May 10, 2019 – Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 49 of this incredible 2011 adrenaline trip covering 2,500 km along the Croatian coast.
The World’s Biggest Welcome, an ambitious adventure tourism project in 2011 in Croatia enters Day 49 of this 2019 appreciation of one of the finest tourism promotion projects ever in Croatia.
The plan? To showcase the diversity and fabulous offer of adventure tourism in Croatia by following a GPS route the length of the Croatian coast in the shape of the word ‘Welcome’ – thereby creating the biggest welcome in the world from a hospitable tourism country.
Day 49 moved from Ston to Ploče.
61 kilometres for the day: 3 km by kayak and paddling from Ston to Neum, followed by 33 km bike ride from Neum to Metković, and 25 km from Metković to the Neretva firth rowing in an old Neretva style boat to continue forming the ‘E’ in ‘Welcome’.
Day 49 kicked off with a send-off from the kids of Mali Ston.
Lacko trying out his new vessel.
Lacko giving tribute to Czech adventurers who often choose paddle boats as their transport on the Adriatic.
They traded in their paddleboats for bikes and set off towards Bijeli Vir.
Passing Lake Kuti along the way.
Locals in Bijeli Vir admiring their traveling circus.
Lacko made it to Metković and rowed with the team from Krvavac 2 in an original ship from Neretva.
Passing by the Kula Norinska tower.
Krvavac 2 arriving in Opuzen where Kominski pirates gave Lacko a proper welcome.
The Kominski gusari pirate ship.
They even let Lacko steer for a bit!
Kominski gusari pirates in Crna rijeka.
The day ended with a group photo.
A key part of the project was promoting tourism, and the official website has details of the key places visited during the day.
You can see the entire project on the Welcome website, as well as much more of Luka Tambaca’s stunning photography on the Welcome Facebook page.
Tune in tomorrow for Day 50, as Lacko and the team move from the Neretva to Korčula.
To follow the whole project from the start, follow the dedicated TCN page.