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The Best Croatian Guidebook for Independent Travelers
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019
Rough Guide Croatia and Lonely Planet Croatia are both excellent guidebooks, particularly for independent travelers who want to get beyond tour stops. Both have new editions that came in Spring 2019, only days apart. I have both, and Rough Guide Croatia is a bit better IMO. For example, the island of Korcula: Rough Guide devotes 12 pages, while Lonely Planet has 6 pages. Rough Guide goes into more detail about small towns and inland Korcula that Lonely Planet doesn't have. The writing is also more crisp in Rough Guide. Consider their descriptions of the town of Vela Luka- Rough Guide: "With good beaches easily accessible offshore on the island of Proizd but no big package hotels, today's Vela Luka radiates easy-going, unswamped affability." Lonely Planet: "Vela Luka is a port town set in a lovely natural harbor, but it it's hardly the most interesting destination." Definitely different perspectives...
Even though the books are about the same size, the binding of the Rough Guide is more tight than Lonely Planet, making the book more difficult to open. Lonely Planet is 384 pages, while Rough Guide is 480 pages - more coverage of out of the way places. Both books make extensive use of color -- lots of color maps, photos, etc. Lonely Planet is a bit better with color headings vs. Rough Guide's b&w. Both books are worth having, but I were to have only one, I recommend Rough Guide Croatia.