For those who wish to explore the islands and coastline of Croatia by boat (and what better way to do it?), this is the guide for you. It also contains much useful information on places to visit, and on the country generally, for the landlubber tourist - though be warned, it will make you want to take to the sea! Even if you don't have or hire a boat, you are likely to use ferries and approach ports in the ways described.
The authors have clearly done their research thoroughly and at length, having taken some 4 years in preparing the guide. My knowledge of the region is, so far, centred on the area around Split and so I checked what the book has to say about it. Chapter 4 covers places like Trogir, Ciovo Island, Kastela (really seven villages with at least one castle each) and Split itself. Chapter 5 covers the islands around Split, including Brac and Hvar. I soon found that there is so much more to see than I have already, and that I need a boat to make the most of it. For example, I sailed past Vranjic Islet and it is clearly worth a visit, and I never did get to Vis Island. You can, of course, cover a lot using ferries and water taxis. Wherever you land, this book will help you find the essentials of a good holiday - restaurants, shops, markets, places of interest - as well as providing a brief history of the area.
This is the most in-depth and up to date book of its kind that I have come across. It is great for planning trips while at home and is an essential on board. It is not a pocket guide, but even if you are not cruising I recommend that you find space to take it with you.