of the above is enriched with contemporary activities that will only make your holiday more active, interesting, and fun-filled.

With an increasing awareness of the branding of the country and its resources on the world stage of tourism, Croatia increasingly promotes a broader picture of its breath-taking beauties. We have one of the most beautiful and cleanest coasts with more than a thousand islands, as well as eight national parks with ecologically preserved flora and protected fauna: the Plitvice Lakes, Brijuni, Risnjak, Paklenica, Kornati, Northern Velebit, Krka and Mljet. Croatia also has as many as ten nature parks and cultural and historical heritage with monuments under UNESCO protection: the cities of Trogir and Dubrovnik, Diocletian's Palace in Split, the Basilica of Euphrasius in Poreč and Šibenik Cathedral.

The tourist offer of Croatia is as diverse as its tourist regions, geographical areas, climate, culture, customs and tradition. All forms of tourism are developed: from family and leisure, through health, business, cultural, religious, adventurous, excursion, hunting and fishing, rural to nautical tourism and cruises.

The Croatian tourist regions

Croatia is divided into three tourist regions, mainly following the relief of the country. Each region is distinguished by its unique diversity and its distinctive climate, offering a modern tourist a true experience of the selected holiday destination.

The Pannonian lowland tourist region of Croatia

lowland tourist region of Croatia

Lowland Croatia occupies the central and eastern part of the country, with the largest share of the territory (about 54%). This area is appealing for its host of medieval and baroque castles, wine trails, thermal spas, specific cuisine, rich culture, entertainment and recreation. One of the most beautiful castles in Croatia is situated in this region – the Trakošćan Castle in Croatian Zagorje. While the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park is among the most beautiful wetlands in Europe, Kopački Rit is one of the largest fluvial wetlands.

Lowland Croatia is rich in fertile soil and provides a range of conditions for agricultural production, favouring rural tourism, while the wealth of forests and wildlife contributes to the popular hunting tourism. The Shrine of Marija Bistrica is a major centre of religious tourism, while a multitude of thermal springs, spas and health resorts in Zagorje support the developed health tourism.

The capital city of Zagreb, with a population of one million, is located in the middle of Central Croatia, achieving the highest number of tourist arrivals in the region. Zagreb is an administrative, economic, cultural and scientific centre of Croatian tourism that offers a number of tourist sights, from the neo-Gothic towers of the Cathedral to Lotrščak from which the Canon of Grič fires every day at noon; from the Stone Gate with the image of Our Lady of the Stone Gate, the city’s patron, to the church of St. Mark, the oldest parish church in the city, whose interesting architecture has made it one of the symbols of Zagreb. The city is known for its cultural events and festivals, most notably the award-winning Advent in Zagreb.

The mountain tourist region of Croatia

The mountain tourist region of Croatia

Mountainous Croatia is the smallest region in the country, set apart by its sharp cold climate and its preserved lush flora and fauna. It is therefore attractive for adventure, hunting and fishing tourism. It includes 3 national parks: Plitvice with its 16 beautiful lakes and incredible cascading waterfalls, among the most beautiful in Europe; the Northern Velebit national park, rich in flora and fauna and home to one of the deepest pits in the world; and the Risnjak National Park with large intact forests and habitats of bears, wolves and lynx.

The Mediterranean tourist region of Croatia or the Croatian coast

makarska riviera dalmatia

Croatian coast or Mediterranean Croatia occupies 32% of the Croatian area and is the most visited tourist region, especially in the summer months. The Adriatic coast is one of the most indented coastlines in the world, with over a thousand islands and islets, with beautiful beaches and mysterious coves with crystal clear water and friendly people. The area of the Croatian coast is divided into the north and the south.

The North Croatian coast includes the largest Croatian peninsula of Istria, also a highly developed tourist region with famous tourist centres, such as Rovinj, Umag and Poreč, featuring the Euphrasian Basilica, one of the best-preserved monuments of early Byzantine art in the Mediterranean.

Pula is the largest city in Istria County, attracting visitors with its famous amphitheatre or the Pula Arena, the best-preserved monument of ancient architecture in Croatia, today often used as a stage for world-famous musicians and theatre performances. The largest city and a regional centre of the northern Croatian coast is Rijeka, which is also the largest port in Croatia. The city’s special attraction is the Trsat castle, which used to be a military fort and now hosts cultural and entertainment facilities. Opatija is a well-known fashionable resort and centre of congress tourism in Croatia.

The Kvarner islands are a well-known tourist destination, including the islands of Rab, a green paradise with picturesque beaches and bays and the famous Rab cake made from almond, lemon and orange. Then there is the largest island of the northern coast, Krk, from where originates the oldest monument of Croatian literacy, the Baška Tablet. Cres Island features one of the last habitats of the griffon vulture and attracts nature lovers. The island of Mali Lošinj is known for its health tourism, while the island of Susak is renowned for its sandbars and folk customs. 

The South Croatian coast is a distinctly Mediterranean region in terms of climate, geology and culture, with well-developed tourist activities, hotel and apartment accommodation, holiday villas and campsites.

Dalmatia is the largest tourist region in Croatia, covering four counties and extending over around 400 km of coastal area. The area is said to represent the real Mediterranean. A combination of stunning natural beauties, united in their own diversity: the wide sea, numerous green islands and islets, nature parks, mountains, lakes and rivers still attract and delight modern tourists and residents, just as they did in past times.

Ancient monuments, records and buildings still exist and are part of the Croatian cultural and historical heritage, but are also included in the attractive tourism offer, testifying to the rich and turbulent history of Dalmatia. The famous cities of the region are Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split, Makarska and Dubrovnik. The history of Dalmatia was marked by the ancient Greeks and Romans, Christians and Turks, each leaving their imprint in its heritage, influencing its further course and development.

The town of Podgora is situated in the very heart of Dalmatia, in the middle of the Makarska Riviera, representing one of the most interesting tourist destinations in the region, attracting visitors with its natural beauty, tourism and culinary offer, as well as its quality hotel services – the best being provided by the Medora Auri Family Beach Resort, a leading hotel complex in the area.

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