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Extra Tourism* Croatia is offering loads of activities all around the country starting from hunting to water sports, snow skiing to scuba diving. Scuba Diving Diving is a very popular activity, as the sea is calm and beautifully clear. There are also quite a few ancient artefacts - both Greek and Roman - in the Adriatic sea! Diving courses are available, but if you’re an experienced diver and don’t need any courses, you’ll still need to obtain a diving permit. There are also some restrictions on where you can and cannot dive. Water Sports A wild range of water sports such as water ski, wakboarding, sailing are available all along the Croatian coast. Almost every village gets a water sports center. Snow Skiing Skiing has been prompted by the fantastic achievements of Croatia skiing stars Janica and Ivica Kostelic. (Janica won 3 gold and 1 silver medals at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games at Salt Lake City.) Unfortunately, we had to disappoint as Croatian skiing facilities cannot compare with those in nearby Slovenia, Austria and Italy. (Even Croatian skiers train in Austria!) Sljeme The ski slopes are primarily situated on the northern slopes of Medvednica Mountain. The runs begin at its peak - Sljeme - and take advantage of the diverse configuration of the terrain, shaping runs of varying degrees of difficulty: the "White Run", "Red Run", "Green Run", "Blue Run" and "Tree Run". The orientation of all runs shifts between northeast and northwest. The "White and Cinovnicka Meadows" descend towards the east. For more information: www.sljeme.hr Bjelolasica The Croatian Olympic Center, situated at 620m above sea level, has much to offer. 7 groomed ski runs. For more information: www.bjelolasica.hr Platak The ski resort Platak is situated only 30 km from Rijeka, with well prepared ski runs, six cable cars, two mountain lodges and other facilities for visitors. For more information go to: www.platak.hr The Croatian Olympic Center, situated at 620m above sea level, has much to offer. 7 groomed ski runs. Sailing The Croatian coastline is perfect for sailing holidays. With so many islands and ports, you can stop as many times as you like or sail for as long as you wish. With over 1,000 islands, sailing holidays can provide an excellent way of seeing some of the smaller (perhaps even uninhabited!) islands that would otherwise be difficult to visit with scheduled ferry lines. Such holidays can be considered to be a more "hands-on" than your usual holiday, although everyone from beginners to more experienced sailors can find something suitable for them. Walking/Hiking Croatia is perfectly suited for walkers, and there are numerous interesting walks to be had. The most picturesque walks tend to be those in the National Parks, such as the Plitvice Lakes and on the islands of Brijuni and Mljet. Those who are interested in something a bit more strenuous - hiking - may like to head to Mount Biokovo (above Makarska) and the Velebit mountains (northern Dalmatia). Swimming The beauty of the littoral and the temperature of water encourage only with one thing: to spend its days in the sea. You do not wait to find great beaches of fine sand, the Dalmatian coast, just like the islands, are essentially made up of rocks, and only the islands of Krk, Rab and Brac have sand beaches. If your sensitive feet will suffer a little at the time of the entry in water, the karstic rock guarantees a transparent water to you and even frileux will find the temperature of pleasant water in summer! Climbing For the amateurs of climbs, of many sites in Istrie and Dalmatie. The park of Paklenica is undoubtedly the ideal place. With its two throats, it has many ways equipped. The climbing ones of the area are found there, noises of snap hooks in the early morning guaranteed in the surrounding camp-sites. But the interior of Istrie presents also many cliffs equipped. Lods of excursions and possible ballades are in the various solid masses of the country, the karst of the Alps Dinariques, with tops with more than 1 500 m in Gorski Kotar and the chain of Velebit. Hrvatski planinarski know (Croatian Federation of alpinism), Kozarceva 22, 10000 Zagreb. Tel.: 01/4823-624. Internet: hps.inet.hr. Football Football in Croatia! The failure in semi-final against France at the world Cup 1998 was worth an international recognition to him. The place taken by this sport in the political play is not clean in Croatia. Within the framework of the war, one has however considering a politisation with excess of the stages of foot as attests it, in Serbia, the formation of paramilitary militia with the bands of supporters of the teams of foot from Belgrade. In Croatia, the government of Franjo Tudjman had to fight against the supporters of the team of Dinamo Zagreb, which were mobilised in manner plus symbolic system! With its arrival with the capacity, Franjo Tudman considering that the name Dinamo had a consonance too communist renamed the Croatia team. That was a bad idea! It started the protests of the supporters and a whole youth, which in its opposition with regard to this arbitrary renaming, crystallized its ranc?ur against the mode. In the streets of Zagreb, it is yet not rare to see graffiti Dinamo Volim you, "Dinamo I love you! ", even if the new team with the capacity hastened to return to the zagreb’s team her name of before independence. The other large team of Croatia, the team of Split is called, as for it, Hajduk, term which was used to indicate in Balkans the bands of resistant brigands at the time of the Othoman invader.


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