In the Center of the World on the Rava Island in Croatia

It was years back when I visited Rava, a small island between Dugi Otok and Iz island in Croatia. The island completely depends on the local boat connection with Zadar which touches the island twice a day and stays overnight.

Day 1 - Zadar

At 2 o'clock we were in Croatia, near Opatija and we stopped for a snack and to book rooms for one night on the return trip to a grill along the way. The road from Rijeka runs along the coast that descends steeply to the sea. It is a sort of coastal road up to Zadar. We see few inhabited and many coves with houses directly on the sea.

There are no beaches but the view is breathtaking for the calcareous rocks that at sunset are pink and for the islands that flank the coast, absolutely devoid of vegetation. At 5 o'clock we were in Zadar and we went near the port to the travel agency.

They managed to find rooms in a hotel outside Zadar, 6 or 7 kilometers south, near the Marina Sukosan. Back in Zadar, we toured the streets of the center. The city is full of life, shops, and bars, but above all crowded with boys and girls of all ages. We had dinner at the restaurant.

Day 2 - Rava

We opted for a rental boat to visit the islands north of Zadar. At 1pm we left for Rava island. After passing the canal between Uglian and Pasman, at 4 pm we were in Rava, a small island between Dugi Otok and Zut Otok. We enter Vela Rava a small bay with a beautiful little town. The owner of the house was waiting for us.

The house is directly on the sea, with its pier, double bedrooms, living room and a terrace for outdoor dining, and a barbecue. We have a beautiful view. The Rava island is not longer than five or six kilometers. It has two small groups of houses on the sea with Vela Rava and Mala Rava and a small village on the top.

Later a sailboat arrived with young people. They were from Slovenia on holiday in a charter sailboat. We helped them and they gave us a beer. After a dinner at the barbecue with octopus and grilled fish we collapsed on a room overlooking the stars and the sea.

Day 3 - Zman

We skirted the islets in front of Dugi Otok, and we stopped just in front of the village of Zman. After a swim we left again, heading south. We went to Zut Otok in the northernmost bay of the island, where there are three mythical little houses and emerald water. The seabed is rich in oysters and truffles.

We wandered all day in the villages of the Zman area. We bought the chicken to have a barbecue in the garden. Then we got to the bay of submarines, a bay near Bozava, on the island of Dugi Otok where there are the remains of a submarine. We went around walking and it was very nice.

In the afternoon, around 3 o'clock we find some wind from the North, but it was not such as to create problems. We arrived at the old town that is on the hill of Rava and is very characteristic, in stone, gathered around a square with the church.

The ascent to the village itself is quite steep. The village has some 50 houses. Renault 4 is the preferred vehicle of most islanders of this archipelago! It is enough to pull a load of olives or grapes from the distant fields.

There is a hole in the center of Rava Vela where used to be a big tree. Legend has it that that place is the center of the world and the locals even had a custom of pouring olive oil into the hole to make the earth spin easier. The most interesting part of the village to me is the old school. Long empty of the children, now it is more like a silent monument to the Zadar archipelago. In the evening we get back and had dinner on the terrace.

Zadar Rava Island Croatia images

Day 4 - Dugi Otok

Skirting Dugi Otok and Zverinac we reached the southern tip of Molat. We stopped for a swim in the Ujakinska, a beautiful bay with a beautiful backdrop. We took a bath and prepared for lunch. Then we saw that the wind grew that shot from the north. We decided to go from the east side and passed between Tun M and Tun V.

We arrived in the bay to the north between the island of Molat and Iz where we find a shelter from all winds. We docked at the pier of the village north of the island of Molat and we went down for a walk along the road that led inside the island. After a few bends, the road reached up to a plateau. Here is a rather old-fashioned atmosphere. We see some women dressed in black mow the grass among flocks of sheep in the sunlight.

From Molat we went out along the Iz coast and the west coast of Iz, we continued north along Skarda and we arrived until Premuda. We stopped in Premuda and Hripa, in front of the village of Premuda. It is a place with a very nice backdrop and we stopped for a swim. After Premuda we headed to Silba, but along the west side and the southernmost tip of Silba to see Olib.

We decided to focus on the rocks between the islands of Silba and Premuda. We stopped at Greben where we would not believe anyone saw the place, but there was also a sheep. Departing from Iz we sailed along the coast west of Molat. We stopped at Brguljski, a small islet close to the ground with very beautiful waters, and mythical transparencies. We then stop for lunch in a bay north of Dugi Otok.

In the afternoon we skirted Iz and we headed towards the Marina. In the bay of the port of the country, the water was very nice and clean. We found a place on the quay near some snobbish Italian yachts. On the summit of the island of Iz, there is a very nice little church and gives a wonderful 360 degree panorama.

The village is rather strange. It stands in a narrow between two bays and therefore has an outlet to the sea south of the island and one to the north. The wind during the evening has dropped. We return to Rava and have pizza at home and then went down for a coffee in the only bar in the country.

Day 5 - Levrnaka

We go down to Mala Rava in the bay north of the islet and we walked back on the paths of the island. In Rava, there are no paved roads and the paths that cross it are very beautiful, surrounded by the Mediterranean. We climb the steep road that leads to the old village, high up on the hill, after crossing the small open space near the church until at the cemetery.

A little further on, we arrive at the highest point of the island from where there is a magnificent view of the Srednji Canal, on Iz, on Ugljan Otok and further on the Velebit mountains. We headed to Zaglav on Dugi Otok and then go to Kornati. We entered the park passing near Katina and we stopped immediately at the entrance to a beautiful bay to make truffles.

We decided to go south without visiting the bay of Telascica and along Kornat we wandered to Levrnaka. In Kornat we stopped for a swim and to eat. In the afternoon we returned to Levrnaka and after having moored in front of the restaurant we went ashore and walked across the island. There are no lands, just another grill and a beautiful bay to the south.

Wandering among the Kornati, Rasip, Piskera, Kosela, Kakan we decided to reach Kaprije. On some islands, there is a small house with a small pier, on others nothing and with the sunlight, the landscape assumes splendid colors. In Kakan we moored in the usual bay, in front of the islet of Borovniak.

Kakan is part of a group of islands located in front of Sibenik, between Sibenik and Murter, and is very similar as a landscape to the Kornati. In the islands, however, there are small villages inhabited and then as in the Kornati, there are houses scattered here and there by the sea with their pier as in a crib.

After a stop in the village of Kaprije where we bought tomatoes from a local boat, we turned around Kakan and Zmaian. We stopped for a swim in Tjat, and then we took the river up to Sibenik and up again to Skradin Marina. The sea was calm but in the river as usual we met a storm. Arriving at the marina after a ride in the village we get chickens for dinner. We wandered around Skradin.

After a visit to the waterfalls, and then with the boat to the park, we arrived in Visovac where there is a small monastery. Still up we go to the old mill for a snack. Back in Skradin, we stopped over the waterfall and we could take a quiet swim in a place where nobody was there. We did the shopping and we left with the wind in the stern, quite strong, so much so that we broke the awning and went down to the sea.

From Tjat we decided to navigate below and we headed to Tisno. The coast is not very steep and there are many bays and villages. We thought to reach Murter, but the bridge of Tisno is too low and we had to give up and go back. The sea is very calm. We stopped in a bay on the outside called U Kosirina, on the Murter coast for a swim.

Then we reached Vrgada, which has a beautiful bay to the south and a very special red sand bay to the north near the village. We are back in the bay to the south. After a stroll through the small islands near Vrgada, to the south where there is a safe mooring bay, we headed north through Ganguro, a very pretty island with a tiny village, Zizani, and Kosara.

Then we approached Sit and we had a couple of stops to do the baths, one in Murvenjak and in the evening we came back to Rava. The sea looked like a lake. Night falls, there are no more lights and we went to dinner at the restaurant on the island. We have a spectacular ricotta lasagna and a delicious chocolate cake with cream cheese.

Day 6 - Rijeka

We left at 7. The sea was spectacular. During the navigation, the crew devoured a watermelon at breakfast and we met a herd of dolphins. The return was dramatic as we battled the stormy seas increasing by the minute. Luckily, Rava is a short sail from Zdrelac and the calm waters of Pasman channel are like a bathtub compared to the rest of the Adriatic.

After passing the navigable canal between Uglian and Pasman we arrived in Zadar. Around 12.30 we left and along the usual coastal road, we arrived as far as Fiume. The weather is very beautiful and the sea is still. Walking along the road the landscape is wild and beautiful. From Rijeka, we arrived up to Opatija that I did not like very much.

There are miles of beautiful villas on the seafront but many are in a bad state of conservation. We then had a dinner with fried potatoes and beer. We slept in a private home, near the restaurant where we had dinner. Rava was well worth the visit. The silence was simply captivating. Here the scent of the earth and the sea combined in a wonderful perfume.

We have seen incredible places and people. We never thought that this adventure would be as beautiful as it has been. We have been almost in pure inhabited islands or minimally inhabited. We do not know which is the next destination. Maybe we go to the north of Croatia or in one of those we go straight to the south, to Greece and then to Turkey.

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Anisha said...

These ladoos look yummy... wish I could try one.

Anonymous said...

Que bueno!!! Me encanta este dulce de coco, tiene que estar muy buenĂ­simo.

Crumpled Chillies said...

laddoos with rava is new to me!
and sounds so easy to make as well.. thanks for posting this recipe! :) will try it out!

u may like to check out my food blog as well! :)

Aradhna Mangla said...

These look absolutely scrumptious!

Gayu said...

Hi Kalyan

What a variety...I mean you have everything,

I loved your blog. This weekend is gonna be super busy...I shall try out some recipes and read your posts.

And I just love ladooooos:)


Erika said...

I'm gourmand. I like very much these sweets.
"Ciao" Kalyan

Aakash Kokz said...

Yummy! I'm eagerly awaiting the Diwali cuz I'd get to eat lots of tasty ladoos like this one, beautiful :)

Emily Malloy said...


Ash said...

Oh, that sure looks yummy!

Nisha said...

Looks really yum.

Max Coutinho said...


Ladoo sounds so tempting! Mmmmmmm....
I will try this recipe and pray to God that I won't get fat lol lol.

Thanks for sharing.


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