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Uniquely versatile: experience our partner country Croatia

The partner country of f.re.e 2023 is beautiful Croatia! The land of 1000 islands delights travellers with its dreamy beaches and turquoise-blue bays. Breathtaking mountain landscapes and national parks attract sports and active holidaymakers from all over the world. Croatia's cultural richness and its picturesquely situated harbour towns take visitors on an exciting journey back in time.

Croatia fascinates with modern urban culture, nature and culinary delights. The country and its people make it one of the most beautiful and hospitable holiday destinations in Europe. At f.re.e, this popular travel destination will present itself as one of the last unspoilt regions of the Mediterranean.

Because: long tourism tradition meets authentic lifestyle in Croatia! Camping and water sports enthusiasts get their money's worth in Croatia, as do history and culture buffs, curious gourmets or adventure-seeking travellers.

Discover Croatia's rich cultural heritage

Travellers in Croatia encounter history at every turn: the country's rich cultural heritage stretches from north to south. Ten sites and regions of the young country alone, as well as many intangible cultural assets, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List—among them such well-known sights as

  • the old town of Dubrovnik (pictured)
  • the historical complex of Split with Diocletian's Palace
  • the old town of Trogir

Discover many interesting TRAVEL and destinations in Croatia and all over Europe at f.re.e.

© PHOTO: LUKA ESENKO / CNTB

Unforgettable nature and outdoor experiences

Nature adventure: Whether sunny beaches, paradisiacal island groups or alpine mountain region—Croatia awaits you with unique natural beauty and eight national parks that span three climate zones—Mediterranean, mountain and continental.

Among the most popular natural beauties are:

  • Plitvice Lakes (pictured)
  • Northern Velebit
  • Kornati archipelago
  • Brijuni National Park
  • Krka waterfalls

© PHOTO: LUKA ESENKO / CNTB

On the trail of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand

Croatia is the ideal destination for OUTDOOR SPORTS and ACTIVE HOLIDAYS: The wide plains and beautiful mountain regions of Croatia invite you to mountain biking, mountaineering and hiking as well as adventure racing, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, rafting or spectacular canyon and cave tours.

Even Winnetou and Old Shatterhand experienced many of their adventures in Croatia: the Plitvice Lakes National Park is probably one of the best-known filming locations of the legendary Winnetou films.

Croatia's flora and fauna is also unique: eleven nature parks—including Kopački Rit near Osijek and Vransko Jezero near Pakoštane—as well as zoological and botanical nature reserves provide valuable habitats for protected species such as brown bears or dolphins.

© PHOTO: STIPE SURAC / CNTB

By bike through Croatia

For those who want to explore the regions of Croatia by BIKE, Croatia will be presented at f.re.e as a cycling destination for amateurs and professionals alike: In addition to the challenging routes of the "Tour of Croatia", Croatia is also integrated into the network of EuroVelo cycle routes that connect the entire European continent. Four of a total of fifteen Europe-wide tours cross beautiful Croatia.

© PHOTO: IVAN ŠARDI / CNTB

Dream beaches and island paradises

Croatia's coastline is lined with beautiful beaches and turquoise bays—some of which are among the most beautiful in the world. Kilometres of pebble and rocky beaches alternate with sandy beaches that are particularly popular with families—many of them bear the Blue Flag, the seal of quality for clean seawater. Perfect conditions also for WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES of all kinds.

© PHOTO: ALEKSANDAR GOSPIC / CNTB

Island hopping by boat

With its offshore island groups, the Croatian Adriatic coast is also one of the most attractive and popular sailing areas in Europe.

Probably one of the most charming ways to get to know Croatia is to explore the Croatian islands by sailing ship during the day and stroll through picturesque harbour towns in the evening. Island hopping with sailing and cruise ships has enjoyed great popularity for years. You can also find out more about ship travel and cruises in the TRAVEL exhibition area at f.re.e.

© PHOTO: ZORAN JELACA / CNTB

Croatian culinary

Jeder Landesteil Kroatiens hat seinen eigenen kulinarischen Charakter. Von urslawischen Essenzen, vermischt mit ungarischen, österreichischen und türkischen Einflüssen in den Fleischgerichten, Nachspeisen und Gemüsegerichten der Festlandsregionen bis zu den griechischen, römischen und illyrischen mediterranen Geschmäcken der Fischspezialitäten der Küstenregion. Bei dem vielfältigen Angebot der kroatischen Küche ist für jeden individuellen Gaumen etwas dabei. Die Weine der kroatischen Winzer gehören zu den populärsten der Welt. Von der Adriaküste in Dalmatien bis zu den Tälern in Slawonien, mit ihren Weinen machen die kroatischen Winzer den Restaurantbesuch im Urlaub zu einem vollkommenen Erlebnis.

© PHOTO: MAJA DANICA PECANIC / CNTB

Caravaning and camping

Most campsites and holiday villages, on the other hand, are located almost at sea level. Thanks to its good transport links to Bavaria, Croatia has become a popular holiday destination for caravanning holidaymakers. Almost 200 facilities between Istria and Dalmatia offer the opportunity to spend your holidays with a motorhome, caravan or in a mobile home right next to the sea.

Discover also our CARAVAN & CAMPING area at f.re.e.

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Further information

You can find more tips for your vacation on the official website of the National Croatian Tourist Board:

croatia.hr/en