A few holiday faq
1. No visa is required for entry into Croatia.
2. No special vaccination is required.
3. Croatia boasts, with reason, the best drinking water in Europe.
4. Croatia has on average 3000 sunny hours a year! That is out of a possible 4380 daylight hours in a year!
5. On the coast winters are very mild, rarely falling below 10ºC. One can see lemons on the trees in February!
6. In summer it's hot but not too hot, the average July temperature being 29ºC.
Croatias Highest Peaks
Dinara - 1,831m
Kamesnica - 1,809m
Biokovo - 1762m
Velebit - 1,758m
Licka Pljesevica - 1,657m
Velika Kapela - 1,534m
Risnjak - 1,528m
Svilaja - 1,508m
Snjeznik - 1505m
Ucka - 1,401m
|Rock Climbing & Mountaineering|
About 60% of Croatias surface is mountainous which, together with its unusual karst phenomena, makes it one of the most interesting places to climb in Europe. There are a lot of routes which have been tried and tested, some made secure with fixed anchorage bolts, but a whole lot more that have not. Croatian climbers await and welcome all you adventurous rock climbers out there to join them in pushing the boundaries of exploration further.
The mountains of the Republic of Croatia mainly belong to the Dinaric range, which is known in the world as a classic region of deep karst. The sharp karst shapes, the domination of bare karst, the lack of water, poverty of vegetation, harsh climate and sparse population require the same efforts from the climber as many much higher mountains.
A view down Biokovo Mountain
A Norwegian tries out Crown point on Hvar
There are differences among the Dinaric mountains. Those in the north, in Gorski kotar, for example, are lower and milder and those in the south, the Dalmatian mountains, are higher and more deserted. Good climbing mountains are not just restricted to the mainland, there are some excellent climbs on the islands of Hvar, Brac and on the almost-island, the Pelijesac peninsular.
Unlike the mountains of the mainland, the foothills of the island mountains have been shaped by the action of the sea. The best such example is the coast of Dugi otok, with its vertical cliffs that rear right up from the sea for over 100 metres, but this is a common feature of all the islands. Well known climbs on Hvar include Miss Jadrana and Crown point, both on the cliff base of Suplja stina. Nowhere in Croatia is the climate as mild as in the islands. The average temperature in January is never below zero which means that the summer climbing season lasts all the year round. The main trouble that a climber may encounter is the summer heat and lack of water.
Velebit at 1,758 m is one of Croatias tallest mountains and the longest mountain of the Dinar system, with a limestone structure and steep sides. It is part of the Paklenica & Sjevern Velebit National Parks and includes the famous vertical rock formation, known as Anica Kuk, which is one of the most popular training areas for Croatian mountain climbers.
Tadej Slabe climbing Miss Jadrana on Hvar
The Biokovo mountains of Central Dalmatia, with Sv Jure as its highest peak at 1762 m, are perhaps the most imposing mountains of Croatia. The most important feature of these mountains is that the highest mountain regions here do not have the form of a ridge but of a high plateau (up to about 1700 metres), with a very complicated relief, with many gorges and peaks, caverns and spurs. The edges of the plateaux often finish in huge vertical cliffs that plunge into deep, flat karst fields. As a rule the cliffs tend to be found on the south slopes, an exception being Troglov, which has cliffs on the northern slopes.
Biokovo towering above Makarska in Central Dalmatia
The Biokovo mountains dominate the whole landscape, towering above all the little resorts on the Makarska Riviera, providing a spectacular back-drop to an already beautiful coastal area. Where else better to take a holiday than here; it has the best beaches, some of the best accommodation in Croatia, a wealth of cafes and restaurants - and it has Biokovo!.
RockClimbing.Com has a very good section on rock climbing in Croatia, including some great photos. Click here to find out more.
We are grateful to Miroslav for allowing us to use the rock climbing photos above. He has his own site CliffBase.Com where you can see many more fabulous photos and find out more about rock climbing in Dalmatia, especially on the island of Hvar.
THE CROATIAN MOUNTAINEERING ASSOCIATION
Tel: +385 1 48 23 624
Tel/Fax: +385 1 48 24 142
http://en.plsavez.hr/hr/HPS This is the English version of an excellent site which also gives an extensive list of the mountaineering huts in each region, and their availability.
The Croatian Mountaineering Association covers the complete range of related activities. Unlike majority of the international mountaineering associations, the Association comprises speleology, climbing, orienteering & mountain rescue.
The Association is responsible for the maintenance of mountain huts and paths in Croatia, and is the publisher of the magazine Hrvatski planinar, The Croatian Mountaineer, and of other promotional materials. Through schools and courses it provides relevant professional education and training. Whatever information you may need on the Croatian mountains and mountaineering, you can get from the Mountaineering Association of Croatia.
Member of the Association and members of the UIAA have a 50% discount on accommodation in all huts in Croatia. Currently the Association numbers some 20,000 registered members from 170 clubs and regional associations.
THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE
The Mountain Rescue Service (GSS, initials in Croatian) works and offers help only in inaccessible regions, far from the highways, where the regular emergency services cannot help. The GSS offers its service without any charge to those in trouble. The GSS can be informed via the nearest information point or via a police station (Tel: 92). You can consult the GSS stations and the GSS Commission for any information concerning climbing at the same address as that for The Croatian Mountaineering Association
MARKINGS OF ROUTES
Markings of routes in Croatian mountains, which also apply to hiking paths, are quite standard: a red circle with a white dot in the centre. Sometimes, very thin trees are marked with two parallel red lines and a white line between them. The mountaineering clubs look after the maintenance of the markings, usually those that have their lodge or hut in the mountain. Mountains far from the climbing clubs, and especially those in which there are no huts, are sparsely marked.
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