Croatia Tourism: Emergence from leaps and bounds

Croatia, a small country formed after the breakup of Yugoslavia is just made for a great holiday. Though, small in size, but great in natural diversity, Croatia has a rich historical and cultural heritage and above all, the warm hospitality of the people beckons. Many of the most attractive places in Croatia are found along the extremely indented coastline which also features over a thousand islands, islets and reefs. Picturesque mountain areas, rich lowlands and unspoiled nature of national parks are among the wonderful sights of Croatia. Year by year as the number of international tourists exploring the natural beauty of Croatia have been increasing. Croatia offers the same healthcare rights to both its tourists and citizens, and tourists are thus assured of excellent medical treatment, if required.

 

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Eventful History of Croatia

The history of Croatia is extremely interesting showing clear periods of rule and government by different bodies and finally resulting in Croatia’s independence in 1990’s. The history of Croatia begins with the arrival of the Croats in the Balkans in the beginning of seventh century that led to the formation of two key regions- Pannonia and Dalmatia. In 1918, after the World War I and the fall of Austro-Hungarian Empire, Croatia’s fidelity was talk of the town. Yugoslavia was transformed from a largely agricultural nation into an industrialized one. It was in immediate need of foreign exchange to gain independence from Moscow. Finally, Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia on June 25, 1991. The Bosnian War, originating from 1992 and lasting till 1995, was a territorial battle among Serbs, Croats and Bosnians. Itis characterized as the bloodiest event in the history of Europe. Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic attempted to clear parts of the former Yugoslavia of Croats, Bosnians and Muslims in order to create ‘The Greater Serbia’. Finally NATO intervened in 1995 and Dayton Peace Accords were signed on 14 December 1995, officially ending the war.

Modern Croatia

Almost two decades after the war ended, Croatia is well recognized as a secure, independent and tourist friendly country. It has full rights in respect to freedom of religion, language and culture afforded to all.

Things not to miss in Croatia

  • Sunsets in Zadar.
  • Walking through Dubrovnik’s Walls.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park.
  • Walking down the Premuzic Trail.
  • Varazdin, a perfect BBQ town.
  • The Elaphite islands.
  • Pula Amphitheatre, the greatest gift to the Eastern Adriatic.
  • Sea Kayaking.
  • Peljesac Peninsula, renowned for fantastic sea food and robust red wine.

There are many wonderful beaches in Croatia including family beaches, sandy, romantic and naturist beaches. Croatia has eight national parks, nature parks of national and world importance. Its cities and summer resorts are also becoming well known in Europe for their bustling night life and entertainment. Many of Croatia’s domestic dishes and specialties are popular for example, Dalmatian or Istrian prosciutto, cheese from pig, sheep cheese etc. For adventure junkies, there are numerous possibilities for sports and recreational activities in Croatia. You can choose between cycling, horse riding, rafting, canoeing and kayaking, water skiing, surfing, beach volleyball and more.

If you are an adventure lover, Croatia’s rock climbing areas will attract you. The temperatures in Croatian mountains can get very low overnight and there also have been accidents reported in stormy weathers near the mountains, so hikers are advised to enjoy mountain climbing with local guides only. Croatia is considered to be a very safe travel destination, street and violent crimes statistics are very low. The rate of road accidents has always been high so travelers need to be careful while driving. Croatia has a long tradition of welcoming tourists from all around the world.

Croatia’s government has made health insurance compulsory for all the workforce and craftspeople. As per Stefan, ITIJ foreign tourists visiting Croatia need not pay for any medical services if there is a health insurance convention between Croatia and their home country. If, however, the same has not been done, the health care costs need to be paid by the tourist. The EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is not valid in Croatia and initial medical treatment is free for EU visitors. Thereafter, 20 percent of the expenses of follow up care is charged to the patient, and for tourists, this is usually covered by their travel insurance plan. Health care for foreigners in Croatia is provided under the same conditions as for Croatian citizens. There are large number of hospital and small clinics in Croatia. Pharmacy stores are open on weekdays and in some large cities the service is available 24 hours. Emergency evacuation facilities in Croatia are substantial with military helicopters are used as air ambulances to evacuate civilians in need.

It is highly advisable for international tourists to take medical insurance before embarking on a long and eventful journey as it takes care of any accident or injury during your stay in Croatia.

In conclusion, historic Croatia, now a modern and relatively strife free country, is an enchanting choice for tourists. Its combination of old world charm and glamour, as well as unspoiled natural heritage beckon!

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