March 29, 2019 – Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. A little kayaking on day 2 from Porec to the Brijuni islands via Rovinj.
An idea to celebrate the extraordinary potential of adventure tourism the length and breadth of the Croatian coast. As TCN explained in the introductory article, back in 2011, Daniel Lacko and his team’s vision was to create a route which mapped out on GPS the world Welcome from Savudrija on the border with Slovenia, to Dubrovnik in the south, to showcase the different types of sporting challenge that could be enjoyed in this hospitable tourist nation. Some 2500 km in total.
After a first-day kayak from Savudrija to Porec, day two was also on the water, and it was an early start for Lacko carrying his kayak through the historic streets of gorgeous Porec.
The challenge for Day 2 – 45 km of kayaking from Porec to the Brijuni islands via Rovinj.
There would be many different disciplines on land, sea, lake and river ahead, but the project started with kayaking along the Istrian coast.
A morning farewell to gorgeous Porec.
Sailing is an important part of Croatia’s tourism offer, with the Istrian peninsula dotted with marinas – paddling in Vrsar marina.
And back out again into the open sea.
The next tourist jewel is one of the gems of Coratian tourism – the peninsula walled stone town of Rovinj, which has more overnight stays than anywhere else in Croatia. But not many tourists arrive by kayak.
The timeless backstreets of one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic.
And from Rovinj to another national treasure – Brijuni National Park. Apart from its natural beauty, it is also home to some rather unusual animals, including zebras, an elephant and Shetland ponies.
Tito used Brijuni as his base during his rule, and he hosted more than 60 world leaders here, many of whom brought indigenous animals from their countries as gifts. I am not sure which is more unusual – the collection of living animals, or the stuffed animals who did not survive the relocation. Here are my impressions from a visit six years ago.
This being the Adriatic, most days end with sunsets like these to mark the end of another perfect day.
A key aspect of the Welcome project was to promote Croatian tourism, and the official website presents information on the main sites visited. Porec.
Rovinj and Brijuni.
Tune in tomorrow as Lacko kayaks to Pula, cycles to Pazin and then indulges in a little speleo-alpinism at Pazinska Jama.
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.
You can follow TCN coverage of the whole journey on our dedicated page.