Do you think you know much about Croatia? We‘d like to challenge that perception. We’ll introduce you to things even some Croats don’t have a slightest clue about. Here are five things you definitely don’t know about Croatia.
About 10% of Croatian Territory is Under Protection
Croats take ecology quite seriously, and have invested quite a lot of effort to preserve the natural beauty on their territories. The country has no less than eight national parks, eleven nature parks and two reserves which are scrupulously observed. Learn more about these unique places here.
The Country has a Flower for Symbol
For numerous centuries, red-and-white chessboard has been associated with Croatia. According to some legends, the game of chess has even freed a notable Croatian king from his captors. But there are some other symbols of Croatia that are less recognizable. One of them is flower iris, that locals call Perunika.
Croats Don’t Call Themselves Croats
While most nations around the globe use the same Croatia-like word to name this country, Croats call their homeland Hrvatska. Likewise, they don’t call themselves Croats but Hrvati. Most Slavic nations follow this pattern, but western don’t. If you would listen to an average Croat talking in native tongue about his place of birth, you would not hear a single word similar to ‘Croatia’.
Croatian Coast is Divided in Two Parts
If you would like to walk through Croatia’s coast from Istrian peninsula in the north to Dubrovnik region in the south, you’d have to enter the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina at one point. This state has a twenty-kilometer access to Adriatic shore around town of Neum, surrounded with Croatian territory. The historical background of this terrain configuration dates back to times of Dubrovnik Republic. Often attacked by Venetians, its residents demanded not to have a direct border with their foes. Modern Croatia communicates with its southern borders via islands or simply through the border with Bosnia.
The Oldest Town in Europe
According to some researches, Croatia is a home to the oldest urban settlement of Europe. The Town of Vinkovci can be found in the country’s northeast part, and dates its history up to eight thousand years in past.
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