Croatia Travel Writer & Photographer
My love affair with Croatia stretches back well over 20 years. After first travelling there in the late 1990s (a winter trip to the snowbound Velebit mountains), I returned to live in Zagreb for two years, learned to speak Croatian – and have been visiting, writing about and photographing this exquisitely beautiful and endlessly fascinating corner of Europe ever since. As a travel writer I spend several weeks of each year in Croatia, often based in Zagreb or a small village near Zadar – however I have never lost the excitement of going back, or run out of places to explore. Over the years I have travelled the length and breadth of the country, from the agricultural plains of Slavonia to the hilltowns of Istria, and from the karst badlands and lush forests of the Dinaric Alps to the glittering islands of the Croatian Adriatic.
Croatia guidebooks and articles
As a travel writer I have written or contributed to half a dozen books on Croatia, including guides for Bradt, Cicerone and National Geographic Traveller, and written scores of articles about Croatia for the likes of BBC Travel, b.Inspired (Brussels Airlines inflight), CNN Traveller, Evening Standard, Hidden Europe, Moments (P&O Ferries), Morning Calm (Korean Airlines inflight), N by Norwegian, The National, Oryx (Qatar Airways), Outdoor Enthusiast, The Telegraph, Woman’s Own and more – from a journey in search of the descendents of 16th century pirates, to interviewing rock stars in Rijeka, and photographing gingerbread makers and traditional wooden toy makers in Zagorje.
Published by Cicerone, 2019
This is the third edition of my guide (originally published back in 2004) describing 27 day walks and multi-day treks in all Croatia’s main hiking areas on the mainland, from the forests of Gorski kotar to the highest parts of the Dinaric Alps, and the national parks of Northern Velebit, Paklenica, Risnjak and the Unesco-listed Plitvice Lakes.
Published by Bradt, 2017
This new 2nd edition of Bradt’s Croatia: Istria, with Rijeka and the Slovenian Adriatic, which I co-authored with Thammy Evans, has been fully updated and remains the only full-length guide to the region including background and practical information.
National Geographic Traveler Croatia
Published by National Geographic / Random House, 2015
2nd edition of my Croatia guide in the National Geographic Traveler series.
Published by Cicerone, 2014
My hiking guidebook to 30 day walks on 14 islands on the Croatian Adriatic, including Rab, Krk, Mali Lošinj, Vis, Korčula, Hvar and Mljet, with lots of background information including wildlife and plants, history, language and ferry routes. Winner of the best guidebook award from the British Guild of Travel Writers.
Croatia travel & documentary photography
For travel and documentary images of Croatia please head over to https://www.rudolfabraham.com/-/gallery/croatia-travel-photography (opens in new tab) where you’ll find photographs from all regions of the Croatian mainland and islands – from Unesco-listed cities and architecture to landscape, hiking and national parks, food, folk costumes, Intangible Cultural Heritage, portraits and more.