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

  • 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.

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Jadrolinija has cancelled the big, slow, coastal car ferries that connected Rijeka, Split, Hvar, Korčula, and Dubrovnik. Other connections between many of these places, however, are still operating (check Jadrolinija's online schedules).
    Some catamaran connections have also changed substantially. Most notably, the Krilo catamaran now runs an exceptionally tourist-friendly route, heading south from Split in the morning and connecting the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, and Mljet before ending at Dubrovnik. A few hours later, it does the reverse trip, allowing travelers to day-trip from any of these stops to any stops to the south (daily June–Sept, 3–4/week May and Oct, no service Nov–April). Given all of the schedule changes, it's especially smart to double-check schedules online when planning any boat journey on the Dalmatian Coast, whether for Jadrolinija boats, the Krilo, or the Nona Ana catamaran (connecting Dubrovnik, Mljet, and Korčula).
  • Krilo tickets are now available in advance online — when possible, book a few days ahead.

Dubrovnik & nearby

  • 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.

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Schedules for many coastal ferries have changed; check the updates under "Across Croatia" for more info and links to ferry schedules.
  • Many of Dubrovnik's museums — including the Rector's Palace, Rupe Museum, and Maritime Museum — no longer sell single admission tickets. Visitors need to get either a "nine museum ticket" (100 kn, good for a week) or a Dubrovnik Card (which also covers the city walls and public transit).
  • The Icon Museum at the Serbian Orthodox Church is closed for restoration, with no definite date for reopening.
  • Old Town Garden Cottage and Studio has a new name, website, and email address: Dubrovnik Gardens, dubrovnikgardens@gmail.com.
  • Fresh Sheets Hostel has a new name, website, and email address: City Walls Hostel, citywallshostel@gmail.com.

Hvar

  • 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.

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Schedules for many coastal ferries have changed; check the updates under "Across Croatia" for more info and links to ferry schedules.

Istria

  • 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:

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Rovinj: The Gostionica/Trattoria Toni restaurant has closed.
  • Motovun: The House of Gold guesthouse has closed.

Korčula

  • 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).

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Schedules for many coastal ferries have changed; check the updates under "Across Croatia" for more info and links to ferry schedules.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

  • Due to growing crowds, officials may institute a system offering – or perhaps even requiring – park tickets to be purchased in advance online. Double-check online before you go. In the meantime, it's more important than ever to time your hike to avoid the worst of the crowds (go early or late).

Split & nearby

  • Konoba Matejuška restaurant 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:

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • The Split Apartment Croatia agency is now managed by the Memento Travel Agency (but has kept the same contact info).
  • The Zlatna Vrata pizzeria in the Old Town has closed.
  • Schedules for many coastal ferries have changed; check the updates under "Across Croatia" for more info and links to ferry schedules.

Zagreb

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