Croatia: Cruising Companion Hardcover – 30 Nov 2007
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"It is well produced by Wiley and for all it contains is very good value." -- Multhull Review, June 2008
"...this excellent book gives extensive details of the mainland coastline and islands off Croatia with thorough descriptions"
-- Sailing Today, July 2008
"Croatia undoubtedly has an interesting coastline and this publication does it justice..." -- Classic Boat, February 2008
"I wouldn't take the risk of this book not being onboard. Buy it, and take it with you!" -- Practical Boat Owner, March 2008
"well laid out book...with comprehensive explanations of the pros and cons of each anchorage and port..." -- Dinghy Magazine, February 2008
"It is well produced by Wiley and for all it contains is very good value."See all Product Description
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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.
What I particularly love about the Croatia Cruising Companion is the detail, onshore and offshore. The authors have lived and worked in Croatia for a number of years and it's easy to spot that they know the area inside out, especially when comparing with other publications that are based on occasional visits. There are plenty of Pilot books around which give a section to Croatia, sometimes hidden amongst "Eastern Europe" or "The Adriatic" but all 256 pages of this book are devoted to the Dalmatian Coast and Islands, from Zadar to Dubrovnik, and all the islands in between - Hvar, Brac, Vis, Korcula to name just a few of the larger ones.I enjoy looking up the smaller deserted islands to see what they have to offer as there's not always much information around on them.
As a resident of Split, I also looked at that section very closely. There's a whole page of useful information on the town including a superb selection of restaurants, and contact details for a launderette tucked away in the back streets - UK style launderettes are very rare in Croatia. That's the sort of information that really makes it an insiders' guide. But of course the nautical information is very important too and, with so many bays, marinas, anchorages and ports in Dalmatia it's great to have a well re-searched book that allows you to choose the most suitable spot in an area, based on all the key details - shelter, access, facilities, price, ambience, etc.Read more ›
1) I bought it as a Kindle book and found it very frustrating to use on my iPhone. As a reference book it's important to be able to bookmark the pages I was interested in and to find the start of different sections quickly. It may be my own incompetent use of the Kindle app, but I found it very hard to do this. There is a link from each index item to the page(s) referred to, but even paging through the index to find an entry is slow. I don't think Kindle works well for this type of book yet.
2) The book seems rather out of date. There has been a lot of change in Croatia over the last few years and many of the places we visited had entries that referred to marinas planned to open in 2007.
Even so, and in spite of the comments above, it was still a helpful guide.
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Purchased as gift for family sailing around Croatia & was much appreciated & useful with lovely photos although little out of datePublished 14 months ago by Lord Ork
just been sailing round Croatia and this book was invaluable for describing how to get into harbours, where the harbours were and whats around. Good diagrams/maps and pictures.Published 22 months ago by Ward Brighton
Excellent. Quite essential when planning a cruise in Croatia ( especially when for the first time or for the first time in a new area of Croatia). Lots of useful detail.Published on 10 Aug. 2014 by Mr Peter Pan
We bought both books, but the Adriatic Pilot is better; better charts, more useful descriptions and more up to date.Published on 10 Aug. 2013 by Roma
The trouble with this book is that it doesn't cover the North of Croatia (Zadar to Slovenia) and it doesn't really make this obvious when you're ordering it. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2012 by Thomas Rolph
This cruising companion is so well done. Beautiful photos, create charts, well organized. The information on ports, anchorages, from approaches to what is there, is invaluable. Read morePublished on 8 July 2012 by sailorfailor