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Why do young Britons love Croatia?
Posted on 06/10/2013

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Just over 300,000 Brits visited Croatia in the first eight months of 2013, a figure the tourist board predicts will reach 400,000 by the end of the year. But it seems that it is mainly young people who are making up these numbers.

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300,000 Brits visited Croatia in the first eight months of 2013.

Just over 300,000 Brits visited Croatia in the first eight months of 2013, a figure the tourist board predicts will reach 400,000 by the end of the year. But it seems that it is mainly young people who are making up these numbers.

Croatia is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations for young Britons. The supposed reasons for this are an increase in new routes provided by low-cost airlines, the relatively cheaper cost of living compared with those countries still suffering the effects of the Eurozone crisis, and the ever-increasing number of music festivals there.

"There is no doubt that one of the biggest factors behind the growth in visitors from Britain is that so many young people are coming to experience the festival season here," came a quote from Meri Matesic, the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board.

MUSIC FESTIVAL HOTSPOT

Croatia is now home to 20 music festivals, including Hideout on the island of Pag in July, The Garden Festival which takes place on Tisno later this month and Unknown Festival on Rovinj in September.

"I have to admit that it was the festival and the music that attracted me rather than any urge to explore Croatia," Lucy Drennan, a 21-year old student at Brighton University told a Telegraph journalist. She also said that it was a far cheaper option than going to a UK festival, with the added plus of 30 degree heat and beautiful scenery.

The increase in British interest in the Adriatic coast could also be due to its 1,244 islands - making it a perfect destination for sailing enthusiasts. It is also a regular stop off point for those young Brits doing 'Euro trip' with a European Interrail Pass.

The Croatian Tourist Board are extremely pleased with the continuing increase in visitors, but would like to see the annual figure surpass 500,000 - the number who visited in 1990 following the breakup Yugoslavia.

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