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Croatia the best cruising grounds
on 26 January 2009
I sailed many parts of the world before I decided to settle down in Croatia and agree with the authors that Croatia, particularly Dalmatia - the area covered by this book - is one of the best cruising grounds in Europe, if not the wider world.
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. There's also a detailed introduction with all the essential facts and tips you need to know about Croatia - at sea and on land.
The Cruising Companion is packed with information, full of glossy photographs, detailed port plans and charts, and it's a good read too - not just a collection of facts. Well produced and A4 in size it also looks pretty good on the coffee table, even if you haven't quite booked your sailing holiday yet!