On Tuesday July 26, Croatia officially opened the new Peljesac Bridge. Connecting two parts of the country, the 1.5 mile bridge connects the mainland to the southern peninsula known as Peljesac. For Croats, this means reducing travel time for those traveling between Split and Dubrovnik. With breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and the bay of Mali Ston, this is another one to add to the list!
A bridge connecting the mainland to the Peljesac peninsula means it has become easier for tourists to visit the popular holiday town of Dubrovnik. Historically, reaching Dubrovnik meant going through Bosnia. The unequal division between Bosnia and Croatia was a direct consequence of the decline of the Yugoslav Federation. This meant tighter border controls when traveling to Croatia via Bosnia. In fact, the split even meant that many Croats were unable to travel to the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik.
Shortly after the official inauguration, hundreds of people flocked to the bridge on their way to Dubrovnik. Pedestrians and drivers alike were thrilled to see the bridge and many described it as a “historic day”.
“It’s a big day for Croatia. Let’s enjoy it today,” Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said.
The bridge is truly an engineering marvel. The 55m high cable-stayed bridge has six pylons and is known to be the biggest investment ever made in Croatia.
The new bridge stands proudly inviting sailors, drivers and hikers to take in the magnificent sea views. Tourism contributes a large part of the country’s economy and this has only improved the country’s prospects . With the potential to create thousands of jobs and facilitate the movement of supplies across the country, the Peljesac Bridge is much more than expected.
Why visit Croatia?
Although Croatia is one of the least visited countries in Europe, it is the perfect choice for a well-deserved break. Easily accessible from the UK, Croatia is home to beautiful beaches and a perfect climate all year round. With eight national parks, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 1000 islands, Croatia really has it all! Moreover, it is rather affordable compared to other countries! With more kuna for your pound, Croatia ranks among the most affordable destinations in Europe.
Juber Ahmed is our digital editor and travel enthusiast with a keen interest in Islamic history and heritage. He travels with his wife to various places around the world and writes about his experiences.
Juber’s favorite quote…
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” [Saint Augustine]