While the domestic tourism sector in Croatia is grappling with criticism over high prices, neighboring destinations are reaping the benefits. British newspaper The Sun published a large article three days ago, spanning two pages, inviting potential visitors to choose Neum for their post-season vacation instead of Croatia.
The headline reads, "All the Joys of Croatia, But Half the Price," an attempt to grab readers' attention. Neum is described as an "unusual resort" where visitors can sleep, dine, and enjoy themselves for significantly less money than on the Croatian coastline. It is reportedly just as beautiful as the Croatian coast, as reported by Jutarnji list.
Indeed, while the Croatian coastline is stunning, Neum also offers its own charm. It is the world's smallest coastal strip after Monaco, with temperatures in September averaging 25 degrees. Neum is conveniently located near Dubrovnik and Split, with average prices for double hotel rooms starting at only £62, compared to the claimed £140 in Croatia, according to author Laura Sanders.
Moreover, it is emphasized that in the most famous Neum hotel, the Grand, you can get a last-minute room in September for just £49 per night, including breakfast and access to the spa. In Neum, you can also enjoy good food, with popular dishes like ćevapi costing around £5.
Its main drawback is the lack of a rich cultural offer, but it compensates with excellent beaches, affordable sports activities, and serves as an excellent base for exploring Bosnia and Herzegovina and neighboring Croatia. The article suggests visiting Mostar, where a night in a hostel costs about £12, exploring the Neretva River, and especially enjoying ice cream, as you can get a scoop for less than a pound in this destination.