Croatia

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Vransko Jezero - by Henk Nouws Although renowned for its sunny beaches, Croatia does not make haste establishing long distance hiking trails. European long distance trails E6 and E7 are planned to run through Croatia, but hiking enthousiasts will find little more than a dotted line on the map to show where the trail is supposed to come.

So skip Croatia? No, certainly not. The country offers some outstanding mountain landscapes, with towering karst formations, white rocks in polished formations and deep crags. They are part of the Dinaric Alps and typical for Croatia. In between the limestone ranges are forests, and green slopes covered in snow until spring, when the crocuses start to bloom. This makes for some lovely walking, also because temperatures are still agreeable at this time of year. The mountains are not very high. Mount Croatia Dinara is the highest at 1831m, a large dry outcrop surrounded by wilderness.

Walking the mountains is a popular local pastime. The Croatians will tell you where to go and how to find the best mountain huts. There are numerous great 2- or 3-day hikes. Many trails are well kept and marked profusely in red and white. Most popular are the Velebit range, and Paklenica with its bizarre limestone rocks and peaks up to 1750m high.

Don't forget the Adriatic Sea coast with its many islands. These are easy to reach, often interconnected and differ considerably one from the other. Hiking Rab, Pag and Vis is fun, but beware: one hiker stepped on a landmine not long ago, so keep away from any military grounds. Spring and autumn are the best seasons, particularly in these low parts, because summer can get very hot. If you want to go in summer anyway, start out early and carry lots of drinking water.

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  • lily May 2012
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Nature...great weather..loved it
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Trails

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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • The Islands of Croatia
  • 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. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Kroatië - Croatia | Sunflower Landscapes series |
  • Engelstalige wandelgids van Kroatie met routebeschrijving en kaartjes. - wandelingen voor iedere leeftijd en elk niveau - topografische wandelkaarten - autotochten en uitvouwbare wegenkaarten - korte wandelingetjes naar idyllische picknickplekjes - dienstregelingen voor het openbaar vervoer From the northernmost shores of the Kvarner... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Croatia Key Guide
  • Croatia in the Key Guide series from AA Publishing; exploring a range of international destinations and recently been re-launched with full colour pages. Thorough and detailed in style, the guides are targeted at an older audience, exploring the principal sights, walks, activities, restaurants and accommodation of the destination. A detailed... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids Walking in Croatia - Kroatië | Cicerone |
  • Uitstekende wandelgids, sommige meerdaags, voor dit uitdagende wandelgebied. Walks and multi-day treks through the best of Croatia’s mountains including the Dinaric Alps (Gorski Kotar and Velebit), Istria, Croatia’s islands and around Zagreb. Ranging from easy to hard, the routes introduce this outstandingly rugged walking destination. Full... Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2010
  • Walking in Croatia
  • This handy guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for 19 day walks and 7 multi-day treks in Croatia's Dinaric Alps and the Croatian islands. The terrain varies from gently sloping hills to rugged tops and limestone crags. Each route is graded by difficulty which ranges from very easy to difficult so there is a route to suit every ability. Read more
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United Kingdom
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Maps

eBooks.de
Germany
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IGN
France
  • 2900 - Kroatien
  • Les cartes de randonnée KOMPASS contiennent des informations précieuses pour les randonneurs : Marquage. Itinéraires de randonnées recommandés. Informations touristiques importantes. Descriptif des cartes dans la langue du pays Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Dalmatian Coast 3-map set
  • The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia and Montenegro in a set of three detailed, double-sided maps at 1:100,000 from Kompass. Coverage extends from Rijeka to the Albanian border, so does not include Istria. The maps have contours at 40m intervals, enhanced by relief shading and spot heights. Road network includes unsurfaced country roads and cart... Read more
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Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Dalmatian Coast South: Dubrovnik - Kotor - Ulcinj
  • Dalmatian Coast South: Dubrovnik - Kotor - Ulcinj in a series of three detailed, double-sided maps at 1:100,000 from Kompass, available either separately or as a set. Coverage extends from Rijeka to the Albanian border, so does not include Istria. The maps have contours at 40m intervals, enhanced by relief shading and spot heights. Road network... Read more
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Germany
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Dalmatian Coast 1: Zadar - Kornati Islands
  • The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia around Zadar and the Kornati Islands on a detailed, indexed map at 1:100,000 from Freytag & Berndt with large icons indicating various facilities including campsites and beaches, ferry connections, etc.Coverage includes the islands of Kormat, Pasman Ugljan, Dugi Otok and the southern part of Pag. The map shows... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cres - Losinj - Krk - Rab
  • The northern part of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia from Opatija and Rijeka to Jablanac on a detailed indexed map at 1:100,000 from Freytag & Berndt with large icons indicating various facilities including campsites and beaches, ferry connections, etc.Coverage includes the islands of Cres, Losinj, Krk and Rab, and the northern part of Pag. The... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Dalmatian Coast 2: Sibenik - Split - Vis
  • The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia between Split and Murter on a detailed, indexed map at 1:100,000 from Freytag & Berndt with large icons indicating various facilities including campsites and beaches, ferry connections, etc.Coverage includes Sibenik, Trogir and the islands of Solta and Vis. The map shows local roads, highlighting scenic routes,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Middle Dalmatian Coast 3: Brac - Hvar - Split
  • The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia from Split southwards to Gradec on a detailed map at 1:100,000 from Freytag & Berndt with large icons indicating various facilities including campsites and beaches, ferry connections, etc.Coverage includes the islands of Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korcula and Lastovo, plus the northern part of the Peljesac peninsula. The... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Middle Dalmatian Coast 4: Dubrovnik - Medjugorje - Mljet
  • The southernmost part of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia including Dubrovnik on a detailed map at 1:100,000 from Freytag & Berndt with large icons indicating various facilities including campsites and beaches, ferry connections, etc.Coverage includes the islands of Mljet and Sipan, and the southern part of the Peljesac peninsula. The map shows... Read more
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Germany
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Dubrovnik, Vineyards & The Dalmatian Coast
  • Walking Holiday in Croatia. Sample the celebrated wines of Croatia while you explore the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik's fortified Old Town and enjoy the hidden walking trails around the vineyards and coastline of South Dalmatia. This is a diverse and relaxed tour that allows you to experience the historic city of... Read more
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • CROATIA: ISLANDS/MOUNTAINS
  • This trip is designed to champion the very best of Croatia, giving you time to enjoy the coast and islands, the beautiful towns and near-perfect national parks. Starting in the unmissable city of Dubrovnik, we then begin our journey up the coast. The azure sea will form the back drop for many of our early walks, followed by the peaceful sound... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Istria's Wine Roads Cycling
  • Walking the Istrian Peninsula. Sample local wines and delicacies, while you soak up the Mediterranean sun and meet the locals on your cycling holiday. Your journey takes in the best Istria has to offer, from the untouched interior with its medieval hilltop villages, to the glistening Adriatic Coast and its popular resorts. After your arrival... Read more
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