Croatia is a beautiful, crescent-shaped country in Central Europe with a coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Its capital, Zagreb, is a chic, cosmopolitan modern city with a lively cafÃ© culture.
Croatia is still in the process of shaping its new identity as a peaceful new country emerging from the violence of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. One significant reason why the process is slow is regional divisionsâ€”the country has more than a thousand islands, 66 of which are said to be inhabitedâ€”highlighted by differing attitudes and dialects. The countryâ€™s pending membership in the European Union adds to the ideological and economic tension, and somewhat impedes any further progress that the government is aiming for.
Nevertheless, Croatia is a growing tourist destination, particularly among Germans, Austrians and Italians, who had been coming to the country even before organized tourism was developed in the region.
Croatia is also emerging as a good residential property investment option.