Reading Around the World is a feature that combines my love of travelling with my love of reading. Each month I plan to spotlight either a city I have visited, or a city I plan to visit in the near future, and recommend some of my favourite books set there. After all even if you can’t visit these cities yourself the next best thing has to be reading about them and living the experience through the eyes of the characters.
Croatia is a country I’d heard so many amazing things about, so when I had the opportunity to go I jumped at the chance. Everyone told me it was a beautiful country but words and photos don’t do it justice because I didn’t realise how breathtaking Croatia is until I was there myself. I spent one night in Zadar, before travelling through Krka National Park to Dubrovnik. Both Zadar and Dubrovnik are cities full of history, walking through the streets you could almost imagine you’d stepped back in time, and Krka National Park had some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen.
I’m cheating a little when it comes to book recommendations for Croatia, but while George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire isn’t set in Croatia parts of the TV series are filmed there. Walking the streets of Dubrovnik it almost feels like you could be walking the streets of King’s Landing instead. Yes the series itself isn’t set there, but I can’t imagine any books better for reading in Croatia than this one.
Have you ever been to Croatia before; what was your favourite part of the city to see and explore? Also what are some of the amazing books you’ve read set in Croatia, that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.