The new Croatia sport climbing guidebook has just been published. This popular guidebook is now in its 8th edition and has been fully modernised, with colour photo topos used throughout to show all the routes. There are also around 1,300 more routes than the previous 7th edition. The guidebook covers 4 main areas, these being Istria, Kvarner region, Split and Zagreb – all on great limestone rock.
Istria is the region in the north west of Croatia, and includes the popular holiday towns of Pazin, Pula and Rovinj. 22 crags are spread across this region with over 1,200 routes. These routes are mainly single pitch and cover a wide range of grades.
Kvarner is the region to the south of Rijeka, and includes the islands of Krk, Losinj, and Pag. The guidebook covers 9 separate crags, with good multi-pitch climbing to be found at Dabarski kukovi (185m high) and Bozin kuk (220m high).
The climbing around Split also includes the holiday islands of Hvar, Brac and Vis. In total there are 28 crags with the majority of the routes being single pitch. The largest crag is at Omis with over 200 single pitch and multi-pitch (300m long) routes. There is also some multi pitch climbing in the Bukovac Biokovo Mountains behind Makarska.
The rock climbing around Zagreb is located to the north and west of the city. The 2 main climbing areas offer single pitch routes and are located in atmospheric surroundings. Pokojec is surrounded by picturesque hills and vineyards, and Kalnik is situated within the ruins of a castle.