The Adriatic's only sandy island

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While some islands on the Adriatic might refer to their beaches as ‘sandy,’ they are in fact pebble beaches. Small pebbles, but pebbles nonetheless.

The one exception is the tiny island of Susak, about a one hour cruise from Mali Losinj. First mentioned in sources dating to the middle of the 9th century, unique little Susak is made up of powder fine, white sand. According to science folk, it was the ancient winds that deposited thick layers sand onto the limestone plate of the island.

What makes Susak special, apart from it’s sandy beaches is the culture of the island.  Don’t try speaking Croatian here. Because of the isolation, islanders speak their own dialect which is protected as cultural heritage.

With a current population of less than 200 people, Susak’s population has steadily depleted since the sixties with a mass exodus to the United States. According to locals, it’s estimated that today there are around 2,500 Susak-ers living mainly in the state of New Jersey.

If you happen to be here on the last day of July, you’re in for a treat. Celebrating Emigration Day these American Susak-ers turn up for the party with women wearing their multi-coloured traditional costumes complete with red leggings, and the fun lasts till all hours of the morning.

If you’re looking for other things to do on Susak, you won’t find them. Here it’s all about relaxing on the sandy beaches. The beach near the port with its shallow waters is especially suitable for people with children and you can hire deck chairs.

There are no hotels only private accommodation options with the island connected by a regular ferry with Mali Losinj and by catamaran to Rijeka.

If you don’t want to spend the night here, you can book at day trip with the tourist offices in Rijeka or Mali Losinj.

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