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Croatia in TOP 5 World Destinations for 2004
Don George announces the results of Lonely Planet's 'Top Destinations for 2004' staff survey:

Croatia in TOP 5 places on the Planet

Seattle Times: Lonely Planet global staffers have submitted their annual votes for the hot (as in "gotta go there!") destinations for the new year.



"Five places emerged as clean winners: (1) New Zeland (2) Australia (3) Peru (4) Croatia and (5) Thailand

Among European destinations, Croatia was the top vote-getter. As one staffer wrote: "Croatia is an absolute gem: Mediterranean meets Eastern European � a great combination of food and style, natural beauty and architectural delight. One of Europe's best-kept secrets!" Another chose it for its "beautiful coasts, great food, interesting history, and easy accessibility compared to many Eastern European places." Read full report...

About Croatia

What Croatia has to offer to the visitor 
The Croatian Adriatic coast is among the most intended in the world, with thousands of natural harbors, coves and bays, 1185 islands and islets, and 40 fully equipped marinas.

Seven national parks:  

Brijuni Islands, Kornati Archipelago, River Krka, Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica Canyon, Mount Risnjak, and the Island of Mljet.



Twenty tourist and health resorts with thermal springs having medicinal properties
In northern Croatia has one of the world's densest concentrations of castles, mansions, country residences, parks and gardens.
Kopacevski Rit in the Danube delta is Europe's largest bird reserve.
Croatia takes the first place in the world in terms of the variety of types and sizes of ships, boats, sailing boats, etc., both historically and at present. The crystal clear and blue sea along the Croatian Adriatic coats belongs among the most beautiful seas in the world.


Length of coast: 5,835 km - including 4,058 km of island, islet and reef coastline.

Number of islands, islets and reefs: 1,185. The largest islands are those of Krk and Cres. There are 67 inhabited islands.

Geographical position: Croatia extends from the foothills of the Julian Alps in the north-west and the Pannonian Plain in the east, over the Dinara mountain range in its central region, to the Adriatic coast in the south.


Area: 56,542 km2, with an additional 31,067 km2 of territorial waters.

Population: 4.400.000

Capital Zagreb (770.058 inhabitants - the administrative, cultural, academic and communication center of the country).

Official language and alphabet: Croatian language and Latin alphabet.


Religions: The majority of the population are Roman Catholics, and in addition there are a number of those of Orthodox faith, as well as Muslims, and Christians of other denominations. 




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