Croatia is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. With exciting cities, unique architecture, gorgeous landscapes of green mountains, the sparkling turquoise Adriatic Sea and, of course, plenty of sunshine, it’s easy to see why. If you’ve not yet been convinced to book your next camping holiday in this wonderful country, here are 10 facts about Croatia that we think might just change your mind.
10% of Croatia’s land is made up of national parks and reserves
If there’s one thing people can’t stop talking about is just how beautiful Croatia is. Luckily, over 10% of its land is preserved as National Parks and Reserves, leaving a variety of natural wonders to visit. Even the towns and cities are surrounded by stunning forests and mountains. The rushing waterfalls of Plitvice and Krka National Parks are definitely among those worth a visit. Mjlet National Park is not far from Dubrovnik and the warm waters of its two salt lakes, surrounded by forests, are said to have healing properties.
It’s renowned for its island hopping
If you’ve had enough of exploring national parks and reserves (although we’re confident you won’t), island hopping is a great way to spend your holiday really getting the most out of the Adriatic Sea. Boat trips are incredibly common along both the Istrian and Dalmatian coasts, with most towns and cities equipped with ports. Croatia boasts 1,246 islands, isles and inlets for you to explore, from the party islands of Hvar and Pag to the relaxing Kornati and Brijuni collections of islands.
It’s pretty sunny in Croatia
When you live in the UK, sunshine is one of the most important elements when deciding where to go on holiday. That’s why you’ll be impressed to hear that Croatia boasts an average of 2,715 hours of sunshine a year. With most of our campsites set on the beaches of the Istrian and Dalmatian coast, there’s no better way to soak up all those hours of sun.
In Croatia, you pay in rodents
Well not exactly… Croatian currency is called the kuna which is also the word Croatians use for the rodents we call martens. These cute little animals even feature on certain coins in Croatia!
Dalmatians come from Croatia
Did you know one of Disney’s favourite dog breeds actually comes from Croatia? It’s no coincidence that they are named after the Dalmatian coast, as their origins have been traced back here.
You can visit the world’s smallest town
In the Istrian peninsula you’ll find the world’s smallest town, Hum. Hum is a great destination for a day trip with its rich history and beautiful stony streets, squares and churches. The town is home to the Glagolitic Alley, a 3-kilometre path that connects Hum to the nearby village of Roč, adorned with massive stone monuments dedicated to old Croatian Glagolitic script.
Croatia is home to one of the last preserved amphitheatres
If you loved wandering the streets of Rome and admiring the colosseum then you’ll love the Croatian city of Pula on the Istrian coast. Once a part of the Roman Empire, the architecture of Pula truly reflects its roots. One of only 3 preserved colosseums in the world, Pula’s amphitheatre is the star of the city. Set in the very centre of the city it dominates the city’s landscape and is still used to this day as a venue, although these days you’re more likely to see a concert or festival there rather than a gladiator show.
Croatia is home to the biggest truffles
The world’s biggest truffle hails from Croatia, so look out for truffle dishes on the menus of the local Croatian restaurants. Truffles are known as quite an expensive delicacy, but with truffles being discovered across Istria, dishes in Croatia featuring this delicious ingredient tend to be much cheaper than nearby Italy.
You might recognise Croatia from the telly
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan you’ll instantly recognise the city of Dubrovnik as it is the filming location for Kings Landing in the show. A visit to the coastal city with its medieval walls will make you feel immediately immersed in the program. For super fans there are guided tours as well as a variety of shops that sell merchandise from the show, including one that allows you to sit on the iron throne.
Croatia has plenty of under-rated neighbours
If you’re one of those people that wants to see the most of the world in one trip, Croatia is a great base for this. Croatia borders Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia in the east, Slovenia to the west, Hungary to the north and Montenegro to the south. On top of that you can hop on a boat from the Istrian coast over to Venice, Italy. That is a huge variety of countries possible for day trips to some of the most unique countries of Eastern Europe.