Take a look at Croatia in 2014

Croatia became the European Unions 28th member on the 1st July last year and even though Eurosceptics are still questioning the EU’s long term future this is a real landmark in the chequered history of Croatia. The War of Independence which raged from 1991-95 effectively broke up Yugoslavia and and left Croatia on its knees economically, politically and spiritually.

The country has worked hard since to build itself a new identity using a combination of its cultural and natural heritage to create a new future. The motto of the Croatian National Tourist Board is “The Mediterranean as it once was” and they are giving a nod of respect towards sustainable tourism and the environment with a 21st century twist.

Croatia is a country of deep blue seascapes and dramatic landscapes and is easier to visit than ever before. The national infrastructure has undergone huge changes with the road network being both modernised and extended and old hotels being renovated and given a cool, contemporary feel. More airlines than ever now fly between Britain and Croatia meaning the prices have dropped and trips here more affordable.

Tourism is nothing new in Croatia as you will find traces of ancient Roman summer villas scattered around the Dalmatian Islands but in the Yugoslav era it was developed on a large scale with large modern resorts packed with sports facilities appearing right down what is now the Croatian coast. Adventure sports in particular is a big draw in Croatia and a lot closer to travel for those seeking thrills while on holiday than the southern hemisphere.

Culture and history lovers also score in Croatia with fascinating cities such as Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Zagreb to visit. Here you will find Byzantine, Austro-Hungarian, Roman and Venetian monuments and the historic centres of Split and Dubrovnik are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. These aren’t the only UNESCO sites in the country however as there is also the cathedrals of Sibenik and Trogir and Porec’s basilica.