Nestled in southeastern Europe and bordering Slovenia to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the south, Serbia and Montenegro and Hungary to the east and the shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea to the west, Croatia is a land with a bleak history and a bright future.
Its beginnings lie in the seventh century when Croats settled in the area, but it wasn't until 1992 that the nation gained its independence. In the interim, the country that is now known as Croatia was ravaged with wars and spent a large potion of the thirteen centuries either under siege from or on the offensive against foreign armies. This trend continued up to the recent past, when in the 1990s Croatians were at odds with Serbians, though for a country with so tumultuous a history, and moreover a torrid history whose latest troubles lie in the so recent past, the Croatia of today bears little resemblance to the devastated nation that one might expect.
In actual fact, Croatia is on the verge of experiencing something of a boom in terms of tourism, as ever more people are becoming increasingly aware of the bounties the country has to offer Ã??Ã?Â¢?? its natural wonder, cultural uniqueness and welcoming peopleÃ??Ã?Â¢??and many hold that one of the most alluring features of the destination is that it remains as yet relatively unknown and hence un-corrupted.