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.

Seasons

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

Centres

Krk, Rab, Cres, Lošinj, Unije, Pag, Ugljan, Dugi otok, Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet
Difficulty

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

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
ISBN
9781852847036
Availability
Published
Published
9 Jun 2014
Edition
First
Pages
240
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
Weight
290g
  • Overview

    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
  • 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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    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.

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Rudolf Abraham

Rudolf Abraham is an award-winning travel writer and photographer specialising in Croatia, Central and Eastern Europe. He is the author of over 10 books including Peaks of the Balkans, The Islands of Croatia, The Mountains of Montenegro, Walking in Croatia and St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way. His work is published widely in magazines and online, including Arts Society Review, BBC Countryfile, BBC Travel, France Magazine, Geographical, Hidden Europe, The Independent, Morning Calm, Mountain Pro, The National, National Geographic Traveller, OE, The Telegraph, TGO, Top Trails etc. He first visited Croatia in the late 1990s, lived there for two years, and has been returning to his favourite corner of Europe ever since.

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