Known for its captivating beauty, Croatia is a highly sought after destination in Europe, with the city of Dubrovnik attracting many tourists every year. Its picturesque coastline, enchanting islands, delicious cuisine, and welcoming locals make it an attractive choice for visitors.
However, you may want to reconsider bringing a large rolling suitcase if you plan to visit this popular spot during the summer.
Tourists lugging their suitcases up Dubrovnik’s famous cobblestone and cobbled streets have raised concerns about noise pollution.
They express frustration that this activity disturbs their peace at night and affects their sleep.
In response to noise pollution concerns raised by residents, Mayor Mato Frankovic has implemented new regulations in Dubrovnik’s Old Town.
These rules involve a ban on tourists dragging wheeled suitcases down the winding roads of the historic area.
“Sounds like a great idea to me. Can we do the same at airports and stations? They are a threat.” one person wrote online about the new rule.
As part of a broader initiative to minimize the presence of suitcases in Dubrovnik, local authorities have banned tourists from bringing suitcases inside the city.
Starting in November, a system will be established where travelers must deposit their suitcases outside the city limits. Dedicated couriers will then efficiently transport these bags to guests’ accommodations.
According to Schengenvisainfo News, this measure is part of the “Respect the City” program presented by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.
Despite these regulations, Dubrovnik remains a popular destination for tourists.
The Dubrovnik Times reports that the city has recorded 289,000 arrivals and 763,500 overnight stays since the beginning of the year, representing a significant 32% increase compared to the same period in 2022.
In addition to the baggage ban, tourists have been encouraged to show respect for the city by refraining from walking pets off-leash, avoiding climbing monuments, and maintaining proper attire by wearing shirts while exploring the area.
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