|Subject: Croatia now|
I think Gretchen has already laid out the general layout, but maybe some of
you would like a bit more detailed informations.
Former Yugoslavia is now splitted in several different countries:
Slovenia - the northern part, bordering Austria, Italy and Hungary. Very
nice country with great views of countryside, mountains and lakes, it was
widely discussed on the list some time ago. It has a small coastline on the
Adriatic sea, very attractive.
Croatia - it's like a sort of U upside down, covering both part of the
central plains and the adriatic coast, Istra (or Histria) is the triangular
shaped peninsula in the north, a well known place of sea resorts never
endangered by the war, which was fought about 100 miles south, in the
Kraijna (mountains not fra from the coast). The Dalmatian coast from Zadar
to Dubrovnik was not a battle zone, but suffered for years artillery shots
from the mountains where the Croatian Serbs were positioned. In the middle
of the U is Bosnia and Hercegovina, the real war theater till the peace
agreement in 1995 which ended the Sarajevo siege too.
Montenegro - officially part of New Yugoslavian Federation but very willing
to be independent, starts south of Dubrovnik and ends at the Albanian
border, covering the rough mountain zone, wonderful and scenic, between
Adriatic sea and Serbia
Serbia - reduced in size after the expulsion of Serbs from Kraina and
Kosovo, lies on the large central plains crossed by the Danube. Beograd
used to have a nice old town centre, full of restaurants with gipsy music,
but now, who knows?
Makedonia - one of the more little former republics, independent and
Europe-oriented, but trapped between Serbia and Greece, two uncomfortable
neighbours due to border quarrels.
Except for Histria, which has it constant flow of tourists, mostly German and Italian, the Croatian coast of Dalmatia and its hundreds of islands was neglected by tourists for many years: fisrt the civil war, then the slow reconstruction and the constant threat from Bosnia fighting, and in 1999 the bombing campaign on Serbia. This year's informations are of still reduced tourist flow on the coast south of Zadar, a little better on the islands, but accomodation prices are high (in addition to the loss of income, Croatia introduced this year the
VAT tax in order to get closer to European Union stardards). That's a pity, because the coast and the isles can't be compared to any else in the Mediterranean.
If you wish to know more, just ask.