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Croatia (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

Vesna Maric , et al.
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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1 Mar 2009 Lonely Planet Country Guides
This book presents an increased coverage of the wineries and villages of Slavonia, the inland hill villages of Istria and of the Dubrovnik littoral, including trips to nearby islands and the botanical treasures of Trsteno. Local voice interviews with a Marine Scientist (discussing ecology of the Adriatic Sea) and a Winemaker to name a few, and expanded regional coverage give insider knowledge. The book includes colour Traveller Highlights section incorporating travellers' own opinions and secrets about Croatia. It also offersincreased coverage of eco-friendly places to stay in Istria and Kvarner.

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th Revised edition edition (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741049164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741049169
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other' --New York Times

This has been given a revamp which really help, liked the new layout. Current and up-to-date so would recommend to anyone visiting Croatia. --Amazon customer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big lack of detail 25 July 2011
For many years, I have now been mainly travelling with Lonely Planet guides. Specially in comparison with other guides, the LP proved to be a reliable source of information. I discovered numerous lovely places, pensions and restaurants through the LP. It was hence clear that we`d buy this guide for our two week tour through the country. We were additionally equipped with a Guide de Routard as my partner is French.

This particular LP lacked several features I came to appreciate about the guides. These were the following:

Maps: The city maps lack detail and are partly extremely confusing. Street names are too often omitted and it is hard to identify the grid of streets. Sights are sometimes directly marked, sometimes shown as number which is very confusing. Only little practical information is to be found.

Hotels: The authors obviously prefer to stay at luxurious places, most notably in Dalmatia. Many of our picks" are luxury hotels the average LP reader could never afford. At the lower end, there are little options. Barely any recommendations are listed for places off the beaten track. This LP focuses on recommending hotels and pensions in the main cities. The authors apparently lacked the appetite to go beyond the standard, very much to our disappointment.

Restaurants: The same is true here. Additionally, prices are often drastically inaccurate.

Ways: Normally, one of the biggest strengths of the LP is the Getting There & Away"-section. Not so here. Only the main connections are described, without much detail. Many things that would normally be found in a LP are omitted here.

The bottom Line: We were hugely disappointed with this Lonely Planet. Normally, we travel using the LP as our main guide and the Guide de Routard as our back up. We were forced to do it the other way around this time as the LP was just not good enough. Pity.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 9 July 2009
This was a very usefull book for us. We didn't know much about the history or the country before we went, but now we do! There is some really great background information in the book for in-flight reading. There is loads of useful info about most places, some great restaurant reccommendations and I particularly liked the walking tour of Split. We would have been lost without it. I think it was a lucky choice, but I've since compared some of the others and this seems to be the best by far. It made our holiday very enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 19 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Have always bought the rough guide before travelling anywhere but thought I'd give the lonely planet a try as it was more recent. Although packed with useful information it was difficult to accept that everywhere in Croatia can be so perfect.It does tend to read like a sales brochure for Croatia. However, Croatia is a beatiful country, but less of the praise where its not needed would give a more honest revue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for inspiration and very up to date 10 July 2011
I've wanted to visit Croatia for years but I didn't really know anything about the country. The beginning of this book was the most helpful for me, there is a highlights section with lots of photos and some ideas for tours around the country lasting around a couple of weeks which was perfect for helping me decide where to visit to make the most of the country. While I was in the country I used the book less but all the information I needed on transport, accommodation, restaurants and things to do were very up to date as of July 2011 and as usual for lonely planet there was plenty of detail.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic Information, Limited Usefulness 7 Aug 2009
By C. Hill
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book based on the fact that it had the highest rating of any other Croatian guide book. Unfortunately, I was not entirely satisfied and found that while the historical content and city maps were helpful, the author's opinions and reccommendations were disapointing and often incorrect. For instance, Hvar Town was hailed for fantastic nightlife and Korcula was said to be a quiet family destination; the truth was the exact opposite but we learned this too late and it had a negative impact on our holiday. Additionally, there was no information on etiquitte, tipping, dress code, etc. which would have been very helpful. Nonetheless, the sleeping and eating recommendations were very good but sadly I felt that the day trip locations left much to be desired.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy the rough guide instead 17 Jun 2010
My travel buddy had the rough guide it was much better than the lonely planet.
Sections of the lonely planet had been made up. For example a monastery described as having 'wonderful painted ceilings and a floor made of tombstones' actually had a White ceiling and a tiled floor.
In comparison to the rough guide, the LP was simple short on info. The RG had more historical info and info on more things to see and do.
I'm definitely going with RG next time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I found this guide book largely useless for the area we visited. The map of Zadar does not include the area where most of the accomodation mentioned in the book is and the distances given are misleading.

The few paragraphs on Ugljan island could have mentioned public transport on the island (there are fairly regular buses that meet the ferry's from Zadar, not every ferry tho'). Instead it suggested some places to visit if you had a car (which are accessible by bus) and had some general waffle about the island.

The information on Plitvice Lakes was ok, but possibly because no information was really needed. Except it could have mentioned the shuttle bus' between the nearest campsite and various other accomodation points. Luckily it did mention that the bus from Zadar will drop you off at the campsite if you ask the driver.

Overall, for the region I visited I found this guidebook to be lazily written and low on information. I would not recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent book and good price.
Published 6 days ago by Moira Shearer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All good
Published 10 days ago by Birgit
4.0 out of 5 stars Am using it to see what is what before travelling to Croatia
Seems ok. will only be able to prove it's worth once I am there
Expected it to be like it is as I have other lonely planet books
Published 18 months ago by jim ross
3.0 out of 5 stars Visit To Croatia
Used this guide on a recent trip to Croatia ( Dalmatia ). As always, it's really helpful when you have limited time in a location to get the best out of your visit ( tips on... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Max M
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Like all Lonely Planet stuff - well worth it. Comprehensive, with plenty of stats, maps and recommendations. I always take an LP guide
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by 32843David
4.0 out of 5 stars Croatia -Lonely planet
As always, LP offer a very useful introduction to help decide on eveything connected with making a first visit to a country.
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars lonely planet guide
Have purchased these guides in the past and found their advice very helpful. Looking forward to selecting accomodation in Croatia using this guide
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by H. Clifford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide.
This has been given a revamp which really help, liked the new layout. Current and up-to-date so would recommend to anyone visiting Croatia.
Published on 1 Oct 2011 by J. Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel Guide Croatia
Really pleased as I would have paid twice as much in the Highstreet & I didn't have to drive and pay for Car Parking
Published on 20 Aug 2011 by J. Cskipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Have yet to put the info in the book to the test as I'm going to Croatia in less than 2 weeks. It has been great to get general information though and I always trust Lonely Planet... Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Rainy
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