Lighthouses of Central Croatia

The Republic of Croatia, located on the east side of the Adriatic Sea, includes most of the coastline of the former Yugoslav federation. Including the historic provinces of Istria and Dalmatia, this coastal region has a very long history. In recent times, it was part of the Austrian Empire for several centuries until that empire was dissolved in 1918, at the end of World War I. Most of the Croatian coast then became part of Yugoslavia, but the peninsula of Istria, in the northwestern corner, was annexed by Italy. After the end of World War II in 1945, Istria was part of the UN-administered Free Territory of Trieste until 1954, when it was reunited with the rest of Croatia within Yugoslavia. Croatia became independent in 1991, when the Yugoslav federation fell apart.

The Croatian word for a lighthouse is svjetionik. The word rt is a cape or promontory, otok is an island, hrid is a rock, and luka is a port. The country is divided into 21 counties, 7 of which touch the coast. The principal ports are Rijeka in the north, Split on the central coast, and Dubrovnik in the far south. This page covers the central third of the Croatian coastline, including the Senj, Zadar, and Šibenik regions. All of this region is within the former borders of Dalmatia.

Many places in this area were better known in the past by their Italian names. The Italian names of lighthouses, when known, are shown in curved brackets {}.

Aids to navigation in Croatia are managed by Plovput, a state-owned corporation. Plovput has developed fourteen of the light stations for vacation rental.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume E of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 113.

General Sources
Plovput - Aids to Navigation - Lighthouses
Information and photos posted by Plovput. A List of Lighthouses page links to pages for the individual lighthouses, and there is also an Other Aids to Navigation page with photos of typical smaller beacons.
Croatian Lighthouses
Information posted by Plovput on the light stations available for vacation rental.
Croatian Lighthouses
Also posted by Plovput, a gallery of fine photographs by commercial landscape photographers.
Online List of Lights - Croatia
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
World of Lighthouses - Croatia
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Latarnie Morskie - Morze Śródziemne
Photos posted by Gola Burkhard, a Polish lighthouse fan.
Lighthouses in Croatia
Aerial photos posted by Marinas.com.
Leuchttürme an der kroatischen Küste
Photos by Olaf Riesenberg posted by Bernd Claußen.
Lighthouses in Croatia
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
Weitere europäische Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard views posted by Klaus Huelse.
Croatia Road Map
A good general map showing the county boundaries.

Blitvenica Light
Blitvenica Light, Adriatic Sea
Plovput photo

Tri Sestrice Light
Tri Sestrice (Three Sisters) Light, Rivanj
Plovput photo

Šibenik-Knin County Lighthouses

Adriatic Sea Lighthouses
Mulo (Hrid Mulo)
1873. Active; focal plane 23 m (75 ft); white flash every 5 s. 18 m (59 ft) octagonal stone tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 2-story stone keeper's house. The lighthouse is unpainted stone; lantern painted white. Luca Dorigo has a photo, a 2008 photo is available, Marinas.com also has aerial photos, Trabas has a distant view, and Bing has a satellite view. This lighthouse helps guide ships around a substantial bulge in the coastline of the mainland. Located on a tiny island about 5 km (3 mi) southwest of Rogoznica. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-006; Admiralty E3286; NGA 13324.
Blitvenica (Hrid Blitvenica) {Isolotto Lucietta)
1872. Active; focal plane 38 m (125 ft); two white flashes every 30 s. 21 m (69 ft) octagonal stone tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 2-story stone keeper's house. The lighthouse is unpainted stone; lantern painted white. A Plovput photo is above, Plovput also has a photo by Neren Šević, a view from the sea is available, Marinas.com has aerial photos, and Bing has a satellite view. The lighthouse is automated, but in 2002 Plovput decided to return staff to the station for security and maintenance. This is one of several very isolated Croatian light stations in the Adriatic Sea; landing on the island is very difficult except in the best weather. Located on a tiny island about 7 km (4.5 mi) southwest of the larger island of Žirje and about 30 km (18 mi) southwest of Šibenik. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-002; Admiralty E3226; NGA 13304.

Šibenik Area (Mainland) Lighthouses
Rt Kremik
1899. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 3 s. 8 m (26 ft) octagonal stone tower, painted white. Miroslav Maric has a 2011 photo, a 2007 photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the tip of a headland on the south side of the entrance to the bay of Primošten. Probably accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-075; Admiralty E3282; NGA 13316.
Otočić Ravan {Isolotto Duinka}
Date unknown (station established 1895). Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) square stone column mounted on a square stone base. Trabas has a photo by Ulrich Bode, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a small island off the southeastern tip of Otok Kaprije. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-127; Admiralty E3229.2; NGA 13296.
* Rt Jadrija (Šibenik) {Sibenico}
1874. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 12 m (39 ft) octagonal stone tower with lantern and gallery, attached to the seaward side of a 2-story keeper's house (now used as a signal station). Lighthouse painted white. A Plovput photo is at right, Trabas has an excellent photo, Mario Marotti has a photo, another photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Similar to the case of the Prišnjak light, the focal plane was formerly on 7.5 m (25 ft), so the light may have been shown originally from a window of the house. This lighthouse marks the entrance to the Kanal Sv. Ante, a narrow channel leading to the port of Šibenik; the mast next to the building carries red and green traffic control lights. Located on the north side of the entrance at Jadrija, about 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Srima. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-058; Admiralty E3248; NGA 13184.
Rt Jadriga Light
Rt Jadriga Light, Jadriga
Plovput photo

Otok Murter Area Lighthouses

Note: Murter is an island about 10 km (6 mi) long, separated from the mainland by a very narrow channel at Tisno. It has several villages and a permanent population of about 5000.
Otočić Maslinjak
1913. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); green flash every 3 s. 7 m (23 ft) round strongly conical tower, painted white. Plovput has a photo, Trabas has a very distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the southwestern side of Maslinjak, an island about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) east of the southeastern tip of Otok Murter. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-095; Admiralty E3220; NGA 13120.
Kukuljari (1) {Isole Kuljar}
1895. Inactive. Approx. 5 m (17 ft) round stone tower; lantern removed. Active light on a 12 m (39 ft) white metal post, focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white flash every 5 s. Trabas has a distant view, another photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. This area is very popular with scuba divers. Located on a tiny islet off the southern coast of Murter. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-218; Admiralty E3224; NGA 13128.
Prišnjak
1886. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) octagonal stone tower with lantern and gallery, attached to the seaward end of a 1-story stone keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white; the house has a red tile roof. The house is available for vacation rental. A Plovput photo is at right, Trabas has a photo, a nice closeup photo is available, Marinas.com has aerial photos, and Bing has a satellite view. Light lists as late as 1920 say the light was shown from a window of the keeper's house, so the light tower must have been added later. Located on a small island off the northwest end of the much larger island of Murter. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-121; Admiralty E3202; NGA 13076.
Rt Rat (2)
Date unknown (station established 1909). Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) octagonal cylindrical masonry tower with gallery, painted white. The tower has a slight but noticeable lean. Trabas has a photo, a closeup is available, and Bing has a satellite view. This light marks the northern entrance to the Murterski Channel. Located on a promontory of the mainland opposite the northwestern corner of Otok Murter, about 4 km (2.5 mi) northwest of Tisno. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-125; Admiralty E3212; NGA 13096.
Prisnjak Light
Prišnjak Light, Murter
Plovput photo

Kornati Area Lighthouses
Hrid Galijolica
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two red flashes every 10 s. 8 m (26 ft) square cylindrical stone tower mounted on a square pier. A small photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef about 3 km (2 mi) south of Otok Pašman and a similar distance east of Otok Šćine. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-047; Admiralty E3116.4; NGA 12944.
Otok Smokvica Vela
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 3 s. 8 m (26 ft) square tower, painted white. Trabas has Hans de Graaf's photo, another photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view of the location. Located on a small island near the southwestern end of the Kornati archipelago, about 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Otok Murter. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-143; Admiralty E3225; NGA 13136.

Zadar County Lighthouses

Zadar Area Lighthouses
Otočić Babac
1874. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 6 m (20 ft) round unpainted white stone tower attached to a small stone equipment shelter. The historic keeper's house is nearby; the resident keeper maintains lights throughout the Pašmanski Channel between Pašman island and the mainland. Another photo is available, Marinas.com has aerial photos, and Google has a satellite view and a very distant street view from Pašman. Located on the west point of Babac island, marking a narrow passage in the Pašmanski Channel. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Admiralty E3180; NGA 13032.
* Istarske Obala {Porto Zara}
1880. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); green flash every 2 s. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical stone tower with a metal dome; the light is mounted atop the dome. Tower painted white, dome green. Trabas has a photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. This lighthouse is identical to the Zadar Breakwater light (next entry). Located at the end of the peninsula sheltering Zadar's inner harbor, marking the west side of the entrance. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty E3148; NGA 13000.
* Zadar Breakwater {Zara Molo}
Date unknown (station established 1853). Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); red flash every 3 s. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical stone tower with a metal dome; the light is mounted atop the dome. Tower painted white, dome red. Trabas has Arno Siering's photo, Ivan Pikunic has a fine photo, Wikimedia has a photo, Alex Mitchell has a view of the light and the breakwater, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the breakwater enclosing Zadar's inner harbor. Accessible by walking the breakwater. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty E3144; NGA 12996.
* Oštri Rat (Zadar) (2?) {Punta Amica}
Date unknown (station established 1869). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 14 m (46 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery; access to the gallery is by a stairway that spirals around the tower. The tower is unpainted white stone; lantern painted white. Vjekoslav Bobić's photo is at right, Trabas has a good photo by Arno Siering, and Bing has a satellite view. The earlier light was on a cast iron tower. Located on a promontory about 1.5 km (1 mi) northwest of the harbor of Zadar. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-109; Admiralty E3142; NGA 12992.
Tri Sestrice Rivanj {Tre Sorelle}
1899. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); two flashes every 5 s, white or red depending on direction. 16 m (52 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery, attached to the landward side of a 1-story masonry keeper's house. The building is unpainted stone; lantern painted white. A Plovput photo is at the top of this page, Trabas has a good photo by Hans de Graaf, another good photo is available, Marinas.com has aerial photos, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. This is one of three Tri Sestrice ("three sisters") lighthouses in Croatia. Located on a small island (one of three) off the northwest tip of Otok Rivanj, about 16 km (10 mi) northwest of Zadar. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS CRO-199; Admiralty E3106; NGA 12908.

Zadar Light
Oštri Rat Light, Zadar, April 2006
Flickr photo copyright Vjekoslav Bobić
used by permission


Otok Pag and Otok Vir Area Lighthouses
Rt Tanka Nožica
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 9 m (30 ft); light pattern unknown. Approx. 7 m (23 ft) square pyramidal stone tower atop a square 1-story stone equipment shelter. The building is unpainted stone; the short light post is painted white. Trabas has Arno Siering's photo, another photo is available, and Google has a very distant street view, but the tower is not visible in Google's satellite view. Located on a promontory of the mainland marking the northern entrance to the narrow channel between the mainland and the island of Pag, about 2 km (1.2 mi) northwest of Miletici. May be accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty E2961; NGA 12724.
Otočić Mišjak
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); green flash every 3 s. 8 m (26 ft) square pyramidal concrete tower with gallery, mounted on a square stone base. The tower is unpainted; gallery painted green. Trabas has Hans de Graaf's distant view, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located off the northwestern tip of Otočić Mišjak, marking a sharp turn in the zigzagging channel between the mainland and Otok Pag. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty E3086; NGA 12684.
* Vir (Otok Vir) {Puntadura}
1881. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); white flash every 10 s. 21 m (69 ft) octagonal cylindrical stone tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story masonry keeper's house. Entire lighthouse painted white. A Plovput photo is at right, Trabas has a photo by Arno Siering, Plovput's page has additional photos, Damir Pavelic has a photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the southwest side of the island of Vir, about 5 km (3 mi) west of the town of Vir. The island is accessible by bridge. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-188; Admiralty E3081; NGA 12824.
[Morovnik]
Date unknown (1920s?). Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); green flash every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) square cylindrical stone tower with gallery; no lantern. The lighthouse is unpainted light gray stone. Trabas has Ulrich Bode's photo, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a small island about 3 km (2 mi) northwest of Olib. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-098; Admiralty E3064; NGA 12808.
Vir Light
Vir Light, Vir
Plovput photo

Adriatic Coastal Lighthouses
Note: These lighthouses are at the outermost edge of the Dalmatian islands, facing the open Adriatic Sea.
Sestrice (Sestrica Vela, Tajer) {Porto Tajer}
1876. Active; focal plane 47 m (154 ft); white flash every 8 s. 26 m (85 ft) cast iron tower with lantern, gallery, and eight supporting struts, mounted on a stone base in front of a 2-story masonry keeper's house. Tower painted with red and white spiral stripes; lantern painted white. Staffed weather station. Plovput has a nice sunset photo by Neven Šerić and a page with a several photos, Trabas has Hans de Graaf's photo, another good photo is available, Marinas.com also has aerial photos, and Google has a satellite view of the station. We do not know the history of this historic lighthouse; it appears to be of French design. Located on a small island off the southeastern end of Dugi Otok, marking the start of the twisting channel around the end of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-015; Admiralty E3134; NGA 12872.
* Veli Rat {Punta Bianca}
1849. Active; focal plane 41 m (134 ft); two white flashes every 20 s. 36 m (118 ft) round stone tower rising from a 1-story stone keeper's house. The lighthouse is unpainted buff-colored stone; lantern painted white. Filippo Giunchedi's photo is at right, Plovput's page has photos, Trabas has a photo by Hans de Graaf, an excellent closeup photo is available, Marinas.com has aerial photos, and Google has a street view from the beach and a good satellite view. The keeper's house has two apartments available for vacation rental. The lighthouse marks the northwestern end of Dugi Otok ("Long Island"), which extends for 45 km (28 mi) along the Adriatic coast of Zadarska County. The island is accessible by ferry from Zadar. Located about 3 km (2 mi) west of the village of Veli Rat. Accessible by road. Site open, tower open to paying guests. ARLHS CRO-183; Admiralty E3098; NGA 12864.
Rt Vranač {Melada}
1895. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white flash every 2 s. 8 m (26 ft) round strongly conical metal tower, painted white. Trabas has a photo by Ulrich Bode, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on the northern tip of Otok Molat, guiding vessels to the harbor of Ist. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-195; Admiralty E3092; NGA 12832.
Grujica (Otočić Grujica) {Gruizza}
1872. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 15 m (49 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 1-story masonry keeper's house. Entire lighthouse is white. Boathouse and other light station buildings. Plovput's page has photos, Trabas has a view from the sea by Hans de Graaf, Vladimir Tkalcic has a distant view, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island in the channel between Ilovik and Premuda, about 12 km (7.5 mi) southeast of Veli Lošinj. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS CRO-005; Admiralty E3044; NGA 12772.

Veli Rat Light, Otok, August 2007
Flickr Creative Commons photo
by Filippo Giunchedi

Lika-Senj County Lighthouses

Otok Pag Lighthouses
Note: Otok Pag is an island about 60 km (37.5 mi) long but only 2-10 km (1.2-6 mi) wide, separated from the mainland by the narrow Velebitski Channel. The island has a population of about 8000 and is accessible by ferry from Gradina. The central and southern parts of the island are in Zadar County (see above), while the northern parts are in Lika-Senj County.
Škrda
Date unknown (station etablished 1890). Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 12 m (39 ft) square brick tower. Trabas has a photo by Ulrich Bode, another photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on an island off the southwest coast of the large island of Pag. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS CRO-142; Admiralty E3072; NGA 12816.
* Stara Novalja (Rt Deda)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white flash every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) square cylindrical stone tower with gallery. The lighthouse is unpainted white stone. Trabas has a closeup photo, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a headland on the north coast of Otok Pag, just west of the town of Stara Novalja. Ferries between Stara Novalja and Gradina on the mainland probably provide a good view. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty E2995.6; NGA 12640.
Rt Krištofor (3)
Date unknown (station etablished 1911). Active; focal plane 62 m (203 ft); white flash every 5 s. 6 m (20 ft) octagonal stone tower, painted white. Trabas has Hans de Graaf's photo, a distant view and a second view are available, and Google has a distant satellite view. This light marks the entrance to a crooked channel leading to the town of Pag. Located on a prominent cape on the north side of Otok Pag, about 8 km (5 mi) south of Karlobag. Site status unknown. Admiralty E2950; NGA 12704.

Karlobag Area Lighthouse
Rt Jurišnica
Date unknown (1920s?). Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 7 m (23 ft) octagonal stone tower, painted white. Trabas has Ulrich Bode's photo, another photo is available, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. This light guides vessels in the narrow Velebitski Channel between the mainland and Otok Pag. Located on a mainland promontory about 15 km (9 mi) northwest of Karlobag. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-059; Admiralty E2944; NGA 12580.

Otok Rab Lighthouses
Note: Otok Rab is an island 22 km (13.5 mi) long located south of Otok Krk and north of Otok Pag. The island is accessible by ferries from both Krk and Pag and from Jablanac on the mainland.
Sv. Juraj (Otočić Tunera, Rab) {Arbe}
1894. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); green flash every 2 s. 7 m (23 ft) octagonal stone tower, painted white with a green band at the top. Trabas has Ulrich Bode's photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the northeast end of Otočić Tunera, an island in the entrance to the harbor of Rab, on the south side of Otok Rab. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CRO-018; Admiralty E2994; NGA 12616.
Rt Sorinj {Sorinja}
Date unknown (1920s?). Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 7 m (23 ft) octagonal stone tower, painted white. Trabas has Ulrich Bode's photo, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on the northwestern tip of Otok Rab. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty E2976; NGA 12592.

Senj Area Lighthouses
Rt Štokić (Jablanac) (1)
Date unknown (1920s?). Inactive. 1-story stone keeper's cottage; the light was shown from a short concrete pillar on the roof. The active light (focal plane 50 m (164 ft); white flash every 6 s) is shown from a 6 m (20 ft) white post on the steep slope behind the house. Trabas has Arno Siering's photo, and another photo is available, Google has a street view, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view of the station. This light guides vessels in a narrow passage between the mainland and Otok Rab. Located on a very steep bluff about 1 km (0.6 mi) northwest of Jablanac harbor. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty E2938; NGA 12568.
* Senj {Segna} Marija Art Breakwater (2)
1880 (station established 1865). Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 9 m (30 ft) octagonal cylindrical stone tower with gallery, unpainted. Csaba Jekkel's photo is at right, Trabas has a photo, Plovput has a good photo by Bojan Bonifacic, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of a breakwater on the southwest side of the bay of Senj. Accessible by walking the mole. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty E2922; NGA 12444.
* Senj {Segna} Mole Sv. Ambrož (2)
Date unknown (station established 1873). Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); red flash every 3 s. 9 m (30 ft) octagonal cylindrical stone tower with gallery; no lantern. The tower is unpainted stone except for a red band at the top. Trabas has Arno Siering's photo, another fine photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Senj is a small port about 50 km (30 mi) southeast of Rijeka. Located on the end of the north mole at Senj. Accessible by walking the mole. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty E2923; NGA 12436.
Senj Marija Art Breakwater Light
Senj Marija Art Breakwater Light, Senj, July 2010
Flickr photo copyright Csaba Jekkel; used by permission

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Posted October 9, 2006. Checked and revised December 8, 2014. Lighthouses: 32. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.