The country makes you dream with its archipelagos a few miles from the Adriatic coast. Each island and islet has its own character and often hides bays for shelter, beaches or isolated coves. For recreational boaters, Croatia has built more than 40 well-equipped marinas all along the coast. With generally favourable winds, coastal cabotage is relatively easy, renting a boat is just as easy! Many tourist agencies offer a wide choice of boats, in all sizes and styles, for all budgets.In addition, an active maritime transport network with ferries, some of which carry vehicles, and collective catamarans provide a daily link to many islands in the Adriatic Sea.
A preserved natural environment :
With its 352 protected areas, representing 9% of its total surface area, Croatia has been able to develop its natural resources. Lovers of wide open spaces will be spoilt for choice! Organize a trip to the mountains to get a chance to see a lynx or bear (more rare!), hiking around gigantic lakes, riding on high plateaus, canoeing down rivers, swimming at the foot of impressive waterfalls, penetrating vast forests, following ornithological routes to watch for wild geese and many other species, diving for fish, crossing dolphins in the Adriatic Sea or wild vultures near Cres Island... all this is possible in Croatia. Problem, in recent years, the influx of tourists has been so great, especially in the national parks, in Istria, on the Dalmatian coast, that it ultimately threatens the balance of this formidable natural heritage.
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