There’s nothing like a good travel book to transport you to a faraway place and get you dreaming about your own travels. Whether it’s a fictional story, historical account, travel memoir or even a cookbook or guidebook, a book set in a foreign destination provides insight into a place’s culture, food, history, geography, or way of life from the author’s perspective. Some of my favourite books have been travel stories set in places like Venice, Spain, Croatia or Peru, and each book I’ve read has made we want to catch the next flight out to visit the very place I was reading about! |
You might be planning to spend your holidays in Croatia this year, or perhaps you have never considered Croatia as a destination before. In either case, there are some amazing books out there which aim to get you familiarised with the country and give you some ideas on what to see and do. I must warn you, though: you may end up falling in love with this beautiful coastal city from the get-go, and if you’ve never before dreamed of visiting Croatia, you surely will change your mind.
Everyone enjoys a love story! Chasing a Croatian Girl: A Survivor’s Tale written by Cody Brown provides a peek inside Croatia’s beauty, people and culture through the story of American Cody McClain who falls in love with a beautiful Croatian girl. After moving to Split, Croatia, Cody finds himself trying to adjust to life in this new country, with its endless coffee, and having difficulty relating to his girlfriend’s contentious mother. Written in a light-hearted and humorous tone, this book will leave you smiling and with a deeper understanding of Croatian culture.
Get into the mood for your holidays in Croatia ahead of time by browsing through Dalmation Cooking: Cuisine of the Slavic Mediterranean - the first and only cookbook of its kind in English. Written by culinary professional John J. Goddard, this cookbook features more than 300 authentic recipes and lots of information on the history of Croatia’s Mediterranean cooking tradition.
For a look into the dramatic history of Croatia, pick up a copy of the classic Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History written by Robert D. Kaplan. Beginning at the assassination that triggered the First World War to the ethnic warfare in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, this book covers the complicated history of the country and will leave you with a better understanding of Croatian culture.
Running Away to Home: Our Family’s Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters is a story written by Jennifer Wilson about her family’s search for their ancestral roots in a strange but familiar country. The story follows Jennifer and her family who move from contemporary America to the Croatian mountain village of Mrkopali, in the land of Jennifer’s ancestors, following a major stock market crash. This book delves deep into Croatian culture and is sure to stir the imagination for spending your holidays in Croatia...
Lastly, if you’re looking for a good overall guidebook, pick up a copy of the popular Rick Steves’ Croatia & Slovenia for suggestions on where to stay, what to see and do, as well as the best restaurants to try for authentic Adriatic food during your holidays in Croatia.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing luxury holidays in Croatia, as well as holidays in Bermuda, Sicily and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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