Tourism is on the rise in this coastal nation of southeast Europe both due to its glamourous architecture and natural elegance. 1246 islands are clustered off its pristine coast on the Mediterranean Sea where the bountiful waters make for a menu full of excellent seafood options. Tasting the local wine is also highly recommended in this peaceful area of shore paths and picturesque villages. Shorelines and nearby wetlands are home to herons, spoonbills, pelicans and storks, while the rugged mountainous regions inland allow hearty mammals such as lynx, wolves and bears to exist undisturbed. You may also try some basic phrases in the complex Croatian language to add a further dimension to this authentic nation.