Monday, 10 June 2019

Supetar Mayor Reacts Strongly Against Nationalism-Fueled Violence

It was supposed to be a nice event, a get-together of a group of like-minded people in early summer on a Dalmatian island, a celebration of the football club they've loved for their entire lives. It was never supposed to attract any national attention, let alone a swift reaction by the Supetar mayor, Ivana Marković.

The Torcida Cup is an amateur futsal tournament, in which fans of the Hajduk football club participate (the supporters of Hajduk call themselves Torcida, thus the name of the cup).

After the games were played at the Supetar football field in the centre of town, an incident occurred: 5 seasonal workers that are working on Brač, four men and a woman, were attacked sometime late in the evening, as they were walking home after their shifts. They passed the Torcida Supetar headquarters, and the attackers heard that two of the workers spoke differently then they would've liked, so they stormed out yelling "Where is the Serb?!?", and started hitting the group.

Three of the people from the group are from Slavonia, one is from Varaždin, and one injured person from Brač stood up to the attackers, trying to save the workers who were attacked. The attackers threw punches, kicked the victims on the ground as they fell, they repeatedly hit the girl who was trying to shield her colleague. One of the victims told the Croatian media that the attack was stopped when a taxi driver started honking, after which the attackers withdrew.

The abhorrent (and criminal!) behaviour by the participants of the Torcida Cup provoked a swift and quite stringent response by the Supetar mayor, Ivana Marković, who has already made her stance against any nationalism public.

She put out a statement condemning the attack, adding that any act of violence is unacceptable, and especially if it happens just because someone belongs to a different nation or speaks a different language. She finds some solace in the fact that it has been determined that none of the attackers were from Supetar, but the fact remains that it happened there.

And to show her determination to put a stop to such violent occurences, she has decided to discontinue any donations to the Torcida Cup and to withdraw her permission for the field to be used for Torcida Cup matches, as the attackers were participants and/or visitors of the Cup. She adds that the town of Supetar can no longer support any sports events where the participants or visitors behave like this. Supetar mayor Marković added that she will try and get in contact with all of the victims if possible. 

Police reported that they've apprehended the two suspects, one on Brač and one in Split the next morning and that they will be charged for the attack, but also in accordance with the Croatian Anti-discrimination laws, as it was determined that the motive of the attack was the nationality of the victims. 

Thursday, 2 May 2019

World's Biggest Welcome in Croatia: Day 40 - Omiš to Blaca (Kayak, Bike)

May 2, 2019 - Putting Croatian adventure tourism on the map, with the biggest welcome in the world. Day 40 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 40 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 40 moved from Omiš to the Blaca Hermitage located on the southern side of Brač island.

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34 kilometres for the day: 16 km kayak ride from Omiš to Supetar, followed by an 18 km bike ride from Supetar to Nerežišća and Blaca to continue forming the ‘L’ in ‘Welcome’.


Day 40 began by setting off from Omiš to the island of Brač. 


Lacko and his team made it to Supetar. 


Which was marked by one of Jadrolinija's most famous ferries between Supetar and Split. 


Lacko and the team inching their way to the harbor. 



A better look at the 'Welcome' team.



From Supetar, the group cycled towards Donji Humac.


But the traffic on Brač held them up. 



Mislav tested out some of his stunts on the famous Brač rocks.


The group made it to a secret location on the island. 





The group even had a free day on the island and decided to kayak from Sutivan to Šolta!

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

After a free Day 41, tune in tomorrow for Day 42, as Lacko moves from Šestenovac to Imostki.

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

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Supetar Tries Hand, Secures EU Funds

Good news for Supetar!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Supetar to Host Conference on Rural Tourism

ZAGREB, May 7, 2018 - The fourth edition of an international conference on rural tourism will be held in Supetar on the Adriatic island of Brač on May 9-13 and is expected to attract about 250 participants from 15 countries under the slogan "A new age - An age for rural tourism".

Monday, 19 February 2018

New Fire Station and Fire Engines for Supetar

Supetar is learning from the disasters of last year and pouring more funding into fire safety.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

European Funds to Revitalize Škrip on the Island of Brač

New efforts to protect cultural heritage on Brač.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Slavko Ledic: 80 to 100 Konzum Stores to Close

Konzum's instability caused by Agrokor's mess brings a new wave of bad news.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Road to Cemetery to Lead Through Tourist Resort?

A tourist resort on the island of Brač could have a rather unique amenity: a road leading to the local cemetery.

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