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Mala Rava

Rava

About Mala Rava

Rava is an island situated in the Zadar archipelago, between Iž and Dugi Otok, 16 nautical miles (30 km) from Zadar. Its area is 3.6 km2, and it has a population of 117 (as of 2011). The coast of the island is very indented with 15 bays and 15.45 kilometres (9.6 miles) of coastline. The only settlements on the island are Vela Rava and Mala Rava. They are connected with concrete 2 kilometers long road, built on the old island route. The primary industries on Rava island are agriculture (mainly olives, but some vineyards also) and fishing.

Mala Rava is situated by the Lokvina cove, which is open to the west – Dugi otok island and Mrtovnjak and Galijica islets. As the peninsula called Zaglavić protects the cove from the winds, it is a good place for anchoring. Also, it has a ship mooring, fixed in the mid 1990´s. As well as Vela Rava, Mala Rava has boat connections to island Iž and Zadar city. Village has an olive factory, clinic and small catering object.

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History

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Rava island is first mentioned in historic documents dating from 13th century, along with family named Raua, which were land owners there. Island´s residents primary occupation were olive agriculture, vineyards and fishing.

Population has significantly decreased in the second half of 20th century, as a result of emigration in Zadar, other parts of Croatia or european and overseas countries, like USA and Australia. Today there are only around 100 residents on the island.

Attractions and events

Old part of Mala Rava village is situated on higher ground with a few stone house complexes, just little further of Lokvina bay. On the highest point of the village, after World War II., water cistern was built, and it is a largest rainwater tank on the island.

Village has a St. Peter´s chapel, close to unexplored medieval ruins, as well as the monument built as a memory of the victims of World War II.

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Rava festivity

Rava island festivity is held on 15th of August, St Mary´s Assumption holiday.

Except of the tradicional dalmatian party, with lots of music and mediterranean food specialties, visitors can watch or participate in mini soccer tournaments, on the Dragušina playground in Vela Rava.

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