Tučepi

Tučepi is one of the most visited tourist destinations in all of Croatia. It offers the widest range of services and sport amenities on the Makarska Riviera including soccer, volleyball, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, hiking, rock climbing, abseiling, rafting, paragliding and jet skiing. The beach along Tučepi’s promenade is the longest in all of Dalmatia at 4 kilometres and the one of the finest natural beaches in the whole of the Adriatic. Tučepi offers a wide range of restaurants, cafés, ice-cream parlours, bars, pubs and clubs. The village is located very close to the nearby town of Makarska as well as Split, the capital of Dalmatia and Croatia’s second largest city (Split International Airport). It is also a short car or bus ride to the historic city of Dubrovnik, the pilgrimage site of Međugorje and historic medieval town of Mostar in Herzegovina, and the enchanting islands of Hvar, Brac and Korcula (via a short yacht or ferry trip from Tučepi or Makarska).

Dalmatian food and hospitality is world-renowned. Sample the delicious local seafood and eat a-la-carte by the sea while sampling some of the sublime local wine. Zlatan Plavac is one of the best and comes from the nearby island of Hvar. The local fruit and vegetables are highly prized as is the locally produced olive oil. If you are an organic food buff Dalmatia is the place for you!

The locals are very helpful and friendly. English and German are common second languages with many people in the region, so don’t be afraid to say hello or ask for help if you need it.

TUČEPI CLIMATE

The Dalmatian Coast is characterised by a very favourable climate; a mild, mostly moist winter and a dry, hot and sunny summer. Compared to other parts of Europe Dalmatian winters are usually mild, but windy with the temperature averaging about 10-15 oC. Spring is a very popular time of year to visit the region as temperatures begin to climb into the low to mid-20s.

Tucepi is located on the Makarska Riviera and is one of the sunniest parts of the central and northern Mediterranean, characterised by an extremely bright sky with about 2,700 sunny hours per year, and a high daily average of 7.3 sunny hours per day. In the summer, it rises to an average of 11.3 hours, 7.4 hours in the spring, 6.3 hours in the autumn, and 4.2 hours in the winter.

This favourable and sunny climate has an affect on the local sea temperature too with a summer average of 22.6o C, and an average yearly temperature of 17.5oC approximately. The warm temperatures and calm seas make it ideal for swimming all year round.

BEACHES

Croatia has one of the cleanest seas and one of the most indented coastlines in the whole Adriatic region according to the Croatian Department For The Environment. Recent surveys suggest that 97.4% of Croatian beaches are suitable for swimming; the highest amount of clean beaches in the whole of the Adriatic region including Italy. Of the more than 1,000 beaches surveyed the 575 were rated as “exceptionally clean”, a very high standard indeed.

ENTRY DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Passport or some other form of identification is needed. Visitors can stay up to three months. Vehicle papers required are the registration booklet (automobile registration card), an international motor vehicle insurance certificate (a green card) and a valid drivers license.

HOLIDAY MONEY

The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the kuna (divided into 100 lipa). Foreign currency can be changed in banks, official exchange offices and post offices, most tourist agencies and hotels. Eurocheques can be exchanged only in banks. For all goods and services credit cards, as well as cash, can be used to pay (AmEx, Diners, EC/MC, Visa). Foreign citizens can get foreign currency back for unused kuna upon the presentation of an exchange receipt, but only in bank, when leaving Croatia. There are limits on the amount of Croatian currency that can be imported and exported.

Banking hours are 7am to 7pm from Monday to Friday. On Saturday these facilities are open until 1pm. In big cities, some banks are open on Sundays.

REGISTERING YOUR STAY

Tourists pay a fee for each day of their stay (cca 1 Euro/day). Children up to 12 years of age are not required to pay a fee, and the children between 12 and 18 years of age have to pay half of the price of the fee. All the tourists have to be registered by the owners of accommodation with the local tourist community of the respective village or city. The tourist community is required to issue a written residence permit for each registered guest.

RENT A CAR

This service is available in all the larger towns, tourist resorts and airports. There is also taxi service in all towns and tourist resorts.

SPEED LIMITS

50km/h in inhabited areas, 80km/h outside inhabited areas (unless stated differently), 130km/h on highways. The maximum level of alcohol in the blood is 0.5 parts per thousand.

PETROL

Eurosuper 95, Eurosuper 98, Normal Lead Free 91, Super 98 and Diesel.

PETROL STATIONS

Open from 7am until 7pm or 8pm every day, and during the summer even until 10pm.There are also gas station that are open non-stop in the larger towns and along the mayor international highways.

ELECTRICITY

220 V, 50 Hz

WATER

Tap water is drinkable throughout Croatia.

COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES

During the stay in Dalmatia, tourists have a right to health care in the Public Health Centers (Dom zdravlja), out-patient clinics and hospitals. The prices are nominal and correspond to the prices for Croatian citizens. Visitors from the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Great Britain need to bring only their passports with them. Tourists from other countries should be in a possession of the proper form in addition to their passports. Slovenian guests can use their health cards. For special treatment in private establishments, guests pay the same as locals.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Post offices are open from 7am to 7pm, and on Sundays until 1pm. There are post office in the bigger cities which are open until 10pm in the summer. Stamps are sold in post offices and at the newsstand or in post offices. Most larger post offices also offer public telephones for international phone calls. Post offices also sell phone cards, which can be used on the public phones found around most towns, cities and villages.

There are two GSM networks in Croatia – CRONET and VIPNet (both operate on 90 MHz). Croatian GSM providers have a commercial arrangement with GSM operators in numerous countries around the world. Guest-users of GSM can get additional information of GSM services in Croatia contacting following operators on:

CRONET phone number +385 (0)98 1212 and

VIPNet phone number +385 (0)91 7700

WORKING HOURS

Shops and department stores are open between 8am and 8pm, and on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm or 3pm. A smaller number of stores close between noon and 4pm.Many stores are open on Sundays too, especially in the summer, and smaller number in the bigger cities are open 24 hours a day. Firms and public services usually work from 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday.

TIME ZONE

GMT plus one hour (in summer two hours)