Republika Hrvatska (the Republic of Croatia) is a Southern European country on the Adriatic Sea. Croatia is known for its relaxed lifestyle, beautiful food and drink, and warm, genuine people. A large part of the economy depends on tourism, and every year more and more visitors are discovering Croatia’s beautiful islands, historical sites, and cultural offerings.
Croatia’s coastline hugs the Adriatic Sea directly across from Italy, and has a long history of tourism because of its moderate Mediterranean climate and more than 1,000 islands. Central and Eastern Croatia reach farther inland and have continental to mountainous climates, which can create very cold, snowy winters. Croatia is roughly made up of 4 historic and cultural regions, which together contain a total of 20 županije (counties), plus the capital, Zagreb, which has the legal status of both a county and a city.