Where to next-Croatia?

Jun 27th, 2005, 10:43 AM
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Where to next-Croatia?

We are just back from a 12 day Mediterranean cruise, and I NEED to start thinking about where to next. It keeps me happy and doesn't cost much, until we go! The cruise was amazing but we realized we do better with shorter smaller trips, spending more time in one place. The best part of the cruise is that we discovered Dubrovnik. It was so beautiful and the coast looked even more beautiful. I have poked around here looking at posts about Croatia and what interests me is the cruises that stop in various places around Croatia. Since I am just starting my research I don't even know if my questions make sense, but if one of you Fodorites can steer me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it. I don't think we want to spend an entire week on a cruise, are there 3 or 4 day cruises? We can rent a car and see Croatia that way also. Besides Dubrovnik, name 3 other places that should not be missed and why. I know this is beginning to sound like an exam, but I am just curious about what people who have been there enjoyed and how they saw the country. The 1 way we're fairly sure we won't go is with a bus tour. Thanks in advance.
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Jun 27th, 2005, 02:15 PM
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Hi I highly recommend Istria. the towns of Porec and Rovenj were wonderful experiences. They are bi-lingual as it used to be part of Italy and the seafood and pizza is very good. We drove to Trogir, it took about 7 hrs via Rijeka. They were in the process of building freeways and in the interim 2 yrs., I'm sure they are completed or close to it. Poruc and rovinj are beautiful seaside towns.
We found Trogir very nice and very heavily touristed.
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Jun 27th, 2005, 03:58 PM
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Hi, thanks for your reply. Is Istria part of Croatia? I know I need to get to the bookstore. I have heard of Dubrovnik, Hvar, Zagreb, but now I have Trogir, Porec, and Rovenj to research.
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Jun 27th, 2005, 04:13 PM
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If you're interested in Croatia, purchase The Rough Guide To Croatia by Jonathan Bousfield.

Not only is this book a valuable tourist's guidebook, the section on Contexts and History is interesting reading and especially pertinent to Croatia, seeing as the country itself did not exist twenty years ago.

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Jun 27th, 2005, 05:38 PM
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check out Croatian National Tourist Board website - lots of great info (and maps)

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Jun 28th, 2005, 02:25 PM
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In response to your question about Istria. It used to belong to Venice until the end of 18th cent. The Hapsburgs and Austria until 1918. Back to Italy again until the end of WW2 when it was given to Yugoslavia and Italy kept Trieste. Its architecture is very diverse. Its food is different and it is bi-lingual in many towns. Italian and Croatian is spoken. Being on the Adriatic coast isn't bad either. Very good climate, we were there in late Sept. and it was warm. For guidebooks I used both both the Eyewitness croatia and Footprint Croatia which I thought was better because of the greater detail.
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