World’s Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 52 – Saplunara to Dubrovnik (Kayak)

Daniela Rogulj

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All photos by Luka Tambača

May 13, 2019 – Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 52 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 52 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 52 moved from Saplunara to Dubrovnik for the final day of the journey. 

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35 kilometres for the day: And really, just a smooth kayak ride from Saplunara on Mljet to Dubrovnik to complete the ‘E’ in ‘Welcome’ and thus the adventure. The final day of the journey was also on World Environment Day. 


Lacko left the island of Mljet to begin the last leg of the journey to Dubrovnik.


How could one not admire the rocky coastline of Mljet?


Lacko left the island behind him and looked towards the shore. 


Though he had to take occasional glimpses of the GPS to make sure. 


From Saplunara to Šipan.


And another good look at Lacko, since we won’t be seeing him much after this. 


Lacko passes between two reefs. 


And encounters steep cliffs. 


A group of swimmers indicates that Dubrovnik is not far away. 


Lacko made it in front of the Dubrovnik walls.  


As Lacko approached Dubrovnik, he encountered many tourist boats. 



And even had some fun with fellow kayakers. 



From the kayak to the optimist. 


And into the Old Town. 


Where Lacko had a crowd of admirers waiting to welcome him. 


And dancers. 


And even prominent members of the tourist board. 

The end. 

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

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


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