Thanks for this book, something the island badly needs. A really great section on activities and things to do. Am definitely going to check out the rock climbing and kayaking, while the dormouse festival sounds surreal! Some really interesting background on the history and development of tourism, as well as lots of the boring, practical info. Great effort and thanks very much!
Excellent Sierra indeed. One might be forgiven for speculating that this guidebook was written by an an ex-IC hand, now gone seriously native.
The book doesn't offer much when it comes to explicitly harsh critique (or even mild at that) of the island's plethora of restaurants,hotels, beaches, tourist facilities et al, but the author definitely does cover an impressive number of bases of relevance to a maiden or repeat visitor to the island -- demonstrating excellent local knowledge by way of both content and presentation.
The book is an excellent primer that could reasonably be considered a 'must read' for first time visitors contemplating a foray to Hvar. I oft found myself consulting the book on my Kindle while on Hvar -- as well as re-reading it weeks after departure.
While visiting Jelsa, I attempted to subject the author to a cold call by inquiring as to his whereabouts at the Café Splendid. Indeed, the staff at the café were familiar with the erudite chap, but informed me that the author was off on a recce (Bosnia, they guessed) for a unbeknownst number of days. "Darn", I thought. I really wanted to buy the guy a few cold ones and thank him in person for a fine and helpful bit of penning.
You'll notice a number of typos throughout the guidebook yet such glitches must certainly be forgiven in light of the incredible utility the book offers. If there's a more informative book about Hvar for visitors to the island then I hope somebody brings it to my attention.
Although the guidebook steers reasonably clear of reading like an ingratiating puff piece for Hvar, I would probably appreciate a little more of the critical(comparative) eye in the next edition. Given, this can be a most jeopardous and delicate exercise as the author is not a transient observer/reporter but rather lives among the very islanders (population approx.12000) whose world he portrays.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent guide to Croatia's beautiful island Hvar!
22 June 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Buy this book, you won't regret it! If you are planning a trip to Hvar, this is excellent choice! I bought this ebook as someone who spends all free time on Hvar (from Split) for past ten years, and I was curious to see how accurate where the information's inside, and not only I wasn't disappointed, but was surprised how many details are provided.
I can say this book provides plenty of information: where to go, how to plan your trip,places to see, museums, restaurants, history, local ferry lines, local festivals, prices... All the details you could possible imagine. Book is very readable, something to read on your Kindle during or before your trip.