Only 3 km long and 1.5 km wide, Susak is a small island situated in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea. While the closest island accessible by car is Mali Losinj, the island is also connected by boat lines to the mainland. In other words, you can easily visit Susak from the city of Pula, Rijeka, and Zadar. We’ll cover things to do, beaches to visit and where to stay on one of the best islands in Croatia, Susak Island.
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Best Things To Do in Susak
With its non-symmetrical shape and less indented shore, this island is a place of calmness and silence. Mostly formed of fine sand laid on a limestone rock base, Susak is completely geologically different from the other Croatian islands. In the same way, the main economic fields are tourism and wine-producing. As hundreds of tourists visit the island during the summer months, the island’s gastronomy offering has developed. A superb mix of Croatian, Austrian, Italian, and Mediterranean cooking will definitely enchant you (I recommend seafood, lamb, pork, as well as strudel and pancakes).
There are only two larger settlements on the island: Gornje Selo and Donje Selo. Therefore, here are some of the notable attractions to put on your itinerary:
- St Nicholas Church – built in 1770 atop of ruins of Benedictine abbey, this charming parish church is a place of worship and communion. Moreover, it is best known for the famous big cross called ‘VelikiBouh’.
- Susak Lighthouse – a beautiful lighthouse built over 100 years ago. Today, the lighthouse keeper and his family still live there. Even though the entry to the lighthouse is not possible, it is definitely a must-see.
- Susak Cemetery – considered to be one of the whitest and the cleanest cemeteries in Croatia.
- Abandoned military outpost – once the first line of defense, this attraction will enchant all history and military fans. Moreover, it is located only a 10-minute walk from the Lighthouse, so you can easily visit them both.
- Port of Susak – a small port with a big role in life on the island. It has three piers: big, medium and small. Besides being a pier for big ships, a big pier is also a great place for diving and fishing. It is also a promenade spot during evenings. On the other hand, the middle pier is used as a beach, while the small pier hosts the old wine factory.
- Chappel at cape Darto – a site of the annual pilgrimage, Chappel is one of the three sacral buildings on the island.
Best Beaches in Susak
When it comes to beaches, Susak has a northern side and the southern side. The northern side faces Mali Losinj, providing shallow water and accessible beaches. There are two sandy shallow bays ideal for those coming with children: Boka bay and Spiaza Bay. Both are sandy with a shallow water, which makes them the most popular ones. On the other hand, coves covered with a pebble or flat rock shelf are Baldarka bay and Punta Valica Bay. On the other hand, the southern coast is more dramatic with vertical cliffs and rocky shore dominated by a large bay ideal for yachts. For diving, visit rocky Obis bay. Nasuzanski bay boasts crystal clear water and white sand beaches. These two bays are also perfect for hiking. Finally, Potarnak bay is the calmest and most distant beach, accessible only by boat.
Interesting fact: The island of Susak is home to the Susak Music Festival, which is held at the beginning of every October. Classical concerts in casual summer settings are worth visiting.
Extra tip: Don’t forget to try a delicious red wine Pleskunac or a dry rosé Trojiscina.
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Where to Stay in Susak
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