Travel articles on Croatia from 2001.
The streets [of Dubrovnik] reminded me of other eastern and middle European cities – Prague and Krakow, in particular – but I found that a more revealing perspective came from above: from the city walls, which you can walk along. My extended promenade around them was slightly confusing. Despite the fact that I finished, inevitably, at the start, the walls’ ingenious layout involved an Escher-like illusion of continuous ascent. Alongside and below are thickets of campaniles and terracotta, pantiled roofs, interspersed by swathes of wisteria, and orange and lemon trees.
Peter Carty, Daily Telegraph, 24th September 2001
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This morning, we decided to cycle separately and meet in a campsite in Primošten in the evening. The others pushed on ahead while I revelled in a sense of new-found freedom. I enjoyed the views from hilltop olive groves, explored cobbled seaside towns and lounged on tiny deserted beaches.
Rebecca Sumner, Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2001
This article is part of a series of reports dispatched as the journalist cycled from London to Cape Town.
Beard or no beard, Good Goran or Nasty Goran, ambassadors for their country don’t come much better than the new Wimbledon champion, Goran Ivanisevic…”People might not know much about Croatia, but when they get out there they have a ball,” says Howard Cohen, general manager of Solo’s Holidays. “The Croats are real party people, and according to the group out there at the moment, this week has been amazing — just constant celebrations. We definitely intend to expand our programme to Croatia next year.”
Annabelle Thorpe, The Times, 14th July 2001
Approaching the island’s [Rab] main town (also called Rab) by boat offers a striking view of four medieval bell towers strung atop a finger of land that sticks into the sea. It’s a quintessentially Adriatic sight – the gray stone church towers separated by gray stone buildings with red tile roofs – and an evocative introduction to the riches of Rab itself.
Don George, Lonely Planet Travel Editor, 27th June 2001
Known as the “Croatian Madeira”, Hvar rates on many travel editors’ list of top ten most beautiful islands…Lavender, the island’s biggest export, gives the hillsides a gorgeous dusky purple hue and releases an intoxicating scent when it blooms in June and July. Intermingled with olive groves, villages and vineyards, it provides the perfect photo opportunity.
Claire Askew, She Magazine, May 2001
The sun sets over our island. We sit on our warm quayside, drinking our wine, dipping our toes in our sea. Our stars twinkle on, as our moon slips into the arc of our night sky. As you can tell, you get a little proprietorial after spending a week on a near-deserted island in the Adriatic.
Jim Keeble, London Evening Standard, April 25th 2001
Now squarely back in the mainstream of yachting holidays…it has two main hubs: Pula and the Venetian ports of the Istrian peninsula, along with the Brijuni National Park; and the Dalmatian coast, which includes the larger islands of Hvar, Korcula and Brac as well as the virtually deserted archipelago of the Kornati National Park….You’ll enjoy a big welcome, and get good value for your sterling (especially when eating ashore), while midsummer is not as hot as Greece. The sailing is relatively easy and good for families.
David Wickers, The Sunday Times, April 22nd 2001
Croatia is made for sailing…From Dubrovnik past Split, more than 1,000 islands stretch along an Italianate coastline where Venetian rule has left an imprint on every white-walled, rose-tiled town, there’s no tide to complicate things, and the weather is actually damn fine for most of the year.
Norman Miller, London Evening Standard, April 4th 2001