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Explore the Croatian Islands with a Cicerone Guidebook

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9 Jun 2014
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9781852847036
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First
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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
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290g
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240
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The Islands of Croatia

30 walks on 14 Adriatic islands

by Rudolf Abraham
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook describes 30 day walks on the islands of the Croatian Adriatic, ranging from short, easy coastal strolls to more challenging, full day outings over rocky ridges and summits, with spectacular views of the Dalmatian coast. Featuring routes on 14 Croatian islands, including the islands of Hvar and Mljet, as well as quieter islands.

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Description

From the Kvarner Gulf (south of Rijeka) to southern Dalmatia (west of Dubrovnik), the Croatian islands feature limestone ridges and toothy knolls alternating with olive groves and lush green forest, while coastlines boast sun-drenched beaches and striking cliffs.

The islands are covered by a network of superb hiking trails. Paths are almost uniformly clear and well marked, and the views are frequently spectacular. The walks cover 14 islands spread fairly evenly along the length of the Croatian coast, visiting better-known places such as Hvar, Brac and Mljet, as well as less well-known spots such as Dugi otok and Lastovo.

From short coastal strolls to full-day outings over rocky summits, the walks in this guidebook cover an island chain of outstanding beauty. While a moderate level of fitness is assumed, the routes described are in general very easy - none require any scrambling / climbing skills or equipment, and the amount of ascent, the duration and the distances involved are moderate.

  • 30 varied walks on 14 beautiful Adriatic islands
  • information on history, culture, wildlife, public transport (including ferry routes) and accommodation
  • useful glossary of Croatian terms and phrases
  • Seasons
    suitable for walking year-round, with spring, summer and autumn being the best; May, June and September are the optimum months for walking, while July and August are the hottest
  • Centres
    Krk, Rab, Cres, Lošinj, Unije, Pag, Ugljan, Dugi otok, Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet
  • Difficulty
    from short, easy coastal strolls with minimal elevation gain to more challenging, full day outings, over rocky summits, though all are well within the reach of the walker and no special equipment is required
  • Must See
    well-developed network of trails around Baška (Krk), the rugged east coast of Rab, Osoršćica on Lošinj, popular Hvar, rugged Vis and remote Lastovo, Telašćica and Lastovo nature parks, and Mljet national park

Winner of Best Guidebook at BGTW Awards, 2014.

“Looking through this book I became entranced by the beauty of the Croatian Islands, and immediately added them to my list of places to visit...sometime. Like all the best guidebooks, it is a manual, a ‘how to book’. Mr Abraham comes across as pretty laid back, but his experience and knowledge of the islands is apparent. He introduces the reader to unexpected delights and provides a comforting companion to the thirty walks covering fourteen of the islands.”

British Guild of Travel Writers, Nov 2014

May 2014

The following websites have changed since the book went to press. The correct addresses are as follows:

Introduction/Wildlife/Fish and other marine life
www.fishonline.org (not www.fishonline.org/pocket-goodfishguide)

Introduction/Getting there/By ferry
www.azzurralines.com (not www.azzurraline.com)

Korcula/Introduction and Other walks on Korcula
www.velaspila.hr (not www.vela-spila.hr)
 

Also the ferry company Emilia Romagna has now stopped running ferries to the Croatian islands.


July 2015

Owing a production error, some of ferry routes (for Krk, Rab, Cres and Losinj) were left out of the table in Appendix C. Click here to download the missing section of table.

Contents

Contents
Introduction
The islands
Geography
Climate
When to visit
Wildlife
Plants
National parks and nature parks
History
Language
Getting there
Getting around
Accommodation
Food and wine
Visas
Money
Phone and internet
Water
Walking on the Croatian islands
Dangers
Using this guide
Krk
Walk 1 Obzova
Walk 2 Rt Škuljica
Walk 3 Hlam
Walk 4 Zakam and Jurandvor
Other walks on Krk
Rab
Walk 5 Kamenjak
Walk 6 Kamenjak to Matkići
Walk 7 Premužićeva staza (Matkići to Lopar)
Other walks on Rab
Cres
Walk 8 Sis
Walk 9 Tramuntana
Other walks on Cres
Lošinj
Walk 10 Osoršćica
Walk 11 Veli Lošinj – The Dolphin Way
Other walks on Lošinj and Susak
Unije
Walk 12 Rt Vnetak
Other walks on Unije
Pag
Walk 13 Šimuni to Sv Vid
Walk 14 Dubrave to Sv Vid
Ugljan
Walk 15 Šćah
Other walks on Ugljan and Pašman
Dugi otok
Walk 16 Oštravica, Orljak and Veli vrh
Walk 17 Kruševac
Walk 18 Telašćica Bay and Mir jezero
Brač
Walk 19 Vidova gora
Hvar
Walk 20 Sv Nikola
Walk 21 Stari Grad Plain
Other walks on Hvar
Vis
Walk 22 Sv Mihovil to Sv Duh (Hum) and Komiža
Walk 23 Žena glava to Sv Duh (Hum) and Komiža
Walk 24 Komiža to Rt Barjaci, Dragodid and Sv Blaž
Other walks on Vis
Korčula
Walk 25 Vela Luka to Hum
Walk 26 Kočje
Walk 27 Kom
Other walks on Korčula
Lastovo
Walk 28 Hom
Other walks on Lastovo
Mljet
Walk 29 Malo jezero
Walk 30 Veliki Gradac
Other walks on Mljet
 
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Gateway cities – Rijeka, Zadar and Split
Appendix C Ferry routes
Appendix D Further reading
Appendix E Croatian language notes and glossary
Appendix F Contacts and useful addresses
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