1. It’s still not as saturated with tourists: Croatia may have been an up-and-coming tourist destination for a while now, but it is still in its infancy when compared to Greece or Turkey, for example. Croatia sees about 18.5 million tourists annually, whereas Greece gets roughly 28 million and Turkey an astounding 42 million annually. So if you’re keen to explore a new place without being smothered by thousands of tourists, Croatia is a winning destination.
2. Croatia (and Spain) has the highest number of UNESCO Intangible Goods of any European country: Apart from UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites which are usually architectural marvels, its Intangible Cultural Heritage List collects the more ethereal of humanity’s traditions, including music, crafts, festivals, and cuisine, among others.
And even though Europe is abounding in such cultural marvels, Croatia and Spain comes out on top – both with 14 things on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Crafts such as lacemaking, gingerbread baking, and wooden toy carving are on the list along with festivals and singing traditions as part of Croatia’s intangible cultural heritage.
3. You can find the world’s smallest town in Croatia: The town of Hum is situated in Croatia’s northwest. You may have never heard about it because, well, apart from its cobblestone streets and sub-30 inhabitants, there isn’t much going on. Apart from the fact that it holds the record for officially being the world’s smallest town!