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Gluten Free Travel: Five Reasons to Visit Croatia

Travelers are always looking for new and exciting destinations, and gluten free travelers are no exception. Here on the Gluten Free Travel Blog -- and our website GlutenFreeTravelSite -- we try to pass along amazing travel opportunities to you…trips organized specifically with the needs of gluten free travelers in mind. Recently on our Gluten Free Getaways page, we've introduced you to a gluten free itinerary for China, as well as two bike tours of northern Italy (one for the leisure rider and another for the more experienced rider).

Rovinj-Panoramiv-viewNow, Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us (and a Celiac herself) has worked closely with Anamaria Laslo, a lifelong Celiac in Croatia, to bring gluten free travelers a fantastic new itinerary for this destination. Long popular with Europeans. Croatia has recently become a hot spot for American travelers as well. With the guidance of this "dynamic duo" of Ellen and Anamaria, all your gluten free needs will be met…in a country that can otherwise be a challenge for Celiacs. 

Why consider Croatia? Ellen details FIVE REASONS: 

National Park BrijuniNATURAL BEAUTY: Enjoy lavender and sunflower fields, crystal blue sea, vineyards, and the scent of pine trees and figs….beautiful beaches, like the Punta Rata Beach in Brela, which Forbes declared in 2004 to be the most beautiful European beach -- and one of the 10 most beautiful in the world…Krka National Park and its falls…Kornati, a group of islands in the Zadar Archipelago with an amazing number of plant and animal species. 

INTERESTING ARCHITECTURE: Important remnants of early Byzantium, like the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica in Porec, one of the few preserved basilicas in western Europe. 

INCREDIBLE WINE: Croatia has a winemaking history dating back to the ancient Greek settlers 2,500 years ago…with wine production on the southern Dalmatian islands of Vis, Hvar, and Korcula. 

Pula-Roman-Golden-GateDELICIOUS SEAFOOD: Croatian food draws upon a variety of major European influences. On the northern coast of Istria you find an Italian flavor…further down the coast in Dalmatia seafood reigns supreme. Fresh, simple ingredients , often prepared over fire -- like shrimp, squid, clams, and grilled sardines -- are naturally gluten free. 

RICH MOSAIC OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY: The country is touched by hints of Balkans, Austria, Middle Europe, Mediterranean charm, and Slavic tradition. Neighbors are colorful just like Croatia itself…from former Yugoslavian republics circling the east to Hungary on the north to Italy sharing the Adriatic Sea. 

The great thing about all Ellen's tours is that you can customize the suggested itinerary according to your desired length of stay, your budget, and your interests. Visit the page devoted to Croatia on our website to learn more about Ellen's suggestions for a perfect gluten free Croatian holiday.