• Posted:Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Croatia  a unique country to discover
Croatia is one of Europe's rising stars as far as backpacking holidays are concerned and I think it is well worth a look. With its Mediterranean climate, unique culture, diverse architecture and landscapes and a number of top festivals, there is plenty to get the juices flowing.

Vesna Maric, one of the authors of the Lonely Planet guides to Croatia, explained this week that it is the country's individuality and the fact that it is somewhere fresh and new that not many travellers know much about that makes it so appealing.

"It is a traditional Mediterranean [country] without big resorts, so it still has a lot of tradition. It has a mix of Mediterranean and Slavic cultures and it is different," she remarked. "It is relatively unexplored; people who haven't been there don't really know what to find."

I headed out there last summer for one of its most famous events, the Motovun Film Festival. It has showcased movies such as Billy Elliot and Bloody Sunday in recent years and the highlight for me was Propeller of Motovun winner Silent Night, which was one of the finest pictures of 2008.

Of course I did much more than just watch films while I was there. There are some gorgeous views of mountains and lakes on offer and the food and wine were so good and so reasonably priced that I almost didn't want to come home!

When I next visit, I hope to go to two more events - the Garden Festival in Zadar and the Dubrovnik summer festival. According to Maric, both are proving very popular and are among Croatia's top summer attractions.

Sam BuckleyADNFCR-2435-ID-19235836-ADNFCR
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