Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Zrce Fire by Famous Party Beach Near Novalja, Zadar

August 9, 2022 - Croatia's summer of wildfires continues, with a Zrce fire close to the famous party beach near Novalja and Zadar starting in the night, reports Index.hr.

On Zrce, the most famous party beach in Croatia, a big fire broke out last night, it is being tackled by the firefighters of DVD Novalja, and a Canadair has arrived to help them fight the fire from the air.

Conditions are being made difficult by a strong gale.

Index.hr is providing live updates (Google Translate is your friend if you want to follow the story). 

10:00 Update - the fire has now been extinguished with no casualties.

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Croatian Roads Authority: Traffic in Novalja has been interrupted
Traffic on the state road DC106 Pag-Novalja in Novalja has been interrupted due to the fire.

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The clubs evacuated the guests
A journalist from the Požeški.hr portal happened to be at Zrce and reported that the storm that did not stop all night made the extinguishing difficult. After the fire was noticed, the clubs on the Zrce beach immediately directed their guests to the exits and to the buses and taxis in order to get away from the beach as soon as possible.

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A Canadair is also helping tackle the blaze.
The fire is not under control, and the Canadair has arrived to help.

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Firefighters have released the video
Tonight, around 3 o'clock, a fire broke out next to Zrce beach on the island of Pag. On the field are members of DVD Novalja who posted a video on their Facebook profile.

Index.hr is providing live updates (Google Translate is your friend if you want to follow the story). 

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Saturday, 30 July 2022

Novalja Introduces Water Restrictions, Bans Watering Gardens, Filling Pools

July the 30th, 2022 - Following Istria County, Novalja has become the next tourist destination to introduce restrictions on water consumption/usage, banning the watering of gardens and green spaces, the re-filling of swimming pools, and even car washing.

The heatwave is ongoing, despite little refreshing breaks of violent storms, lightning and heavy rain (which are painfully few and far between), and more destinations across the country are tightening their belts when it comes to water usage.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, due to the record consumption of water in Novalja on the island of Pag, there has been a ban introduced on the filling up of swimming pools, watering gardens and green areas, and washing cars and yards with the use of water from the water supply system while there is enough water for general consumption and it is of good quality, according to the local municipal company Komunalija.

The Director of Komunalija, Neven Korda, told Novalja's residents and tourists alike that the first level of restrictions on water use will be in effect until further notice, as consumption of over 10,500 cubic metres of water per day has been reached, as reported by Fenix ​​magazine.

"Saving water on the islands during the warm summer months is a very common thing, especially when there are a lot of tourists visiting, like there are now," said Korda, pointing out that "back during the record year of 2019, daily consumption didn't exceed 10,000 cubic metres. So there is water, it's of good quality, the pressure is good, but the first level of reduction was introduced merely as a preventive measure to prevent any further problems from occurring,'' concluded Korda.

He added that water comes to the island of Pag and as such to Novalja from Vodovod Hrvatsko primorje - the southern branch of Senj, and from Sveti Juraj, which is the location of the Senj Hydropower Plant, the quantities are currently fairly limited.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

10th Hideout Festival Announces Huge Return to Zrće Beach in 2022

October 26, 2021 - The 10th Hideout festival will return to Zrće beach next July, 12 years after the electronic music festival was first held on the island of Pag. 

After two years away due to the pandemic, July 3rd to 7th, 2022 will see Hideout Festival pull out all the stops to serve up a long-awaited 10th edition of the festival like no other. 12 years after kick-starting the clubbing revolution that has since unfolded on the gorgeous beaches of Croatia, Hideout continues to lead from the front with five fantastic stages of diverse music from first wave headliners Camelphat, Sonny Fodera, Andy C, Jamie Jones, Jayda G, Eats Everything, Skream, Sam Divine, HAAi, Horse Meat Disco, Sherelle, Shy FX, TSHA, Bad Boy Chiller Crew and loads more. Ticket Prices start at £ 149 + BF and can be booked from October 28th for a £ 50 deposit at https://hideoutfestival.com. There are also several flight, coach, and accommodation packages making the festival extremely accessible.

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Over the last 12 years, Hideout has grown from reasonably humble roots into one of the flagship summer festivals in Europe. It's a place where young, playful, and style-conscious music lovers gather to cut loose, look good and have plenty of fun at high-energy parties. But it’s also serious about music and tastefully brings together a wealth of beach vibes, boat parties, day parties, and exclusive headline shows across five stunning open-air venues. They are the world-renowned Papaya, Aquarius, Noa, Kalypso, and the intimate Euphoria stages, and between them, they boast sun-soaked wooden terraces, plenty of thematic production, mesmeric lights, world-class sound systems, and uninterrupted views of the glistening Adriatic.

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The line-up this year is supersized even by Hideout’s high standards. It is another celebration of all genres from disco to techno, drum & bass to garage and house music with legendary pioneers next to red hot breakout acts. For those who like their cutting-edge underground sounds, there is plenty to look forward to from scene leaders such as Ninja Tune's Jayda G, rising superstar TSHA, and recent Fabric mix entrant and techno innovators Overmono. For house heads, there are the likes of GRAMMY winners Camelphat, Aussie house maestro Sonny Fodera, bass lover Eats Everything, and Hideout favs like Solardo, Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, Sam Divine, Richy Ahmed, Krystal Klear, and many more. 

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For party-starting beats and breaks look no further than the thrilling breakout star Sherelle, plus returning legend Skream and the social media sensations that are Northern rap kings Bad Boy Chiller Crew. DnB, garage and all things bass are covered by titans including Andy C, Dimension, Shy FX, Holy Goof, Jaguar, My Nu Leng, and Flava D. There are plenty more shades and sounds covered from every corner of the spectrum with more to come, so whatever you are into, Hideout has you covered in 2022. 

As well as the wealth of musical offerings and carefully curated line-ups, the whole of Zrce Beach becomes a hotbed of entertainment where you can plan your own adventure. For adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of options to keep your pulse racing for the full five days including water sports, banana boats, jet skis, pedalos, the famous Bungee Jump, massages on the beach, and plenty of rental options including quads, boats, and pedalos in Novalja.

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Hideout Festival 2022 promises to raise the bar once more. It will be a much-needed return to open-air dancing in the natural beauty of Zcre Beach with a world-class soundtrack. There is a reason it is one of Europe's most loved festivals, now it's your turn to find out why. 

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Saturday, 31 July 2021

Austria Goes Zrće: Austrian Embassy in Zagreb Claims 250 COVID-19 Cases Connected to Croatia

July 31, 2021 - The Austrian Embassy in Zagreb has claimed that 250 positive COVID-19 cases in Austria are connected to the Austria Goes Zrće event in Novalja. 

"According to the information provided to the Embassy by the Austrian authorities, the festival "Austria goes Zrće" held in Novalja is likely the cause of the spread of coronavirus infection among the participants in that event. As of today, 250 festival visitors have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Austria."

This is the answer from the Austrian Embassy in Zagreb to Novi List's question about how the Austrian media pointed out that in Croatia, at the festival in Novalja from 17 to 24 July, as many as 94 Austrians became infected with the coronavirus.

This caused a great deal of shock, and the competent services in Novalja reacted immediately to refute everything. According to their medically-based data, not a single Austrian left Novalja infected. Moreover, in Novalja, there are secured accommodation facilities in which all infected, if they wish, can spend an epidemiologically defined period before returning to their countries healthy.

The Austrian embassy wisely emphasizes the category of "probable," which, of course, gives the story a different light. Therefore, there is no definite claim because in Novalja, as in all other Croatian tourist centers, rigorous measures of testing and protection of tourists are implemented. After all, stringent police measures are in place to control the implementation of prominent epidemiological measures.

Given the seriousness of the situation and the severity of the claim, inquiries about the implementation of measures to clarify the situation were sent from Novi List to the Croatian Embassy in Austria, which in turn redirected them to the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. Still, neither they nor the Ministry of Interior responded to Novi List. 

More than 19,000 people came to the festival from Austria, most of them in their own cars or buses, according to Austrian media.

Judging by the statement of the Austrian embassy, ​​they diplomatically distanced themselves from the categorical claims of the Austrian media, claiming that the festival was a 'probable cause'.

The Novalja Civil Protection Headquarters and the local Tourist Board on Thursday refuted the articles according to which the "Austria goes Zrce" Festival was a breeding ground for at least 94 Austrians suffering from Covid-19. They pointed out then that there were 12 coronavirus positives in their quarantine and that there were no Austrians among them.

The head of the Novalja headquarters, Ivan Peranić, sharply denied the reports that there were 19,000 Austrian tourists at the festival and that there was a mass infection among them. He pointed out that in a week, from July 17 to 24, 12,151 tests were performed. Some people, he added, have been tested several times. 16 coronavirus positives were detected, but none of them were from Austria.

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Monday, 12 July 2021

Sonus Returns to Croatia with Over 40 Headliners for 2022

July 12, 2021 - Sonus returns to Croatia with a packed lineup on Pag next year!

At Sonus, the music runs from dusk till dawn for five days and nights. You dance by the beach, gaze out to sea and have a gorgeous sun beating down from above before the sky turns to flames and darkness falls. After two Covid-enforced years off, one of Europe's most iconic summer festivals finally returns from 21st - 25th August 2022 with its most alluring line-up yet.

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Once again you can expect world-class international guests like a special, mouthwatering back-to-back set between the dream team duo of Ricardo Villalobos and Zip. There will be first-ever Sonus sets from Bulgarian KiNK who plays live, as well as DJ sets from global hitmaker FISHER, UK tastemaker Michael Bibi plus Giorgia Anguili (live), and 999999999. There will be edgy new-school stars like Kobosil, Reinier Zonneveld (live), IMOGEN, and Paula Temple all present forward-thinking techno. Ever reliable global headliners such as Amelie Lens, Sven Väth, and Dixon bring their years of knowledge and skill, and there are more than 30 other names including Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Patrick Topping, Chris Liebing, ANNA, Rødhåd, Ben Klock, Jamie Jones, Sonja Moonear, Richie Hawtin and Seth Troxler also set to headline. 

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Sonus is presented by Time Warp and We Love Sound. World-renowned for being one of the most carefully considered Summer underground festivals, It always attracts an in-the-know and international audience of real music lovers. This highly anticipated eighth edition will go down across the lively Zrce Beach in Novalja, Croatia. This is a naturalistic haven and untapped beauty spot with a rich array of local cultures and customs and breathtaking scenery as well as plenty of more quiet spots to explore and enjoy between dancing. 

Three coastal clubs Aquarius, Kalypso, and Papaya provide the locations for endless dancing, with world-class sound systems, open-air dance floors, lush sun-loungers, and uninterrupted views of the calming sea and meandering coastline. Of course, you can also expect some famous boat parties for up close and personal parties as you sail atop the twinkling seas. 

 

The countdown is finally on to Sonus 2022. It is a unique five days where classy electronic music, welcoming music lovers and a beautiful location all make for an unforgettable experience. 

Tickets, Accommodation & Information: 

https://www.sonus-festival.com/

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Sunday, 20 June 2021

New Novalja and Zrće Beach COVID-19 Testing Points for Tourists Announced!

June 20, 2021 - Novalja and Zrće Beach COVID-19 testing points have been announced to facilitate travel for tourists in the area! 

Tourist season preparations are in full swing in one of the most visited tourist destinations in Croatia. To ensure its guests a more pleasant stay and a safer return home, the City of Novalja, in cooperation with the Novalja Tourist Board, Novalja Health Center, and Medico Special Hospital from Rijeka, provided 2 additional COVID-19 testing points for tourists, reports HRTurizam.

In addition to the existing one at the Novalja Health Center, and the new location in Slatinska Street (parking location), a testing point on Zrće will start working next week.

"Certainly, the demand for rapid and PCR tests in the coming days and weeks will grow, and by equipping two additional points and providing testing services for COVID-19, we create one of the most important prerequisites for a successful season, but also health safety," said Marina Sciran Rizner, director of the Novalja Tourist Board.

"This is the second season done in aggravating circumstances and we care that tourism and the economy in our area achieve better results. We are working to enable people to come, all the prescribed measures will be respected, we will be one step ahead of COVID-19, we will follow the good examples from Istria and we will break the rumor about Zrće. This summer, Zrće will not be a bad example and an infection point, nor a threat to the tourism of the island, let alone Croatia," said Ivan Dabo, the mayor of Novalja for Večernji list.

The pandemic has significantly accelerated digital transformation, while it has not bypassed tourism. Everyday changes in the constraints of international travel require quick and efficient adaptation and flexibility to the needs of the tourism market, and quick and simple solutions such as testing applications, significantly relieve the already overloaded health system. Therefore, in addition to fixed points, an organization of mobile teams has been agreed with SB Medico for the needs of testing larger groups of tourists by arriving at accommodation facilities.

Following the above, if the guest needs a test, it is simply necessary to register beforehand using the app.medico.hr application and choose the type of test they need. After registration and payment, the professional medical staff takes a swab and performs the test in an accredited laboratory. The result is sent by e-mail in a form recognized by the European Commission within the deadline set for each type of test.

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Saturday, 15 May 2021

Promotional Film "My Novalja on the Island Of Pag" Wraps Up Production

May 15, 2021 - A German film crew visited Novalja last week to shoot a promotional film called ‘‘My Novalja on the Island of Pag’’, and will premiere in mid-June 2021.

The Tourist Board of the City of Novalja, in cooperation with the company Pointers Travel d.o.o. and in co-production with the German production company Blue Planet TV from Berlin, agreed to collaborate on a 22-minute report on the tourist destination Novalja called Meine Novalja Auf Dem Inseln Pag (My Novalja on the Island of Pag)

As turistickeprice.hr reports, from 6 to 13 May 2021, the German film crew visited the city of Novalja and shot a promotional film that will be shown from mid-June 2021 through a minimum of 30 broadcasts on numerous TV stations throughout the Western European market. Five people from Blue planet TV production and two people from the Osijek company Pointers Travel d.o.o., video and TV production department, took part in the production of this format, and they are also actively involved in the organization of production.

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The host of the travel promotional film with the working title "My Novalja on the Island of Pag" is the famous German actor Oliver Hörner, who will guide viewers through a report on Novalja and all its peculiarities.

The report will be shown and promoted through numerous channels, which will achieve multi-million viewers, namely: broadcasting on ANIXE auf Reisen (one of the most popular German travel channels), NTV, RNF (Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar, Mannheim). Also, the report will be distributed via the Waipu TV platform, as well as Amazon Prime and Samsung TV Plus channels.

‘‘Our expectations are that with this project and the recorded report, Novalja will certainly become an even more important destination, which in this way will directly access the German-speaking market and beyond and show all its attractions that make it special and set it apart from other tourist destinations’’, said the Director of the Tourist Board of Novalja, Marina Šćiran Rizner.

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The filming started in Novalja: on its squares, in the churches of St. Catherine and Our Lady of the Rosary within which there is a floor mosaic from the 4th century, in the City Museum from which one enters the unique Ancient aqueduct from the 1st century, on the Rose of the Winds, the city beaches. Furthermore, it was filmed in the Straško camp, the Liberty, Olea and Boškinac hotels, Novaljsko polje, Stara Novalja, the Žigljen ferry port, the Pag bridge and numerous beaches in the City area.

Through the magical Gardens of Lun Olives, where the famous actor was greeted by a girl in traditional costume with a basket of local delicacies, he rode a horse to the oldest olive, tasted raspberry oil, and drank tea from Lun olive leaves.

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In the early morning hours, when the team was hosted by extremely kind hosts - the owners of the family farm VIDAS, Mr. Oliver taught the sheep how to make Pag cheese, and for breakfast, homemade delicacies were served, such as Pag curd. At the host family farm Škunca, the team enjoyed the immortelle fields, listening with great interest to the story of organic production and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants.

‘‘This is my first time on your island and I am really amazed by its landscapes and places. I can't help but get the impression that adventures like cycling, trekking, kayaking are waiting for you around every corner. I am also delighted with your cultural and historical sites. I will definitely be back to your beautiful island again’’, Oliver Hörner pointed out with enthusiasm.

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All the interesting content listed here, framed in the story that will be told through this film, will surely intrigue and arouse interest in choosing a destination for German tourists for the upcoming summer season, convinced that Novalja will be their first choice.

‘‘Tourists from Germany have been realizing almost the largest tourist traffic in Novalja for many years, and our mission is to constantly invest in promotional activities in the main traditional emitting markets, which in the 2020 season showed their loyalty in choosing Croatia and Novalja as their first summer destinations’’, added Marina Šćiran Rizner.

The promotional film was filmed in the city of Novalja, which is located on the island of Pag, and you can find more information about what it can offer you on your next trip, in Total Croatia’s Pag in a page, HERE. Total Croatia’s articles are now available in your language!

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Party Tourism in Novalja No Longer the Focus, More Content for Locals Announced

April 7, 2021 - Renowned for Zrće Beach and the partying that goes on there, party tourism in Novalja is no longer in focus, as the mayor is shifting towards content for the local community.

Novalja on Pag island is one of Croatia's biggest hotspots to visit over summer. Zrće Beach is a world-renowned synonym for partying and all the crazy fun things that come with sipping cocktails on the beach next to the clear Adriatic Sea at any time of the day while some of the biggest names of the international DJ and music scene are in their finest element.

Still, as the Croatian tourist offer, in general, tries to break out of the perception that Croatia is great „only for summer“ and also tries to popularise other parts of the country that are a bit further from the coastline, Novalja is on a mission of its own - to break the stereotype that „it's just for partying“.

As Večernji List reports, Ante Dabo, the mayor of Novalja for two the past two terms, is more than aware that Zrće is vital to Novalja's tourism, but the town is heavily working to offer more content to visitors.

„From 2017 to 2019, we invested 48 million kuna in capital projects and despite the coronavirus pandemic, we invested 51 million kuna in 2020 alone“, said Dabo for Večernji List.

One of such projects is using the town's own funds for the Grozdenica culture centre. This new centre is imagined to be the core of cultural events in Novalja, and given it's a multifunctional hall with 210 seats and a stage with the most modern equipment, there is no doubt it will spot on for hosting cinema screenings, conferences, concerts, and theatre plays.

The new port and Marina are also part of the branding scheme to further position Novalja by attracting nautical tourism.

„We reduced taxes so new hotels could be easily opened, but we will allow building hotels that have less than four stars. We want quality hotels that will accept guests in the winter months to extend the season. We relied more on private accommodations but we also have hotel capacities of high standards and 600 more beds in comparison to 2019“, said Dabo commenting on changes in urban planning that forbids building hotels that have less than four stars.

The mayor also adds how Pag has rich cultural and archaeological findings along with heritage, natural wonders tracking, and bike tracks for recreational tourism.

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Caring for locals and not just for visitors

Zrće brings money, Zrće is a party hotspot, and Zrće is also loud and a threat to the peace of locals who don't visit clubs and events themselves. As Večernji List reminds, Dabo became known to the broader public in Croatia for introducing rules of conduct for tourists and for reducing the noise from Zrće.

„Zrće is too big of a brand to say it's not needed for Novalja, but everyday activity on Zrće needs to be reduced. That's the solution to compromise for party people and for other guests who are interested in a more peaceful vacation“, said Dabo referring to Novalja's need to escape from the monoculture of partying.

Locals are happy too as Novalja has the biggest budget when counted by the number of residents in all of Croatia, according to the Institute of Public Finance. A lot is also done for young families. By further rebuilding the kindergarten, Novalja will have more significant capacities to take care of the kids while parents are working. A low-energy building was built with the partial help of the EU funds, and the firefighter station is being reconstructed (also by EU funds) to ensure every service for protection and rescue can be in one place. The EU project of developing an entrepreneur zone Čiponjac worth 10 million kuna is also done, an entrepreneur incubator Ragan worth 12.5 million kuna, and a design to boost local-level entrepreneurship recently started, too. Business spaces are offered to new and young entrepreneurs at affordable prices.

The biggest project for Novalja, however, is Aglomeracija Novalja, which enhances agglomeration and water infrastructure with a new biological purifier for wastewater. Fifty kilometers of pipes are incorporated in the new sewer system that stretches through Metajna, Barbat, and Stara Novalja to the new purifier in the Vrtić district. Aglomeracija Novalja, worth 72 million kuna, and financed by EU funds up to 72%, makes Novalja a small town that is revitalizing, despite the corona crisis.

Learn more about Novalja and the island of Pag on our TC Page.  

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Monday, 29 March 2021

Novalja Business Incubator Open - First Such Facility on Croatian Island

March the 29th, 2021 - When it comes to differences between the Croatian mainland and its many inhabited islands, one could write a book. From unreliable ferry connections disappointing island residents to a lack of proper infrastructure, the list is long. However, the Novalja business incubator, the very first one on a Croatian island, is now open, marking a significant shift when it comes to island life.

Novalja has always been known for tourism and strong bura winds. In pre-pandemic times, Pag as an island was visited by countless tourists on an annual basis. Lovers of partying and of this island's strange moonlike landscape have come to know this island well, but just like with the majority of other Croatian islands, stoking business hasn't really been a strong point unless it involves revenue from bars and beaches. That could all be about to alter.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Pag could be pushed up yet another level, and one which doesn't necessarily have to involve tourism, with the opening of the brand new Novalja business incubator, the first of its kind on an island in this country, reports Zimo.

The director of the new Novalja business incubator, Dinko Skunca, referred back to Pag's famous bura winds and stated that of all winds the island experiences throughout the year, this, the wind of strength, will certainly be the most significant yet.

With the opening of the Novalja business incubator, one of Novalja's doggedly determined entrepreneurs also got a spring put back in her step.

''Miracles will happen here,'' said entrepreneur Nikolina Persola Dabo, adding that her tracksuits for both girls and boys with the Pag ''signature'' on them might not have ever even seen the light of day if the incubator hadn't opened on Pag.

''For the first six months, I don't have to pay anything - which is wonderful, I'll be able to invest that money into buying other business items and raw materials,'' she stated.

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Friday, 5 March 2021

Terra Park Phalaris and Terra Park SpiritoS: New Luxury Camps Opening Soon Near Novalja

March 5, 2021 - Terra Park Phalaris and Terra Park SpiritoS are two new mobile home camps that will open soon near Novalja on the island of Pag.

Jutarnji List reports that luxury hotels in nature are one way to describe mobile homes, an increasingly popular tourist trend in Croatia and the world. This is a market that McKinsey & Company estimates will be worth $157 billion by 2023, mostly thanks to the new concept and design.

Namely, twenty years ago, mobile homes were most associated with small, not very well-equipped apartments without bathrooms, which were slightly better than campers. However, thanks to the development of technology and the general popularization of glamping, today they have reached the level of luxury with which they match top apartments and hotel rooms, offering closer contact with nature and a much more pronounced sense of privacy than classic forms of accommodation.

That this is a trend that will greatly affect the Adriatic's tourist image in the future is shown by Terra Park Phalaris and Terra Park SpiritoS, new mobile home camps near Novalja on the island of Pag. These projects will open their doors to guests this season, after four years of preparation, confirmed Zvonimir Tudorović, a member of the Terra Park d.o.o. Management Board.

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"In preparation for the 2021 season, the camp will additionally adapt to new trends in the modern tourist market by investing in the development of new forms of accommodation units and upgrading common facilities for guests. Our concept is to combine the indigenous natural environment with the requirements of the modern guest and connect it all into a unique holiday experience in this location," said Tudorović.

The Terra Park Phalaris camp is adorned with a long tradition of campers, but this year part of the plots will be reserved for 67 mobile homes of different sizes and equipment levels produced by Adria. These will be one of the largest and best-equipped homes currently available on the market. Namely, these mobile home plots have an average area of about 200 square meters, of which 30 percent have their own heated pools, and it is almost twice the standard prescribed by the tourist authorities for the camping industry. All homes are, at the same time, set level with the ground, and the spacious terraces are paved with natural stone and covered with bio-climate pergolas.

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Similar standards will be applied in another facility within Terra Park d.o.o, the Terra Park SpiritoS camp.

In addition to the spaciousness, the greatest emphasis in the camps will be on sustainable development and symbiosis with nature. There will be no asphalted surfaces in the complexes, and a large bio-purifier will be installed, which will, among other things, be used to irrigate indigenous horticulture. 

"We are especially proud of the materials to decorate terraces, trails, signs, and other elements in the camps for which naturally degradable materials were used. Disposable plastic or other types of artificial materials will not be used. Also, the use of organic cosmetics in mobile homes should be highlighted, as well as the great emphasis we place on cooperation with the local community, such as the 80/80 concept, which means that 80 percent of groceries consumed during camp holidays are within a radius of 80 kilometers," Tudorović points out.

Terra Park Phalaris allows you to buy and rent mobile homes, offered at 59,900, 76,000, and 95,500 euros, depending on the size and level of equipment. It is important to emphasize that homeowners can rent their homes with Terra Park's help, which provides real estate management services for them. The concept is quite simple - the owner uses the home for their own needs whenever they want, and the rest of the time, Terra Park increases the value of the home by placing it on the tourist market. According to Terra Park, the expected return on investment is 5 to 7.5 years.

"The profitability of such an investment is long-term, no instant return can be expected, but we believe that, after the return on investment, repaid houses will remain available to owners for at least half of the total life of the house," explains Tudorović and adds that in the pre-sale process they sold more than 30 percent of the homes, before their installation in the camp.

In addition to modern design, return on investment, and connection with nature, several other factors contribute to the popularity of mobile homes. The first is related to the current pandemic situation. Namely, Tudorović believes that a significant part of the current hotel guests will reorient themselves to stay in mobile homes. The main reasons, he says, are to avoid mass contact with other guests in common indoor spaces, especially at the reception and in the hotel restaurant. On the other hand, there are demographic trends in the main markets. Due to the aging population, guests from the camps are increasingly focused on staying in the homes because they have all the comforts of home and do not have to drive with their own campers to the destination. On the other hand, the diverse offer of mobile homes (especially those with their own pool) has brought back young families with children to camps. One example is the Tomići family, who bought a mobile home in Terra Park Phalaris.

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Terra Park

"As a child, I almost always stayed with my parents in campers. It was a great time with lots of families and kids, but in controlled conditions with no roads and no traffic. I continued to maintain that tradition later, but in 2012 we had twins and went to a mobile home on Pag for the first time. It was a great choice because we had a lot more intimacy than in an apartment. If we had been in the apartment, someone might have been bothered by the children crying, but we had our peace in our small home," Marin Tomić remembers.

For the next eight years after that, they spent their summers only in mobile homes, always in a different location. Namely, due to the nature of their work, they did not know when they would go on annual leave, so they would go at the last minute and asked for free reservations in the camps. That is why they started looking for a camp where they could buy their own mobile home, but they could not find a camp without flaws. Either it was too big, didn’t have clean papers, or wasn’t accessible to children. As this is a large investment, they wanted to make sure that the purchase would pay off. They came across Terra Park last summer.

"My wife and I made sure to check each step a few times so that our investment didn't fail. Twice we were one step closer to concluding the deal, but then a problem would arise that would cause us to give up the purchase. But then we found Terra Park, and it turned out to be a firm with a head and a tail. In just a few words, we concluded that they know how to handle their business, so we decided to buy a mobile home from them," says Tomić and points out that now he and his family will be able to sit in the car carefree on Friday after work and go to their mobile home for the weekend.

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