51 facts about Croatia

21.The island of Cres's attraction are carrion-eating griffon vultures, which can spot a carcass even from a distance of several kilometers.
Their weight can reach up to 7 kg, and the wingspan can exceed 2.5 m.
22.Small sharks occasionally venture into Croatian waters, and whales also stray there every few years.
The permanent inhabitants of Croatian waters are bottlenose dolphins, which can be found around Losinij and Cres's islands.
23.The surface of Croatia is 56 542 km2, which is roughly equal to the area of West Virginia.
Less than 4.5 million people live there, more than half of them in cities. 2.5-3.5 million Croats are living outside the country.
24.Catholicism is the dominant religion in Croatia (76.8% of the population are Catholics).
Croatian territories were Christianized earlier than Polish lands. The official date of adoption of Christianity by the Croats is considered to be 800 when Croatian Prince Viseslav was baptized. Apart from Catholics, the majority of Croats are Orthodox Christians.
25.An integral part of the Dalmatian landscape are olive groves and fig trees.
Every reputable family has olive trees on their property and produces their own olive oil. For many years, the olive oil from the Dalmatian coast, especially from the southern part, was considered the best. Recently it has been equaled by the oil from Istria. Some even say it is better.
26.Dalmatia is also known for its numerous vineyards.
On the larger islands, such as Brac, Hvar, Lastovo, Pasman, Ugljan and Pag, the tradition of grape growing and wine production dates back to antiquity. Grapes are also used to make rakija, the Croatian national vodka.

The tradition of wine production in Croatia is very old. The inhabitants of this country owe the presence of grapevines to the Romans, who established vineyards, taking advantage of the climate favorable for grapes' growth. Most of the country's territory is covered with vineyards.
27.Since the declaration of independence in 1991, the official language of Croatia is Croatian.
Slovenian, Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian languages were spoken on the territory of Yugoslavia. In reality, it was an entirely artificial creation, formed from two separate languages: Croatian and Serbian (these languages differ, for example, in phonetics, morphology, lexis and vocabulary).
28.Apart from the coast, Croatia's most exciting place is the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
It is a series of small turquoise lakes divided by limestone barriers, forming numerous small waterfalls. The park is 19.5 ha in size, and the lakes cover only 1% of the area. The rest is forested ravines, pastures and meadows, where a bear can be spotted. Twenty caves have been discovered here. Plitvice is home to 16 lakes and 92 waterfalls.
29.Croatia's best viewpoint is Mount Srd, which rises to a height of 412 m above sea level.
From here, you can see Stari Grad, Lokrum Island, Elaphite Islands, Korcula, the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, the mountains of Montenegro to the border with Albania, and on a clear day the outline of Italy.
30.You can listen to a concert played by the waves on the sea organ here.
They are located near the new port in Zadar. The coast here has the shape of a wide staircase, seventy meters long, sloping down to the sea, in which holes are carved. Thanks to them, you can hear sounds resembling melodies played on bottles filled with water. Under the stairs are hidden 35 pipes of different diameters and lengths. They have been selected and arranged so that the waves hitting them create sounds of different tones. This sea music is unique because the organ sounds depend on whether the sea is calm or rough and how the wind blows.
51 facts about Croatia

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