Disclaimer: These pages are not actively maintained, and some of the practical information on the site is out of date. I am working on a new version of the site that will focus more on my photos and memories of travel in Southeast Europe, and less on practical details that too easily become obsolete. In the meantime, please treat the information here with caution.
Croatia :: Links
There are dozens, possibly hundreds, of websites aimed at visitors to Croatia - this is in no way intended to be a complete list. Many of the more general sites listed in the Overview of the Balkans are also useful for planning a trip to Croatia.
Places to see, accommodation listings, and events. I'm not a big fan of this site - it seems to take a lot clicking to actually get the information I want, and has a disconcerting habit of switching from English to Croatian for no apparent reason.
This general-purpose tourist guide covers similar ground to the Tourist Board site but I find it easier to navigate. The selection of accommodation is rather limited.
Jeanne Oliver has written several editions of Lonely Planet's Croatia guide. This is her own site, independent of the books, and has lots of tips for anyone planning a visit to Croatia.
IYP's guide to Zagreb is typically concise and useful, and regularly updated. The IYP site also includes guides to the coastal towns of Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Split, and Zadar - not to mention everything you ever wanted to know about the eastern city of Osijek.
City guide, including useful details of transport timetables (although they may not be fully up to date) and organised excursions to the surrounding region, including Bosnia and Montenegro.
Most of these site have information about the flora, fauna, and geology of the parks, and contact details for further information.
This site will help you find your perfect stretch of Adriatic coast, whether you are looking for a good place to bring the family, want to learn to windsurf, or even seek that most elusive of Croatian destinations: a sandy beach.
Transport and Practicalities
Timetable and fare information about Croatian domestic trains. The site was redesigned quite recently to get rid of those so-uncool capital letters at the start of words, and possibly to make it more user-friendly as well - although I can still only get the timetable to work about 50% of the time. There are no details of international fares, and the "International Timetable" on front page takes you straight to the German Railways European Timetable.
The main ferry company operating domestic routes along Croatia's Adriatic coast - your first chance to get to grips with the notoriously confusing timetable. They also run some international routes to Italy. Make sure you enter your exact dates of travel as timetables vary considerably depending on the time of year and day of the week. It's not the most user-friendly site in the world but most of what you need to know is in there somewhere.
Timetables and bookings for international ferries to Croatia. The companies covered include Blue Line, SNAV, and Venezia Line, but NOT Jadrolinija (see above).
A selection of smaller operators of domestic ferry routes. G&V operates several catamarans, including the useful "Nona Ana" from Dubrovnik to Šipan and Mljet islands, continuing to Korčula and Lastovo in July and August. Krilo runs a catamaran from Split to Hvar town and Korčula. Mediteranska plovidba runs a number of ferries around Korčula including the passenger boat from Korčula town to Orebić. A longer list of local ferries can be found here.
Details of buses from Zagreb to all points in Croatia and back again.
If you are travelling around Croatia there's a high chance you'll find yourself making a connection in Split at some time or other. Fortunately the online timetable is more user-friendly than its Zagreb equivalent.
The front page can take a while to load, but if you are patient you'll see a schedule of Dubrovnik's domestic and international bus connections. Schedules change quite a lot depending on the time of year.
Three of the many bus companies operating in Croatia. Globtour (based in Herzegovina) have particularly useful buses on the Mostar - Dubrovnik - Montenegrin Coast route.
Database of bus timetables throughout Croatia - you can search for buses between any two places, or for all departures from a specific terminal. In theory this should be more convenient than using the other sites listed above, each of which shows only a small subset of routes. However I have found that timetables on autobusni-kolodvor.com do not always agree with those on the bus companies' own websites - so while it is a useful resource for getting a general idea of the number of buses on any route, the specific times shown should be treated with caution.
If you will be driving in Croatia, have a look at this site - it has information on current road conditions, delays, and motorway tolls.
Information and reservations for ten HI-affiliated hostels in Croatia.
This link should take you straight to the Overview of Visa Requirements.
From the Travel Pages
- The Guardian, 24 July 2010
- The ndependent, 03 July 2010
- Irish Independent, 12 June 2010
- The Irish Times, 4 July 2009
- The Times, 23 June 2009
- The Observer, 21 June 2009
- The Independent, 21 June 2009
- The Observer, 03 May 2009
- The Telegraph, 07 April 2009
- The Telegraph, 07 April 2009
- The Telegraph, 20 January 2009
- The Independent, 11 January 2009
- The Daily Telegraph (Australia), 09 December 2008
- The Independent, 10 August 2008
- The Independent, 26 July 2008
- Irish Times, 12 July 2008
- The Independent, 29 June 2008
- The Independent, 28 July 2007
- The Guardian, 21 May 2008
- The Guardian, 05 April 2008
- The Times, 26 January 2008
- The Independent, 28 July 2007
- The Guardian, 07 July 2007
- The Times, 29 June 2007
- The Guardian, 08 November 2006
- The Independent, 19 August 2006
- The Independent, 25 June 2006
- The Guardian, 15 April 2006
- The Times, 18 March 2006
- The Sunday Times, 12 February 2006
- The Independent, 03 February 2006
- The New York Times, 22 January 2006
- The New York Times, 17 July 2005
- The Guardian, 11 June 2005
- The Independent, 29 May 2005
- The New York Times
, 01 May 2005
- The Guardian, 30 April 2005
- The Independent, 16 April 2005
- The Observer, 15 August 2004
- The Guardian, 17 April 2004