Regions, cities & resorts in Croatia
Croatia is a Mediterranean country located in the central part of Europe. Croatia stretches from Pannonian plain to the Adriatic sea. The length of Croatian coastline is 5835 kilometres. Croatia is also called the country of a thousand lakes; 1246 Croatian islands are part of its territory.
Geographically, Croatia is divided into several regions:
- Istria peninsula
- North Dalmacia
- Middle Dalmacia
- South Dalmacia
- Central part of Croatia
Istria – Pula, Porec, Umag, Rovinj
Istria – Istrian Peninsula is the northernmost region of Croatia bordering Slovenia and Italy.
It is most convenient to get to Istria from the international airport of the city of Pula.
The distance from the Istrian city farthest from the airport – Umag – is 82 km.
Istria is famous for the architecture of its cities and for its beaches. The most well-known sights of Istria are the Ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pula — one of the largest remaining constructions of its kind in the world – and the national natural park Brijuni.
Kvarner – Opatija, Rijeka, Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski
Kvarner is the region of Croatia located between Istrian peninsula in the north, north Dalmatia in the south, and the mountain range Gorski Kotar in the northeast.
Kvarner is conveniently located in relation to the main airport of Croatia – Zagreb and the international airports of Croatia – Pula and Zadar. Distance from Kvarner to airport Zagreb – 160 km; to aiport Pula – 130 km; to airport Zadar – 200 km.
North Dalmacia – Zadar
North Dalmatia is a region of Croatia between Kvarner and the island of Pag in the northwest, and Middle Dalmatia – the resort city of Primosten in the southeast.
The administrative centre of North Dalmatia is the city of Zadar.
Croatia’s North Dalmatia is famous for Zadar riviera sandy beaches and a large number of isles and islets of its coastline.
It is most convenient to get to North Dalmatia from the international airport of the city of Zadar.
Middle Dalmacia – Split, Trogir, Omis, Makarska
Middle Dalmatia is the region of Croatia located between North Dalmatia and South Dalmatia, from the river KPKA to the southern end of Makarska Riviera.
The administrative centre of Middle Dalmatia is the city of Split.
It is most convenient to get to Middle Dalmacia from the international airport of the city of Split.
The distance from the Middle Dalmacia city farthest from the airport Split – is 90 km
South Dalmacia – Dubrovnik
South Dalmatia is the southern region of Croatia; the region of Dubrovnik is an enclave with no border with the main part of Croatia located between Bosnia and Herzegovina in the north and Montenegro in the south.
The administrative centre of South Dalmatia is the city of Dubrovnik.
It is most convenient to get to South Dalmacia from the international airport of the city of Dubrovnik. The distance from the South Dalmacia city farthest from the airport – Dubrovnik – is 120 km.
Central Croatia and Zagreb city the capital of Croatia
The region of central Croatia is one-third of all of Croatia’s area. The central region of Croatia is located in the basin of the rivers Sava, Drava, and Mura.
It is most convenient to get to Central Dalmacia from the international airport of the city of Zagreb.
The main sights of Zagreb and Central Croatia are Donj & Gornj Grad of Zagreb, Zagorje, Trakoscan castle, Samobor, Museum of ancient man in Krapina, city Varazdin. The largest thermal clinics of Croatia are in central Croatia – Terme Tuhelj, terme Varazdin, Krapina terme, unique clinic Naftalan.
The Gorski Kotar is a mountainous region in the north of Croatia linking the continental and the coastal parts of Croatia.
Practically all of the area of the Gorski Kotar is covered in not very high mountains covered in trees. The highest peaks of Gorski Kotar are Bjelolasica (1534 m) and Veliki Risnjak (1528 m).
As long as its location is concerned, the Gorski Kotar is located between Slovenia, the Lika region of Croatia, the Adriatic coast and the Pannonian plain of the continental part of Croatia;
One of the sights of Croatia is the isles. The coast of Croatia has as many as 1145 isles, out of which 651 isles of Croatia are uninhabited, 389 of the isles are rocks, 78 are reefs, and only 47 isles are inhabited and considered touristic.
The isles of Croatia attract more and more guests with their virgin nature and wonderful cozy sunny beaches.
The name “the Adriatic sea” has existed since antiquity. In Latin, this name sounded as Mare Hadriaticum, and it supposedly took its name from the name of the town of Adria, or Hadria.
The Adriatic sea is an inland sea connected with the Ionian sea, and through it, with the Mediterranean sea. On the borderline of the Adriatic and the Ionian sea, between Italy and Albania, there lies the Otran gate, the width is 75 km.