While most fret if a summer season will even happen, clothing-optional tourism saw its first influx of guests at the FKK Sovinje camp in Tkon, on the island of Pašman. It’s also one of the few branches of tourism still drawing investments and improvements.
“Our first guests are naturists from Austria and Germany and from Slovenia,” Marija Ugrinić, head of FKK Sovinje, told Zadarski List.
Despite the coronavirus epidemic and adherence to hygiene measures, the atmosphere is calm, she said, and people are behaving like all previous, “normal” years.
“The guests in the FKK Sovinje auto camp are mostly highly-educated people who are strongly connected with nature,” Ugrinić added. “These are all family people who come on vacation together with their children.”
Nude, or “naturalist” beaches remain a staple of summers on the Dalmatian coast. One in ten tourists skinny dip in the Adriatic. Decades ago, Croatia’s coast was considered the epicenter of Europe’s naturalist movement. Those heady days are gone now.
FKK Sovinje will reach about 50 percent of its capacity, when Slovenia’s school year ends, according to Ugrinić. FKK Sovinje can hold up to 400 guests.
The past two years’ record arrivals and overnight stays made 2020 more than promising. The camp has improved its offer, and hopes Pašman’s “corona free” status will draw guests. Expectations at Sovinje remain high despite the pandemic.
“So far, no one has canceled reservations for July and August in the FKK Sovinje camp,” Ugrinić said. “Moreover, guests who have delayed arrival in May and June are now booking September. We hope that everything will pass without the coronavirus and that, given the extraordinary circumstances, we will achieve a solid tourist season.”
“… Guests who have delayed arrival in May and June are now booking September. We hope that everything will pass without the coronavirus and that, given the extraordinary circumstances, we will achieve a solid tourist season.”Marija Ugrinić, head of FKK Sovinje
The camp is managed by the utility company Orlić d.o.o. and is 100 percent owned by Pašman’s Municipality.
“Tkon is not only an attractive destination for family, adventure and Robinson tourism, but it is becoming a ‘naturist paradise’ for all those who want to tan without a trace of a bathing suit and enjoy the sandy beach which is a true natural phenomenon, peace and quiet, preserved nature and crystal clear sea,” said Dino Smoljan, director of the Orlić d.o.o.
Source: Total Croatia News
Original publication 31 May, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 20th June 2020
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