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Monarch Airlines has announced that it will begin flying to Dubrovnik from London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester from summer 2012.

The walls of Dubrovnik with a sculpture of the city's patron saint Sveti Vlaho, Croatia


Photo © Rudolf Abraham.

A few images from a very snowy Plitvicka jezera (Plitvice Lakes) national park, Croatia, taken in January this year. I timed this particular visit to arrive after four days of snow and sub-zero temperatures, so that the icicles on the waterfalls didn’t melt. This also meant that the section of the national park I planned to visit was officially closed, so I had to seek special permission to get into that bit (that is, get in with a 3-minute boat trip rather than walking the long way round by road, which would have lost me half the day!). Croatia’s first area to be declared a national park (back in 1949), and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvicka jezera gets incredibly busy in the summer – but in the winter it’s surprisingly quiet, and you get large sections of trail to yourself.

Veliki prstevac, the waterfall I had come to photograph at this time of year, near Gradinsko lake

One of the best-known views in the national park, the trail winding across Kaluderovac lake

The trail between Kaluderovac and Veliki slap (the highest waterfall in the national park)

Gradinsko lake in the ‘closed’ (at the time, anyway) southern section of the national park

All images copyright Rudolf Abraham. No unauthorized use permitted.

Worth mentioning that as of 18 January this year, tram rides in central Zagreb – which had been free for the previous couple of years following an election promise (and we all know what happens to them sooner or later) – now require a ticket just as anywhere else in the Croatian capital. The system’s still the same though – buy ticket(s) from news kiosk, insert ticket into machine when you board the tram to get it ‘stamped’ with time/date, and use said ticket on multiple journeys (tram/bus) in the same direction over a two hour period. Or you can get a top up card, or buy a ticket by text message.

Tram and snow in Ilica, Zagreb, Croatia

I’m giving a talk on walking in Croatia at the Outdoors Show on Saturday 15th January, at the Excel Centre in London – gave talks on Montenegro and Patagonia today. Hope you can come along.

Just before my most recent visit to Lonjsko polje (early October 2010), the area around Zagreb and Sisak had recently been subjected to some of the worst floods in more than a quarter of a century. The wetlands of Lonjsko polje – into which part of the Sava’s flow is diverted as a flood defense measure – were a quite spectacular, drowned world. Under such circumstances any walking route/exploration beyond the flood bank which lies north of the villages of Cigoc etc is impossible (at least, unless you happen to have a boat). The flood waters also swept away the wooden bridges on the short walking route south of Cigoc – and the remaining ones, I almost found to my camera gear’s cost, are far from stable. Check at the Lonjsko polje park information offices if you’re planning a walk in the area.


Lonjsko polje nature park in early October, after the floods of September 2010 (the most serious for more than a quarter of a century)

Q: Is there much new material in the 2nd edition?
A: Yes

The first edition was 224 pages, with 17 walks; the second edition is 272 pages, with 26 walks – including some in Slavonia (Papuk, Lonjsko polje, Kopački rit nature park), which was not covered in the first edition, another on Medvednica, more coverage of Plitvička jezera and Krka national parks, and more walks on the islands (Korčula, Hvar and Mljet) – as well as short summaries of further walks in each area (which effectively brings the number of walks up to 38). There’s also a much longer hut directory, changes and updates to original walks (in particular the walk in southern Velebit, which now includes the area around Bojinac), and new photos.

So, hopefully there’s something there for you even if you already have the first edition of the guide….

The full contents of the second edition are listed on the About page, above.

Posavina horses in Lonjsko polje, one of the new areas covered by the second edition

http://www.cicerone.co.uk/product/detail.cfm/book/614/title/walking-in-croatia

Mountain walking and trekking guide to Croatia, with walks in the Dinaric Alps (Gorski Kotar, Velebit, Mosor, Biokovo), Istria, Slavonia, the islands (Korcula, Mljet, Hvar, Brac, Lošinj and Cres, as well as the Pelješac peninsula) and around Zagreb. 26 routes from easy day walks to multi-day treks and via ferrata over varied terrain. Includes full background information, language and history sections, and hut directory.