Click on the colored areas of the map to access a travelogue. The colors indicate different regions of Croatia -- scroll down for explanation and introduction for each location. (Original map comes from the CIA World Factbook)
Introduction. Croatia is one of the darlings of the former Soviet republics, with a history richly tied to the West. Comprising the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea across from Italy, much of the country was under Venetian rule for a period of time, and the Venetian influence is very clear among the various Dalmatian towns and cities. Meanwhile, the northern stretch between Slovenia-Hungary and Bosnia shows a heavy Austro-Hungarian influence. Although the war for independence (the breakup of the former Yugoslavia) left its scars, the recovery was reasonably quick and Croatia will probably move towards EU accession in the future.
What appears to be bringing about change the fastest is Croatia's successful tourism industry. Taking advantage of its prevalence of Venetian coastal cities as bargain-basement prices, Europeans are rediscovering Croatia in droves. Friends and colleagues of mine have scuba-dived in the northwest and visited coastal sanctuaries such as Dubrovnik in the south, and brought me rave reviews. Croatian wines, particularly from the Peljesac region between Ploce and Dubrovnik, are now established in western German markets.
My personal travels to Croatia were singularly to Trogir, a tiny island town a short drive west of Split. Fairly representative of Dalmatian cities, Trogir has a wonderful harbor, great restaurants, and a maze of really tight streets. I have been yearning to get back to Croatia to visit Zagreb, the capital, and more of the Dalmatian Coast.
Travelogues. The coloring of the locations on the map above indicate different locations in Czech Republic, as shown below.
Links. The below links connect you to external sites in a new window. All links are official sites sanctioned by the national, state, or local governments unless otherwise indicated. These links will open to the Estonian-language home page, which will offer an icon or link to an English-language section (normally limited content). If an English language link is not available, click on the "Tourismus" section. This is for the tourism page, which should have English content available. Links updated 3 January 2006.