“DID YOU KNOW?” about Croatia is a post dedicated to the less known facts about our beautiful country. We will reveal great things about your next holiday destination.
Let’s start with these 25 less known facts.
1. FACT: The smallest town in the world is Hum in Istria. It has a population of only 17 people, but is officially a town. This small fortified habitation has maintained all the features of medieval urban architecture and organization.
2. FACT: The parachute was invented in the 17th century. By Faust Vrančić. He was also the designer of the first wind turbine.
3. FACT: The carnival in Rijeka is not only the biggest in Croatia but also one of the most enticing carnivals in Europe. The parade is made up of around 150 colorfully costumed groups from different countries. Numerous fairy tale characters and beautiful imaginative creatures take over Rijeka.
4. FACT: The necktie, worn by businessmen around the world, was invented in Croatia and is locally known as ‘cravat.’ It was initially part of the uniform of Croatian soldiers and later adopted by the French in the 17th century. To celebrate World Tie Day, a huge necktie was worn around the Arena in Pula, one of Istria’s cities.
5. FACT: The Dalmatian breed of dog originates from Croatia.
6. FACT: Croatia’s currency, Kuna, is named after a small agile animal with brown fur, marten in English, based on the use of marten pelts of value in medieval trading.
7. FACT: The last specimen of the Mediterranean seal lives in the Croatian aquatorium.
8. FACT: The last oasis of European white-headed vulture is located on the island of Cres.
9. FACT: Croats have their own, Glagolitic script that was used in 18th century and still taught in some schools in Istria.
10. FACT: The only national costume in Europe, showing women’s legs above the knees is worn by women on the island of Susak.
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11. FACT: The White House in Washington, D.C. was built with the stone brought from the island of Brac.
12. FACT: In its summer issue US women’s magazine Marie Claire has declared Dubrovnik’s Banje beach to be ‘the third most beautiful beach’ in the world.
13. FACT: The first quarantine in Europe was established in Dubrovnik in the 14th century.
14. FACT: Agatha Christie spent her honeymoon in Dubrovnik.
15. FACT: The Roman emperor Diocletian built a palace in Dalmatia in 305 A.D., which became the foundation of today’s city of Split.
“DID YOU KNOW?” about Croatia
21. FACT: One of the most famous beaches in Europe is located only a short boat rides away from Split. Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) is a narrow white pebble beach on a promontory near Bol, a small village in the island of Brač.