Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it's also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Its inland capital, Zagreb, is distinguished by its medieval Gornji Grad and diverse museums. The major coastal city Dubrovnik has massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings.
In the coastal Dalmatia region, the town of Split is centered around the ruins of Diocletian's Palace, a vast 4th-century Roman complex. Croatia’s beaches and islands are busy in summer and many offer sites for tent or trailer camping. Hvar is a glitzy island with yachts and celebrities, and nearby Korčula is known for pine forests, wine, and a medieval walled Old Town. Plitvice Lakes National Park is renowned for turquoise lakes and dramatic waterfalls. Croatian cuisine is diverse, blending hints of Hungarian, Italian, Turkish, and Slavic influences.