Welcome Croatia! 22 photos to celebrate joining the EU

As of July 1, 2013, Croatia has become the 28th country to join the European Union – the first new member since Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007.

In celebration of this important occasion, here are a selection of some of our favourite images of the beautiful Hrvatska.

With the world’s spotlight firmly on Croatia, why not plan your own journey and see what everyone’s raving about!

Plitvice Lakes National Park. Photo by 29cm

Plitvice Lakes National Park. Photo by 29cm

Plitvice Lakes National Park in winter. Photo by Ferran Cerdans Serra

Plitvice Lakes National Park in winter. Photo by Ferran Cerdans Serra

Old Town Dubrovnik from above. Photo by Mike McHolm

Old Town Dubrovnik from above. Photo by Mike McHolm

Boat off the island of Badija. Photo by Sue Tupling

Boat off the island of Badija. Photo by Sue Tupling

The Island of Hvar. Photo by Rui Ornelas

The Island of Hvar. Photo by Rui Ornelas

The city of Rovinj. Photo by Andrey

The city of Rovinj. Photo by Andrey

Boat in a bay at Primošten. Photo by César González Palomo

Boat in a bay at Primošten. Photo by César González Palomo

Old Town Dubrovnik. Photo by Michael Caven

Old Town Dubrovnik. Photo by Michael Caven

Veliko and Malo Jezero (Big and Little Lake) on the island of Mljet. Photo by oreenuar

Veliko and Malo Jezero (Big and Little Lake) on the island of Mljet. Photo by oreenuar

Framed view from the Dubrovnik City Walls. Photo by Island off the coast of Dubrovnik. Photo by Tambako The Jaguar

Framed view from the Dubrovnik City Walls. Photo by Island off the coast of Dubrovnik. Photo by Tambako The Jaguar

Island off the coast of Dubrovnik. Photo by Tambako The Jaguar

Island off the coast of Dubrovnik. Photo by Tambako The Jaguar

Walking on the walls of Dubrovnik. Photo by dyonis

Walking on the walls of Dubrovnik. Photo by dyonis

View of Hvar from Lompić Fort. Photo by Col Ford and Natasha de Vere

View of Hvar from Lompić Fort. Photo by Col Ford and Natasha de Vere

Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Katedrala Sv. Lovre), Trogir. Photo by ahenobarbus

Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Katedrala Sv. Lovre), Trogir. Photo by ahenobarbus

View from the bell tower at the Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Katedrala Sv. Lovre), Trogir. Photo by m.a.r.c.

View from the bell tower at the Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Katedrala Sv. Lovre), Trogir. Photo by m.a.r.c.

The main street of Stradun, Dubrovnik at night. Photo by Dayou_X

The main street of Stradun, Dubrovnik at night. Photo by Dayou_X

Anchoring off Mljet. Photo by Grant Bishop

Anchoring off Mljet. Photo by Grant Bishop

Ready for a swim at Drvenik. Photo by Andras Csore

Ready for a swim at Drvenik. Photo by Andras Csore

Jumping off Lokrum Island. Photo by Stu

Jumping off Lokrum Island. Photo by Stu

Beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Photo by zolakoma

Beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Photo by zolakoma

First snow at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Photo by Liga Eglite

First snow at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Photo by Liga Eglite

Main image, Dubrovnik Old Town, by Michael Caven