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Old May 12th, 2005, 06:26 PM   #1
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Croatia, the Mediterranean as it once was

This thread is a presentation of Croatian Tourism offer sort of travel guide to anyone who wishes to visit country of my ancestors or just learn about the country.

The guide is divided in to 4 parts, starting wit Croatian Capitol Zagreb and Surroundings, Cities of Bjelovar, Varazdin, Koprivnica, Karlovac and Sisak will be coverd by this part.

Part 2 is Slavonia and all it has to offer, cities of Osijek, Vukovar, Vinkovci, Ilok, Slavonski Brod, Dakovo and Gradiska.

Part 3 is Promorje and covers areas of Kvarner, Istria and Lika. Cities featured inclide Pula, Rovinj, Porec, Umag, Labin, Opatija, Rijeka, Senj, Crikvenica and Plitvice lakes.

Part 4 covers all of Dalmatia and cities of Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Sibenik, Makarska, Biograd, Islands of Mljet, Brac, Krk, Cress, Losinj, Pag, Rab, Korcula and many more.

Hope you like it and enjoy my presentation, it will be a work in progress and might take a while after all you need to consider there are loads of towns and villages to explore.

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Plz, Plz, do not post any photos or pictures on this thread, plz if you whish photo to be included in the Guide to Croatia plz provide link and if your photo is better I would certainly put it in.

Plz provide any comments and suggestion this is guide to Croatia and nothing else, it is here to show all the beauties of the country, cities and people who live there.

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Republic Of Croatia




Population 4.5 million, Area 56 540 sq. km. + territorial waters in excess of 32000 sq. km.
Borders, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Capitol city of Croatia: Zagreb with 800 000 (1.15 million metro area) is also most important commercial, industrial, banking and economic centre.

Economy: Post Industrial Service Economy, belongs to group of Developed Nations with income per head in 2005 exceeding 13 400SU$ PPP. GDP per capita (PHA$) in 2004 was 8300US$ and Average annual NET pay in Croatia is 52 000HRK (Croatian Kuna) or just over 9200US$. Annual Inflation rate is 1.8%, with unemployment being in region of 14% and falling. Croatia has 8.7Bn + 5.6Bn. (14.4Bn. US$)US$ worth of foreign exchange reserves (2004) and 27.2Bn. US$ worth of foreign debt (latest).



Tourism plays vital role and each year over 8 million foreign tourist arrive in Croatia and contribute with significant foreign exchange to national exchequer. In 2005 Croatia is excepting tourism growth of 7% and 8.5 million foreign tourist and revenue from tourism is expected to be over 10billion U$. In 2005 Croatia was voted best country to visit by Lonely Planet Guides and Michelin travel guide. Croatia is ranked in top 15 in the world as tourist destination and by number of forigen visitors and revenue from tourism and number of nights spent in the country.



Croatia ranks as most popular foreign tourist destinations with several EU country's, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary and Italy and top 5 destination in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Slovakia, Poland and Ireland. Nearly 300 000 British, 150 000 US and 30 000 Canadian Tourist have chosen Croatia for there holidays in 2005...


Country is famous for spectacular coastline, beautiful coastline cities and villages. Dubrovnik, Pula, Trogir, Split, Zadar, Sibenik, Porec, Rovinj, Umag, Korcula, Hvar, Brac, Zagreb and Varazdin are some of the names most foreign tourist recognise and visit whist in Croatia. Dubrovnik being most famous and most popular city to visit.




Main Cities

Zagreb 800 000, Split 205 000, Rijeka 170 000, Osijek 130 000, Zadar 80 000, Pula 70 000, Karlovac 62 000, Slavonski Brod 58 000, Varazdin 55 000, Dubrovnik 50 000.

Main religion is Roman Catholicism although Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Protestant faiths are also present.

Croatia has prevalent continental climate in interiors and Mediterranean climate (mild and short winters and long hot summers) along the coast.

Food

Cuisine is divided in to regions, continental where all types of meat are readily and heavily consumed and Mediterranean where Italian cuisine is well represented with fish and pasta being main diet. Croatian cuisine is quite similar to Italian and German/Central European cuisine and as such it is very diverse. Croatia is 4th largest wine grower in Europe and much of it is consumed at home but large portions end up in Europe and US. Olive oil and Lavender oil are also popular and Croatia is one of the largest producers and exporters of this oils. Croatian Fishing and Fisheries are 5th largest in Europe and export 12 000 tones tuna fish to Japanese market alone brings Croatia over 80million Euros. Dalmatian fish speciality such as fried sardines are very popular and should be tried at least once whilst in Croatia.



Tourist info

National Currency is called Kuna, and is divaded in to 100 Lipa.
Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 7.3 Kuna, 1 US Dollar = 5.6 Kuna 1GBŁ = 10.5 Kuna.
Croatia has very low inflation, for past 10 years it is below 5% and very stable currency, Kuna is convertible and can be exchanged back to Euros or any other European currency.

Crime rate: Croatia has very low crime rate and belongs to one of the safest counters in Europe.
If you drive in Croatia, be informed of the fact, consumption of alcohol is not allowed if you going to drive, 0.0 % of alcohol is allowed. Fines are also high, 500kuna for minor traffic transgression, prison sentence of up to 3 moths are also envisaged if driving under influence. This rather harsh measures are primarily to reduce traffic accidents which on Croatian roads each year claim 400 lives...

Zagreb Upper Town (Gradec)


Croatia has diplomatic relations with over 100 countries in the World and 57 of them have there embassies in Zagreb. 20+ have consulates in Split (21), Rijeka (12) and Osijek (3). Croatia has no visa requirement for citizens of EU, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zeeland, Norway, Switzerland and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. http://www.mfa.hr - minstry of forigen and european affiairs.
Nationals of all other nations require to have visa for entry and purpose, maximum allowed stay in the country is 90 days on tourist/visitors visa and 30 day tourist visa can be obtained on border entries whith proven financial means (50 Euros per each day of a stay in the country) with Hotel Bookings and travel plans verified. For US nationals - as new US embassy is still under construction they are advised to use US General Consulate for all there enquires or US General Consulate in Split. Croatia is excepted to join EU in 2008 or 2009.




Zagreb, 800 000 (1 150 000 metro area) 324sqkm urban area - city limits,


Zagreb Capitol City of Croatia, is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia and was and is popular tourist destination. In 2004, 507 000 foreign tourist arrived in the city with over 1.25 million nights spent. In its best days (1990) Zagreb was visited by over 1 million foreign tourist and was one of the most visited cities in Central Europe at the time.

Zagreb St. Mary's Cathedral


City boast's one of the largest Catholic Cathedrals in Europe and has over 50 major museums and art galleries to explore. It is a city of contrast and modernity as well as historical beauty and traditions. Zagreb upper town dates back to 15th century and has best preserved historical old town core in central Europe with more than 80% of buildings dating back to 15 and 16th century. A restoration program is under way to restore some of the oldest palaces and manor houses in upper town and open them again back for tourist.


St. Mark's Church and Lotroscak Tower (13th century) in Upper town


Very popular area of the city is Tkalciceva street, long narrow cobbled street only open to pedestrians, it is full of cafe's and restaurants of all kind, it is considered best hang out area in Zagreb and many Croatian Politicians and celebrities can be seen here during summer months.

Tkalciceva Street



Another nice area to hang out is Gajeva Street just of Ban Jelacic Squre and Teslina Street, which are full of restaurants and cafe bars. Lovers of Jazz music take a note of club BP Jazz Club, which often hosts major Jazz events in the club and is also based in Teslina Street.


What to see and do

When it comes to Museums, it is said Zagreb has per head of population more museums than any other city in Europe. There are over 25 of them and many are getting new homes, such Modern Art Museum, Natural History museum and Science and Technology museum, which are moving to larger premises and in case of Natural History it will be one of the best attractions in Zagreb once it opens its doors in 2008/9 with World Centre for Neanderthal Man, large collection of Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs as well as recent and present day animals, it will be an spectacular educational establishment ranking amongst the best such museums in Europe.

Mimara Museum is a must visit if you are in Zagreb and have day of, it is a large museum in city centre, large palace which serves as museum and collection some of the best artefacts collected by Ante Topic Mimara, renown collector of arts and antiquities. Collection consist some of the most valuable paintings, works by Picasso, Métis, Rubens and other masters of paintings as well as sculptures by Donatello, Mestrovic, Godan and many other renown artist. Collection has over 5000 artefacts and most of it (3000) is on permanent exhibition, with collections being exhibited by themes rather than chronologic order.

Art's Pavilion, Museum of old masters, Rubens, Van Gough, Rembrandt and Goya are all exhibited here and Strosmayer galleries only few blocks away



Arts pavilion


Mimara Museum, one of the world's best art collections, and Europe's premier museums, it holds art from all corners of the world and some of the most voluble paintings - Leonardo da Vinci, Donatelo(sculptor), Micheangelo, Remberant, Picaso, Salvadore Dali to name few.


Arts and crafts museum, impressive building very nice collection too.


Archaeological museum



Museum of Contemporary arts


Zagreb has many great museums and it would take to long to mention each one but if you do visit the city it would be great to find out for yourself more about the city and culture, I'll just mention few museums to worth a visit, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Museum of Naive Art, Strosmayer Gallery of Old Masters, Mestrovic Museum and so on.

Monument to A.G Senoa (Croat Poet)


Zagreb Zoo, is very old attraction built in 1887 by J. Strosmayer, it is one of the oldest Zoos in Europe, it is located some 5kilometers from Ban Jelacic Squre and can be reached by trams 11 and 13. Zoo is very small only 7hacters about 28 Acres but houses diverse animal collections.


Zagreb Zoo




Zagreb Botanical Gardens - 1889



Zagreb Upper Town Gornji Grad (13-18th Century)

Zagreb Upper Town goes back to 12th century, when Gradec (Upper Town) developed as small trading settlement next to Kaptol an nearby Bishopric and centre of religious affairs in medieval Croatia.

Zagreb Funicular 1884


Funicular and Lotroscak Tower


Stone Gate with St. Gorge (part of original 12th century defenses)


St. Kathrines Church, 15th Century


Gradec developed in to proper town with artisans, traders and craftsman. By 15th century fights would ensue between Gradec and Kaptol over control of the main road leading out of the both cities and tax issues. Once in 16th century fight went to the extremes and 60 people got killed in fighting, as a result of this they re-named street dividing Kaptol and Gradec "Blood Bridge", for 2 centuries bridge divided Kaptol and Gradec as bitter enemies, that is until 1774 when largest fires in History of Kaptol destroyed Cathedral and much of the Bishops Palace, artisans, traders and craftsman from Gradec offered to help rebuild the cathedral and much of the Kaptol.

Up the Bllod bridge street to Kaptol.


Street leading from Upper Town to Lower Town


In 1880 major earthquake destroy much of the Cathedral and new Gothic Cathedral was built in its place as a result St. Mary's Cathedral today dominates Zagreb. Present day Gradec and Kaptol where amalgamated in to the city of Zagreb as single entity in early 1800's.

Kaptol and view of St. Mary's Cathedral from upper town


There are loads of places to go to and to see and do, but I'll try to put few places here and entice your interest and hope you'll try to discover rest for yourself.



If visiting Zagreb, and wanting to see city and its cultural life than you will not be disappointed, city offers some of the best cultural spots in the country. With over 25 theatres and concert halls city offers varied cultural life.
National Theatre is centre of many happenings in cultural life of the city, it offers great opera, ballet and theatre performances.




Concert hall Vatroslav Lisinksy which offers some of the best classical music performances and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra often performs pices by Karl Orff, Beethoven, Schubert and many other renowned classical composers.


Zagreb hasn't got proper Opera House and lovers of Opera might get disappointed with this fact, but if you do visit the city in few years time you would be happy to know new Opera House will be built with many other art venues along the banks of River Sava.




Another great place to visit if you have time is Maksimir is Zagreb's largest and most beautiful park and, at the same time, is a cultural and historic monument covering 316 hectares. The park was commissioned by Bishop Maksimilijan Vrhovec at the end of the 18th century. Although it was intended as a park in the French tradition, it was completed in 1843 under Bishop Juraj Haulik as a typical English landscape park. The existing oak trees were used to create open fields offering panoramic views. The park has several artificial lakes and one houses the Zagreb Zoo, which has the largest number of animals in Croatia. A long avenue leads to the central area of the park and a hillock where one finds a belvedere built in 1843. The whole park is rich in garden architecture dating from the 19th century.

There is an section of the park where major concerts and events are healed almost every bank holiday and during long summer moths free concerts are organised with major Croatian and international stars in attendance.

Maksimir Park 1787 (316hectars)


Jarun is another place in Zagreb worth visiting, it s large recreation area used by local people and often international competitions are held there, local club won 3 Olympic medals at the last Olympic games in Athens.

Jarun Lake and recreation area - 250 hectars,


webstite - http://www.jarun.hr/



Shopping, Nightlife and Where to Eat Out

Zagreb like many other major European cities has variety of entertainment and shopping opportunities. City is home to no less than 5 major shopping centres and some of the best shopping in the city can be done on Ilica and Vlaska Street with Brand names such as Benetton, Armani, Gucci, Versace and many other names can be seen. But if you really want something to remember Zagreb and Croatia try genuine Croatian tie, a home of a tie. They can be bought from Croata Shop. http://www.croata.hr/

Ilica Main Shooping area



Eating out in Zagreb is not difficult prices variety from 10$ to 100$ it all depends on your budget and needs. Zagreb has well over 500 restaurants and 1200 Café's and Bars.

eating out, one of the most popular custom's in Zagreb...




there are over 20 good quality Chinese restaurants in Zagreb


Tekenoko is Great Japanese restaurant if you like Sushi that is...

http://www.takenoko.hr

Great Italian resturant to go to in my opinion would be Trattoria Fellini

http://www.fellini.hr/home_en.asp?str=photos

If you do like Thai food than you must visit Opium restaurant, food is really great.

http://www.opium.hr/

If you would like to taste Croatian food than I would suggest Pri Zvoncu.

http://www.prizvoncu.com/



Going out clubbing in Zagreb is not difficult at all, after all Zagreb has over 50 night clubs to choose from many have there own brand of music and some are popular for there distinct atmosphere rather than music they play. More famed ones are Best, 88, Sokol, Tvornica, OTV, Aquarius, SC, Piranah and so on.

OTV Night Club

http://www.otv-club.com

Pirana Club



Where to stay


If you visit Zagreb and whish to stay in one of the city's many Hotels, I'd suggest Hotel Palace which overlooks Zrinjevac Park, it is 4* hotel with feel and service of 5* Hotel and prices of 3* hotel. I stay in this Hotel every time I visit Zagreb and find reliable and friendly place. Other Hotels in Zagreb you might whish to consider are Zagreb Sheraton Towers, Westin or Regent Esplanade Hotel all 5* hotels, or if your budget is more modest you might want to consider Palace Hotel, Arcotel Allegra, As, four points Panorama or Dubrovnik Hotel, all 4* hotels with in walking distance of city centre. If you prefer 3* hotels or student accommodation Zagreb has plenty of this, for students there are 3 youth hostels, and there are many 3* and 2* hotels to stay in; Vienna, Villa Tina, Laguna and Galleria are better on this list as they provide bit more of personal touch and service with true feel of ambiance and luxury.

Hotel Regent Esplanade 5* 200 Rooms, 12 Suites, 2 Ambasador Suites, 1 Presidental Suite


Hotel Westin - 5* 412 Rooms, 42 Suites, 2 Presidential Suites.



Hotel Sheraton - 5* , - 302 Rooms, 24 Suites, 2 Presidential Suites.


Hotel Palace, very nice upper 4* Hotel, stayed in this hotel, service is very nice and personal. 120 Rooms, 4 Suites, 1 Ambassador Suite.



Zrinjevac Park - photo taken in late winter and early spring.



How to get there?

By Air,
Zagreb can be reached by many mass transit means, Zagreb International Airport is only 17km from city centre, and has daily flights to most European Capitols. Croatia Airlines, serves most cities in EU by direct flights or code sharing, although, All Italia, Air France, British Airways, KLM, SAS, Lufthansa, Austrian Air, LOT, Aeroflot, CSA, Malev, German Wings, Tyrolean Air, Sky Europe and Turkish Air all fly to Zagreb on daily basis. Air Canada, Easy Jet, Ryan Air are all planning flights to Zagreb sometimes this or following year. Zagreb new Airport is in planing and construction should start in early 2006 on new modern airport terminal.

Zagreb International Airport (old terminal)


By Rail,
Zagreb is well connected by Railways to Slovenia, Bosnia, Hungary, Serbia, Austria and rest of Europe.
Mimara Express Intercity train Connects Zagreb with Vienna and Prague, Drava Express goes to Budapest and German Railways runs Intercity service from Munich to Zagreb.

Zagreb Central Station



By Road,
Croatia has best network of roads and motorways in Central Europe, and Zagreb is main junction form many of this roads. City can be reached by Bus network of international links connecting Zagreb with many EU capitols, Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Budapest, Milan, Paris, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Zurich and many more.


Zagreb's Surrounding Region

Samobor, 31200





SAMOBOR, a town on the southern slopes of Samoborsko Gorje (Samobor Hills) - on the Gradna river, 23 km west of Zagreb; elevation 168 m; population 18,170




Little town on outskirts of Zagreb, Samobor is famed for its traditions of glass works and crystal making, as well as many other traditional crafts. Town was formed sometimes in early 1200's and received its town status sometimes in 1242. Population of this little charming town is around 18 0000 with wider area exceeding 30 000.





Several parks in Samobor are protected as horticultural monuments. In the immediate vicinity of the town is the large forest park Tepec - Palacnik - Straznik.



The Samobor Carnival ("fasnik") is the event with an old tradition; it has been organized for more than 170 years as one of the most popular carnival festivities in the country (January/February). Other important events include the Old-timer Rally (10th of May), the Dog Show (17th of May), the Tambura Music Night (28th of June), Rudarska Greblica in the nearby Rude (7th of July), the Day of the Town (26th-28th of July), the Samobor Salami Show (in March), the Samobor Music Autumn (in September), etc.




Marija Bistrica, 1550


MARIJA BISTRICA - Croatia, a village on the northern slopes of Medvednica Mountain in Hrvatsko Zagorje, 6 km southeast of Zlatar Bistrica and 32 km northeast of Zagreb; elevation 191 m; population 1,057.



This famous national place of pilgrimage, the largest one in Croatia, has a centuries-old tradition in religious tourism. The main pilgrimage destination is the mediaeval church from the first half of the 14th century with the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Bistrica (Bistricka) from the 16th century. In a year Marija Bistrica receives over 600,000 visitors and pilgrims. The Way of the Cross is adorned with sculptures by the most famous Croatian artists and masters. The sanctuary gallery of Our Lady of Bistrica makes an integral part of the church sightseeing. Gingerbreads, raffles, merry-go-rounds, pottery and wickerwork, as well as the traditional beverage called "gvirc" (a kind of mead) contribute to this wonderful pilgrimage atmosphere.




The pilgrimage church of Our Lady of Bistrica (from 1334 mentioned as the parish church of St. Peter) is surrounded by an enclosure wall. The complex was reconstructed (1878-1883) by H. Bollé in the spirit of Romanesque historicism; having connected the Gothic and Baroque forms, the Florentine and German Renaissance, the architect managed to create a very special architectural unit. The church houses the votive wooden Gothic -statue of Our Lady with Child, standing on the moon with a human head, an original work by a local master (around 1500).



A number of goldsmith's pieces (vessels, votive gifts) from the 17th-19th centuries, originating from Marija Bistrica, among them especially the works by the Zagreb goldsmith V. Lehman, and textiles are now kept in the Diocesan Museum in Zagreb. The parish curia (mid-18th c.) was a meeting point of the members of the Illyrian Movement during the period of the abbot I. Krizmanic. - Close to the village is a ground-floor classicist manor-house (1786), surrounded by a landscaped park. It is one of the most harmonious manor-houses in Zagorje. In the past the manor-house was owned by the families Prasinski, Sermage and Hellenbach. Near the cemetery is a high Baroque column of Gabriel the Archangel.
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Kumrovec, 1420


Varzadin, (Hungarian: Varasd, German: Warasdin) is a city in north-western Croatia, 81 km north of Zagreb on the highway A4. With a population of 50 000 (2001), the centre of Varazdin county is located near the Drava river, at 46:18:02N Lat. and 16:20:06E Long.. It's mainly known for its baroque buildings and textile industry. Credit: bambam




History

City Hall in Varazdin (photo: Igor KauzlarićThe first written reference to Varazdin was in 1181, when King Bela III mentioned the nearby thermal springs (Varaždinske Toplice) in a legal document.




Varaždin was declared a free royal borough in 1209 by the Hungarian-Croatian King Andrija II. The town became the economic and military centre of northern Croatia. Due to Turkish raids, the town was structured defensively around the old fortress, and acquired the shape of a typical medieval Wasserburg. In the early 13th century, the Knights Hospitaller (Croatian: Ivanovci) came to Varaždin, where they built the church and a monastery.



At the end of the 14th century the Varaždin fortress passed into the hands of the Earls of Celje. Over the following centuries Varaždin had several owners, the most influential being Beatrice Frankopan, Margrave Juraj of Brandenburg, who built the town hall; the last was Baron Ivan Ungnad, who reinforced the existing fortification. At the end of the 16th century Count Toma Bakač Erdödy became its owner, assuming the hereditary position of Varaždin prefects (župan), and the fortress remained in the ownership of the Erdödy family until 1925.



In 1756, the Ban Franjo Nadasdy chose Varaždin as his official residence, and Varaždin became the capital of all of the Croatia. It hosted the Croatian Sabor and the Royal Croatian Council founded by Empress Maria Theresa.



The periods of the reformation and the counter-reformation had a great influence on the Varaždin. With the arrival of the Jesuits, the school (gymnasium) and the convent were founded, and churches and monasteries were built in the baroque style. In the 18th century Varaždin was the seat of many Croatian noblemen, and in 1756 it became the Croatian administrative centre. The fire of 1776 destroyed most of the town, resulting in the administrative institutions moving back to Zagreb.



By the 19th century Varaždin had been completely rebuilt and expanded, with flourishing crafts and trade, and later the manufacture of silk and bricks. The theatre, music school, and fire department were founded.



In the 20th century Varaždin developed into the industrial centre of North-western Croatia. The textile manufacturer Tivar was founded in 1918. In the war for Croatian independence, 1991, Varaždin suffered directly for only for a few days, because the huge Yugoslav People's Army base quickly surrendered, resulting in a minimal number of casualties, and providing weapons (worth $600m) for the Croatian army.

Heritage



The Cathedral and the former Gymnasium in Varaždin (photo: Igor Kauzlari&#263Varaždin, with its unique monuments and artistic heritage, represents the best preserved and richest urban complex in continental Croatia.



The Old City (fortress) is a beautiful example of medieval defensive buildings. Construction began in the 14th century, and in the following century the rounded towers, typical of Ghotic architecture in Croatia, were added. Today it houses the Town Museum.



The Old and Contemporary Masters Gallery is located in the Sermage Palace, built in the rococo style in 1750.

In 1523, Count Juraj Brandenburg built the town hall in late baroque style, with the Varaždin coat of arms at the foot of the tower, and it has continued in its function until the present day. There is a guard-changing ceremony every Saturday.




Varaždin's Cathedral, a former Jesuit church, was built in 1647, and is distinguished by its baroque entrance, eighteenth-century altar, and paintings.

There are many baroque and rococo palaces and houses in the town. Worth particular mention is Varaždin's Croatian National Theatre, built in 1873 and designed by the famous Viennese architect Herman Helmer.



A baroque-music festival has been held annually in Varaždin since 1973 (Baroque Evenings), and attracts some of the finest musicians and their fans from Croatia and the world. Recommended to visitors is also the historical street festival Špancir fest every September.


Economy



Varaždin is one of the few Croatian cities whose industry did not directly suffer from the war in 1991. Besides textile giant Varteks, it also has nationally important food (Vindija), metal, and construction industries. The financial and banking sector is also well developed, with the only Croatian OTC Stock Exchange. Further economic development has been encouraged with the creation of a free investment zone.




Blelovar, 42000

Koprivnica, 32500

Krapina, 4750

Cakovec, 21700

Karlovac, 61000

Sisak, 52500

Kutina, 22400




Slavonia

Slavonia is eastern region of Croatia, approximately 12500 sq. km, with population of 1 million, Capitol city is Osijek, 130 000, and major cities are Slavonski Brod - 58 500, Vinkovici 47 200, Vukovar 41 600, Pozega 39 000, Dakovo 35 600 and Virovitica 22 000.

Slovania is primarily agricultural region with some of the most fertile soil in Europe. Most of the industry is based around city of Osijek which also ranks as 3rd. most industrialized city in Croatia. Region currently suffers high unemployment (21%) and low investment, and it is poorest region in Croatia. Slavonia is trying to pick up its economic pace and farm tourism is one of the areas region is trying to assert. In 2004 some 285 000 foreign tourist visited Slavonia and spent 586 000 nights, Osijek being most popular with 172 000 visits and 258 000 nights.


Primorje

Primorje region covers area between Dalmatia and Sloven Border some 8700 sq. km, consist of Lika, Gorski Kotor, Kvarner and Istria. population of Primorje region is around 700 000 and largest cities are Rijeka 170 000, Pula 72 000, Porec 18 500, Rovinj 14 200, Gospic 12400 and Umag 10 200....

It is very popular region of Croatia annually it is visited by over 5million foreign tourist who spend over 30 million nights making it most popular tourist destination in Croatia.



Dalmatia
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Croatia is indeed a magnific place to visit, very beautiful!!
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thanx, I will be updating this a lot, Zagreb so far has been put in almost done here, but rest of the region will follow than part 2 and so on... long road to go.
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is an execelent ideia dont talk onli in Zagreb because the landscape and the coast line of Croatia are wanderful too
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is an execelent ideia dont talk onli in Zagreb because the landscape and the coast line of Croatia are wanderful too
Entire Country, whole of Croatia will be done, but so far I only managed to complete Zagreb...
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Well done Mick! A really great initiative with summer not so far away. If you need certain pics ... PM me and I'll get you the links.
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Well done Mick! A really great initiative with summer not so far away. If you need certain pics ... PM me and I'll get you the links.
cool, I'll need pics of places all over, now I am looking for pics in Zagreb, night clubs, restaurants and exclusive shops or shopping places...
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you forget to write something bout Velika Gorica, its the biggest town of the sorounding of Zagreb with ca 60 000 ppl
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you forget to write something bout Velika Gorica, its the biggest town of the sorounding of Zagreb with ca 60 000 ppl
Indeed. I know Velika Gorica really well. Sits on the other side of Zagreb's Pleso International airport.
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Isn't Croatia technically on the Adriatic?
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Isn't Croatia technically on the Adriatic?
Yes, Croatia half owns the Adriatic Sea with Italy, but the Adriatic feeds off the big Mediterranean Sea.
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Dalmatia


Dalmatia is a region of Croatia approximately 12800sqkm in size with population jut over 1.1 million inhabitants. Main city of Dalmatia is Split with population of 205 000 (277 000 Metro area) city is also 2nd largest in Croatia. Other major cities and towns in Dalmatia are City of Zadar 80 000 Inhabitants (155 000 Metro Area) , Dubrovnik 47 000 Major Tourist and cultural centre in Dalmatia and Croatia, Sibenik 43 000 Inhabitants, Trogir 25 000 Inhabitants, Knin 21000 Inhabitants and Makarska 18 000 inhabitants...



Split


Split is the economic and administrative center of Middle Dalmatia, with about 205,000 inhabitants.



It is also the jumping-off point for exploration of the coast and islands of the beautiful Croatian Adriatic. The site was first settled when, at the end of the third century AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here.




The importance of Diocletian's Palace far transcends local significance because of its level of preservation and the buildings of succeeding historical periods built within its walls, which today form the very heart of old Split.



Split's growth became particularly rapid in the 7th century, when the inhabitants of the destroyed Greek and Roman metropolis Salonae (present-day Solin) took refuge within its walls. The lovely ruins of Solin outside the city can still be explored today. In the Middle Ages, Split was an autonomous commune.



Many of Split's historical and cultural buildings can be found within the walls of Diocletian's Palace. In addition, numerous museums, the National Theatre, and old churches and other archeological sites in the Split region make it an important cultural attraction.



Split is a busy port, with an international airport and regular ferry services with the nearby islands, the north and south Adriatic, Italy and Greece. The merchant and passenger ships of the Split shipyards may be encountered in almost all the seas of the world. In addition, the city has large chemical works, metallurgy plants, and workshops for the production of solar cells. The fertile fields around Split represent a good base for agriculture, while cultural monuments, superb landscapes and unparalleled seascapes make it a tourist's wonderland. Split is also a university seat and host to numerous scientific institutions.






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Excellent thread mic of Orion!!!

Croatia is a very beautiful country indeed!

Well done!
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thanx leafs
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