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About Croatia

Croatia stretches along the Adriatic coast ( narrowing north-south) with a larger inland Area ( running west-east from Zagreb to the border of Serbia).

56.542 km² land surface and water 31.067 km²

Zagreb - Population 770.058

5.835 km  of that about 4.057 km coast of islands, cliffs and rocks

May-October is great time to visit, as it`s the warmest and driest time ; great beach weather.
During March, a cold north wind, the BURA , can cut to the bone. A sweater May be needed in the evenings, even in the summer. Any time between April-October is fine for touring.
The winters are cold, often drizzly, snowy and windy, especially in the interior and the north.

Demographic Facts
Croatians are the majority of the population. The main national minorities are Serbs, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks and Italians.

Croatian , Latin writing

Most of the population is Catholic, a small part Orthodox, Moslem and other small groups.

The Adriatic Sea
The Adriatic Sea got its name after the former port in the city of "Adria". It covers the area between the Balkan and Italy. A unique area in Europe especially for cruises and explorations under water. The temperature varies in between 27°C during summer time and 7°C during winter time.

The Islands
Croatia really is a country of islands. There are more than a thousand, although only 67 of them are inhabited. Every single one of them is different and very unique in ist very own way. Each one of them has ist own history and destiny. For those of you who would like to know in detail: alongside the 1.777 km long Croatian shore, there are all in all 1.185 islands.

Climate of the Islands
The climate of the Adriatic Sea is a typically Mediterranean one with mild and rainy winters, as well as hot and dry summers. Temperatures and humidity depend on the area you. In the North, the average summer temeperature is around 30°C, whereas in the South it can climb up to about 40°C. During winter, it can get as low as ~16°C in the North, but in the South never lower than about ~6°C.

Temperature of the Sea
The yearly average of the Adriatic Sea is 11°C. Obviously, in the winter, the sea is the coldest with 7°C. In summer, you find differences in temperature between the North (between 22°C and 25°C) and the South (up to 27°C water temperature around Istria).

The Tides
In the Adriatic Sea, the differences between ebb and flow are relatively small. What is Interesting is that the flow in the Southern part of the country can get much higher due to a permanent wind from the South.

Ecology of the Adriatic Sea
The water quality of the Adriatic Sea is extremely high compared to other seas around the world. That is the result of regulary conducted control measures at over 800 beaches in Croatia. Another sign of the ecological and biological uniqueness of the Croatian coast is the diversity of plant and animal species. In order to protect the wealth of nature, many of the endangered plants and animals were taken into what is called the ?Red Book?
to protect them.


Source: Croatian centre for tourism

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Last Updated ( Petak, 16 Oľujak 2007 )
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