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What would be your expectation of an old communist country that just got out of a war in which it barely had an army? Well, Croatia is this country but what you find here is complete opposite of what you have expected. Top of the line highways crisscross the country, towns in amazing shape, the scars of the wars just a mention in the history books, the accommodations are in well maintained and generous apartments, some with terraces overlooking the sea for a reasonable price, the food is hearty and tasty and the people are dignified and extremely nice and helpful. You feel that you ended up in a happy land, neither occupied yet by the birocratic forces of the European Union nor by its shaky currency. If you drive on Route 8 from Opatija to Dubrovnik you are almost constantly on the shore and anytime you can stop and dive in a perfectly clear water, so clear that even in the night you can see its bottom. It is no sand in Dalmatia's beaches and people lie on the rocks like lizards or they dive from peers built specially for this. Istria Peninsula has a time of its own. Beautiful small fishing villages, transformed in low key resorts adorn the Adriatic shore, old Roman colonies having traces of the past civilization. The most important town, Pula, has an amazing amphitheater, the sixth largest in the world. Opatija, used to be the main resort of the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy is living today a revival. The city of Zadar is riddled with Roman ruins and it has the interesting sea organ that you can listen for hours. Close by is Sibenick with his majestic cathedral and 2 hours away is Diocletian's city in the city in the middle of Split. Dubrovnik is the jewel, the flag city of Croatia that they want to match in interest with Venice, its across the water neighbor, in spite of the obvious difference in size and attractions. But the charm of Dubrovnik cannot stop impress any visitor, proof being the numerous cruise boats that make it a stop every day. if you want to delve a little in the politics visit also Zagreb, Croatia's capital. I left Crotia with the feeling that it is a hidden gem of Europe. Everybody raves about Italian Amalfi Coast, Spain's Costa del Sol or the French Riviera but Dalmatia Coast, once the playground of the leaders of Easter Europe, is a charming place, relaxed, low key but very beautiful.


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Novigrad, Porec, Pula, Opatija, Rijeka, Zadar, Sibenick, Split, Hvar Town, Starigrad-Hvar, Omis, Slano, Dubrovnik

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