Croatia

Croatia: Islands and beaches await

Krk Beach
Rijeka
Located in southern central Europe and still maintaining all of its natural beauty, Kroatien is a gem of a vacation spot that will appeal to a wide array of travelers. Voted the "Destination of the Year" in 2006 by National Geographic Adventure magazine, Kroatien features 1100 miles of coastline along the majestic Adriatic Sea. Those who love the shore will adore Kroatien -- its waters are specked with over a thousand islands, the vast majority of which are uninhabited and ready for exploration. And for those not quite looking to escape from civilization, the islands of Cres and Krk, each accessible by ferry, are home to several thousand people and are welcome destinations for those looking for a trip away from the mainland.

Pula Beach
And for those who just want to spend some time o­n the beach, the possibilities are endless. The majority of Kroatien's beaches are rocky and pebbly, but those who prefer sandy shores will have plenty of options as well. Trincel beach, o­n the island of Peg, and Lumbarda beach, o­n the island of Korcula, are two of the county's most beloved sandy beaches. The latter features a variety of traditional customs and ceremonies in which visitors are welcome to get involved, as well as areas designated for diving and underwater fishing. Other beaches are home to bluffs and cliffs for adventurous divers, hidden coves for romantic escapees, exciting nightlife scenes, and seasonal carnivals in which the whole family can get involved.

Warm, crystal-clear waters await you in Kroatien. Whether you prefer drinks and music under the stars or a quiet day o­n a secluded, sandy beach, this is your destination.