I've spent three weeks riding around the northern part of Croatia and could easily spend another three weeks, and then another three, and another three. It's a beautiful country. It has so many stand out features. The friendliness and helpfulness of the locals is humbling. Each of my guesthouse hosts and the people I speak to in service stations and cafes are all happy and friendly. Without exception they have all wished me safe travels and are very eager to know that I would like to return.
Ive visited two national parks and passed through several more. I've learned all about travertine barriers and followed some of the Roman Biult in the fourteenth Century.
Almost every home has a big wood fired rotisserie. They can spend an afternoon cooking a lamb or pig on a spit or their traditional 'under the bell' dishes of fist sized pieces of meat being cooked with piles of vegetables in something that looks like a Bedourie Oven. Grilled summer veggies are a favourite with me, -zucchini, eggplant, capsicum, mushrooms all char grilled together with a little salt and a few herbs. The flavour of the veggies, especially tomatoes is so much more flavoursome than even in France.
In the more touristy areas many hotels advertise set menus, generally three of four courses served in the middle of the day.
The only down side for me is that everyone smokes, everywhere!!
Yes, and rocks. My goodness some of the islands are so windswept that nothing grows and the soil is blown away to expose the rocks, many are limestone based. The whole northern end of PAG Island is barren, they have made a feature out of their white dry stone rock walls. Some of them are a tall as a person can reach.
there are sections of 14thC Roman road still visible as well as Roman tombstones that have been preserved and make interesting road side stops.
Homes, Monasteries, roads, fences across Croatia are often made of stone, dolomite, limestone and in some cases travertine rock.
The beaches of course are rocky, I haven't seen a sandy beach yet. If they are not rocky they are made of concrete.