- 4 million
- Croatian kuna
Now well recovered from its wars of independence, Croatia is Europe’s très chic holidaying hotspot and has been for a while now. Its mix of medieval villages, coastal and island getaways, and rugged mountainous interior is matched by cheap prices, great beer and decent nosh.
Sail along the coastline from island to island (all 1185 of them), beach to beach (countless, but most not that sandy), or trek high into the Dinaric ranges where views back over the Adriatic are astounding. There are plenty of traditional celebrations going on with costumes, dancing and music from the archives of the nation’s tumultuous but proud history. But you’ll also be surprised at the sophistication of the Croatian urbanites; their bars and nightlife are some of Europe’s best and the cafe life alive with intelligentsia deep in debate over their espressos.