You might have never heard of Palagruža, as it’s a really small Croatian archipelago that combines the Great Palagruža island, the Little Palagruža island, and many smaller rocks and reefs.
Although most of the reefs are not accessible, you can visit the two main islands.
The Islands of Diomedes. If you yet didn’t know, Diomedes is a Greek hero who fought in the Trojan war. A famous legend says that he was buried on one of the islands, which makes sense as it’s located so far into the sea – it was an obstacle for many war boats.
You need about two or three hours of motorboating from Korčula to reach these beauties.
The legend also says that the birds around the islands used to accompany Diomedes, and they sprinkle the water on his grave.
A geological masterpiece. The Palagruža islands are a part of a large geological complex under the sea, consisting of carbonate, evaporite rocks formed before about 220 million years.
If you’re a lover of geology and nature, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a weather station on one of the islands – prepare for lots and lots of wind.
Beware of the creepy crawlies! Palagruža is not rich in flora, which is why it’s also not rich in fauna – there is some, but there’s also lots of stone.
You can find lizards and snakes, and while some are venomous, most are not. Make sure to avoid those that come in very bright colors – these are rare finds.
Visit Palagruža’s lightouse. If you’re a book lover or a true dreamer, you will surely enjoy visiting Palagruža’s lighthouse.
It was built in 1875, but it has been renovated as a small apartment that you can rent out for the evening. It’s a remarkable experience you won’t be able to replicate.