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On Krapanj's riva
Krapanj, a small island in the Šibenik archipelago is an outstanding island in several
aspects. Well, it doesn't stand out with its altitude, though - the highest point of the island is at 1,5 meters - and this
secures the flattest inhabited island title on the Adriatic to Krapanj. Krapanj with its 0.5 km2 surface also claims the
title of the inhabited island with the smallest territory on Croatia's Adriatic. The distance between the mainland
(Brodarica) and Krapanj is only a couple hundred meters, there is a frequent ferry line
connecting the island with Brodarica. Although the ferry occasionally carries motor vehicles, these are not, however,
cars, they rather are bin trucks and trucks with construction material. Krapanj is a car-free island.
Krapanj's most famous industry spins around sponges. The know-how of sponge fishing was brought to Krapanj in 1704 by a
Franciscan friar hailing from Crete, fra Antun Grk. Initially, sponges were brought up by poking around with poles, then,
when the upper layers of sponge plants were depleted, the early technology was replaced with diving for sponges. In Krapanj
this diving was introduced as early as 1893. The art and tradition of diving was taken to a world-class level by Krapanj's
native Kristijan "Kike" Curavić. This young man born in 1974 has set four world records in free diving,
including the 51 meters deep dive on the North Pole.
Square with clock tower
Bathing is possible all along the Krapanj coast line, it's more convenient, though, on the beach of the hotel. This artificial and carefully maintained beach next to the Bluesun Marina has gravel bottom. Other beaches of the island are rocky in nature.
To meet higher accommodation and services needs Hotel Spongiola was built recently. Besides the hotel there are several families running private apartments during the season who all welcome guests to the peaceful and quiet island. Daily shopping can conveniently be done in the local grocery store (Djelo market) on Krapanj's riva, or, hopping on to the mainland there is a supermarket in Brodarica right at the ferry mole. Food and drinks are served at several restaurants (Dalmata, Porat, Ronilac, Kapelica, Vito), bars and one confectionery (Amfora) on Krapanj.
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