Whether you have come to stay or only on an excursion, the many islands in this area have a lot to offer. The island of Ilovik with its green pines and fragrant flowers has two shops, a post office and a famous tavern, Rozmari, which serves American specialities. It is a reminder of those who left to become dockers, barmen and farmers in America. The houses on Ilovik are well-furnished, but mostly empty, waiting for the emigrants to return some day.
Of the 1,185 islands and reefs strung out along the Adriatic, built from hard rock and a handful of soil, Susak is one of the few which nature built from sand. It has about 20 million cubic metres, which imparts a special aroma to its wine. But that's not the only peculiarity of Susak. The women here wear special mini skirts, as part of the Susak folk costume. And almost their own language. No matter how good your Croatian, you will never be able to understand the local patois completely. The oldest buildings on the island are in the village of Gornje selo: the remains of the 11th century Benedictine monastery and the church of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of the village. Each of these smaller islands - and that includes Koludarac, Unije and others - has a story and customs as unique as its beauty.
It is one of the most densely wooded islands, has three hundred springs, and is a veritable botanical exhibition, with plants not native to the island. The Komrcar park, with its laurel, poplar, cypress, Indian fig-tree, rosemary, pine and hundred-year-old agave is now the pride of Rab.
Countries, islands and cities are visited for a thousand and one reasons. The island of Pag, a little further south, draws people with its unique topography. Certain parts of the island resemble the surface of the Moon. It has other peculiarities and offers a real opportunity for unusual holidays. Take some of its riches away with you. The famous lace from Pag is comparable to that of Brussels, because of its beauty and a special way of weaving. The cheese made on the island is a delicacy known worldwide. Sheep's milk, olive oil and special technology combine to make the product a gourmet speciality.
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