Croatian Lighthouses of the Adriatic
In the Adriatic archipelago, comprised by 1,244 islands, tiny islands and cliffs, 48 lighthouses were built at the beginning of the 19th century. Alongside them, on locations in the midst of the sea, houses were built for the keepers and their families to live in.
Nowadays some of the Adriatic lighthouses have been renovated, and 11 have been turned into accommodation for tourists fleeing from the overcrowded beaches and searching for a more intimate atmosphere behind the walls of lighthouse buildings. To be in solitude for a couple of days far away from the bustle is the dream of almost any business person, and a stay in the lighthouse suites offers an adventure on Robinsonian tourism next to the azure of the Adriatic.
Veli rat is considered one of the most beautiful lighthouses, located in a landscape of luscious Mediterranean vegetation, overlooking a white beach and the crystal clear sea on the island of Dugi otok. It is probably on account of its magnificent view from the 40 metre tall lighthouse tower that it earned its epithet as the Dalmatian guardian of the open sea. The Veli rat lighthouse, just like the lighthouses Savudrija, Rt Zub and Struga can be visited in the winter as well as they all have heating.
It was built in 1849 on the north-western cape of Dugi otok, 35 kilometres to the west of Zadar. It is 3 kilometres away from the villages Veli Rat, Berunić and Polje, and 20 kilometres from the ferry port in Bibinje. It features a four-bed and a three-bed suite, and can be reached by car. On account of its close proximity to the nearby towns, visitors can easily obtain food and other necessities. Should you, on top of the natural beauties of Veli Rat wish to visit the nearby national park Kornati or nature park Telaščica, you can easily do that from the town Sali on the other end of the island.
In the middle of the southern side of the island Lastovo, at the entrance to the town Skrivena luka („Hidden harbour“), there is cape Struga where in 1839 the eponymous lighthouse was built, with the accommodation capacity for 15 people. Lastovo is a scarcely inhabited island, 55 nautical miles away from Split and Dubrovnik, and its archipelago counts more than 40 islands, tiny islands and cliffs. The lighthouse is located 70 metres above sea-level, on the very edge of a steep cliff, providing an exceptional view of the open sea. Amazing lookout-spots and easy access to the sea through a pine-tree forest to the north of the lighthouse make this tourist destination extremely attractive.
The island of Sušac, outside of waterway corridors, is located 23 nautical miles south of the island of Hvar and 13 nautical miles to the west of the island of Lastovo. The island is surrounded by the vast open sea, creating a unique atmosphere of seclusion from the outer world. This sense is even more intense than on the island of Palagruža from which sometimes the Italian coastline can be seen. Viewed from far away, the island creates an optical illusion and seems as if it consists of two separate islands.
The lighthouse Sušac was built in 1878 on the highest southern part of the island, which is extremely steep, with the cliffs hurling into the deep and clear sea, which after storms has a visibility of up to 30 metres deep. The southeastern part of the island descends mildly into the sea and is rich in beautiful coves and walking paths. The lighthouse is located 100 metres above sea-level, providing a view of the endless open sea. The building itself is a stone one storey house with two four-bed suites.
The lighthouse Palagruža was built in 1875 on the eponymous island located in the middle of the Adriatic sea, between the Croatian and Italian coast, 68 nautical miles south of Split and 26 nautical miles south of the island Lastovo. It is the most far-away Croatian island, known for its exceptional beauty and rich history. The lighthouse is located in the middle of the island at 90 metres above sea-level, which is why this facility is not recommended to the elderly or persons of poor health. The spacious building features two four-bedroom apartments. The sea around Palagruža is the richest fishing area in the Adriatic, but individual scuba-diving around the island is forbidden.
The lighthouse Porer was built in 1833 on the eponymous island, southwest of the southern tip of Istria. The small island is only 80 metres wide, 2.5 kilometres away from the coast and the town Premantura.
The 35-metre tall tower is located in the very centre of the stone lighthouse building, from where its economic and residential areas spread to all four sides. Nearby are beautiful coves and tiny islands. The stone building is entirely on the ground floor, with a paved yard, featuring two four-bed suites.
The lighthouse Sveti Ivan, built in 1853, is located on the most faraway island of an archipelago before Rovinj. It is a cliff-island with no vegetation, a mild coast and shallow sea, making it an ideal destination for contemporary Robinsons with small children.
The lighthouse Sveti Petar was built in 1884 on the eponymous peninsula located at the entrance to Makarska, close to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic. The lighthouse is a 20-minute walk away from the centre of Makarska, and 85 kilometres from the Split airport. The stone lighthouse building is entirely on the ground floor and features one five-bedroom suite. The area of the lighthouse is often visited by Makarska locals in the summer, which is why it is not a destination that will provide complete tranquillity and privacy during the season. The lighthouse, namely, is part of a promenade, so its surrounding area and the beach in front of it is frequently visited by walkers and swimmers.
The small island of Prišnjak is located merely 300 metres from the western coast of the island Murter. In 1886, a lighthouse was constructed on it so captains could more easily orient themselves when arriving from the west or south to the Murter archipelago. The surrounding sea is extremely rich in fish, and the building of the lighthouse is only 15 metres away from the beach. With many ancient stone walls and a few small pine-tree forests, Prišnjak is the most beautiful of the Murter islands. The lighthouse features a spacious suite and large stone terrace. Surrounded by a pine-tree forest, this lighthouse is ideal for a sports and recreational vacation. A stay on Prišnjak is equally interesting during the spring, an ideal time for sports fishing. In the summer, one can enjoy in the warm sea and the starry nights, while in the autumn the most amazing sunsets can be seen in the Kornati hinterlands. Nearby is a series of small islands, and the Kornati national park is only six nautical miles away.
The lighthouse Savudrija was built in 1818 and is the oldest lighthouse in the Adriatic, as well as the northern-most Croatian lighthouse, right next to the border with Slovenia and only 56 kilometres south of the city of Trieste in Italy. The closest tourist destination and a well-known city in the world of tennis is Umag. The lighthouse is only 9 kilometres away from Savudrija and very well connected with its surrounding by traffic. It is 36 metres tall and features one four-bed suite. The sea is only 30 metres away, and numerous restaurants are in close proximity.
The lighthouse Rt Zub was built in 1872 and is located on the peninsula Lanterna. It is 13 kilometres away from Poreč on one side and 13 kilometres from Novigrad on the other. The peninsula Lanterna lies between two bays, Tarska and Lunga, both known for their beautiful pebble beaches, suitable for children. The stone lighthouse building is only ten metres away from the sea and covered in luscious greenery, and it features one six-bed suite. The close proximity of Poreč, a well-known cultural centre (the Euphrasian basilica was put on the UNESCO World heritage list) and Novigrad with its numerous sports and recreational facilities and marina will offer visitors enough various activities and a great choice of restaurants, traditional taverns and night-spots.
This lighthouse is, therefore, unique because, though it is easily accessible with all means of transport, it offers its guests a peaceful and safe vacation, making it suitable for families with small children.