Leading travel guide Lonely Planet published its Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013 on June 18, 2013, and Croatia - which is marketing itself as 'the New Tourist Star of the European Union - made the list in the latest piece of good news for the country's tourism industry, ahead of EU entry on July 1. Lonely Planet said of Croatia:
"Calling Croatia a hotspot is somewhat old news in travel circles – its popularity is firmly established among European travellers and steeply on the rise among Americans as well. But many travellers are only seeing one sunny slice of the country, lured to the nearly 2000km-long coastline meanwhile missing the diverse charms of the inland cities, national parks and countryside. Zagreb, soon to be the EU’s newest capital city."
It is not the first time that Croatia has featured in Lonely Planet's top ten, with its premier island of Hvar appearing at number 5 in the 2012 top destinations.
Discover which other destinations made the top ten list.