Many wonder how Rogotin, a small settlement in the northwest of the Neretva Valley, a few kilometres away from the main town of Ploče, is attracting record numbers of tourists this year.
Despite much more popular tourist destinations nearby and the limited number of accommodation facilities and lack of classic tourist facilities, including a beach, so far this year Rogotin is enjoying a surge in tourists.
Rogotin has achieved 2,349 overnight stays in the first half of 2021, which is 37% more than in 2019 which was a record year for tourism in the country, daily Slobodna Dalmacija reported.
Most tourists have arrived from Germany, Czech Republic Hungary, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Slovakia and Austria.
According to the data of the Tourist Board of the City of Ploče, the increase is the largest under the Ploče administration. In other settlements, there were even decreases in overnight stays compared to 2019.
In speaking with guests, the daily learned that many found Rogotin, a place where they could find peace with a relaxing atmosphere, beautiful landscape, and also close to famous tourist destinations.
“Spouses Larry and Jamie from San Diego, California, traveled to Denmark and Portugal, and before their final destination in Greece, they stayed in Rogotin for three days. They were thrilled by the world attraction of wind turbines on Trovro hill, and the view of the Neretva valley, and with great pleasure a four kilometre boat trip down the long canal that connects Lake Vlaška, one of the symbols of Rogotin, with the Adriatic Sea,” Slobodna Dalmacija said.