The Adriatic Sea extends over 423 nautical miles from NW to SE. 60 larger islands are strung along the Croatian coast with small towns and a lot of villages. A further 659 islands are largely uninhabited.
This large group of islands has a great climate, wildlife and 3000 years of civilisation make this sea and coastline unique. This area has seen many a conqueror come and go: Turks, Austrians, Venetians, Romans, French, Illyrians, British, Goths, Hungarians, Crusaders, Italians… and has also produced some great names. The most famous, Marco Polo from Korcula and Emperor Diocletian from Soline near Spalatum (nowadays Split), are usually thought to be Venetian. Their home towns belonged to the respective empire at the time.
The young republic of Croatia is heading into modern times after a difficult transition phase from being a province of communist Yugoslavia. The currency “Kuna” recalls the currency of the Croatian kingdom in the Middle Ages and is surprisingly stable for such a small young country. However, the local population pay a high price for this stability. Widespread tourism bringing income to a broad cross-section of the community is one of the surest ways of guaranteeing peaceful development in the region.Â Today Croatia is growing fast and becoming a popular tourism destination.