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
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Islands of Croatia: 30 Walking Routes on 14 Adriatic Islands
  • This guidebook describes 30 day walks on the islands of the Croatian Adriatic - an outstandingly beautiful landscape incredibly rich in history, wildlife and plants, and covered by a network of superb hiking trails. This guide covers 14 islands, including better-known places such as Hvar, Bra? and Mljet, as well as less-visited spots such as... Read more
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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 ranging from very easy to difficult so there is a route to suit every ability. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • 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 Gulf,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelgids eilanden van Kroatië - Islands of Croatia | Cicerone |
  • 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
  • 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
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Maps

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
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United Kingdom
  • Dalmatian Coast 3-Map Set
  • The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia and Montenegro on a set of three double-sided, detailed and GPS compatible maps at 1:100,000 from Kompass. Combined coverage of the three maps extends from Rijeka to the Albanian border.The maps have contours at 40m intervals, enhanced by relief shading and spot heights. Road network includes unsurfaced country... Read more
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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Paklenica National Park
  • Paklenica National Park on the Croatian coast near Zadar on a detailed, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from Astroida, highlighting waymarked hiking paths and cycling routes both within the park and outside its boundary, plus on the reverse notes about the park.The map covers both the Velika and the Mala Paklenica Canyons and the... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Dubrovnik, Vineyards & The Dalmatian Coast
  • Self guided walking tour 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. Your tour starts in the city of Dubrovnik where you spend four nights close to the... Read more
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • Croatia Islands/Mountains
  • This trip is designed to highlight 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 fascinating city of Dubrovnik, we then begin our journey up the coast. The azure sea will form the backdrop for many of our early walks, followed by the peaceful sound... Read more
Te Voet
Belgium
  • Op verkenning in het noordwesten - KROATIE
  • prachtige nationale parken en woeste eilanden in het noordwesten van Kroatië bezoek eiland Cres met zijn prachtige haventje de schitterende Plitvice meren, uitgeroepen tot UNESCO beschermd natuurgebied Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Dalmatische Kust
  • Wandelweek naar de zonovergoten Dalmatische kust, waar de ruige kalkbergen van Biokovo en Omiska Dinara hoog naar de hemel reiken, waar je kunt genieten van het goede leven aan de Makarska Riviera en waar fotogenieke dorpjes, kapelletjes en kloosters verscholen liggen op de met geurig mediterraan struikgewas bedekte hellingen van het eiland... Read more
Te Voet
Belgium
Te Voet
Belgium
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Dalmatië
  • In het zuiden van Kroatië bezoekt u de fraaie stad Dubrovnik, gelegen op een rotsachtige strook land die fier boven de strakblauwe Adriatische Zee uitsteekt. U neemt de boot naar het eiland Korcula, waar Dalmatië nog zo vredig en romantisch is als de naam doet vermoeden. De rust van het eiland, de energie van de zon en een flinke vleug historie... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Dalmatië Islandhopping
  • De Kroatische kust behoort zonder meer tot de mooiste van Europa. Combineer islandhopping met een wandelvakantie. Per gezellige zeilmotorboot vaart u langs de diverse sprookjeseilanden van de Kvarner Bocht. Daar heerlijk wandelen met de zon in het gezicht en de zeewind door de haren. Onderweg olijven, vijgen en laurier en de kruidige maquis van... Read more
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