River Cetina and island Krk are the only Croatian representatives in an interesting guide book Lonely Planet issued on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. ‘Europe – 40 Amazing Experiences’ offers the most exciting natural or cultural sites and all ‘things to do’ that can cross the one’s mind. Lonely Planet leads you through Greece, Scotland, Turkey, Italy, Spain, England, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and, of course, Croatia.
As one of the most attractive day trip destinations from Split, Cetina river deserves its place in Lonely Planet’s guide for its beauty and outdoor opportunities. All this is explained in a brochure.
’The Cetina is the longest river in Dalmatia, the sea-kissed jewel in Croatia’s crown. Stretching 105 km from the eponymous village, it flows through the Dinara mountains and the fields around Sinj, before gathering speed and pouring into a power plant around Omiš. It is an extraordinarily scenic journey as the limpid blue river is bordered by high rocky walls, thick with vegetation, and the best way to enjoy it is on a rafting trip, braving the rapids on a three-to four-hour trip.’
Another Croatian destination is island Krk and it’s deserted beaches. In a brief article tourists are directed to drive away from heavily developed and crowded beaches.
‘Take the superlative drive south of the village of Punat, through steep parched hills and lunar scenery, to Stara Baška and 500 m before the first campsite there you’ll find a series of gorgeous pebble-and-sand coves with wonderful swimming. You’ll have to park on the road, and then walk down one of the rocky paths for five minutes to get to the coast but it’s well worth it.
With this brochure, Lonely Planet wants to show that Europe is not just a continent, bat also a state of mind, community that can offer maybe the most diverse experiences in the world.
‘With such a vast array of things to do, perhaps the greatest challenge is working out what to do first. Will you kick off in one of Europe’s great capitals – Paris, say, for wonderful views across this most romantic of cities, or London for a look at refined Georgian England? Will you get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in dramatic Mediterranean landscapes, or let your appetite lead you on a gastronomic tour of Spain? Swim the Greek Islands, eat with Venetians, or just relax at a Barcelona beach bar?,’ asks and answers Lonely Planet.
‘Europe – 40 Amazing Experiences’ can be downloaded for free on http://www.lonelyplanet.com/campaigns/europe-experiences/