Discover Svetac – Home of Rare Black Coral and Pirate Queen Teuta

September 26, 2014 | By More
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Island Svetac – Home Of The Pirate Queen Teuta And Rare Black Coral

Svetac Island Croatia

The Croatian Adriatic waters are some of the most exciting parts of the world any tourist would long to visit. Having earned the title of “An Unforgettable World-Class Sailing Destination“, this country has grown to become a famous tourist destination in Europe and the world as a whole. Croatia is home to an extensive archipelago that contains at least 1000 islands. Most of these islands are deserted, isolated and forested giving this beautiful country an adorable pristine nature. Island Svetac is one of these hidden treasures.

Adriatic Sea Croatia

History of Svetac

Island Svetac, also known as Sveti Andrija or Saint Andrew Island, is located on the Croatian side of the Adriatic Sea.  It has an area of 4.2 square Kilometers and is 311 Meters high at its highest peak. It features mostly very steep coastlines and a docking harbor at Pavlov Buk. This island is believed to have once been inhabited by people of Byzantine origin.  Remains of Byzantine old stone houses have been discovered here. The island is now uninhabited as the last known inhabitant, an old woman, passed on in the year 2000.

Svetac sparkles with history. It is believed to have once been home to the pirate queen Teuta who bedded a different man every night and had them thrown from a cliff in the morning. She had a great liking for golden coins and jewelry. It is believed that a treasure containing her collection of golden coins and expensive jewelry lies somewhere within this island, awaiting to be unearthed. The crumbling walls of a fortification at the highest point of this island are also proof of her existence. It is said that this was her city and stronghold and is referred to as Teuta’s City.

Adventure Activities on Svetac

Black Coral

With wonderful weather, beautiful waters and unique sites, this island has many fun and thrilling activitie to try.  Island Svetac has rare black coral found nowhere else within this region thus making it a great target for divers.  Scuba diving is a popular activity practiced in Croatia (especially in the waters surrounding this island). For a more thrilling adventure, visiting the Northern cliff and diving into the undersea caves such as Puhera and Corno Ploca will work best. You could also be lucky enough to spot monk seals which visit these undersea caves, their former homes from time to time. They are said to have migrated to neighboring Turkey and Greece.

Its inland is also a cool spot for hikes, excursions and nature walks; you’ll enjoy the beauty of the walking trails, the abandoned vineyards and expansive views of the azure waters of the Adriatic, the horizon and the neighboring Jabuka and Brusnik islands. Though, as you have fun, great care should be taken to ensure your safety. When diving into the water, be careful to avoid treacherous underwater rocks that exist even at the least expected places. Since the waters are quite rough and can experience huge waves, your water vessels should be docked securely to avoid an unpleasant surprise when you are ready to leave.

Traveling to Svetac

Island Svetac does not have an airport and can be challenging to reach, but worth the effort.  To plan a visit to Svetac, simply make your way to Split in Croatia then board a ferry to Vis Island, from there take a bus or motorbike to Komiza. From Komiza, board a boat to Svetac and you’ll be ready to have fun. If you don`t have your own boat, visit one of the charters in Croatia and rent a vessel or book a cruise organized by different hotels to Svetac. Svetac is the ultimate place for any diver who is seeking unique experiences, a sailor who wants to explore something new and anyone in search of a perfect, quiet, peaceful, and pristine environment. This island will gladly offer you these and much more, all you need to do is make your way to Island Svetac, and you’ll have every reason to smile.

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