1574 Croatian facilities claim to have “private beaches”
June 26, 2021 – It is well known that waters can turn murky in Croatia when it comes to construction, permits and concessions, and up to 1,574 Croatian facilities claim to boast “private beaches”.
As Morski writes, the rightly high voices in the public about an arrogant man from Drvenik Veli who sold his Czech Republic guests the story that he has a private beach – still don’t abate. There can be no notion of a private beach in Croatia, so the nerve of these owners of various Croatian facilities claiming to have one is pretty amazing.
That said, it is clear that he is far from being the only one to understand that the beach in front of his house is a private beach. Namely, it’s no stranger to Croats to attach the option of having a private beach when booking a property they own and rent to tourists on Booking.com, writes Index.
A single glance at this famous online accommodation booking platform shows that Croatian establishments often register a private beach with their advertisements. So when accommodation units are sorted on the Booking.com page specifically according to the term “private beach”, a fascinating number of 1574 Croatian establishments emerge.
It should be mentioned that the text description written next to some facilities does not specifically state that they have a private beach, although facilities are sorted by this parameter, but some explicitly advertise that they do have a private beach, and they mention the term private beach with restaurants, parking or free WiFi.
As is already the case with sites and platforms like this, the overall figure should be taken with a grain of salt, but to think that so many Croatian facility owners are so willing to lie so easily about something. that they just can’t get naive tourists abroad is pretty amazing.
However, we don’t need Booking.com to conclude that, just walk along the coast and see that there are houses by the sea whose owners have built stairs, so they think the whole beach is theirs.
Let us also recall the words of maritime property expert Goran Vojkovic, who wrote an article for Index on the recent situation of “private beach” in Drvenik Veli.
The seaside does not belong to any kind of property and you are free to use it for common purposes. Swim, sunbathe, swim, fish from the shore, whatever you want, ” he read of it.
“Now, of course, the question arises – can someone have a concession for a beach and have that beach for the exclusive use of their camp or hotel (or charge an entrance fee). principle, yes they can. However, such a concession must be listed in the public registry – this list is available at http://servisi.fina.hr/regkonc/index.do (or you can simply search the ” [Croatian] register of concessions “).
However, there are very few such concessions for beaches in Croatia. The complete exclusion from general use is quite expensive and most hotels, even the most notorious ones, have concluded that they would not bother to ask for concessions – they would rather let everyone involved use it and earn money. money in another way, by offering drinks or additional services. Either way, if someone claims to have a concession and as such you can only use part of the coast – you need to have proof of that and you can also check for yourself. We repeat, there are very few, even the beaches in front of five-star hotels are usually public beaches, ” Vojkovic explained.
As for Booking.com, let’s say that out of the total number of 1574 Croatian establishments with a so-called “ private ” beach, 886 of them refer to apartments, and 95 are hotels. The rest refers to tourist resorts, camps, chalets or villas.
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