The Tourist Board of the City of Bakar began intensive work in 2009, 15 years after the closure of Koksara, a symbol of Bakar’s industrial past and the main reason why Bakar was bypassed in a wide arc, both occasional travelers and all Kvarner guests. And that is why all those people and destinations should be publicly praised, who, in spite of everyone and everything, are struggling and actively working to change the paradigm and seek their place under the sun. Naval battle is one of the most important events in the life of the city, but a visit to Bakar in the summer months will lead you to another, extremely important “maritime story” that reflects the insufficiently revived feature of Bakar. In its glorious days, Copper was a city of sailors who sailed the world’s seas. The most important moment for the development of maritime affairs was certainly the founding of the Maritime School Bakar, which began operating in 1849, 66 years before the founding of London! Naval School Bakar is the oldest vocational school in Croatia, and it is adorned with the fascinating fact that it had the first school ship of the Merchant Navy. Margit not only in the Adriatic but also in the Mediterranean! This year, it celebrated another anniversary, the uninterrupted 25 years of the international naval rowing academy regatta. The great Andrija Mohorovičić, a world-renowned scientist who came into direct contact with meteorology in Bakar for the first time, also worked as a professor at the Bakar Maritime School, which resulted in the establishment of a meteorological station in Bakar in 1887. In the school there is a memorial classroom dedicated to this great man, and in the interior of the school there are valuable items related to seafaring, as well as an emotional dedication – a paddle painted by the hand of our artist Voja Radoičić. Quality offer of private accommodation, Margaret’s summer full of events, Tuna fest and city tours for organized groups with a welcome of copper associations; City Guards Bakar, Težakinja and peasant from Praputnjak, Bakarska gentlemen and captains, then a tour of the old town where the most important are the Frankopan castle, the Turkish and Roman houses and the church of St. Andrije ap. with catacombs, Hreljinska Gradina, the lake that emerges and disappears in Ponikve and the Bakar precipices where Bakarska vodica is created – these are just some of the trump cards to visit Bakar, says the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar, Sonja Jelušić Marić SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE ROMANTIC ATMOSPHERE OF THE FRANKOPAN CASTLE Photo: Klaudio Vrančić, RI Ring Tourist stories from Bakar this summer, I transfer below the article. You can find a detailed program of Margaret’s flight and the tourist offer of the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar on the website www.tz-bakar.hr Exactly such destinations should be promoted and given a chance, because they certainly deserved it and fought to get the right opportunity to show themselves. And here they definitely need the help of travel agencies that sell destinations and various additional tourist facilities. As in the example of the Via Mea agency, which I hope is only the first in a series, I hereby invite all other agencies to focus on Bakar, which already has something to offer today. Something new and different, and it is the content that is key, not just selling the sun and the sea. Proof of this thesis is the recent Tuna Fest in Bakar, where travel agencies, saturated with standard offers, saw their opportunity to offer and tell a new story. And in Bakar. Bakar Guard / Photo: TZ Bakar A small wing swing, he started we can say a small revolution in Bakar. Of course, looking from the outside and the bigger picture, these are small numbers, but for Bakar it is more important that the tourist economy started and how the local population woke up and became more active. And this is the first prerequisite for growth and development, because without the involvement of local people there is neither authenticity nor sustainable development. The first of May, apart from the sun, brought Bakar a significantly different atmosphere than in previous years. By the way, the quiet and sleepy town was “revived” by more than 200 guests from Austria who arrived in Bakar organized by the Tourist Board of Bakar and Crikvenica agency Via Mea and its Austrian partner Papageno to enjoy a specially organized program for them. Fest ”. The May Day group is just one of ten Austrian and German excursion groups within which Bakar will meet about 2000 excursionists in the pre-season and post-season. Although burdened by the weight of the industrial past and complete isolation in the tourist-developed Kvarner, the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar managed to achieve what many considered impossible with persistent and thoughtful ten years of effort – to turn Bakar into a desirable excursion destination despite numerous, still current, shortcomings. And a traditional summer event called Margaret’s summer from 29.6. to 27.7. will mark some of the most glorious moments in Bakar’s history, which, combined with great entertainment for all generations, will be a good reason to come to Bakar, point out the Bakar Tourist Board. 240 YEARS OF THE CHARTER OF MARY THERESIA – WALK WITH THE QUEEN OF THE ROYAL CITY OF COPPER Yes, it takes a lot of energy, effort and time, but it is certainly possible to make great tourist stories, change the image of a tourist destination into a positive one and start a tourist economy, which is the most important thing. Bakarska vodica / Photo: TZ Bakar As I mentioned above, in a practically impossible mission, in addition to the tourist giants in Kvarner and despite the bad reputation of Bakar and as other smaller tourist communities would say, “we have no resources, both financial and human, TZ Bakra is proof of how to make A “miracle” in those conditions as well. Of course, everything revolves around people and the desire for positive change or market development. Fight and bite and do the best you can according to your conditions. it’s easiest to say, you can’t. Margaret’s Fair within Naval battles It is a great opportunity to taste many delicacies of local producers, traditional dishes made by local caterers waiting for you on every corner, but also souvenirs of the City of Bakar – Bakar Baskot crowned with a gold medal for quality in 1919 in Paris. You will find a plaque that testifies to this important recognition on the wall of the bakery where the baškoti, the legendary Baškotarne. Her employees will be happy to share the story of this with you, twice baked, round bread pastries of great importance to the copper sailors for whom Bakar is widely known. Due to its dryness, baškot could last more than six months and was very suitable for eating on long voyages. It was carried instead of bread on longer fishing trips, and traditionally dipped in red wine, tea or white coffee, and you can dip it in Bakar water – another symbol of the City of Bakar! Thus, the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar is the first tourist board in Croatia to organize a course “Guide interpreter” and gathered in one place 16 professionals, more precisely professionals from all over Croatia who, studying Bakar’s heritage, mastered the skills of interpretive guidance. The creator of the course was the European Association of Heritage Interpretation Professionals, Interpret Europe, a professional association that brings together 900 professionals from 50 countries. Through a series of courses held by their members in their countries, it conducts various educations with the aim of better interpretation of heritage, an indispensable part of cultural tourism. The scale is set high, in Bakar. The naval battle is an unavoidable event in Bakar, which celebrates the last, unsuccessful Venetian attack on Bakar and because of which almost 15 people visit this city every year in mid-July. Visit it too, 000. at the jubilee Naval Battle, due to which, for the tenth time, the night peace of the Bakar Bay will be disturbed by the bows of “Venetian sailing ships” creeping to its shore where they will be greeted by a fiery Bakar “welcome” – numerous cannons and holsters of the Bakar City Guard and Croatian Army the whole of Croatia. Bakrani and their guests will celebrate the successful defense of the city with spectacular fireworks, which will make Bakar shine again with its ancient, glorious splendor, unjustly extinguished by industrialization. Children can also count on great fun because a special program called will be organized for them A small naval battle under the sponsorship of INA with a lot of content and the possibility of visiting a ship of the Croatian Navy! More about the cooperation between Via Mea and TZ Bakra and the Tuna Fest program can be found here /// SONJA JELUŠIĆ MARIĆ, TZ BAKAR: HERITAGE AS A FOUNDATION, INCLUSION OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND CREATION OF EXCURSION PROGRAMS ARE OUR RECIPE FOR TOURIST SUCCESS At the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, Bakar was the largest Croatian city in terms of population, and the revival of its glorious, still unknown to many, past awakened this historic Kvarner town as a tourist destination. And not in abnormal conditions, one can succeed, and that is why it is really ridiculous to listen to the various excuses of other colleagues from smaller TZs, and with much greater resources and potentials than Bakar, how something cannot be done. It can always be done, in fact, but it requires hard work and struggle. Replica of the charter of Maria Theresa / Photo: Miljenko Segulja Also, when you are “small” then you have to be fast, creative, innovative and find your niche before others, ie you can react much earlier and start something for the first time in Croatia and thus put your destination in focus. Also, you have to turn your weakness into an advantage, because due to the weaker development so far, you can look at the bigger picture and see all the advantages and disadvantages of others, good and bad concepts, and thus set a high scale in a short time, introduce many innovations in a short time. some mistakes made by others. Or simply, you learn from other people’s experiences, and you can react because you are “small” and you start from the “beginning”. When we asked what can be seen and experienced in Bakar, the Bakar Tourist Board sent us a couple of main tourist stories, at least for those agencies that are meeting Bakar for the first time, and which can be a great motive for coming. And everyone’s motive, of course, is earnings. And it is the earnings that have started to be made in Bakar, even in the pre-season, which has been a foreign concept in Bakar so far, so more and more local partners are involved in the activities of the Bakar Tourist Board and want to be part of the new tourist story of Bakar. 10. MARITIME BATTLE – SAILING BOATS, CANNONS AND FIREWORKS IN HONOR OF VICTORY OVER THE Venetians The sounds of baroque music will resonate through the streets of Bakar, 29.6, at the opening of Donkey’s Flight, when you will be able to walk through history with Maria Theresa, who granted it the status of a free royal city 240 years ago. This year A walk through history it will be in the spirit of the time ruled by this fascinating ruler, and you will learn all about her deep trace in the history of Bakar in the interpretive tour of the guide Marjeta Trkman Kravar while you will be able to see a replica of the charter in the center of Bakar. In the Baroque period, it will be possible to travel by visiting the Baroque castle, which will be set up on the Vrata Square by guests from Slovenia, the Count and Countess of Statenberg, painting with a luxurious carriage from that time that will drive through the city and tasting Baroque specialties. CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE OF BAKARSKI BAŠKOT, SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE LOCAL GASTRO OFFER 170 YEARS OF THE COPPER MARITIME SCHOOL, ESTABLISHED 66 YEARS BEFORE LONDON 10 YEARS OF TOURIST BOARD – SUCCESS BUT INDUSTRIAL STIGMA Photo: TZ Bakar The sumptuous and playful vividness of the Baroque Walk through History – the Age of Maria Theresa will be completed by Damir Kedžoi with his great vocals in the romantic atmosphere of the Frankopan Castle in Bakar. These concerts, in the heart of the old Bakar town, are traditionally held at the beginning of each Margaret’s summer and attract a large number of visitors. The Frankopan castle, currently under renovation, is one of the most famous sights of the City of Bakar, and with its size and imposingness it stands right next to the neighboring one in Kraljevica. Both castles are part of the largest interpretation project in Croatia, the cultural route Paths of the Frankopan financed from EU funds. Covering the area of Rijeka, Krk and Gorski kotar, this cultural route aims at as many as twenty facilities related to the Frankopans to permanently integrate the facilities into the cultural life of the wider community and the tourist offer. A number of others will join the visitor center, which opened in 2016 in the Nova Kraljevica castle, and an interpretation center is planned for the Bakar Castle on the topic of trade ties between the Frankopans and the Zrinskis. In the city of Bakar, which has no tourist but industrial past, they started proactively telling a new story, with the aim of changing the perception from negative to positive, ie to show their tourist story and perspective, in which they can and have something to show.