Earlier today I signed on to update the next edition of Lonely Planet Croatia, with research scheduled for the spring. It's always exciting to revisit the motherland and discover new things about my country. For someone born and raised there, the challenge always is how to see it from a tourist's perspective.

That all got me thinking about how much I appreciate Croatia's interior – the tame hills of Zagorje, the medieval hilltop towns of Istria, the rugged mountains framing the coast of Kvarner and Dalmatia, and the rolling flat lands of Slavonia. I've been on a mission to get visitors to leave the overcrowded coast and islands of the Adriatic and explore the countryside that remains practically untouched. That's not easy, due to the world limit issue when I do guidebooks and the general hype surrounding the Adriatic. So to entice you to check out what Croatia has to hide beyond its beaches and seaside treasures, I thought I'd share a few photos of what awaits if you get off the beaten track.

Croatian castle

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