Dubrovnik, Croatia

Curious Facts About Croatia

Five curious facts about Croatia


Nestled near Italy on the Adriatic Sea, the tiny country of Croatia has been an unsung source of innovation, libation and historical intrigue for centuries. As you are probably familiar by now, the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones was filmed in many locations of this wonderful nation, which has brought Croatia into light in recent days. Europeans have always considered Croatia a great place to visit but now, thanks to the hit show, the rest of the world is aware of it too.

Understanding Croatia means learning a few tidbits about it. Here are five curious facts about Croatia that we bet you didn’t know.

Fashion trailblazers

Great Croatian inventions include the first tested parachute and the necktie. Originally worn by Croat soldiers, they were adopted by the French army in the 17th Century and soon became fashionable. Croatians mark Cravat Day on October 18.

Seaside escapes

There are more than 1,000 islands and islets in Croatia, and only 50 are inhabited. The country has more than 3,500 miles of coastline, though it is broken north of Dubrovnik by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 15-mile stretch, the shortest coastline in the world.

Dionysian offerings

Wine has been made in Croatia since it was introduced by Greek settlers 2,500 years ago. Original vineyards are still intact on Stari Grad Plain on Hvar Island. Today, Croatia has more than 300 wine regions, 17,000 producers and 2,500 (mostly white) wines.

Roman influence

The country’s currency is the Kuna, which is Croatian for marten, a forest mammal whole highly prized skin was used to pay taxes in the Roman provinces of eastern Croatia. The marten appeared on medieval coins before giving its name to the new currency in 1994.

A sovereign port

From 1358 until its capture by Napoleon in 1808, the walled city of Dubrovnik was the center of a city-state known as the Republic of Ragusa. Despite its small size, it was a trading power and became a center of learning and culture during the Renaissance.

If you are thinking about visiting Croatia, it is important to understand just how significant this little country is. We are a proud nation and are happy to show you around. Tour the Game of Thrones is a touring company located in Croatia that is happy to show you around. We take you to locations that were used during the filming of the famous Game of Thrones series but we also incorporate history and culture into each tour. There is so much to see and do here, you will want someone to lay it all out for you in an easy manner.

For a smart way to tour Croatia, start with Tour the Game of Thrones and let us show you every significant aspect of our wonderful country.


Excellent Level of Insight

Tom is a very friendly, enthusiastic and approachable guide. His knowledgable of the history of Dubrovnik and Croatia is unprecedented. He has clearly spent significant time and effort to combine his local knowledge with his excellent level of insight into the Game of Thrones series (both the HBO series and literature) into a fascinating tour. Tom is a true scholar and a gentleman and it was a privilege to spend a day with him in Dubrovnik. I could not recommend this tour more highly.
Julian Hoyle,

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