Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia, Europe. Photo by Bracodbk.
Joining European Union in 2013, Croatia has been independent for only two decades and shares borders with Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, while facing Italy across the Adriatic Sea.
It has been a low-cost, sun-trap destination for neighbours such as Austria, Italy and Germany for a hundred years with its splendid beaches and sailing along 1, 800 km of dramatic coastline with crystal-clear water, steady winds and endless little undiscovered islands.
Croatia encompasses many national parks with unspoilt lakes and dramatic mountains as well as striking historic towns with a rich cultural heritage such as Dubrovnik, Split, and the new capital of Zagreb, with no shortage of day activities or lively nightlife.