Cars on the beach, partly in sea water – photos of such a view, supposed to show tourists parking “wild” in Croatia, circulated in the local media. Croatians note that tourists often try to avoid parking fees in this way. Those in the photos, however, were not to take into account the tide.
The photos were published on August 1 by a Croatian Facebook profile that shows road incidents. They were to be made at the Solaris campsite near Šibenik, one of the most popular cities in the south among tourists Croatia.
The photographs show cars with foreign plates parked in several different places along the coast, their wheels submerged in sea water. The vehicles are parked on the sand, right next to the green belt separating the beaches from the buildings. “Our guests park at low tide and then are surprised by the high tide,” the description reads, suggesting the photos were sent by campsite staff.
The photos were quickly publicized by the Croatian media. They note that in the Šibenik region, tourists very often park their cars in this way, trying to avoid paying for legal parking. The photos also outraged Internet users.
“How can you even stand right on the shore?” one of them asks in a comment to the post. “Didn’t they teach them in school that there is such a thing as high tide and low tide?” another user wonders. Some commentators foretell the inevitable visit to the mechanic. The photos alone, however, do not allow to assess how high the water reached when the waves hit the vehicles.
Croatia – holidays, prices, currency
According to last year’s report of the Polish Chamber of Tourism, Croatia is among the top ten most popular holiday destinations for Poles. According to the Croatian Tourist Board (CWT), the number of tourists from Poland in 2022 exceeded one million.
After entering euro area however, the country has become much less affordable. The increase in prices associated with the change of currency is called the “cappuccino effect”. The latest data from the Croatian Statistical Office (DZS) show that the prices of consumer goods and services in May 2023 alone increased in Croatia by 7.9 percent on an annual basis.
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