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Croatia (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Mar 2009
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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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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.
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.
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.
For such visits it's often a choice between Lonely Planet & Rough Guide, and I think perhaps Rough Guide offers more background and quirky comments about things, but this is still a perfectly acceptable guide.
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Expected it to be like it is as I have other lonely planet books