The Telegraph and The Times Praise Pasjaca, Ropa Beaches

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the widely read British publications The Times and The Telegraph have both published reports on Croatian beaches and islands as unmissable global tourist destinations, as was announced the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ/CNTB), adding that this was the result of the cooperation of the HTZ Representative Office in London with the editors and journalists of the aforementioned publications.

As such, the British The Times, in an article entitled ”The 25 best secret beaches in Europe”, included two Croatian beaches – The absolutely stunning Pasjaca near Konavle in the extreme south of Dalmatia, and Ropa bay on the island of Mljet. The two Croatian beaches were placed next to the attractive beaches of Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Italy, as reported by Rijeka portal Novi list.

Describing these Croatian beaches, the British stated that these two hidden oases, both located within Dubrovnik-Neretva County, stand out for their authentic landscapes and clean waters, positioning themselves away from big tourist crowds. Pasjaca beach is described as an undiscovered oasis right next to the turquoise sea, while Ropa on the island of Mljet is highlighted as a heavily wooded habitat for the Mediterranean monk seal. The publication is the result of collaboration with Annabelle Thorpe, a journalist who has contributed to the perception of Croatia as a top tourist destination in the most prestigious British media The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail and others.

The editorial staff of The Telegraph, on the other hand, ranked the islands of Brac and Vis among the 20 islands in the Mediterranean that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. In the aforementioned publication, the island of Brac was included among the best island destinations for family holidays, with a special reference to the beauty of the very well known Zlatni Rat (Golden horn) beach in Bol. The island of Vis has been declared the best Mediterranean island for relaxation, which, thanks to its authenticity, turquoise bays and original eno-gastro delicacies, has been declared a tourist asset for all nature lovers.

Pula and Brijuni

In addition to The Times and The Telegraph, the British Financial Times (FT) and the Scottish The Sun also wrote about Croatia reently, shining the spotlight on the Dubrovnik coastline and Brijuni and its hidden beauty, cultural attractions and food and wine offer.

The Sun’s award-winning and recognised travel journalist Heather Lowrie visited Dubrovnik, Ston and the Peljesac peninsula, while the article in the Financial Times (FT), which is followed by an audience with higher spending power, focused on the Istrian city of Pula and the colourful past and untouched beauty of the Brijuni National Park.

Darija Reic, the director of the HTZ Representative Office in London, pointed out that such announcements in the prestigious British media are extremely valuable for Croatia, as well as that Brits love Croatia.

“This is confirmed by the data of the eVisitor system, according to which the British have achieved 120,000 arrivals and almost 700,000 overnight stays so far in August, which represents a growth of 77 percent in arrivals and 100 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. The British seem to prefer the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Split-Dalmatia counties, and there are some great announcements for the upcoming post-season,” said Reic.

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