World’s Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 5 – Labin to Opatija (Foot, Bike)

Daniela Rogulj


April 1, 2019 – Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 5 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 5 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 5 moved on foot and by bicycle from Labin to Opatija.

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40 kilometres for the day: 10 km bicycle ride from Labin to Plomin, followed by 15 km on foot and cycling from Plomin to Učka, before heading north once more on the final part of the first letter (W of Welcome), with another 15 km of walking and cycling from Učka to Opatija. 


This part of the journey began with an overnight stay in Nedeščina, at Villa Celeste.


Before arriving in the colorful Labin.


And adventuring through a mine there.


Labin in all of its glory.


And then onto Brseč, a small village on cliffs high above the Kvarner Gulf.


And into the stunning Učka Nature Park, made up of Mount Učka and part of the Ćićarija mountain range.


Daniel in action on the reefs in Učka.


Ozren Renko and Daniel Lacko pedalling on demanding macadam in Učka.


Daniel was even struggling a bit.


But then there were horses. 


And a stunning view from Vojak.


From Učka, they made their way to Veprinac, known to have the most beautiful view on Kvarner.


And finally arrived in Matulji, just five kilometers from the town of Opatija, before sundown.

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A key part of the project was promoting tourism, and the official website has details of the key places visited during the day. Učka.

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 6, as Lacko moves from Opatija to Delnice by bike and on foot. 

To follow the whole project from the start, follow the dedicated TCN page

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