Officially known as the Republic of Croatia and located along the rich turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, more than a thousand islands dot the coast. The many national parks boast spectacular waterfalls and rock formations. Coastal and inland villages are home to living history, where relics of the distant past punctuate the landscapes of lively, active communities. Architecture is charming and quaint, while culture is rich and robust. Culinary tradition is central to Croatian life and blends the best of Mediterranean and Italian flavors. Plus, the climate is ideal for travelers. The coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate, and in a sunny region, this is one of the sunniest countries. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are mild, though sometimes wet. Temperatures drop slightly as you move into the fresh mountain air. For a destination that combines natural and cultural magnetism, explore Croatia.