This multitude of islands adds up to the most varied sailing area rich in history within driving distance from Germany. Its 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 resp. Roman. Their home towns belonged to the respective empire at the time.
Croatia is a young republic striding 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.
A lot of this income is reinvested - as can be seen by the many building projects, where the infrastructure is being systematically improved (roads, power, telecommunications, water and sewerage)..
Further photos of this beautiful region
can be found on our other homepage.
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