Spatial and Environmental Characteristics of Croatian Adriatic Archipelago as an Important

Srećko Favro (HHI); Iva Saganić; Zvonko Gržetić (HHI);

Godina: 2008


International Conference on Studying, Modeling and Sense Making of Planet Earth Mytilene, Lesvos, Grčka, 01-06.06.2008

This paper analyses spatial and environmental characteristics of Croatian Adriatic from the aspect of nautical tourism development. Sea and coastal area are the most important natural and geographical elements for nautical tourism development. However, together with natural basis, attractiveness of Croatian coast for nautical tourism is also in its historical, cultural, social, economic, and trendy characteristics that rank this maritime zone among the most attractive nautical destinations, together with the Carribean and Greek archipelago. This paper analyses natural basis for nautical tourism development, such as geomorphologic forms, hydrographic elements, that is physical, thermal, and chemical quality of water, and climatic characteristics (air temperature, precipitation, winds, sunny and cloudy days, air humidity). Abundance of relief forms, bays and islands is one of attractive elements for nautical and tourist navigation and stay. Indentedness and natural attractiveness of the coast enable cruising and provide good natural shelters. Boater that sails in the Croatian local waters can enjoy views of the coast that indicate longtime coexistence and harmony between man and nature. Development of nautical tourism in accordance with spatial and environmental characteristics and with respect for natural laws enables nondisrupted visual identity of the coastal area and ensures to boaters the stay in authentic area with all the possibilities that it offers. Analysis of the characteristics important for nautical tourism development will deal with the most attractive locations on the Croatian Adriatic, and it will recommend and suggest further development of all the elements of nautical tourism together with its complementary activities – nautical economy.