The counties of Croatia are the primary administrative subdivisions of the Republic of Croatia. The county, as a form of territorial and political construction of the Croatian state in more developed sense appears in the 10th century, pushing the parish, the lowest forms of human association based on consanguinity. Throughout the history of the county are almost constant way of organizing national life Croats, although their number and size, rights and obligations, and the method of management has changed throughout history. In Croatia, there are a total 21 counties. The Zagreb County is situated in the centre of Croatia, and it represents a central point in which the three directions of the Croatian space – the northern, southern and eastern one – intersect. At the same time, it provides the link between the Pannonian and Adriatic areas. Due to its ring-shape which borders on the City of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, it is usually called “The Zagreb Ring”. This County is attractive, year-round recreational and sightseeing destination in the green outskirts of Zagreb. The Zagreb County is a unit of regional self-government, one of 21 counties which make up the territorial and administrative structure of the Republic of Croatia.
The imposing figure of 697 villages, 25 municipalities and 9 cities (Dugo Selo, Ivanic Grad, Jastrebarsko, Samobor, Sveta Nedelja, Sveti Ivan Zelina, Velika Gorica, Vrbovec Zapresic) is proof that there really is plenty to see and visit. It does not matter whether you are a fan of rural tourism, agro tourism, wine or wine roads, or simply enjoy discovering new places and meeting new people – here you will find many locations ideal for trips, entertainment, leisure.
Zagreb county – The city of Zagreb is the biggest city in Republic of Croatia and the capital. Zagreb is cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative center of the Republic of Croatia with seat of Parliament, President and Government of the Republic of Croatia.
The city with a tradition of almost one thousand years celebrated its 900th birthday in 1994. In nine hundred year old Zagreb, capital of Croatia, lives a rich cultural life, with more than 20 theatres, 3 concert halls, around 60 museums and art galleries. It is a big centre of congress tourism, economic and business events, and trade fairs not only in Croatia but also in this part of Europe.
The Krapina-Zagorje County is situated north of Zagreb, towards the Slovenian border. On numerous hills there are many medieval and baroque castles and parks. The county is the cradle of one of the three main Croatian dialects, kajkavski. Krapina is today the cultural, political and administrative centre of Krapina-Zagorje County, covering 1264 km2. It is home to 150,000 inhabitants, which means that it is the largest region in Hrvatsko zagorje. Today, Krapina-Zagorje County is a territorial administration and self-governing unit that unites all the towns of the Croatian Zagorje region, without limiting the autonomy of any of them. It emphasises the unity of the region rather than its constituent parts and creates a whole that has “Zagorje in its heart” (a local saying).
The best time to visit the Croatian region of Zagorje is the autumn when the days are clear, the skies are blue, and the treetops turn gold. There is no better time to look at the Zagorje hills from which you will be able to see undulating green, brown, yellow and blue colours, white roads which joyfully meander among the villages and into the forests or other hidden corners which escape the eye.
Sisacko-Molavacka County is placed in south-central Croatia and shares a long border with Bosnia-Hercegovina to the south. It’s a fertile, hilly land laced with rivers and forests. The largest town is Sisak, lying to the north of the Sava river . Although Sisak dates back to the Roman era, little remains of its ancient past and there is little to see in the town. Sisak does make a good base to explore the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park which lies just east of the Sava river. Another reason to visit the region is for the Topusko spa. The thermal waters here have attracted visitors since the ancient Romans and currently make for a most relaxing holiday.
The Karlovac County is situated south west from Zagreb, around the town of Karlovac, bordering Slovenia to the north and Bosnia to the south. County of Karlovac is located in central Croatia and covers an area of 3622 km2 and is one of the larger counties of 20 as there are in Croatia. Thanks to its transit, traffic and geostrategic position is one of the most important counties: There is an intersection of the hub of major roads connecting Europe with the Adriatic coast. The administrative, political, economic, cultural and sports center of the county town of Karlovac.
The tourist part of economy is based on four rivers, beauties of this county: you can choose between swimming in their clean water, canoeing, rowing, rafting in: Kupa,Mrežnice, Korana and Dobra. You can choose fishing in the lakes, rivers or in their mountain tributary streams. There are numerous possibilities. In this county you will found many cultural, folklore and natural heritage.
Varazdin County is located in Northwest Croatia and has a population of 184,769 inhabitants. There are 22 communities in Varazdin County with the majority of the population living in the City of Varazdin, which has a population of 50,000 inhabitants.
Despite having limited natural resources, Varazdin County is important strategically and economically. The County is a central transportation corridor that connects the Danube to the Adriatic. It is at the heart of the Zagorje Route, which traditionally has linked Northwest Croatia to Slovenia and Hungary. As well, since the completion of the Gorican-Varazdin-Zagreb motorway, Varazdin’s transportation infrastructure has been enhanced allowing traffic to travel safer and faster to the major ports and neighboring regions.
Koprivnicko-Krizevacka county in northern Croatia lies between the Drava river in the north and the Bjelovarsko-Bilogorska county in the south. The two main towns are Koprivnica and Krizevci.
Koprivnica is the official capital of the county, a city is placed in northern Croatia. This small town, with the most beautiful square in continental Croatia, is in the very heart of Podravina and owes its name to the medicinal nettle herb. Clean air, unspoiled natural surroundings and very hospitable hosts will make your stay far from the city uproar very relaxing. This county is well known by good food and by good drinks, especially good wine.
The Town of Križevci is located in the Southwest part of Koprivnica-Križevci County, 57 km north of Zagreb and it is the central crossing of roads that connect regional centres: Zagreb, Koprivnica, Bjelovar and Varaždin. Because of its geographical position,this area has a moderate continental climate with colder winters and warmer summers and abounds in natural beauty, touristic potential and cultural resources.
Bjelovar-Bilogora County is a county in central Croatia. The central town is Bjelovar. The town was pronounced a free royal town in 1874. The other part of the county name is for the picturesque hill of Bilogora that stretches along the northern edge of the county. Other towns in the county are Daruvar, Garešnica, Čazma and Grubišno Polje. The Bjelovar-Bilogora County borders on the Koprivnica-Križevci County in the north, Virovitica-Podravina County in the northeast, Požega-Slavonia County in the southeast, Sisak-Moslavina County in the southwest and Zagreb County in the west.
With over 40,000 inhabitants, it is a political, cultural and economic centre of Bjelovar-Bilogora County.
The County offers a lot of sites to visit, such as the Daruvar Treatment Center, romanesque church st. Marije Magdalene in Čazma , Bjelovar and Daruvar wine road and the remains of the City of Garic.
County of Primorje and Gorski Kotar it is the fifth largest county in the Republic of Croatia. It is locatedin the west ofCroatia. On this territory nestled between Istra, the Republic of Slovenia and Lika, the millennia have left indelible marks of great Mediterranean and Central European cultures. Thanks to the sea, the littoral and the islands enjoy a mild climate throughout the year. The mountainous climate of Gorski Kotar harmoniously complements the Mediterranean qualities .
Rijeka – the centre of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County – is located between the sea and a mountain, at the foot of mountain Ucka. West of it the popular Opatija Riviera, east of it beautiful Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera. Rijeka also boasts many cultural and historical sites: Trsat Fortress, Old Gate or Roman Arch, Cathedral of St. Vid, Governor’s Palace, Old Town, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat, Capuchin Church of Our Blessed Mother of Lourdes, Leaning Tower…
Lika-Senj County is situated in central and coastal parts of Croatia, under the Velebit mountain. It is one of the less developed counties, many parts of it being at high elevation with little possibilities for intensive agriculture and with little developed coast. The County also includes the northern part of the island of Pag. Moreover, the County includes several national parks and nature protected areas, the most well-known being the Plitvice Lakes and Velebit Mountains.
The County capital is Gospić, therefore Lika-Senj County is one of the few counties whose name does not contain the name of the capital. The foundation of the modern city are the two towers and the old Ottoman bridge which was a administrative, military and cultural center. Gospic, a town surrounded by an oasis of nature, as a tourist destination offers an active vacation: trekking , paintball, jeep safari, horseback riding, chariot driving.
The County of Virovitica and Podravina is situated in north-western part of Slavonia . Its county seat is in Virovitica and it includes the area around the Drava river, hence the name Podravina. Other notable towns are Slatina and Orahovica.
Virovitica – this is a town situated in the middle part of Podravina, at the foothills of the Bilogora mountain. It was first mentioned in the 13th century. It is noted for the baroque church of St.Rok from the 18th century and the castle from 1803. Virovitica has a population of 14,663, with 22,618 people in the municipality. Virovitica, the city with a long history, is located at major traffic routes. This city is an ideal place for vacation. This region is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty: Virovitica fish ponds where there are Educational and Hiking Trails, proximity of river Drava, forests rich in wildlife, but also flat fields, nearby vineyards which stretch from Spisic Bukovica across Golo Brdo and Podgorje and from Milanovac to Rezovac.
The Pozega and Slavonia county is one of the oldest counties and it is mentioned as early as the 13th century, and is one of the smaller Croatian counties. It is located away from the main traffic routes and this is exactly what makes it special. The county offers good conditions for the development of tourism. Alongside this Slavonia offers the tourist hunting, gastronomic specialities and interesting folklore. Velika, apart from its thermal springs, is also known as a resort and a starting point of the Nature Park Papuk, which has recently gained the status of a European Geopark because of its geological diversity.
Pozega is located in the south-western part of the Valley of Pozega in central Slavonia and is the principal town of Pozega-Slavonia county. This is city with a long urban, administrative, cultural, educational, religious and economic tradition.
Lipik is a town known for its spas, mineral water and the stud farm of Lipizzaner horses. The resort and spa are some two hundred years old, but date back to Roman times and there is numerous archaeological evidence which proves it was inhabited even in those times.
Brod-posavina County is located in the southern part of Slavonian valley. The Brod-Posavina county borders on the Sisak-Moslavina county in the west, Požega-Slavonia county in the north, Osijek-Baranja county in the northeast, and Vukovar-Srijem county in the east. It abounds with cultural-historical heritage – the Roman settlement of Marsonia
The capital of Brod-Posavina County is Slavonski Brod, and it spreads along the left bank of the Sava river, hence the name Posavina. Other notable towns are Nova Gradiška, Vrpolje, Slavonski Šamac.
Slavonski Brod, the sixth largest Croatian city. In terms of culture the most important monument is the Brod fortress built in the 18th century where tourists who visit the city in organized groups are welcomed by costumed characters. The Franciscan monastery is one of the most striking baroque buildings in Slavonia and has a memorial room to the great Croatian poet Dragutin Tadijanović.
Zadar County, by its geographic position, occupies a very important place in the Republic of Croatia. It has great significance and role in the transport linking of the Croatian north and south, in the road and in rail traffic. Its center is the city of Zadar.
Zadar is the mix of beautiful Roman architecture, Habsburg elegance, a wonderful seafront …For centuries the capital city of Dalmatia and today the centre of the region. A city with a rich heritage of world importance, visible at every step. In this beautiful city you can take a walk via Kalelarga ( a street older than town) or across Roman Forum (the city square in the center of Zadar) , which is the biggest place of that kind on the eastern Adriatic. Meanwhile you can relax in one of bars and enjoy.
No less attractive are the nature Parks of Telascica, the canyon of the Zrmanja River and the largest natural lake in Croatia – Lake Vrana in the vicinity of Biograd.
Osijek – Baranja County, region of the North-East of Croatia, stretches along the south border of the Pannonian Plain. It is a region interwoven with geographical entities such as Baranja region and the regions encircling towns such as Đakovo, Valpovo and Donji Miholjac. The towns of Osijek, Našice, Đakovo, Beli Manastir, Donji Miholjac, Valpovo and the villages of Aljmaš, Erdut, Bizovac, Bilje, Darda, Kneževo, Batina, Topolje, etc. It is here that the rivers Drava, Karašica, Jošava, Vuka and the Danube created fertile soil for human life.
Each town and village in the Osijek – Baranja County has its own personality inherited with a particular historical era. A treasure-trove filled to its brim with cultural and historical values so becomes a part of everyone.
Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia with a population of 108,000, and its located on the right bank of the river Drava It is the largest city and the economic and cultural centre of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia. Osijek city centre is full of parks, and with cafes and restaurants stands.
If you visit this county you must see: Kopacki Rit Nature Park, curch St. Peter and Paul, Josic Wine Cellar, Slavon museum, Arheological museum …
Šibenik-Knin county is situated in the south of Croatia, in the central part of northern Dalmatia. The Central Mediterranean, a fortified town by the sea, the library of the historical sites and culture, protected by the limestone rocks and mountain hinterland, blessed with more than 300 islands, islets, cliffs and reefs in its waters- these are all characteristics of this region. Total area of county is 5670 m2 including 285 islands and 112891 inhabitants. County has 20 municipalities and town Šibenik is administrative and cultural centre of Šibenik-Knin County.
Sibenik is political, economic, social and cultural centre of Sibenik-Knin county in Dalmatia, Croatia. Placed in the middle part of Croatian Adriatic coast, in picturesque, well-indented, bay in which river Krka empties. There are 42 000 inhabitants.
The uniqueness of this county is the valuable cultural and historical heritage. Due to the quality, size and variety of its monuments and their connection to the Mediterranean and European heritage, the historical heritage of the Sibenik-Knin County has a great importance. In the register of immovable cultural goods of Croatia there are 290 registered cultural property from this region: the Cathedral of St. Jacob, the fortresses of Šibenik, the Knin fortress, Burnum in Ivoševci, Biskupija near Knin, Krka monastery, Franciscan monastery on the island of Visovac, St. Salvation church at the source of the river Cetina etc.
The Vukovar-Srijem County is the easternmost Croatian county. This is the place where the East and the West met, through culture, history and traffic. The county occupies the area of 2448 m2, out of that 150 000 h the richest Croatian ploughland, and 70 h forests. Here you can find the biggest red oak tree forest in this part of Europe. Seven rivers flow through this area – the Danube, Sava, Vuka, Bosut, Biđ, Studva and Spačva. The vast plains and hills of Fruška Gora with famous Ilok vineyards meet in the Vukovar-Srijem County. The Vuka River, which flows through the center of Vukovar, is the natural border of Slavonia and Syrmia (Srijem).
The Vukovar-Srijem County – the easternmost Croatian county where the Slavonian plain meets with Syrmian hills, has been the longest inhabited area in this part of Europe – the town of Vinkovci, and there is also the youngest Croatian town – Otok. This is a wealthy area. Rich in nature, history, culture, tradition, song, dance, people – rich in life!
The archaeological locality Vučedol, which is situated on the banks of the Danube River near Vukovar, is a place of continuous settlements and one of the most important archaeological localities in the country. The oldest inhabited settlement with the longest continuity of living is Vinkovci. Series of archaeological findings, among them the most interesting Orion –the oldest European calendar, prove that. A king and a saint chose the medieval town Ilok for their home. The King was Nikola of Ilok, and the saint St. John of Capistrano. The castle, the church, the walls and tombs are only a part of historical testimony of rich and tumultuous past of Ilok. The border was kept by the inhabitants of Ilok. The Danube and the wine from the Ilok vineyards grown on the hills of Fruška Gora are the identity card of the present Ilok.
Split-Dalmatia County is the largest county in Croatia, with a total area of 14,045 km2. Its center is Split. County is divided into three main parts: elevated hinterland (Dalmatinska zagora) with numerous karst fields; narrow coastal strip with high population density; and the islands. Parts of the Dinaric Alps, including Dinara itself form the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina while Kozjak, Mosor and Biokovo mountains separate the coastal strip from the hinterland.The most important economic activity is tourism.
Split, second largest city in Croatia is economic, administrative, educational, sport and tourist center of Split Dalmatia county (Middle Dalmatia), traffic connection to Croatia islands, pearls of Adritic like Hvar, Vis, Brac and Solta. With over 300,000 people in the wider bay area, its the economic hub of the eastern Adriatic shoreline. Wandering the historic centre of Split you can still clearly see the Roman walls, squares, and temples.
Istria County is situated on the west of Croatia, on the penisula on the Adriatic coast of the same name. Administratively, the Istrian County is divided in 41 territorial units of local self-government – 10 towns and 31 municipalities. Istria county is the western most county of Croatia which includes the biggest part of the Istrian peninsula. Its administrative center is Pazin.
Pazin a town in middle Istria, situated above the canyon of the Pazincica river. The city of Pazin is located in the centre of the Istrian peninsula. Administratively, it is the county seat of Istria. Pazin also has its own coat of arms displaying a castle tower which represents the city. The city of Pazin connects the eastern and western coasts of Istria and is turning more and more towards tourism. Pazin’s landscape is consists hills and valleys as well as lush vegetation. Thanks to the area’s beautiful nature and cultural-historical heritage, visitors can spend their days taking walks through nature and discovering what Pazin and its surroundings have to offer.
The Dubrovnik-Neretva County is the southernmost county in the Republic of Croatia. It encompasses an area of 1785 km2 and has about 127,000 residents. Dubrovnik-Neretva County is the southernmost county of Adriatic Croatia. The area of the County consists of two main functional and physiognomic zones: a relatively narrow longitudinal coastal zone with the headland of open-sea and the nearby islands (the most important islands being Korčula, Mljet, Lastovo and the Elaphites Islands), and the area of the Neretva Valley . Coast of the County is one of the most beautiful coasts in the Mediterranean. The centre of the county is the city of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is located in the heart of Europe on the Adriatic coast . Dubrovnik Region is the southernmost part of Croatia. The whole region deals exclusively in tourism and it is the most highly regarded part of Croatia as Dubrovnik is on UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979.
Međimurje County is the northernmost and smallest county in Croatia. Is is situated between rivers Drava and Mura. Međimurje is a triangle-shaped county in the northernmost part of Croatia. The county seat is Čakovec, which is also the largest city of the coun
ty. The county borders Slovenia in the north-west and Hungary in the east. The south-eastern corner of the county is near the town of Legrad and the confluence of the Mura into the Drava. The closest cities include Varaždin, Koprivnica and Bjelovar in Croatia, Murska Sobota and Maribor in Slovenia, as well as Nagykanizsa in Hungary and Graz in Austria. The Croatian capital of Zagreb is about 90 kilometers south-west of Čakovec.