Guidebook Updates for Croatia

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Croatia, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Across Croatia

  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.

For books printed before January 2018, the following may also apply:

  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.
  • The European Coastal Airlines seaplane did not run in 2017, and service is unlikely to resume in the future.

Dubrovnik & nearby

  • Dubrovnik's city walls are now 200 kn to enter. While it's now possible to make reservations, you'll still have to contend with crowds and heat on top of the wall, so visiting early or late remains the best plan.
  • The shuttle bus from the airport no longer stops at the Pile Gate in the Old Town. If you're staying near the gate, ride the airport shuttle to the bus station, then take a public bus (or taxi) to Pile Gate.

For books printed before July 2018, the following may also apply:

  • There is no longer a left-luggage office in Cavtat.

For books printed before January 2018, the following may also apply:

  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.
  • The European Coastal Airlines seaplane did not run in 2017, and service is unlikely to resume in the future.

Hvar

For books printed before July 2018, the following may apply:

  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.
  • The European Coastal Airlines seaplane did not run in 2017, and service is unlikely to resume in the future.

Istria

For books printed before July 2018, the following may apply:

  • Rovinj: Trevisol Apartments has closed.
  • The European Coastal Airlines seaplane did not run in 2017, and service is unlikely to resume in the future.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

Korčula

For books printed before July 2018, the following may apply:

  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.
  • The European Coastal Airlines seaplane did not run in 2017, and service is unlikely to resume in the future.
  • Apartments Lenni has new owners and is now called M&J Central Suites. The new contact info is mobile +385 (0)98-160-9644, mjcentralsuites@yahoo.com.
  • Hotel Korčula has a new phone number: +385 (0)20/726-900.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Tickets for the Nona Ana catamaran can — and should — now be booked online, ideally at least a day or two ahead (or even farther out, in peak season, as boats can sell out at busy times).
  • Anka Portolan is no longer renting rooms.
  • Nonno restaurant has moved to the other side of the Old Town (on the eastern seawall), and has raised their prices dramatically (so we no longer recommended it).

Plitvice Lakes National Park

  • It is now possible — and strongly recommended — to reserve advance tickets for the park. (In-person tickets are risky, as the park limits the number of visitors per day — it can indeed sell out completely on busy days.) Online tickets must be booked at least two days ahead, and are good for a one-hour window (you can pick up your ticket up to 30 minutes before your window).

Split & nearby

For books printed before July 2018, the following may apply:

  • Konoba Matejuška restaurant has moved across the street to Tomića Stine 4 and changed its name to "Konoba Fetivi."
  • Paradigma restaurant has closed.
  • The Splitcard is no longer free, even for those staying in town for three nights. It is no longer a good value.
  • Krka National Park now requires all visitors to follow a one-way route around the park. Those coming by boat have to first hike steeply uphill to the "ethno village," then circle back down to the waterfalls (rather than shortcutting to the waterfalls).
  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

Zagreb

  • The Cookie Factory dessert café has a new name: Cremme.
  • Mundoaka restaurant has closed.
  • Studio Kairos hotel has closed.
  • Umami grill has closed.

For books printed before July 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Nishta vegetarian restaurant has closed (but their branch in Dubrovnik remains open).