Travel Tip: Croatia

Sun, sand, sea, and a very large truffle - the Southern European holiday destination is full of surprises

Winter might still have Prague in its grip, but escape is at hand - Croatia.

The Southern European nation's warmer climes have long been a popular getaway for Czech holidaymakers, and it's easy to see why.

One issue, however, is choosing exactly which Croatia to visit…

Visiting the Croatian coast, for instance, with its 1,185 islands, is really an experience you shouldn’t miss.

For a weekend holiday at the seaside choose towns like Opatija or small, luxurious Lovran. There you can enjoy activities like sailing and diving or get in shape at one of the town's wellness and fitness facilities.

If you're staying longer, visit Istria. The Istrian peninsula is home to Pula, Porec, one of the best-preserved Roman arenas in Europe, the UNESCO-protected Eufrasiana church, and the Brijuni national park.

If you're daunted by the daylong drive, flying to Croatia is always an option. Daily flights from Prague to Zagreb will get you to the Croatian capital in just a couple hours.

Zagreb welcomes visitors with all the charm of a truly European city, known for its large parks, beautiful Habsburg-era buildings, and attractive fountains.

Even better, Zagreb is only a short hop away from the seaside.

Croatia at a Glance
* Croatia has 5,835 kilometers (3,626 miles) of coastline

* There are, on average, 2,600 hours of sunshine per year

* The temperature of the sea during the summer ranges from 25-27 degrees Celsius

* Diving is permitted at more than 85 underwater locations

* There are 450 areas where hunting is possible

* It's possible to rent 11 of 47 lighthouses as holiday accommodation

* There are seven national parks: Plitvice (lakes), Krka (river), Kornati islands, Mljet (island), Paklenica (mountain), North Velebit (mountain), Risnjak (mountain)

* And six UNESCO-protected monuments: Basilica of Euphrasius in Porec, Cathedral in Sibenik, Diocletians palace in Split, Old city of Dubrovnik, Plitivice lakes, Romanesque town Trogir

Amazing Croatia Facts!
The marble used in the construction of the White House was from the island of Brač.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Hum, in Istria, Croatia, is the world's smallest town.

If it snows on the island of Hvar, the hotels give guests seven days' free accommodation.

Marco Polo and Nikola Tesla were both born in Croatia.

The parachute, the fountain pen and the necktie were all Croatian inventions.

The world's largest truffle, weighing 1,310 grams (three pounds), was found in Istria, Croatia. is a travel agency specializing in holidays to Croatia.

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