Copacabana Beach in Osijek Becomes First Smart Beach in Croatia

Daniela Rogulj

Osijek, Croatia’s well-known city on the Drava river, is flaunting a new investment in tourism infrastructure which upgraded the city’s most famous bathing area into the modern age. 

Namely, Kopika beach in Osijek, which you might know better as Copacabana beach, now features five smart benches, three changing cabins, ten smart showers, twenty new LED lighting fixtures with columns, two seating sets, and one smart tree. Thus, Copacabana is the first smart beach in Croatia, reports HRTurizam on July 31, 2019.

The beach offers six customary and six USB sockets which can be found on the unique tree display, which will pump solar power through 810-watt photovoltaic panels. Visitors can also enjoy 12 seats under the canopy of the tree. Furthermore, on the solar benches and seating sets, you can charge two mobile devices wirelessly and use up to 4 USB ports.

“Our Osijek is the first in the region to have the honor of enjoying and being proud of the new Copacabana smart beach. At any time, everyone who goes for a swim can charge their mobile devices and laptops. Of course, if they are on an electric bike or electric scooter ride, they can sit back, rest and recharge their vehicles,” explained Osijek Deputy Mayor Žana Gamoš.

The project has an investment value of 1,053,876.25 kuna, of which 392,000.00 kuna is co-financed by the Program for the Development of Public Tourism Infrastructure and the Ministry of Tourism. The rest of the necessary funds, or more than 660,000 kuna, was provided by the City of Osijek. The grant contract was signed in December 2018, and the project implementation began in May 2019, with work being completed in July this year.

It is important to emphasize that the smart benches, showers, changing rooms, seating sets, and solar tree are all Croatian products.

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