A common feature of recovery after World War II and adaptation and coexistence with the Covid 19, is the launch of tourist trips in a very short period of time. We are now witnessing the end of the peak tourist season, which according to the results of physical traffic is above expectations. In fact, smaller towns and rural areas are the focus of tourist demand. The most sought after accommodation that provides a high level of privacy, holiday homes with ample garden, apartments with separate entrance and private terrace, small family camps, small family hotels… Good, naturally grown food and casual, quiet lifestyle provided by the village, become attractive. Australia on fire, the Amazon on fire, cyclones, hurricanes and torrential floods in addition to the Far East and Central America are already affecting the European continent. Glaciers are melting rapidly, sea levels are rising more and more often in coastal places on the Croatian Adriatic. The world is worried about the future, experts warn that CO2 emissions must be reduced by 50% every ten years. Fossil fuels are marked as undesirable, the energy transition takes place towards renewable energy sources – solar and wind generated electricity. Simply, the time of the “new normal” has come and the rules of conduct have changed. Nobody expected such drastic changes in such a short time. Interestingly, climatologists and ecologists have warned in recent years of major environmental changes threatening humanity as a result of climate change. Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com / Photo: Pexels.com Finally, that is how tourism in our region began. The first tourists shared a table with their hosts and ate the same food made from home-grown ingredients. Today we look at those times with nostalgia, but what was once the result of poverty and modesty, today becomes the basis of a highly valuable tourist offer. Our life habits had to change in a very short time under the influence of the Covid 19 pandemic. Mass travel does not work as well as mass gatherings. We do not hug or kiss when meeting, and extending a hand is very rare. We are reserved towards strangers. We wear protective face masks indoors. We avoid city noise. At the height of the controversy over plans to reduce CO2, a pandemic of the Covid 19 virus broke out. Aircraft were grounded, cruise ships were moored in ports, road traffic was drastically reduced as was the activity of manufacturing industrial plants. People are “locked” in their homes and nature has “breathed”. The economic consequences are incalculable, it is said to be the biggest world crisis since the “Great Depression”, between the two world wars. The precursor to this depression was also the pandemic of the “Spanish flu” of 1918-19. In the period from 1914 to 1945, the world suffered enormous destruction, enormous human losses, and it seemed as if it would never recover. Recovery and tourism The world is changing. Environmental disasters before a pandemic Local food and indigenous lifestyle as a tourist attraction On the other hand, more and more caterers recognize the need to use food from their own cultivation in gastronomy. Food quality comes first, but so does the economic calculus of short supply chains, the use of own resources for the purpose of agricultural production as well. They mostly sell their products through their hotel “Gospoja” and several restaurants in Vrbnik and Rijeka. The Stanić family in Krk is also engaged in agricultural production of vegetables, cheese, pig farming. They market their products through the themed restaurant “Volsonis” in the city of Krk, which is open all year round. An example of good practice is the hotel “Joso” in Sukosan, where I had the opportunity to stay and eat excellent dishes made from ingredients from my own cultivation. There are more and more examples like this. Even the great Valamar launched its own project on the same basis. Examples of good practice combining agriculture and tourism A good organization of the local community, which unites in a cluster, with interest, creates a completely new well-organized and income-stable offer. We have the best examples in Austria, Trentino Alto Adige, Bavaria. This example is slowly being followed by individuals in Croatia. On the island of Krk we have the example of the Šabalja family in Porto, Malinska – Dubašnica municipality. In their family hotel of high category “Villa Margaret” and restaurant “Bracera” they serve dishes from home-grown fish and fish and their own catch. It is similar with the Toljanić and Brusić families associated in the agricultural cooperative “Gospoja”. These famous winemakers are also engaged in sheep breeding, and they also start breeding black pigs on free grazing. Covid Pandemic 19 People travel in small groups, they want to connect directly with their hosts because trust is extremely important. In the last few years, there has been a growing interest in so-called adventure tourism. These are trips on which travelers explore a tourist destination with the help of digital guides, online platforms. One of the most famous, Airbnb, in addition to a large selection of accommodation, also offers experiences. Experiences are often associated with gastronomy so that the tourist traveler participates in the making of some food or some dish. Pasta making is especially popular. With the experiences we go a step further, we offer a stay in the conditions in which the local population lives, participation in agricultural work, crafts. Modern tourists – adventurers want to imitate the lifestyle of the locals. Hence the great growth of leisure real estate purchases in rural areas. “Weekenders” are occasional residents who were initially “ordinary tourists”. Over time, they often become permanent residents of the area which they “discovered” as tourists.