272 pages; published June 2010; 2nd edition; ISBN 9781852846145

My love affair with Croatia began more than a dozen years ago, with my first visit to a snow-bound Velebit in the middle of winter. Within a year I had moved to Zagreb where I lived and worked as an English teacher for two years, making frequent trips into the mountains and seeing in the new millennium in a bitterly cold tent, once again on Velebit. I have been returning to Croatia ever since.

The first edition of Walking in Croatia, published in 2004, was the first comprehensive English-language guide to walking in this beautiful country – I would say ‘first’, but a local (Croatian) guidebook was translated into English around the same time, though some of the material in that was far from up to date, and it wasn’t available in England anyway. It was also my first book, though I’ve written several more since. At the time there were a few general Croatia guidebooks appearing in English, but there was very little information on Croatia’s mountains and national parks, with the exception of Mljet and Plitvička jezera. Since then literally dozens of guidebooks have appeared on the market, though there’s still comparatively little coverage of places like Velebit and Gorski kotar, Croatia’s best hiking areas (the exception being the Bradt guide, which has much broader coverage – especially the 4th edition, updated by yours truly) – something I still find hard to understand, given how easy these mountains are to get to, and how close many of them are to the coast.

Though this new edition has several new walks, some in areas not covered by the previous edition, it is still the rugged mountains of Velebit, Gorski kotar and others which form the so-called Dinaric Alps, which are the main focus of this guide.

The cover image, by the way, is taken on Sveti Nikola, on the island of Hvar – a nice walk with spectacular views, of neighbouring islands and, on a clear day, the Apennines in Italy.

CONTENTS OF 2ND EDITION:

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction

Geography and Geology
Climate
History
Architecture, Art and Culture
Wildlife and Plants
Getting to Croatia
Getting Around
Accommodation
Food and Drink
Language
Visas
Currency
Changing Money
Postal Services and Telecommunications
Walking in Croatia
What to do in an Emergency
About this Guide
Landmines
Croatia at a Glance
Walks and Treks

Part 1: Around Zagreb

Walk 1: Sljeme
Walk 2: Veternica Cave
Walk 3: Samoborsko gorje

Part 2: Slavonia

Walk 4: Ružica grad
Walk 5: Lonjsko polje
Walk 6: Kopački rit

Part 3: Istria

Walk 7: Vrh Učka

Part 4: Gorski kotar

Walk 8: Risnjak, Snježnik and Hahlić
Walk 9: Bjelolasica, Bijele stijene and Samarske stijene (Velika Kapela)
Walk 10: Klek

Part 5: Velebit

Walk 11: Sjeverni Velebit (northern Velebit) and Srednji Velebit (central Velebit)
Walk 12: Južni Velebit (southern Velebit) and Paklenica

Part 6: Plitvička jezera and Krka

Walk 13: Plitvička jezera
Walk 14: Krka

Part 7: Mosor, Kozjak and Biokovo

Walk 15: Mosor traverse
Walk 16: Kozjak traverse
Walk 17: Biokovo traverse

Part 8: The Islands

Walk 18: Sveti Ilija (Pelješac)
Walk 19: Kula (Korčula)
Walk 20: Malo jezero, Veliko jezero and Veliki Gradac (Mljet)
Walk 21: Sveti Nikola (Hvar)
Walk 22: Vidova gora (Brač)
Walk 23: Zmajeva špilja (Brač)
Walk 24: Osoršcica (Lošinj)
Walk 25: Lubenice and Helm (Cres)
Walk 26: Sveti Salvadur and sveti Blaž (Cres)

Appendices

Appendix A: Exploring Further
Appendix B: Hut Details
Appendix C: Contacts and Useful Addresses
Appendix D: Croatian Language Notes and Glossary
Appendix E: Further Reading

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