You know that cliché where a tourist visits Europe for the first time and some Italian or French guy sweeps that American girl off her feet? Trust me, Croatians do it better. The list below proves it.

10. We’re passionate and love soccer

We’re passionate and love soccer
We’re passionate and love soccer

Soccer is loved worldwide. Guys go nuts over it and girls go crazy over the guys who love watching it. But, a Croatian who loves soccer is something special. The songs. The cheers. The extreme happiness a Croat feels when their team scores a goal. It’s one of a kind. When a Croatian girl cheers for her team (and those beautiful soccer physiques) on the side lines, the men love it. It’s a win-win for all.

Bear in mind that people with this much passion for a game are passionate in everything they do. This, my friends, is the core of a Croatian. It’s the passion when we talk, when we get mad, when we’re happy: Croatians move through life with such unadulterated pure feeling that dating us can be sensory overload sometime. But, it’s well worth it!

Think of it this way: would you rather watch soccer on TV or be in the stadium? Dating a Croatian is like being at a live soccer match all the time. Exciting, full of energy, sometimes a struggle, but always a winning game.

9. We enjoy the finer things in life

We enjoy the finer things in life
We enjoy the finer things in life

How refreshing would it be to date someone who takes the time to enjoy and sip their coffee? Someone who appreciates the time you took to make dinner? Someone who believes in quality of work and not quantity of hours put in? Someone who believes time off is just as important as time working?

Say goodbye to the hustle-and-bustle-see-you-only-on-the-weekends relationships. Our schedules do not dictate our lives. Our lives dictate our schedules.

Croatians strive for a better quality of life. Because of this mentality, Croatians are pretty happy people. And, dating a happy person is always a plus. We don’t need millions in the bank or big houses or any of that. What a Croatian needs is just their love beside them, some good friends, their family, a good vino and perhaps a sunset to watch every once in a while, in awe of nature’s beauty.

8. We know how to cook

We know how to cook
We know how to cook

Who doesn’t like a nice meal cooked for them every once in a while? Every Croatian guy I know is a master at the grill. And, most Croatian girls I know can make anything under the sun. So, get ready to eat!

It’s a well-known fact our culinary palates are extraordinary. From Bluefin Tuna to the world’s most famous truffles, from decadent homemade desserts to simple pastas with homemade olive oils, Croatian cuisine is infused with delight. The story of our rich history and culture is often displayed right on your plate.

Even powerhouse chefs and authorities in the world of fabulous food such as Anthony Bourdain have been intoxicated with their love for Croatian cuisine. You will be too.

7. We own summer homes

We own summer homes
We own summer homes

As a child, every Croat visits their grandparents on the Adriatic Sea during summers. Some people go to camp, we go visit baka and dida in their seaside villages. No matter what Croatian you date, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you have a free summer home to stay at whenever you want. If not at the shore, then somewhere in the beautiful mountain regions of Croatia.

Considering Croatians love getting together with family and friends, you have a sure shot of a free vacation spot for life. Sea and ski, anyone?

6. We’re “mysterious”& “exotic”

We’re “mysterious”& “exotic”
We’re “mysterious”& “exotic”

Just to say to your friends that you are dating a “foreigner” is enough to pique anyone’s interests. But, to say that you’re dating a Croatian will instantly get you double the “Oohs” and “Aahs.”

You’re welcome!

5. We speak a foreign language & have an accent

We speak a foreign language & have an accent
We speak a foreign language & have an accent

“The accent of a man’s native country remains in his mind and his heart, as it does in his speech.”
-Francois de La Rochefoucauld

There is something to be said about an accent. When someone speaks to you in their native tongue, something in your brain happens where you are instantly intrigued by what that person has to say. Maybe this is an innate human quality (thank goodness!) to help bring the cultures of the world together. Or, it’s just another way to thank Mother Nature for being sexy at times.

Let’s face it, a foreign accent is hot. No matter what, it will either get you in the mood or out of an argument at all times. So, date a Croatian and you will basically be in love forever.

Another plus: date one of us and you will inevitably learn a few words here and there. No language instructor fees apply.

4. A never-ending supply of homemade wine

There’s a pretty good chance at least one person in your Croatian squeeze’s family makes their own wine, be it a father, uncle, or grandparent.

The best part of this is the organic ingredients. All the grapes are from the backyard. No need to spend money at Whole Foods anymore.

3. We’re pretty darn attractive

Goran Visnjic. Eric Bana. Nina Moric. Denise Richards. Jenna Elfman. Jelena Rozga. Nina Badric.

When have you ever encountered an ugly Croatian? Exactly.

2. We’re a good time

Croatians will feed, drink and laugh their way straight to your heart. You can put a Croatian anywhere and they will have a good time. We are the best conversationalists I have ever encountered. We’re witty, funny and a lot sarcastic. Dating a Croat will be far from boring.

1. Romance & travel

Romance & travel
Romance & travel

Love is built on the unknown. But, to fall in love with someone outside of your culture makes the experience tenfold. You get to experience something outside of your realm. Imagine walking the beautiful stone streets of Zadar or touching the ancient walls of Dubrovnik. The romance engulfs you simply with every step you take in Croatia.

And, to learn of a new culture means you will definitely rediscover your own self. As much as you learn about your new love’s small town, you will share about your past and where you are from. Best part: you get a cool new stamp on your passport every time you visit.

Croatians are easy to fall in love with –accents, culture, looks, soccer, romantic buildings, food, wine…

So, what are you waiting for? Spring has finally arrived, and love is literally in the air. Go get yourself Croat! I certainly did.

Written by: Diane Kolanovic-Solaja

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