One small destination in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, more precisely on the Peljesac Peninsula, is recovering from the pandemic faster than any other. Not only is this destination beating last year’s tourism numbers by a healthy margin, but also has recorded more guests than the record breaking year of 2019.
Viganj on the south-western part of Peljesac might only have a population of around three hundred people, but in terms of tourism it punches well above its weight thanks to an ace up the sleeve. The village is located opposite of the island of Korcula, and the coastline is Viganj is known for its regular and indeed strong winds making it heaven on earth for all types of windsurfing.
From the 19th to the 24th of July the Czech Open windsurfing championship, in the Funboard Slalom Classic & Foil discipline and Bic Techno 293 Slalom, will be held in Viganj. And according to the Orebić Tourist Board this relatively small coastal village hosts one championships almost every year. For example, in 2013, the World Championship in windsurfing in the formula discipline was held in Viganj, and the other city that was trying to host the championships that year was San Francisco.
And these events have made Viganj a magnet for windsurfers from all over the world and have boosted tourism to a new level. From the beginning of the year to the middle of July, 35,450 overnight stays were realized in Viganj, which is 30 percent better than last year and even 4.5 percent better than in 2019. Most guests are from Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany.