World’s Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 6 – Opatija to Delnice (Foot, Bike)

Daniela Rogulj

All photos by Luka Tambača

April 2, 2019 – Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 6 of this incredible adrenaline trip from 2011 covering 2,500 km along the Croatian coast. 

The World’s Biggest Welcome, an ambitious adventure tourism project in 2011 in Croatia enters Day 6 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 6 moved on foot and by bicycle from Opatija to Delnice.

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65 kilometres for the day: 25 km bicycle ride from Opatija to Podkilavac, followed by 15 km on foot from Podkilavac to Crni Lug, before heading north once more on the very final part of the first letter (W of Welcome), with another 20 km of cycling from Crni Lug to Delnice.


On the road above Klana – Elvis Kalcic completing the “W” shape for “Welcome”. Darija Bostjancic and Marija Kalcic were the only girls in the team this day.


Forrest Gump and his followers in a green forest.


The Sv. Rok tunnel, and Daniel Lacko ahead of the thirsty gang.


Somewhere under Platak.


Gomance ruins. 


The road to Platak covered with snow.


They decided to leave the bikes and carry on by foot towards Risnjak.


The final push to Risnjak.


Risnjak, 1528m up.




A mandatory break to eat. 


A quick departure from Risnjak to ensure they make their arrival time in Delnice. 


Through Crni Lug, which is just a bit longer onto Delnice…


And finally, arrival in Delnice in front of the hotel Risnjak. The first letter is now complete – only six more to go! 

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

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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

While the group has a day off next, tune in tomorrow for Day 8, as Lacko moves from Malinska to Senj.

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


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