Komarna self catering apartment, Croatia


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Responsible tourism: Komarna self catering apartment, Croatia


We talk and act to protect the environment, to keep it clean, to conserve water and electricity. Electric bulbs are low energy and water pressure is adjusted for both comfort and savings.

We recycle as much as possible, and it isn't too easy in Croatia where environmental protection still needs to catch the attention of ordinary people. We do what we can to promote it.

In the garden, we feed and shelter a family of tortoises. They moved in with us one year and ate all we had in our attempt to grow vegetables. Since then they have stayed, and we feed them and tell the guests about them.

They are protected species, and we are proud that they breed and multiply in safety.

We have now renovated all doors and windows and are only using local pine wood and local carpenters - quite against the trend to use plastic windows. We know it is more difficult to maintain, but think that it is a better long-term solution.

Tourism can be a great advantage to local communities. It provides income and gives a positive exchange of cultural values. Our approach is a total dedication to responsible tourism. All the income we make from renting goes back into the local economy in the form of taxes, salaries and local purchase of goods.


We only employ local people, and all revenue from sightseeing and additional services goes directly to the local people. We support local activities like ”Fisherman’s Night” the football field and beach cleaning.

We have created a comprehensive guidebook (50+ pages under constant revision) where our guests can read about regional culture, history and customs and where you get an introduction to the Croatian language. In the book, there are also recommendations about shops and restaurants that we know are responsible and suggestions to visit activities both in Croatia and across the border - activities that directly help the local economy.

Our guests leave very satisfied and happy, and this is how we get more tourists and increase business in an area where there is about 30% official unemployment. About 2 of our revenue is dedicated to the local church to help children of poor families.

Our housekeeper, Vanja Babic, is a long-time resident of Komarna. She lives with her family close to Apartment Tedo, takes good care of our guest, and makes sure that the houses are clean and in perfect condition. In addition, we have a local book keeper who also helps us to keep all the laws and regulations that is a jungle in a country that is changing everything to comply with EU law. We insist of following the law and we pay what it takes to be a good example.

Reviews of Komarna self catering apartment, Croatia

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Absolutely beautiful location. Clear warm seas and two nice beaches. The accommodation was very comfortable and really accessible to the waterfront and beach. It had three terraces two at the front upper and lower lever and one at the back which was shared with the other four houses and with a very nice garden where the children could feed the tortoises. The rear area had a larger area for eating with barbeque. The different situations of the terraces meant that you had shade or sun at any time of the day depending on your preference. The house was spacious for holiday accommodation and not at all cramped.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

A car is a necessity in this location. Public transport is awkward to use and the roads even to the next village are not suitable to walk on as they are too close to fast moving traffic for comfort.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

It benefited the local people but I don't feel that it benefited the environment in that it is not a location where you can survive without a car. The local shop is too basic and stocks a very minimal supply of fruit and vegetables. It is also necessary to travel around 12 km to the nearest ATM for money which is necessary as the local shop or restaurant doesn't accept credit cards. As in most of Croatia, there appears to be not attempt to recycle rubbish but this is not specific to the area in question.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We booked the holiday hoping not to have to hire a car but in the end found it necessary to hire a car twice during our stay to get in necessities. Allowing for this it was nevertheless a beautiful and very relaxing holiday.

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