Only 15 years ago Croatia's principal visitors were peacekeepers and aid workers. Now it's become Europe's latest 'gotta go' destination. Yachts glide up the coast, movie stars discreetly arrange to buy an island or two and no Mediterranean cruise is complete without a stop in Dubrovnik.
Despite the hype, Croatia's pleasures are more timeless than trendy. Crystalline water laps gently at a 1778km-long coast and no less than 1,185 islands. Away from the coast, eight national parks protect pristine forests, karstic mountains, lakes and waterfalls in a landscape of primeval beauty.