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A very smooth rough guide to Croatia
on 24 July 2011
We needed a concise, realistic guide, reliably covering the basics for a first-time visit to Croatia, not least an indication of where to eat and what to look for during a couple of weeks that we knew would fly by. My wife and I have just returned from one of our best holidays ever in the country, helped in no small way by Jonathan Bousfield's guide. We weren't alone! Fellow diners at a family run restaurant tucked away up a back alley in Hvar Town had also found the place using the guide. But this isn't merely a foodie book. There are brief sections describing Croatia from prehistory to the political present - which is a model of clarity - Croatian folk music, an interesting 'History of Croatia in ten albums'and a basic glossary with useful phrases. This isn't a phrase book and doesn't pretend to be, but unless you're a linguist you'll be happy with the usual courtesies which are listed.
The country is dealt with in six main regional blocks: Zagreb, Inland Croatia, Istria, The Kvarner Gulf, Dalmatia, and 'Dubrovnik and around'. Each has a descriptive section with additional notes on accommodation, travel, restaurants, cultural life, night life, shopping, etc. and useful maps. All good stuff. Recommended. And it won't take up too much precious space in a backpack or shoulder bag.