Rural Tourism in Croatia
Rural tourism in Croatia has a very diverse and attractive natural and cultural-historical structure, which is why it draws curious tourists! What distinguishes rural tourism from other tourism products is the desire to provide guests with a close personal contact with man and nature, and to allow them to participate in the activities, traditions, and lives of the local community.
The rural tourism regions - from the easternmost part of Croatia (Slavonia and Baranja), to central and western Croatia (Lika, Gorski Kotar, Istria, and Kvarner), Dalmatia (including the interiors of the Adriatic islands and on family farms in the Dalmatian hinterland) - provide tourists with that special feeling of a pleasant vacation that can include relaxing to the sounds of nature, various types of outdoor recreational and physical activities, socializing with the family, meeting new people and their customs, and enjoying authentic local delicacies!
Cultural sights, the small towns and traditional villages, sacral objects, castles, museums and galleries, and the many celebrations are among the great cultural riches of rural tourism.
Village tourism provides the traveler complete rest. The fresh air, family farming, the many vacation houses, unspoiled nature, and the lack of crowds, and of course, the local cuisine, are the primary reasons to come and enjoy rural tourism in Croatia. But, there is no end to the pleasures because there is also the opportunity to enjoy special activities and other forms of tourism, such as ecotourism, adventure tourism, bicycling tourism, health tourism, walking, climbing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and different types of educational activities.
We can say with pride that Croatia is rich in natural resources. The thermal springs and resorts are part of the excellent offer for health tourism in continental Croatia. Of course, we should single out the spas located in the northwestern part of the Istrian peninsula.
Thanks to its unique geographic location, Croatia enjoys bio-geographic influences from the Pannonian plain, the Dinaric Alps, the Mediterranean, and the pre-Alpine area, which contribute to a remarkable landscape and biodiversity in a relatively small area. You can visit some of the eight national parks and 11 nature parks, six of which are in the mountains: Velebit, Biokovo, Medvednica, Papuk, Učka and Žumberak. The nature parks on two islands, Telašćica and Lastovsko are also a must, while Kopački rit and Lonjsko polje are examples of the biological richness of the lowland areas.
Come and enjoy Croatia and the harmonious whole of its diversity. The coastal and continental elements of many tourist offers complement each other and make the country a very tempting tourist destination for your vacation pleasures all year round!