Pelješac Bridge is the new tourist attraction promoting southern Croatia
On July 26, the Pelješac Bridge was inaugurated in Croatia. It is one of the largest EU-funded projects in the EU and the largest in Croatia. The new bridge will connect the southernmost part of Croatia and Dubrovnik with the rest of mainland Croatia, crossing the bay of Mali Ston above the Adriatic Sea.
This bridge will significantly improve the daily life of Croatians – by reducing the travel time between Dubrovnik and Split – and of travelers from the surrounding area. A fluid circulation of goods and people will facilitate access to public services, such as health care, and economic services in the various sub-regional poles. This seamless connection will also greatly benefit tourism, trade and strengthen the territorial cohesion of the region.
The Pelješac Bridge is 55 m high, allowing free transit of ships, and 2.4 km long, with four lanes. The EU is also funding infrastructure related to the bridge, such as the construction of access roads, including tunnels, bridges and viaducts, the construction of an 8 km long bypass near the town of Ston and modernization of the existing D414 road.
This is a project of great importance for both Croatia and the EU. This bridge is a symbol of European solidarity and support for Croatia in financial and political terms.
Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
In addition to providing a road connection to and from southern Croatia, the Pelješac Bridge is also becoming a new tourist attraction in its own right, which will play a role in promoting the country’s tourism and is expected to further boost tourism demand for the south. , said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić for Hina.
“The bridge will certainly be a new tourist attraction, both for sailors, for whom sailing under the bridge will be a special experience, and for many travelers and tourists who will be able to enjoy magnificent views of the bridge from lookouts and roads. The extent to which the bridge itself will be featured in the creation of special offers, tours, souvenirs and other products depends on the destinations themselves and the companies and service providers operating in this region, and the CNTB will use, as it has done so far, the bridges in the framework of promotion and information campaigns,” Staničić said on Tuesday before the opening of the Pelješac bridge.
Director Staničić also said it is still too early to speak about the direct and definitive impact the bridge will have on the number of tourists in far southern destinations, but he believes it is entirely certain that the bridge will reduce the region’s dependence on air traffic.
This fits Croatia’s image as a very well-positioned and recognized high-quality automotive destination, to which the Pelješac Bridge also contributes.
Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board
“Although Great Britain and the United States are among the most important tourist markets for Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the markets of Germany, Poland, France and Slovenia are also very important. , as well as the domestic market, so a direct impact of the bridge on greater demand and arrivals from these markets is also expected,” Staničić said.
Regarding tourism, Staničić also pointed out that in addition to better road accessibility to Dubrovnik and the whole Pelješac peninsula, the bridge also means that traveling in this part of the country will now be much more convenient and enjoyable. “We are particularly proud of how the bridge, with its intricate and unique design, has changed the view of Mali Ston Bay, which will certainly benefit us in preparing attractive and high-quality promotional materials and content. for foreign markets” he said.