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We did not expect tourists, say apartment owners in Croatia

If you are now going to smaller Croatian towns or villages, expect that finding accommodation may not be as easy as it was before the pandemic. As the editor of the daily E15, I went with my sister to the far south of Croatia to the town of Molonat.

When we booked accommodation for the evening via the Airbnb host platform, the booking was instantly confirmed. But within a few minutes, the owner canceled the stay, saying he wasn’t home because he wasn’t expecting anyone at all.

Accommodation prices are relatively higher in this area, so it is necessary to take into account that if you have a limited financial budget, there are not many options left. We found new accommodation in Moulons quickly and the owners were once again surprised. “We didn’t expect anyone to come here now. The season has started but here it is completely empty,” said the owner of the apartment in Molonat.

We were alone in the whole villa, which offers over ten apartments. We saw the lonely tourists in the caravan park, where the epidemic appeared in a widespread trend.

Tourists in the villages provoke a sincere surprise, in big cities you can already hear a mixture of languages ​​u200bu200bon the street. Restaurant operators literally crave tourists and hope that people will not be afraid to travel. For example, the Dalmatian port of Zadar has been completely revived and the restaurant is slowly filling up. However, restaurateurs still suffer from a lack of attendance, so you are left with some ingredients.

“We want to be prepared for the tourists and we want to offer them a variety of dishes. Unfortunately, there are few tourists, so now we are struggling a bit,” says the waiter at the famous Zadar restaurant. They said that last summer they were suddenly not in need of tourists. Now they hope to visit again.

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Pandemic control measures are relatively moderate. Workers in restaurants or shops must wear a niqab, but they do not need a respirator. Customers must wear a headscarf or respirator in stores and when entering the restaurant. Among the possible tests for coronavirus tests, we came across one, which is at the border when entering the country. Customs officers ask everyone why they are going to Croatia, exactly where they will stay and for how long.

In 2019, 21 million tourists arrived in Croatia. The country was one of the few European regions that managed to reduce the number of new positive tests to zero in May 2020. But last September, Croatia became an example for the US daily Wall Street Journal of the start of the second wave of the European epidemic caused by summer tourism.