Krapanj: The smallest and lowest inhabited island of the Adriatic Sea!
The smallest and lowest inhabited island of the Adriatic Sea!
Krapanj is the smallest as well as the lowest inhabited island of the Adriatic Sea. It is situated in Šibenik archipelago. It is only 300 metres away from mainland. Its highest point does not cross 1,25 metres, and during the 60s of the last century, with the population of over 1500, it was the island with the highest population density on the Adriatic.
The story of sponges
Krapanj has a centuries-long history of sponge harvesting and the Adriatic sponge is highly valued for its quality and beauty. Sponges used to be exported to Venice. Legend has it that people from Krapanj learnt how to harvest and process sponges from a Greek from Crete at the beginning of the 18th century. They used to harvest them by trident from boats which required great skill and dexterity. Nowadays we cannot find people of such formidable skills nor can we find any more sponges at a depth where they can be caught by the eye or trident.