Guidebook Updates for ‘Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia’

When we learn of important changes to the information in our Croatia & Slovenia guidebook, 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

For books printed before January 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.

Dubrovnik & nearby

For books printed before July 2018, the following may 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:

Julian Alps

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

  • Apartmaji Lia in Korbarid has closed.

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).

Lake Bled

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

  • Tito's Vila Bled is no longer open to the public.

Ljubljana

  • There are new direct trains running twice daily between Ljubljana and Trieste (one of which continues on to Trieste Airport and Udine). Travelers can easily transfer to regional and Freccia trains further on towards Venice and Milan. The existing Slovenian services to Villa Opicina remain, with local buses to Trieste now conveniently stopping at the train station, eliminating the need to walk into the village to catch a bus to Trieste Centrale.
  • In addition to Flixbus and GoOpti, Slovenian bus operator Nomago has launched new services from Ljubljana to both Venice Marco Polo and Treviso airports.

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

  • An extensive renovation of the City Museum of Ljubljana is planned for 2018.
  • The number for Intertours taxi is +386 (0)9704080-311-311 or +386 (0)31-311-311.
  • B&B Petra Varl has a new phone number: +386 (0)41-389-470.

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

  • The National and University Library's reading room is now open to the public on Saturday afternoons (14:30–18:00) year-round (€2).
  • The Emonec launderette no longer serves the general public, but is now available only to guests of the Hotel Emonec.
  • Pri Vitezu restaurant has closed.

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

Maribor & Ptuj

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

  • The Štajerc brewpub in Maribor has closed.
  • The Kurent Youth Hostel in Ptuj has closed; a new hostel has opened, but it's inconveniently located.

Mostar & nearby

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

Piran

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

  • Travelers can take advantage of a free "electric car" shuttle service in summer. Call Maestro (mobile +386 (0)31-288-574) and tell them where you want to go.
  • The Hotel Tartini view terrace is no longer open to the public.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

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

  • 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).

Sarajevo

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

  • On many summer nights, the water is shut off in a large part of the Old Town (from around 23:00 until 6:00) because the city's aging water system can't handle the strain. To compensate, most hotels put big jugs of water in their bathrooms. Travelers should ask their hotelier upon arrival whether the water will be shut off during their stay.

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

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

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