Year Visited: 2018 – October
Croatia (Hrvatska) is an ancient nation, yet a very young nation state. Once a formidable kingdom under Tomislav in the tenth century, a naval power in the sixteenth and seventeenth, and an awakening national entity in the nineteenth, it had to endure a thousand years of foreign meddling, subjugation, incursions, and outright wars before being recognized in 1992 as a distinct entity.
After the World War I, fighting for the Allied powers, it was absorbed into the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, which later became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929. Croatia was also later part of various incarnations of Yugoslavia, until it declared its independence in June 1991. On 15 January 1992, Croatia gained diplomatic recognition by the European Economic Community members, and subsequently the United Nations.
Croatia boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. The young country also has stunning lakes, forests and fortified towns with fascinating history.
Below are some places we explored during our a week long travel around Croatia. Click on any city to view my travel photos and stories.
Because of Croatia’s geography, we decided to break our journey and travel this country in two visits. First, from Montenegro we arrived in Dubrovnik; after spending couple of days in the most touristy city, we took a bus to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After visiting Sarajevo and Banja Luka, we arrived back in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia.