Cicerone Guide Book: The Islands of Croatia
30 walks on 14 Adriatic islands, by Rudolf Abraham
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.
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
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
Krk, Rab, Cres, Loinj, Unije, Pag, Ugljan, Dugi otok, Bra, Hvar, Vis, Korula, Lastovo, Mljet
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
well-developed network of trails around Baka (Krk), the rugged east coast of Rab, Osorica on Loinj, popular Hvar, rugged Vis and remote Lastovo, Telaica 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
Updates and errata:
The following websites have changed since the book went to press. The correct addresses are as follows:
Also the ferry company Emilia Romagna has now stopped running ferries to the Croatian islands.
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