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  • The Best of...
    The Forbes places Brela beach among 20 the greates World's beaches.
    Unmissable.com web site places Croatia among world's top 10 sailing destinations - This area is one of the Mediterranean's best-kept secrets for sailors. List was supplied by Paul Gelder, deputy editor of Yachting Monthly magazine, and author of The Loneliest Race and InterSpray's Race Around the World.
    Unmissable.com web site places Kolocep among top 10 world's most beautiful island resorts.
    Conde Nast Traveler Magazine rates Hvar as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world. Read the article HERE.
    Again Conde Nast Traveler Magazine lists Hvar as one of 16 the best-kept secrets under the European sun. Read the article HERE. They really love Hvar, aren't we all?
    British The Daily Telegraph places the island of Korcula among world's the best island escapes.
    The Sunday Times pick of 20 summer music festivals placing Dubrovnik Summer Festival 8th. – “vast six-week festival” with lots of theatre too
    Distinguished French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau when talking about Mljet island remarked: "The sea round Dubrovnik is the cleanest sea in the Mediterranean".
    Time magazine places island of Mljet among the 10 most beautiful islands in the world.
    The January 2000 issue of "Successful Meetings Magazine" listed Zagreb as one of the Top 10 international destinations for conventions and meetings, and the February 2000 issue of Conde Nast Traveler listed Zagreb as one of Europe's 10 "reborn cities".
  • Balmy days along Croatian Riviera Adriatic isles have flavor of Greece, Italy
    from San Francisco Gate, June 2004, John Flinn, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The hiss and gurgle of a cappuccino machine drowns out the drone of the engines as the coastal ferry Marco Polo glides past medieval walled cities and tiny islands crowned with stately monasteries. On the sun deck, bikinied women rise from their lounge chairs to watch a pod of dolphins surfing in our wake. A warm Mediterranean sun is shining, the turquoise sea is flat as glass, and the entire tableau is as idyllic, serene and postcard-perfect as can be. So don't be shocked when I tell you we're in Croatia.
  • Complete Croatia
    February 01, 2004, from the Sunday Times
    Better sailing than Turkey, islands to rival those of Greece, and a cuisine to match Italy’s: it’s the hot spot that came in from the cold, says David Wickers.
    Ask anyone: Croatia is the hottest destination in the Med this summer. The Dalmatian coast, they will tell you, with its close-hauled constellation of 1,000 islands, is the “new Riviera”; while the Istrian peninsula, with its Italian looks and flavours, is “the new Tuscany”. But these slick phrases miss the point. Croatia isn’t really a “new” anything: it is still very much its old self.
    The smart set are already there in force. Steven Spielberg, Pierce Brosnan, Andre Agassi, Gywneth Paltrow and Sean Connery are all among the celebrity names to appear in the hotel visitor books. Some like the country so much they bought a piece: Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood and Sharon Stone are each rumoured to be buying their own private island.
  • The comeback of low-cost Croatia
    October, 2003, from Arthur Frommer's MSNBC Budget Travel
    Take a little bit of Venice, a tiny bit of Rome, and throw in plenty of sunshine and clear Mediterranean waters.
  • HVAR – wyspa lawendy i rozmarynu
    from Geozeta, by Gra¿yna Bielawska, Krzysztof Bielawski
    Jeœli chcesz zakochaæ siê w Chorwacji, musisz koniecznie pojechaæ na wyspê Hvar, a dok³adniej do miasteczka Hvar na tej¿e wyspie. Hvar przez wiele osób uwa¿any jest za najpiêkniejsz¹ spoœród ponad tysi¹ca chorwackich wysp, a miesiêcznik Traveler zaliczy³ go do dziesiêciu najpiêkniejszych wysp œwiata, obok Capri i Bora-Bora.
  • Brac to the Future ( Makarska, Tucepi, Brac)
    from The Mirror, Aug 9 2003
    My advice is to go to Croatia now, before it gets spoiled by the thelassotherapy set. It's good value, it's safe, it's just two hours flying time from the UK and it's one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Here's a guide.
  • Croatia hits the spots
    from Metro, by Ben East, July 2003
    Dotted all over this rugged landscape, Greek and southern French in feel, are the kind of untouched villages, hamlets and beaches looking over the North-East Adriatic that make you believe you've found yourself.
  • A Croatian Caribbean
    from The Sunday People, June 2003
    A TORTOISE plodding across the road brought our minibus screeching to a halt. We waited...at first, I thought, for the creature to make it all the way to the other side. The island of Mljet (a scrabble-lucky dip of letters pronounced Milyet) is that kind of place, a tranquil oasis in the sunny Adriatic where the keyword is "Polako" - "What's the rush?"
  • Top 10 European Charters
    by Chris Caswell, from Motorboating, May 2003
    If you’re looking for a new and exotic powerboat adventure to embark on this summer, visit one of these hot spots.
    Primosten, Croatia. Not too long ago, Croatia (you may remember it as Yugoslavia) was torn by civil war. Now, pleasure boats are cruising its spectacular Adriatic coastline once again.
  • Is this the new Côte d’Azur?
    by Jill Hartley, from The Times, June 21, 2003
    Stylish hotels and visiting celebrities are sending Croatia upmarket — so this is the summer to visit, report Times writers. Jill Hartley kicks off in Dubrovnik
  • Yachties set for cruise control
    by Rory Ross, from The Times, June 21, 2003
    A YACHT is the ideal place from which to bask in Croatia’s stunning coastal scenery. The 700km (434 mile) island-peppered littoral that runs from the Istrian peninsula in the North to just above Dubrovnik in the south — the Dalmatian coast — is prime sailing country.
  • We walked up an appetite
    by Will Hide, from The Times, June 21, 2003
    My advice to anyone walking in Croatia would be to ditch your bobble hat and leave the compass at home, but in no circumstances forget your trousers with the forgiving elastic waistband.
  • The city page: Dubrovnik
    by Mark Hodson, from the Sunday Times, June 8, 2003
    It’s perfectly preserved and stunningly sited: Mark Hodson of The Sunday Times takes a shine to the pearl of the Adriatic
  • Paddle your cares away in the pearl of the Adriatic
    By Tom Templeton, from The Observer, June 8, 2003
    I challenge anyone not to be bowled over by the towering medieval city walls of Dubrovnik, the limestone cliffs on the south Dalmatian coast of Croatia and that most translucent of seas the Adriatic, especially when viewed from a kayak.
  • Adventures with Jason: Croatia
    By Jason Cochran, May 22, 2003, from Arthur Frommer's MSNBC Budget Travel
    In the first of two parts, our intrepid traveler reports from a surprising Mediterranean idyll... No matter how many new places I load into my memory bank, a single salient fact remains: The world is full of surprises.... THAT’S CROATIA. Hidden in plain sight, wedged between so many major European attractions favored by Americans, but virtually ignored. Virtually next door to Italy, due south of Austria and Hungary, a day’s drive from Germany, closer to Paris than Greece. Croatia lines the sweetest, cleanest stretch of coast on the entire Mediterranean Sea.
  • Adventures with Jason: Croatia, Part Two
    By Jason Cochran, May 29, 2003, from Arthur Frommer's MSNBC Budget Travel
    More surprises, including the legendary cities of Split and Dubrovnik, await in this Adriatic jewel... I have just discovered one of the world’s great drives. I’d love to give you directions, but it’s not some three-hour Sunday excursion. It’s Croatia. The whole coast. As the crow flies, that’s about 440 miles of seashore on roads that wind around dramatic cliffs through sleepy villages, flying over crystal Mediterranean waters, surveying magnificent mountains floating in the distant sea.
  • Letters to the Editor: On Croatia, Europe’s hidden gem
    May, 2003, from Arthur Frommer's MSNBC Budget Travel
    Read letters sent to the Editor regarding two above articles.
    To the Editor: I went to Croatia last year and spent two weeks in Dubrovnik. It knocked my socks off. My biggest problem since coming back is to find words to describe the indescribable.
  • Zut allure
    From The Guardian, Saturday March 1, 2003
    Will Hide goes back to basics in the Kornati islands.
    For some, staying for a week on a rocky, low-lying island covered in scrub and gorse - no beaches, no roads, no shops, no night-clubs - in a former fisherman's cottage without a bathroom and only a bucket-flush loo, may not be quite enough to induce thoughts of holiday nirvana. However, as I lay in the sun, novel in hand and the sea lapping at my feet, I was happy.
  • Hot destinations for 2003 and 20 dream holidays for the 21st century
    From the Observer, January 26, 2003
    the Observer picks Croatia as one of 6 hot destinations for 2003 and one of 20 dream holiday destinations for 21st century: Those in the know are forsaking the crowded Côte d'Azur and heading for the Istrian Riviera, Dubrovnik and the necklace of sun-drenched islands off the coast of Croatia.
  • Croatia returns with new image
    From the Observer by Tom Templeton, November 2002
    Croatia looks set to be Europe's hottest new tourism destination with 20 UK tour operators.. starting to sell holidays there next year. Once a mecca for low-cost package holidays when it was part of the former Yugoslavia, the country is reinventing itself as an upmarket destination.
  • Hvar, Croatia
    From Conde Nast Traveler by Alexander Lobrano, September 2002

    Forget St-Tropez: If you want serious partying in the Med, head for Hvar, the stunning Croatian island that's suddenly rivaling Ibiza and Mykonos as Europe's happening, triple-S (sun, sea, and sex) destination.
  • Die schönsten FKK-Strände Europas
    Bild.de, June 2002, by DÖRTE LANGWALD
    German magazine Bild places Koversada (Vrasar) and Valalta (Rovinj) among top 15 the most beautiful naturist beaches in Europe.
  • Day Trips in Istria and Its Surrounding Regions
    From National Geographic Traveler by Jan Morris
    In TRAVELER magazine’s September issue, veteran travel writer Jan Morris guides you through Istria, Croatia’s, main coastal cities and interior locales, including Draguc, Hum, and Buzet. Here, we offer five other day trips also well worth a visit.
  • Wild On the Adriatic: Dancing All Night, Eating All Day and Some of the Most Beautiful Beaches on Earth
    From E! Entertainment's TV series Wild On, with popular host Brooke Burke
    Located on the Adriatic Sea across from Italy, Croatia is a land of immense beauty that offers something appealing for everyone...Wild On had a lot of fun in Croatia because there was so much to do...
  • Croatia's island of Hvar claims place in the sun
    From Travel Weekly, June 21 2001 by Dinah A. Spritzer
    Former Europe editor Dinah A. Spritzer proclaims Hvar to be her favorite Croatian island. Read on to find out why.
  • Der Luxus der Stille - German only
    From Berlin Online, by Bernd Hahlweg. April 07, 2001
    Istrien hat das sechstgrößte Amphitheater der Welt, Palazzi und viele einsame Badebuchten... n der Küste thronen alte venezianisch geprägte Seestädte, wie das auf einer 60 Meter hohen Landzunge liegende Vrsar, dessen Charme schon Casanova lobte und deren freizügige Strände zum FKK-Dorado wurden
  • Felsküsten und Freizügigkeit
    Spiegel Online, in German only
    Die kroatische Halbinsel Istrien wird häufig die "zweite Toskana" genannt. Doch das Urlaubparadies lockt nicht nur mit ursprünglicher Natur, sondern auch mit freizügigen FKK-Regelungen.
  • Logenplätze für den Sonnenuntergang
    Tach Auch!, by Brigitte Geh, in German only
    Diese Truhe steckt voller Überraschungen. Wer sich einmal von den Liegestühlen an der Küste erhebt, entdeckt auf der Vielvölker-Halbinsel Istrien Kunstschätze und Köstlichkeiten der Küche.
  • The Dalmatian Coast - Croatian island's beauty is more than skin deep
    From Chicago Tribune, by Thomas Swick, March 11, 2001
    Korcula, Croatia - The next beautiful island, another perfect town. Traveling down the Dalmatian coast (especially over water) is like turning the pages of Vogue.
  • Croatia soft and hard
    From Diver Magazine, May 2001

    The Adriatic offers unspoilt marine life and some spectacular wrecks. Award-winning photographer Franco Banfi enjoys himself stalking marine life on the Croatian island of Korcula while, not far away, Daniel Frka discovers the intact German torpedo boat S-57.
  • Just one Kornati... - Robinson-style vacation
    From London Evening Standard,by Jim Keeble, April 25th 2001

    The sun sets over our island. We sit on our warm quayside, drinking our wine, dipping our toes in our sea. Our stars twinkle on, as our moon slips into the arc of our night sky. As you can tell, you get a little proprietorial after spending a week on a near-deserted island in the Adriatic.
  • Lifting the veil on Croatia
    From Reuters City, by Belinda Goatcher

    There is something about Croatia that just compels you to relax. Perhaps it is the constant warming rays of the sun, the pristine crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea or the abundance of good food and wine. Or maybe it is a combination of all three and so much more which makes Croatia such a perfect holiday destination... As a holiday destination, Croatia has it all. From wonderful historical cities and towns, to lakes, forests and a spectacular coastline there truly is something to satisfy even the most demanding of travellers.
  • Croatia is reclaiming its reputation as a tourist mecca
    From The Record Online, by Jill Schensul, December 31, 2000

    Zagreb's continental flavor and its wide European influence are concentrated in its Lower Town, with its Hapsburg-inspired architecture and concentration of museums. Most noteworthy is the world-class Mimara, with its collection of more than 4,000 works including pieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, DaVinci, Van Gogh, and the atelier of the Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic... The road to Dubrovnik, along the high-cliffed Adriatic coastline, is reminiscent of the Corniche along the French Riviera. The city itself, on a jag of land jutting out into the sea, is your classic medieval heart-stopper... One might think Monaco, or Nice... Korcula has a long history of stone masonry; the locals like to point out some of the marble for our own White House came from the island and its carvers. Another of Korcula's claims is that it was the birthplace of Marco Polo... As our bus traveled north up the coast and finally approached Split..The 1,700-year-old Diocletian Palace, another of Croatia's UNESCO World Heritage sites... The ruins, a city in themselves, are some of the most extensive in Europe...
  • Croatia tourist office claims resorts among safest for foreigners
    From Travel Weekly, November 20, 2000

    Did you know that not one of the 5 million foreign visitors to Croatia's Adriatic resorts this year was mugged or attacked?
    After Belgium, Croatia is the destination where vacationers are least likely to fall ill, according to a British consumer publication, Holiday Which.
    The Adriatic waters off Croatia received the highest possible clean-water rating by Germany's ADC, which is comparable to the AAA in the U.S.
  • Trendy destinations 2001
    From Virgin.net, January 19, 2001, by Chantal Martineau

    Croatia is still a relatively well-kept secret. In its pre-war fame, it was the recipient of some 10 million Western European visitors every year. Today, the country is slowly rebuilding its former popularity as a stunning destination only a few hours from the UK. With some 1100 miles of coastline and 1185 offshore islands, there are countless sandy spots to rest your well-travelled bones.
  • There’s Something Old and Something New in Dubrovnik
    From Smarter Living, January 11, 2001 by Anita Dunham-Potter

    Croatia may be a newly-formed country, but it has an old soul and a strong sense of national pride. Although it’s been rebuilding itself after recent disasters and is rejuvenating its culture, it still retains its old world charm. The crown jewel and biggest tourist attraction of Croatia is Dubrovnik, a medieval-walled enclave on the shores of the Dalmatian Coast. Lord Byron called it the “Pearl of the Adriatic.”
  • Croatian Odyssey
    From Travel Agent, February 08 1999 by Sally O'Dowd

    The rejuvenated country has emerged from the rubble touting its history, beauty and diversity From time to time, agents get the opportunity to uncover worlds and dispel myths about faraway places. That is certainly true of ARTA, which recently led a delegation to Croatia.
  • Paradise Found
    From Student.com, by Kate Galbraith

    It's all encapsulated in the charm of the exotic — together with beaches, Odyssey-like sailing opportunities, and layers of architectural history (Roman, Venetian, Austro-Hungarian) upon which today's lively Croatian markets and cafes are founded.
  • Croatia is the Mediterranean at its best
    From Footloose Travel Magazine

    The Adriatic’s beautiful coastline of elongated islands, startlingly clear blue-green water, and enchanting medieval coastal towns contributes to Croatia’s exhilarating landscape. However, it is the combination of this natural splendor with an extraordinary political circumstance that makes Croatia such an enthralling place to visit.
  • Dubrovnik: Croatia's jewel city makes glorious comeback
    From Star Tribune, by Jackie Crosby, 19-Nov-2000

    It was a mid-September night in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and it was perfectly Mediterranean -- neither balmy nor cool. I had just two days to spend in this magical place, and I wanted each moment to count.
  • 48 houers in Zagreb
    From The Independent, by Cathy Packe, 1 July 2000

    If you want to go somewhere different this summer, away from the tourist hordes, then Croatia's capital city offers ancient buildings, quiet boulevards... and excellent fruit brandy.
  • Day-Tripping around Dubrovnik reveals unspoiled treats
    From The Chicago Tribune, by Wes Eichenwald, February 07, 1999

    The Croatian coast north and south of Dubrovnik resembles northern California's rugged shoreline, with hints of Hawaii, but classical antiquity also comes to mind; after all, this region was part of the ancient Greek and Roman empires. The coast remains unspoiled, with no heavy industry or toxic waste. The reefs and seas burst with marine life; Jacques Cousteau called them the cleanest and clearest in the Mediterranean basin. Cypresses, symbols of eternal life, stand sentinel on the hills. The air is soft and pure.
  • At peace at last
    From The Chicago Tribune, by Wes Eichenwald, February 07, 1999

    Dubrovnik, Croatia - "Those who seek paradise on earth," said George Bernard Shaw -- in a phrase beloved by the Croatian tourist board -- "should come to Dubrovnik." Visitors to this stunning resort city can readily fathom where Shaw was coming from..
  • Croatia overview
    From CNN Travel
  • Croatia
    From EUROPE Magazine, by Kenneth C. Danforth, July 1998

    Croatia has come out of its time of troubles, an unprovoked invasion and partial occupation, looking better than it ever has before...In the process, it is offering foreign tourists an Eden of sun, sea, and sky at prices not seen in Europe for years and a freedom from crowding that is increasingly difficult to find. Foreigners are being greeted with a national hospitality enriched by a deep appreciation for being once again "discovered".
  • About: Croatia's Adriatic Wonderland
    A favorite destination of tourists is the 350 mile long, narrow province of Dalmatia , which extends along the Adriatic from the Istra peninsula in the north, to Dubrovnik in the south, sandwiched between the Dinaric Alps and the sea.
  • Croatia Resurfacing After a Long Dive
    From The Washington Post, by Jo Rector and John Allen, May 10, 1998

    We plunged into the clear, astonishingly blue water of the Adriatic Sea, heading straight to the bottom – and back two millenniums. Ten dozen clay amphorae, probably once filled with wine, awaited us 115 feet deep, remnants of an ancient Roman shipwreck in the central Dalmatian Islands.
  • Welcome to Croatia
    From Hallmark Travel web site

    Despite the fact that there hasn’t been any trouble in Croatia for over eight years, people still hesitate about it being a suitable holiday destination. So when I was offered the chance to visit Croatia at the beginning of this summer, I couldn’t have packed my bags more quickly.

  • More articles at Visit Croatia web site.

Croatia Naturally 2000-2003