Rough Guides Names Croatia in Top 20 Most Beautiful Countries in World

Daniela Rogulj

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Croatia feels the love of Rough Guides, one of the world’s leading publishers of travel and reference guides.

“Make the Most of Your Time on Earth,” is the slogan of Rough Guides, the British travel guidebook and reference publisher, founded in 1982.

To kick off 2019, Rough Guides asked their trusted readers to vote for what they thought to be most beautiful countries in the world on their social channels. And they voted in large numbers, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on January 11, 2019.

But best of all, among the top 20 most beautiful countries in the world, made up of the destinations Rough Guides would encourage you to ‘make the most of your time on earth,’ is also one very familiar face… Croatia.

Namely, Rough Guides’ readers chose Croatia as the 19th most beautiful country in the world, behind Norway and in front of Vietnam. 

“Croatia attracts tourists from all over the world thanks to historic cities such as Dubrovnik and Split, not to mention – as our Twitter follower @okemp1989 put it – “that coastline”, which stretches for over 1,700km. Croatia serves all types of holiday-maker: there’s great food and local wine, hiking trails and Roman ruins, stylish shopping and thermal spas. And that’s before you consider the islands that dot the Adriatic, from glitzy Hvar to relaxed Rab. The water is clear and great for swimming, and although many of the beaches are rocky, you can have great fun touring the coast in a little boat,” writes Rough Guide on why Croatia made this elite list. 

Furthermore, in the company of the most beautiful is Croatia’s neighboring country, Slovenia, in the 11th place. A “small but mighty” country, Slovenia, according to readers, boasts fairytale towns with cobbled streets and red roofs, making you feel as if you’re in a Disney movie.

“The countryside is lush and often covered with pine forest, where bike trails snake through the trees.  On Twitter, @RivCotSlo listed just a few of the elements that make Slovenia so special: “Mountains, forests, lakes, seashore, old towns, friendly people, and great food,” adds Rough Guides. 

But who topped the list?

Here is the list of the 20 most beautiful countries in the world, according to Rough Guides’ readers. Interestingly, Europe makes up more than 50% of the list.

1. Scotland

2. Canada

3. New Zealand

4. Italy

5. South Africa

6. Indonesia

7. England

8. Island

9. United States

10. Wales

11. Slovenia

12. Mexico

13. India

14. Finland

15. Switzerland

16. Peru

17. Norway

18. Ireland

19. Croatia

20. Vietnam

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