Croatia - that strange-shaped country in the shadow of Italy's boot - definitely shouldn't be overlooked. It has all the typical features of the Med - the balmy weather, ancient walled towns, and sapphire seas - but its stunning natural beauty and quirky culture is guaranteed to knock your socks off. We've made a list of things you might not know about this wondrous country...

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1. Dalmatians do in fact come from Dalmatia.

Dalmatians in Croatia

 

2. It was home to arguably one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century – Nikola Tesla.

He developed the processes that led to the radio as well as other forms of wireless delivery.

Nikola Tesla in Croatia

 

3. Croats invented the tie.

The Croatian Military Frontier wore traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs which then aroused the interest of Parisians. Thus, the necktie of today was born.

Croatia invented the tie

     

4. Croatia, along with Spain, has the highest number of UNESCO Intangible Goods of any European country.

Including lace making, gingerbread baking, and wooden toy carvings.

UNESCO heritage in Croatia

 

5. On the island of Susak, the women hold the title for having the only national costume which sits above the knee in Europe.

Women's national costume in Croatia

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6. The most famous beach is Zlatni Rat beach in Bol, on the island of Brac – it changes shape and colour depending on the wind.

Famous beach in Zlatni Rat

   

7. It has 1246 islands, isles and inlets. Just 48 of them are inhabited.

The islands of Croatia

 

8. Parts of The Game of Thrones series were filmed at The Minceta Tower – a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Dalmatian Coast.

Game of Thrones in Croatia

 

9. Almost 10% of the country is made up of 11 nature parks, 8 national parks and 2 nature reserves.

Sights to see in Croatia

 

10. It’s in the EU but you won’t be needing Euros. Croatia uses the Kuna.

Croatia Kuna

 

11. There are at least 20 music festivals to boogie at. These include Hideout, Outlook, Stop Making Sense, Electric Festival, Soundwave, and many more.

Music festivals in Croatia

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12. It is the home of dragons.

The city is full of reptiles and medieval statues of snakes and dragons.

Dragons in Croatia

 

13. The average sunshine hours is 2,600 per year. That makes Croatia one of the sunniest regions on the Mediterranean basin.

Sun in Croatia      

 

14. The water is crystal clear – mainly because there isn’t a huge amount of sand or waves.

Crystal clear water in Croatia

 

15. There are cats everywhere – they think they own the place…

Cats in Croatia

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If you've been inspired by these quirky facts, it's time to explore this breathtaking country first-hand. 

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