To really make the most of your trip to Croatia, it can be interesting, useful and enriching to first read certain books, which will enable you to really penetrate to the heart of the country's diversity.
To understand Croatia, you first need to immerse yourself in the country's eventful history. With this in mind, here is a list of books that will give you some insights before visiting Croatia.
The following titles are factual, academic type works, not fiction or travel writing.
To whet your appetite before you depart, there are also some beautifully illustrated books and fascinating travel guides about Croatia.
Croatia has produced a number of authors, novelists and poets through whose works it is possible to gain a deeper understanding of the country's culture and traditions. The following are some of the essential titles to get hold of.
Croatia was used as a setting by a number of directors in the 20th century. An impressive number of films have been shot there, providing a fascinating glimpse of its towns, countryside and landscapes. Though not an exhaustive list, the following were all filmed in Croatia: Sophie's Choice (1982; scenes filmed at Samobor Castle); Game of Thrones (2012; filmed in Dubrovnik); Diana (2013; filmed in Rovinj); and Welcome to Sarajevo (1997; filmed in Zagreb).
To really get to know Croatia, however, you need to immerse yourself in the world of the country's own, home-produced directors, who bring the kind of experience and insights to their work that only native Croatians can provide. Croatia has a very active and highly-rated film industry. The following is a selection of films to watch before you depart.
Croatia also plays an important role as a producer of animated works, such as the famous TV series Professor Balthazar.