Sailing to Explore Lighthouses in
A trip to a lighthouse provides a special sailing experience. The austere stone buildings are usually only
approachable by boat, whether they are located on a speck of land, lost in the open sea, or an islet close to a
busy port. About 50 towers, built for the most part in the 19th century, are scattered across the Adriatic Sea. And
in some locations, such as the islands of Porer, Prišnjak, Pločica and Lastovo, you can rent an apartment and
experience the isolated lifestyle of a lighthouse keeper.
The lighthouse on the island of Porer was built in 1833. The rocky islet, southwest of the Cape Kamenjak, is so
small that you can walk around it in about one minute. The 35m high tower stands in the center of the stone
lighthouse building. The shallows and underwater cliffs in the surrounding sea make Porer an interesting diving
|Porer islet lighthouse, Croatia
- photo courtesy of WikiMedia.org
You can sail around many coves and islands in the vicinity of Porer, such as Kršin and Fenoliga. The southern
part of Fenoliga boasts numerous sites with dinosaur footprints. Nearby destinations in Istria and Kvarner bay
include Cape Kamenjak, Brijuni National Park and the islands of Unije and Cres.
Prišnjak lighthouse was built in 1886. The islet of Prišnjak, adorned with stone walls, is located in the
vicinity of the western coast of Murter. A short walk from the lighthouse takes you to the beach. The sea around
Prišnjak is exceptionally warm because of the shallow waters. The swimming season lasts until late autumn.
|Prišnjak islet lighthouse, in
Croatia - photo courtesy of WikiMedia.org
The islet’s location offers great opportunities for fishing and sailing. You can explore the islands of the
Murter archipelago, as well as the stunning barren landscapes of the Kornati National Park.
The lighthouse, built in 1887, is situated on the island of Pločica, between Korčula and Hvar. The name of the
islet (meaning plate) refers to its peculiar shape. When you are approaching it aboard a yacht the low and flat
Pločica looks like a disc emerging from the sea.
|Croatia's Porer island lighthouse
- photo courtesy of WikiMedia.org
A stone garden wall surrounds the lighthouse building, situated on the highest point of the islet. You can find
shade during hot summer days among the nearby tamarisk and fig trees. The boats arrive at a small bay in the
northern part of Pločica. The waters around the islet with beautiful underwater landscapes offer some great
locations for diving.
The lighthouse on the island of Lastovo, 14 km south of Korčula, was built in 1839. The Cape Struga lies at the
entrance to the Skrivena Luka bay. The lighthouse, located at the height of 70 m, stands on a steep cliff, where
you can enjoy the views of the open sea. There are many rocky beaches in the area around the Struga lighthouse. But
you can also visit numerous coves of the Lastovo archipelago, such as Zaklopatnica bay. Explore the paths around
the lighthouse and visit the picturesque town of Lastovo where the houses with unusual chimneys are gathered on
slopes of a natural amphitheater.
|Struga lighthouse, Cape Struga, on
the Croatian island of Lastovo
(photo courtesy of WikiMedia.org)
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