Known as the "golden island" for its unspoiled beauty, Zlarin is an island of pines, sandy beaches, idyllic coves and one traditional village. Only about 8sa km, Zlarin is separated from the mainland by the Sibenik channel and from other islands in the Sibenik archipelago by the Zlarin channel.
Zlarin is most famous for its unique culture based upon harvesting coral and turning it into jewelry and ornaments. TThe inhabitants of Zlarin have been fishermen and sailors from time immemorial and were the first coral fishermen on the Adriatic. There's a "coral museum" in Zlarin to explain how the beautiful red coral jewelry is made and of course there are shops to buy coral objects.
Traces of Illyrian and Roman settlements have been found in Zlarin. From the 13th to the 19th centuries, the island was in the possession of Sibenik bishops and of a few noble families. In the 16th and 17th centuries refugees from the Turkish invasions swelled the local population which was depleted once more after WWII when a weak economy prompted many to emigrate.
A beautiful sandy beach, ample greenery and a peaceful ambience have encouraged the development of tourism in Zlarin which is easily reachable from Sibenik.
There are no hotels on Zlarin but there is some good private accommodation. Click to see what's available.
There is no tourist office on Zirje Island. For further information ontact the Sibenik county tourist office.
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