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Vela Rava

Rava

About Vela 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.

Vela Rava is situated in the island center by the coves Marnjica, Grbačina and Grbavač, where most of the newer residential and holiday houses are built. Since Medieval Vela Rava was the main center on the island. In old part of the village, on the top of 82 meters high hill there is a school, which operated until 1990´s. Also there are church and old olive factory. In the newer part of the village, close to Marnjica cove, there are grocery shop, post office and restaurant. In the same cove there is a ship port, where passenger ships for Rava-Zadar connection dock. Visitors can also use services of quality catering object Villa Rava in Grbavač bay.

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History

FOTO: FOTOARHIVA TZG ZADAR

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

“The center of the world”

On the local village square, Kolešće, „the center of the world“ is marked down on the ground. This is something that Rava is famous about.

The story tells that in Rava island, in the center of Vela Rava village, there is also the center point of the world.

FOTO: MLADEN RADOLOVIĆ MRLJA

FOTO: MLADEN RADOLOVIĆ MRLJA

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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