Tourism for the young
Growing demand for hostels
Croatia has responded to its growing number of young visitors by opening up some new hostels and modernising the existing ones – among these, two new hostels in Rijeka and Veli Lošinj. The first year showed that Kvarner is a favourite destination among young visitors.
Croatia today offers as many as 39 youth hostels; the Croatian Hostel Association manages those in Pula, Rijeka, Veli Lošinj, Zadar, Šibenik, Dubrovnik and Zagreb. These hostels have a total of 900 beds and comply with European hostel standards. Two of the mentioned hostels are located in the Kvarner region – one in Rijeka, and the other one in Veli Lošinj. The latter is the first island hostel with 50 beds and seasonal opening times – from the 1st of May until the 30th of October. One should also mention the fact that this hostel has a particularly beautiful terrace, considered by many as offering the most magnificent view on the island of Lošinj. According to the information provided by the Croatian Hostel Association, the first year of business was very successful for this hostel. The hostel in Rijeka, which complies with the highest European standards, is open throughout the year, and in 2008 it recorded 10,000 overnight stays.
As an answer to the growing number of young people interested in visiting Croatia, further thirty hostels should be built until 2012, thus ensuring a balanced hostel network in all major Croatian towns.