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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Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids 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
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2020
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2020
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • Croatia Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • From the northernmost shores of the Kvarner Gulf, southwards all the way to Dubrovnik, this new 3rd edition of Sunflower’s Croatia walking and touring guide covers the country’s Adriatic coast, eleven of the myriad islands and two inland areas.70 long and short walks for all ages and abilities1:50,000 topo maps9 car tours and fold-out touring... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Rough Guide to Croatia
  • With nearly 2000km of rocky, indented shore and more than 1000 islands, Croatia boasts one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline that Europe has to offer. The Rough Guide’s 24 page full-colour section introduces the author’s highlights, from the medieval city of Dubrovnik to the rural hinterland of Zagreb, to the unspoilt island... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Rough Guide to Croatia
  • With nearly 2000km of rocky, indented shore and more than 1000 islands, Croatia boasts one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline that Europe has to offer. The Rough Guide’s 24 page full-colour section introduces the author’s highlights, from the medieval city of Dubrovnik to the rural hinterland of Zagreb, to the unspoilt island... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Zuid Dalmatië - Kroatië | Edicola
  • Het zonovergoten Zuid-Dalmatië biedt een rijke cocktail aan natuurschoon en cultuurhistorische bezienswaardigheden. Aan de ene kant ligt Split, de tweede stad van Kroatië. Het oude centrum is zeventien eeuwen geleden ontstaan binnen de muren van het paleis van de Romeinse keizer Diocletianus en staat op de Werelderfgoedlijst van de UNESCO. Aan... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • On the Trail of Europa
  • Where must I locate thee now, O my homeland, or in what places? So wrote a Roman poet two thousand years ago, and so feel Donald Yates and his wife today after an illuminating visit to Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • On the Trail of Europa
  • Where must I locate thee now, O my homeland, or in what places? So wrote a Roman poet two thousand years ago, and so feel Donald Yates and his wife today after an illuminating visit to Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Croatia - Kroatië | Bradt Travel Guides
  • Een Engelstalige, praktische reisgids voor de avontuurlijke reiziger, boordevol informatie over accommodatie van budget tot luxe, vervoer, plaatsbeschrijvingen en natuur - kenmerk : kritisch op toeristische pleisterplekken en de stijl is verhalend. This new edition of Bradt's Croatia is thoroughly updated to reflect recent changes, especially... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Croatia
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapCalled “the jewel of the Adriatic Sea," Croatia's medieval cities, turquoise waters, and rugged mountains make this small Mediterranean county big on adventure! National Geographic's Croatia AdventureMap will meet the needs of Croatia's travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate... Read more
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Belgium
  • Croatia
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapCalled “the jewel of the Adriatic Sea," Croatia's medieval cities, turquoise waters, and rugged mountains make this small Mediterranean county big on adventure! National Geographic's Croatia AdventureMap will meet the needs of Croatia's travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate... Read more
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Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids - Wandelgids Explore Dubrovnik | Insight Guides
  • Handzame gids met de top bezienswaardigheden van Dubrovnik plus informatie over restaurants, hotels en het nachtleven. Daarnaast staan er elf wandelingen in de stad en de omgeving beschreven. Insight Explore Guides: pocket-sized books to inspire your on-foot exploration of top international destinations. Now with free eBook. Experience the best... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Trotter Kroatië - Kroatie | Lannoo
  • Kroatie Trotter is een originele reisgids met een eigen mening en persoonlijkheid. Trotter houdt geen cliché's in stand, maar biedt de individuele reiziger een persoonlijke visie. De traditionele trekpleisters worden verfrissend beschreven en ongekende schatten worden geopenbaard. De selectie van hotels en restaurants is uniek en de hoeveelheid... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 50 Years of Childhood
  • Instead of an Introduction This is a book with singing. Singing without a good ear for music, without a good voice, without a contrabass. Only a book. Is there a bigger and a happier sadness in the Universe. If someone recognizes themselves in this book, I will be very glad, because I did not imagine them like that at all. Instead of an... Read more
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  • 50 Years of Childhood
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lošinj Island Croatian Mountain Rescue Service 25K Map
  • The island of Lošinj on the Adriatic coast of Croatia on a double-sided, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, highlighting hiking paths, including trails on the southern part of Cres and on the nearby islands of Unije, Susak and Ilovik.Contours at 10m intervals enhanced by relief shading... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Drava Cartographia Water Sports & Cycling Map
  • The course of the river Drava along the border of Hungary and Croatia and its section in Croatia to is confluence with the Danube on a detailed contoured map at 1:75,000 from Cartographia in Budapest highlighting waymarked and recommended cycling routes, etc.The course of the river is presented on four panels. An overprint highlights waymarked... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Dinara
  • The south-eastern part of the Dinara - Troglav mountain range on the border of southern Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. Coverage extends southwards from the peak of Troglav to Maljkovo near the Perucko Lake.Contours at 10m intervals enhanced by relief... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Biokovo Mountains Croatian Mountain Rescue Service 25K Map
  • Biokovo Mountains on the Adriatic coast of Croatia on a contoured and GPS compatible, double-sided map at 1:25,000 from the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. Coverage includes the resorts of Baška Voda, Makarska,, Tucpi and Podgora.Contours at 10m intervals enhanced by relief shading provide excellent presentation of the terrain, with markings... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Omiška Dinara
  • Omiška Dinara Mountains on the Adriatic coast of Croatia on a contoured and GPS compatible, double-sided map at 1:25,000 from the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. Coverage extends from Dugi Rat and Omiš to just beyond Vruja and inland beyond the A1 motorway to the hill along the Cetina River. Contours at 20m intervals enhanced by relief... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Dinara - Troglav Group East
  • The south-eastern part of the Dinara - Troglav mountain range on the border of southern Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. Coverage extends southwards from the peak of Troglav to Maljkovo near the Perucko Lake.Contours at 10m intervals enhanced by relief... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Brac Island
  • The island of Brac on the Adriatic coast of Croatia on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, highlighting recommended cycling routes, with 26 routes profiles. The island is shown on both sides of the map with similar cartography (contours at 10m intervals enhanced by relief shading to provide... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Dinara - Troglav Group West
  • The north-western part of the Dinara - Troglav mountain range on the border of southern Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. With the peak of Troglav towards the eastern edge of the map, coverage extends from the town of Vrlika northwards to the Martinova... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cres - Losinj - Krk - Rab F&B Top 10 Tips
  • The northern part of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia from Opatija and Rijeka to, on the mainland, beyond Jablanac on a detailed, indexed map at 1:100,000 from Freytag & Berndt, with the regions to 10 best sights given multilingual descriptions in a booklet attached to the map cover, plus a street plan of central Rijeka. Coverage includes 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. This is a diverse and relaxed tour that allows you to experience the historic city of Dubrovnik as well as beautiful coastal walking and the undiscovered villages and... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Trails of Green Istria
  • Walking Tour in Croatia. Get off the beaten track and enjoy walking through Istria's untouched interior and coastline. Often referred to as the 'Adriatic Tuscany’, Istria is sure to charm you. Follow trails through magnificent rolling landscapes along sparkling turquoise coastlines and revel in the relaxed way of life. Enjoy stays in medieval... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking in Puglia
  • Starting in the Valle d'Itria and going to Alberobello, Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Ostuni with 2 nights in Lecce and walk in Otranto. Walk in Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot bordered by the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Discover landscapes of olive groves, stone walls and ancient towns bursting with architectural gems. The Valle d’Itria is... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking in Puglia Short Break
  • Starting in the Valle d'Itria and going to Alberobello, Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Ostuni. Take a relaxing short break in Puglia, located in the heel of Italy’s boot. See the highlights of this region discovering landscapes of olive groves, stone walls and ancient towns bursting with architectural gems. Walk through classic and tranquil... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Brac & Hvar Islandhopping
  • Een ontspannen wandelvakantie op twee van de mooiste eilanden van de Dalmatische kust: Brac en Hvar. Vanuit de Romeinse stad Split reis je per ferry naar het eiland Brac, waar je vanuit het mooie plaatsje Bol langs stille baaien met azuurblauw water wandelt en de hoogste top van het eiland beklimt. Dan wachten de wijngaarden, akkers en de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Slovenië - Wandelvakantie
  • Deze wandelvakantie bestrijkt een groot deel van het kleine Slovenië. Maar hoe klein ook, er zijn vele verschillende, mooie landschappen, waarin je regelmatig een leuk en kleurrijk stadje aantreft. In de Steiner Alpen verblijf je in een boerderij-hotel in een stil dal en maakt niet al te lange bergwandelingen. In het oosten van het land, aan de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Nationale Parken
  • Tussen Split en Zagreb toont Kroatië zich van haar mooiste kant. De kustlijn, de rivierdalen en de bergen van Dalmatië zijn van een ongekende schoonheid en zijn beschermd in de vorm van Nationale Parken met een sterk uiteenlopend karakter. De kloven en kalkbergen met hun unieke endemische flora van Velebit en NP Paklenica, de wirwar van kale... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Noord-Kroatië
  • Avontuurlijke verkenning van Noord-Kroatië vanuit 2 natuur-campings en een mooi gelegen berghut. Je gaat kamperen, wandelen, fietsen, kajakken, zwemmen en veel meer leuke activiteiten ondernemen. Je slaapt in sierlijke en mooi ingerichte Bell-tenten en bijna alle maaltijden worden voor je verzorgd. Op en top vakantie... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Dalmatië-Zuid
  • De oude Grieken konden de verleidingen van Dalmatië al niet weerstaan, laat staan zonminnende wandelaars uit de Lage Landen. Tijdens deze ontspannen vakantie in het zuiden van de streek wandel je door prachtige landschappen. Slenter door de nauwe straatjes van Dubrovnik, de parel van de Adriatico. Wandel door de olijfboomgaarden en slaperige... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Dalmatië
  • Deze fietsvakantie door het zuiden van Dalmatië start in het historische hart van Trogir. De azuurblauwe Adriatische Zee wijkt deze week nauwelijks van je zijde. Peddel door wijn- en olijfboomgaarden op de prachtige eilanden voor de Kroatische kust. Verken de geplaveide straatjes van schitterende steden als Dubrovnik en Split. Geniet van... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Noord-Dalmatië
  • Lekker varen van het ene naar het andere sprookjeseiland. Daar kan je heerlijk fietsen met de zon in het gezicht en de zeewind door je haren. Onderweg zie je olijven, vijgen en laurieren. Ook heb je prachtige uitzichten over de Adriatische zee. Bezoek historische, maritieme plaatsen zoals Mali Losinj en de fraaie 'vier-toren stad' Rab. Besluit... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Dalmatische Kust
  • Wandelweek aan de zonovergoten Dalmatische kust, waar de ruige kalkbergen van Biokovo en Omiska Dinara hoog naar de hemel reiken. Geniet van het goede leven aan de Makarska Riviera. Op het eiland Brac liggen fotogenieke dorpjes, kapelletjes en kloosters op de met geurig mediterraan struikgewas bedekte hellingen. Overdag afwisselend rustige... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Istrië
  • Vanuit de levendige, historische badplaats Porec fiets je door het nauwelijks toeristische, arcadische achterland. Rijd over groene wijnheuvels met verstilde boerendorpjes, langs eikenbossen en Middeleeuwse vestingstadjes als Kastelir en Motovun. Geniet van de verrassend, goede Istrische keuken. Eindig deze reis in de prachtige, Venetiaanse... Read more
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  • Kroatië - Istrië
  • Istrië, in noordelijk Kroatië, is een hartvormige schiereiland in de Adriatische zee. De Italiaanse invloeden van het nabije Venetië zijn onmiskenbaar. Je wandelt door verstilde landschap en de heuveltoppen worden gesierd door middeleeuwse dorpjes. Men leeft van kleine wijn- en olijfgaarden en het verzamelen van truffels in de uitgestrekte... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Zuid-Dalmatië
  • Per comfortabel jacht langs de sprookjeseilanden van zuidelijk Kroatië, geboortestreek van ontdekkingsreiziger Marco Polo. Waan je in zijn voetsporen met de zon in je gezicht en de zeewind door je haren. Kies elke dag je programma: luieren, fietsen, een wandeltocht, struinen in een mooi havenstadje of een rafttocht. Ook oude piratenforten,... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Istrië & Kvarner
  • Groen mediterraan hart van de Adria, omspoeld door een azuurblauwe zee. Schitterende kuststeden als Opatija en Porec en pastoraal, heuvelachtig binnenland. Middeleeuwse stadjes: adelaarsnest Motovun, ommuurd Oprtalj, artistiek Groznjan en Glagolytisch Hum. Vaar via het mooie eiland Krk naar Cres en Losinj om te snorkelen, te wandelen of vale... Read more
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