About this book
This new edition of Bradt's Croatia is thoroughly updated to reflect recent changes, especially since Croatia's accession to the EU in 2013. Bradt's Croatia offers the most detailed coverage of all the guides of the coast and islands, as well as the capital Zagreb and areas further inland. New for this edition are: more details of Slavonia, new accommodation options in all price brackets, new restaurants, plus new features on Croatian wines and Game of Thrones locations and tours in Dubrovnik. Sitting at the cross-roads of Europe, Croatia offers an unrivalled mix of culture and nature. It continues to seduce visitors with its beautifully preserved historic towns and cities, magnificent cultural sights, gorgeous coastline, outstanding national parks and delicious food-not to mention some of the clearest waters you are likely to find anywhere in the Mediterranean.
About the author
Excellent guide, wittily written
This is not the first Bradt Travel Guide I used to prepare for a trip to the Balkans. I find them very helpful, especially, if you want to learn more about the country. The sections on history, nature and culture of the country are useful, as usual.
This author manages to describe the country in a catching and wittily way. At times, I even had to laugh at the remarks. It is clear that the author has local knowledge and throws in some interesting facts for those interested. I found it easy to read. I even extended my list of places to visit in Croatia after reading the guide.
Based on my experience in Dubrovnik, Zadar and Šibenik (and the transport to and from Zagreb) this guide is very accurate.
One thing that annoyed me beforehand was the section on Šibenik. This is mostly a description of the cathedral. As for the old town itself, the author advises to just walk around the old town. Naturally, I bought the guide to be well-prepared. I was rather looking for some information on the town. Now I have been there, I must confess that the author was right. Aimlessly wandering around is the way to go. Around each corner and on each square there is yet another beautiful palace or church. – I must confess, I did get a map from the tourist bureau. – The tourist board has done an excellent job in describing the sights on site.
An excellent travel guide, probably one of Bradt’s best. And in my experience Bradt sets a high standard.
(Posted on 07/01/2017)
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Facts and figures, Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Politics, Economy, Tourism, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Tourist information and maps, Health, Safety, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Opening times, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Photography, Media and communications, Business/time, Buying property, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively
PART TWO THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Zagreb
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Getting around, Tourist information and maps, Local tour operators and travel agencies, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Sport, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Zagreb
Chapter 4 Inland Croatia
Varazdin, Cakovec and the Medimurje, The Zagorje, Samobor, Zumberak, Jastrebarsko and the Turopolje, Karlovac, South of Karlovac, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Lonjsko Polje, Jasenovac, Pozega, Papuk Nature Park, Slavonski Brod, Ðakovo, Osijek, Kopacki Rit, Vinkovci, Vukovar, East to Ilok
Chapter 5 Istria
The west coast to Porec, Rovinj, Brijuni Islands, Pula, The east coast to Labin and Rabac, Inland Istria, To Opatija and Ucka
Chapter 6 Kvarner Bay and Islands
Rijeka, Gorski Kotar, North Velebit National Park, Cres and Losinj, Krk, Rab
Chapter 7 Northern Dalmatia
Zadar, Paklenica National Park, Sibenik, Krka National Park, Pag, Silba, Olib and Premuda, Ugljan and Pasman, Dugi Otok and the Kornati archipelago
Chapter 8 Central Dalmatia
Trogir, Split, Makarska/Biokovo, Solta, Brac, Hvar, Vis
Chapter 9 Southern Dalmatia
Dubrovnik, South of Dubrovnik, The Elaphite Islands (Kolocep, Lopud, Sipan), Mljet, Trsteno, Ploce and the Neretva Delta, Peljesac peninsula, Korcula, Lastovo
Chapter 10 Diving in Croatia
Planning the dive, Diving centres, Top ten dive sites in Croatia
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Further Information