Huffington Post lists '13 reasons why you're winning at life if you're in Croatia'

ZAGREB, 30.5.2014.

The US Huffington Post has praised and recommended Croatia in its Travel section several times this year, more than other foreign media, and did so again this week in an article headlined "13 Reasons Why You're Winning At Life If You're In Croatia".

Author Kate Auletta presents 13 Croatian destinations which should be visited to feel "winning at life," saying Croatia is "totally winning thanks to its stunning landscape, chic port towns, awe-inspiring national parks and party isles."

The article begins by recommending the island of Vis for its wine, seafood and nature; Krk island for its "varied" landscape, "pristine" beaches and towns "full of activities"; and Hvar, "the sunniest of all the islands and also one of the most luxurious (think super yachts and high-end hotels)".

Dubrovnik follows with its "immense history, great food and beautiful scenery" and "the delightful gardens of Trsteno"; Plitvice Lakes National Park, described as "stunning" but "swimming in these insanely beautiful waters is not allowed"; Istria, "the new Tuscany" with hilltop villages, seaside towns and "delicious Italian-ish food"; and Rovinj, the "Istrian coastal fishing town you simply can't miss".

Also listed are Zlatni Rat Beach in Bol on Brac island, "one of the country's most famous beaches"; Zadar, a shame to miss because "there's great architecture, a few interesting monuments and a pedestrian-only Old Town; and the "car-free" Elaphite Islands, with the recommendation to "head to Lopud for a laidback escape".

The article ends with Zagreb. "There's a vibrant art scene in this inland city... there are pubs and outdoor activities to take part in, too," and Mljet, "this heavily-forested island, that Odysseus supposedly lived for seven years".

Hina learned from the National Tourist Board that no Huffington Post reporter had visited Croatia through it, but that freelancer Rupert Parker, who specialises in food and wine, would visit Istria in June and write an article for the news portal's UK edition.