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Explore the mountains of Croatia with a Cicerone guidebook

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Availability
Reprinted
Published
3 Mar 2017
ISBN
9781852846145
Edition
Second
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
Weight
330g
Pages
272
1st Published
11 Jun 2010
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Walking in Croatia

by Rudolf Abraham
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook of 19 day walks and 7 multi-day treks focuses on Croatia's Dinaric Alps and some of the Croatian islands. The terrain varies from gently sloping hills to rugged tops and limestone crags. Each route is graded by difficulty ranging from very easy to difficult so there is a route to suit every ability.

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Description

From gently sloping forested hills to rugged tops and limestone crags that reach their most spectacular in the massifs known as the Dinaric Alps, Croatia’s mountains offer a landscape of magnificent grandeur in which to roam. Visitors cannot fail to be in awe of the rugged mountains which rise up spectacularly beyond a narrow ribbon of coastal cities and rocky beaches. More significantly they provide a superb, and as yet remarkably unspoilt, arena for the mountain walker or alpinist.

This guidebook describes 19 day walks and 7 multi-day treks in all the main hiking areas of Croatia, from the mountains on the coast to those inland as well as taking in several of the islands. The routes vary from 3km easy strolls to strenuous multi-day hut-to-hut mountain treks.

The routes are both circular and point-to-point routes, varying in duration from a few hours to a few days. In many (but not all) cases there is scope to shorten or extend routes, bypassing more difficult sections or adding more challenging excursions or alternative routes. They fall into eight main sections: Walks around Zagreb, Walks in Slovania, Walks in Istira, Walks in the coastal ranges or Dinaric Alps, Walks in Velebit, Walks in in Plitvicka jezera and Krka, Walks in Mosor, Kozjack and Biokovo and Walks in the Croatian islands.

Each walk in this guidebook has been given a rating (very easy, easy, moderate or difficult). In rating the difficulty of a particular route or stage, a number of factors have been taken into consideration: technical difficulty (in particular whether any scrambling, or the use of fixed pegs and steel cables, is involved); terrain; duration; altitude and the total amount of ascent/descent; clarity of the route/trail; availability of water, huts and shelter.

A reasonable level of fitness is required for the walks in the Dinaric Alps, while those on the islands are in general very easy. None of the routes requires any climbing skills or equipment, however, a number do involve a degree of scrambling, although this can be avoided.

  • Seasons
    Spring, summer and autumn are all fine – but routes near the coast such as Mosor can become extremely hot in July/August; winter also possible, turning the uplands into a beautiful snow-bound landscape, and waterfalls into cascades of ice.
  • Centres
    Zagreb for Medvednica and Samobor; Osijek for Kopacki rit; Gornja Klada, Karlobag and Starigrad-Paklenica for Velebit; Delnice for Gorski kotar; Split for Mosor; Makarska for Biokovo; Korcula, Bol and Cres for the islands.
  • Difficulty
    Routes range from easy, straightforward rambles on the islands and in well-known national parks, to extended and at times quite stern mountain routes, with some (frequently avoidable) scrambling. Some cabled and pegged sections; single- and multi-day options.
  • Must See
    Northern Velebit, in particular Rožanski kukovi and the area around Zavižan, for its outstanding karst scenery; Gorski kotar for its beautiful forested mountains; Pelješac and Hvar for high routes with amazing views on the coast and islands.

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