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Overview to Croatia: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Writer George Bernard Shaw once said: “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.” And few who’ve been there would argue. But, a little further up the coast, the city of Split, with its staggering Palace of Diocletian to the fore, arguably boasts even more to see.
The Dalmatian Coastline, framed by a backdrop of dramatic mountains, is unquestionably one of the most beautiful in Europe. More than 1,000 wonderful islands, ideal for island hopping, rise from the dazzling azure waters.
Remarkable towns such as the monument-strewn peninsular town of Zadar and the port of Rijeka line this whole strip of the Adriatic. The Old Town of Trogir, which still bears its original Roman layout, is one of a number of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Those able to tear themselves away from the coast are rewarded by, if possible, even more incredible scenery; inland Croatia is blessed with one of the most picturesque rural settings in Europe. The region of Lika in central Croatia holds the stunning National Park of Plitvice, a complex of lakes and ravishingly beautiful waterfalls.
The rolling hills and fertile valleys of Zagorje are full of quaint villages whose life and fascinating folk culture has changed little since the Middle Ages. The castle of Medvedgrad, set in the middle of mile after mile of forest, is one of the more spectacularly situated to be found anywhere on the continent.
Inland Croatia is also home to the nation’s capital, Zagreb. Its attractions may be less apparent than those of Split or Dubrovnik, but it’s a welcoming sort of place with an energetic nightlife.
Ultimately, backpacking across Croatia proves that Bernard Shaw was only half right; it’s not just Dubrovnik where you’ll find ‘paradise on earth’, but in the entire length and breadth of the country.