Zlarin island is located only 4 NM sailing southwest off the coastline and city of Šibenik and the 3rd largest island in Šibenik archipelago. This little island offers the most beautiful pristine nature, beautiful beaches, and rich underwater world. It has a population of less than 300, and it`s a car-free island. Natural protection from winds attracts seafarers to the island.
Some theories connect its name Zlarin with a great richness that the inhabitants gained through the red coral. Knowledge and tradition of coral hunt and harvesting transmit from generation to generation, without written records. Zlarin people were the only known coral hunters since 1412. Red coral, and Adriatic treasure protected by law, is considered the most beautiful coral. It symbolizes love, loyalty, fidelity, and obedience. The coral branch is seen as protection against evil and is often depicted above Madonna and Child.
Coral jewelry can be found on Zlarin’s traditional costumes, in the churches, and in the Zlarinka shop. It is a real shame to leave the island and not take this little red symbol with you.
Zlarin is a small island but abounds with rich historical, cultural, and natural treasures. Especially valuable are the churches with altars decorated with gold and red coral branches that sailors left as a sign of their commitment.
Zlarin is covered in Mediterranean coastal pine, cypress, and various shrub tree vegetation, olive, almond, and fig trees. Like other islands in Croatia, it`s covered in hundred-year-old drywalls.
The active holiday lovers can come and enjoy cycling and hiking trails across the island. Refresh your mind, body, and soul while paddling in a kayak in a beautiful natural setting.
Here you can give your palate the pleasure of tasting the Mediterranean and Dalmatian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, crab, shellfish, and fish dishes. During the warm summer evenings, you can enjoy the terraces of taverns located by the sea.
Port of Zlarin lies in well-protected from all winds except strong W and NW winds. If you are visiting the island by boat, here you can moor to the S side of the 140-meter-long pier. The pier is equipped with laid moorings, water and electricity connections. In the village, you can find grocery stores, restaurants, an ambulance, a post office, a small market, and a museum. Don`t forget to visit two small shops selling corals and coral jewelry.