It has also become much easier to reach, with more and more airlines now flying from Britain to Croatia.
Tourism here has a long history – there are traces of Roman summer villas on the Dalmatian islands – but it was first developed on a large scale during the Yugoslav era, when big modern resort hotels, equipped with excellent sports facilities, were built along the Croatian coast.
In terms of tourism, many lovers of the great outdoors come to Croatia specifically for its adventure-sports facilities – between the sea and the mountains, sailing, scuba diving, sea kayaking, rafting, mountain biking and rock climbing are all on offer.
For those in search of history and culture, city destinations such as Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar offer Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian monuments.
The constitution was changed to shift power away from the president to parliament.
Croatia joined the World Trade Organisation and pledged to open up its economy.
At the time of President Tudjman's death in December 1999, the country was still in a parlous state.
Its citizens suffered from government-backed attacks on their civil and political rights.
While Croatia’s rocky stretch of Adriatic coast is not suitable for large-scale tourist development (there are none of the long sandy beaches found in Greece and Spain), it is astoundingly beautiful, offering numerous small pebble coves backed by pinewoods and giving on to a crystal-clear turquoise sea.
This combination of timeless unspoilt nature coupled with beautifully preserved centuries-old architecture and a lively contemporary cultural scene, including an ever-growing number of electronic and alternative music festivals, promises rewarding memories for anyone who wishes to explore it now.
It’s also the perfect time for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain-biking, rafting and sea-kayaking.