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    It’s here now! Croatia Traveller’s popular Dalmatia Ferry Guide Summer 2014!

    Ah, the old ferry frenzy. You want to visit Croatia’s legendary islands? Of course you do. But how to sort through all the different companies running ferries to find the one you need? Fortunately, I’ve simplified the process by combining all the routes to Dalmatian islands in one simple, downloadable guide.

    Sure, you can do it yourself, and if you’d like to try, here are the ferry companies handling routes between Split and Dubrovnik:

    I think you’ll find it much simpler to have it all in one place in one convenient pdf format that you can download onto your portable device or print out if you wish.

    Here’s what you get in my 40-page guide:

    • all the ferry schedules on all local routes between Split and Dubrovnik
    • an explanation for how to read each schedule as different companies present the information in different formats
    • prices for  every route
    • detailed booking information for each ferry, including contact information for each booking agent

    The latest schedule includes timetables between May 30 and September 30, 2014 and your purchase includes free updates until the end of 2014.

    Speaking of updates. . .the schedules for Jadrolinija’s popular coastal ferry line that runs from Rijeka-Split-Stari Grad-Korcula-Mljet-Dubrovnik has not yet been officially published. I have been personally informed by Jadrolinija that it is 99% certain the ferry will run this year and on the same schedule as last year. I have included last year’s schedule in this guide and of course will post any changes here as well as update the guide.

    Similarly, the Krilo’s popular morning boat to Hvar town that returns to Split in the afternoon (nice day trip!) is also awaiting confirmation. A representative of Krilo has assured me that the boat will definitely run this year whether it begins in mid-May or at the beginning of June. Again, I will post the information here as soon as I get it and update the guide.

    Remember that your purchase includes free updates to the guide so you’ll always have the very latest schedule changes.

    Your purchase is handled by PayPal for security but you do not need to have a PayPal account.

    Dalmatia Ferry GuideValid to May 29, 2014


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    Dalmatia Ferry GuideValid May 30 –Sept 30, 2014


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    Zigante restaurant is the flagship of the Zigante Truffle Empire that hunts down, cooks up and sells the prized Istrian delicacy. Based in Livade just outside Motovun in the heart of truffle country, Zigante has stores in six locations throughout the Istrian peninsula (which includes Koper in Slovenia) from which it’s possible to buy a number of Istrian products including preserved truffles. Preserved truffles are fine only if the fresh ones aren’t available but the flavor is nowhere near on the same level.

    I tried the Livade restaurant about 10 years ago and was mightily impressed with the sheer variety and imagination with which the chef incorporated truffles into everything from bread to desserts. The price for a full course meal was also astonishingly low, about 140KN if I recall correctly. It was superb value for money.

    I stopped in this past week to check up on it and also because I have a hankering for truffles when I’m in Istria. Truffles are available all year with white truffles dominating the autumn season and black truffles dominating the spring and summer.

    The first change I noticed in Zigante was the price which has climbed considerably. In the 10 years since my previous visit the restaurant has gained considerable acclaim and truffles are not a cheap treat even in Istria.

    On an elegant outdoor terrace, I ordered the homemade tagliatelle with truffles, priced at 160KN. While awaiting its arrival, the waiter brought a small hors d’oeuvre which turned out to be a tiny square of beef paté flavored with truffle of course. The taste of truffle was so mild as to be nearly vaporous and the saltiness of the cracker served with it overwhelmed the taste anyway. The truffle-flavored  flaky rolls served with it were OK but not outstanding.

    The tagliatelle turned out to be quite tasty and well-made, topped with a butter and cream sauce. The server brought a large black truffle to the table and shaved off five or six slices to be mixed with the pasta. Still, the truffle taste was very, very mild. I’m all for subtlety but I’d also like to taste the tuber. It could be that the pasta could have used a few more shavings or it could be that the truffles this time of year are comparatively mild but I can’t really report that the dish was appreciably better than the fuzi with truffles I had enjoyed the day before in Bale. Some of the other dishes on the menu look most interesting however and I may well try one of them next time. You can download the menu here.