Thursday, 6 December 2018

Croatian Island-Hopping Ferry Gets Its Due

December 6, 2018 — Little can match the illogical, often-obtuse yet romantic relationship a Croatian island has with the ferry connecting it to the mainland.

The bond between a community and its ferry runs as deep as the channels it traverses.

When the “brod” runs on time with a fully-stocked bar, it transforms into a nautical tavern, a hovel for secret lovers, a sea-faring hostel for nappers and community space for the rest.

Babies have been born — and likely made — on ferries; and empty caskets head to islands, waiting to be filled.

It’s why Šibenik’s residents and islanders rejoiced when local passenger ferry “Tijat” began a journey which will anchor it in the Croatian Register of Cultural Assets, according to

Tijat was also awarded the Croatian Union of Seafarer’s Blue Ribbon and proclaimed a national maritime treasure.

It is the only ferry from that era still in use, earning the boat a cult status worthy of its 1,500-member Facebook fan page.

Just check out its 60th birthday party.

Shoreline gazers and passersby in both Šibenik and Zadar habitually ignore catamarans zigging and zagging along the area’s archipelago, yet stop to photograph Tijat as it chugs by.

The 37 meter-long ship cuts an elegant figure, white as a seagull and comparatively slow — no rush — as hops along Šibenik’s islands. The ferry’s a floating anachronism of battered steel and visible rivets which were characteristic of post-World War II ferry ships built.

Tijat was launched in 1955 under its original name “Orhid,” along with two other identical ships. All three are still in use today, though the other two are now privately-owned.

At various points in its history, the ship served as a passenger ferry as far south as Dubrovnik and as north as the Kvarner area. Today, it connects Šibenik, Zlarin, Prvić Luka, Prvić Šepurine and Vodice.

The director of the City of Šibenik Museum Željko Krnčević said the ship reaches beyond a means of transportation.

“A ship is a man’s product, the work of his hands and not a lifeless object,” he told Morski.

Krnčević suggests the ferry be transformed into a “boat museum” which would chronicle the lives of its passengers, the Šibenik archipelago, and its own.

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Island Of Silba Wants To Become A Home, Not A Getaway

Oct 11, 2018 — The small island of Silba hopes to become a year-round home for many, instead of a seasonal destination for a few.

Is the plan cunning? Or crazy?

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Croatian Island Spotlight: Rab

We present you the magical island of Rab.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Discover the Stunning Island of Dugi Otok (Photos)

Dugi Otok has recently garnered much deserved praise and popularity.

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Independent Names Croatian Island Most Incredible, Undiscovered, and Affordable in Europe

Summer is here, where is your favorite Croatian destination to beat the crowds for cheap?

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Telegraph Names 15 Best Croatian Islands

The 15 best Croatian islands according to The Daily Telegraph.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Explore the Heritage of Lošinj Island at the Festival of Apoxyomenos and Antiquity

The Festival of Apoxyomenos and Antiquity is taking place on Lošinj Island between April 27th and May 22nd 2017.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The First List of Croatia's National Treasures, Worth Billions of Dollars

Croatia, for the first time in a single place, has a list of all the natural resources of the country, hitherto underutilized in developing countries. This list is a comprehensive "inventory" of national treasures with proposals for the protection of Croatian natural resources and their rational use, as outlined in the book "Croatian Natural Resources - Protection and Responsible Development", which will be presented today at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Croatian Islands: 25 Things to Know about the Gems of the Adriatic

Thought Croatian islands are all the same? Continuing the popular TCN series, 25 Things to Know about Croatia, on June 26, 2016, a look at the great choice and diversity on offer on Croatia's more than 1000 islands in the Adriatic. 

Monday, 28 March 2016

Government Reducing Subsidies For Islands - April Fool’s Day Law Forgotten

Population of Croatian islands has diminished by 30 % in last century, and in last 25 years, since Croatian independence, the trend is getting even worse, as there is little help from the authorities in Zagreb

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