Croatia with its beautiful islands and seas, range of heritage sites and even national parks, has been quite the favourably eyed destination by many travellers. It became even more popular when hit TV show Game of Thrones was shot here. But believe you me, the HBO show is only the tip of the iceberg for a country as beautiful as Croatia.
1. Within the local language, the country’s name is actually Hrvatska and the language itself is actually Hrvatski.
2. If you’re wondering just what the fuss about its natural beauty is, you should know that one third of Croatia is covered by forests. The country has 8 national parks and 1244 islands, inlets and isles. And it isn’t just the quantity but the quality that makes it beautiful but that doesn’t deny that these are some pretty incredible figures.
3. Zlatni Rat isn’t fascinating just because it is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. A rare feature to this island is the fact that it changes shape and colour with the wind. No, I’m not kidding! It is said that depending on the wind, the tip of the island could change directions from left to right or vice versa. Imagine, you’re chilling on the beach, soaking the sun, then there come some massive winds and hah, you find your direction slightly changed.
4. Some very intelligent inventions came into the world thanks to this gorgeous country, for instance, the torpedo, the mechanical pencil, the Maglite torch, the MP3 player and the parachute. You know what they say, beauty and brains!
5. That said, Croatians are quite the quirky ones too, I’m guessing, looking at the kind of Guinness World Records set in this country:
- Longest distance covered within an hour while doing the moonwalk (I can see MJ nodding approvingly from his grave)
- Largest box of popcorn (let’s hit the movies!)
- Fastest time to push a car one mile (Whoa)
- Biggest white truffle (Yummm)
- Largest cup of cappuccino (Chai banao toh maane)
- Maximum number of pull ups within a minute (Okay, let’s go back to whoa)
6. Meet the smallest town in the whole world, Hum. Legend has it that when giants were building cities in the Mirna River valley, they had run out of stones and thus, built this miniature city.
7. The town of Hum (not tum :p ) also naturally has one of the smallest populations in the world. How much you ask? 30 people. Yep. Meanwhile, I’m writing this to you from Noida in a colony where I’m sure if we combine the number of people on my floor and the ones immediately above and below, we’d easily surpass the populace of this town. Well, kya hi kare hum.
9. Now that you’ve met the smallest, do you wish to meet the oldest? Vinkovci is not just the oldest inhabited city of Croatia but of all of Europe. Since, 8000 years ago human beings have lived there.
10. Back in the day, when Croats were fighting as mercenaries for France, the necktie actually came to be invented here.
11. Did you know that the song “I got a pocket full of sunshine” was actually inspired from Croatia?! Okay, no, that’s not true, sorry. But with 2,715 hours of sunshine in a year, you’d think someone would write a song about it.
12. Footprints of over 200 dinosaurs are found at Veli Brijun Island in Croatia!
13. What Cruella, the villain from 101 Dalmatians, didn’t thankfully or hopefully know was the fact that the adorable breed of dogs, Dalmatians, actually originate from this country. More specifically from the region of Dalmatia after which they were obviously named. And even before these dogs came into existence, since the Imperial Roman period, the waterfront has been known as the Dalmatian coast.
14. The Pula amphitheatre is only one in the world where all 3 rows have been preserved. It has in its time witnessed bloody battles of Roman gladiators. Today, it is the 6th largest amphitheatre in the world.
15.The Walls of Ston are the second oldest fortification system in the world preserved to this day.
16. Nikolas Tesla who gave us the alternate current system (AC) which is used by almost all electrical systems of the world, came from Croatia.
17. The world’s first pipe organ was played at Zadar overlooking the water. I guess it was then that Albert Hitchcock probably caught the sunset, stating it to be the most beautiful in the world.
1. Hop, skip and jump to Plitvice Lakes National Park. You will probably hear of this name the very moment you start contemplating a trip to Croatia. It is THAT beautiful with the 16 emerald blue green lakes, cascading waterfalls and drooping greenery all around, as you walk around to take this view in on those wooden paths. There are even some hikes that happen inside the park which you can take to explore the park better.
2. Let yourself be transported to an altogether different era as you walk through the Old Town of Dubrovnik
3. And if that is something that you might enjoy, you’ll enjoy your time in Split too which became a Greek settlement in the 2nd and 3rd Also, where Roman emperor Diocletian retired. You could even visit his palace.
4. If you are a keen observer of traditions and want to partake in a cultural celebration and hullabaloo, plan to visit Croatia during the carnival of Maskare.
5. The earlier mentioned Zlatni Rat beach is not just fascinating but also perfect for a beach day.
6. Make way to Hvar islands which is home to the highest number of UNESCO sites in all of Croatia. Beyond its heritage it even has some of the best beaches and the majestic Blue Cave.
7. Dense pine forests and lusciously blue waters, if you’re looking to go into the laps of nature, Mjlet National Park is the place for you.
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How to reach:
You can take a flight from Delhi or Mumbai to Istanbul. And after a layover in Istanbul board your second flight to the capital itself, Zagreb. In case, you want to fly from Chennai, it can take a longer amount of time but you could take a flight to London and thereafter board the flight for Zagreb.
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