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Palacol & Oruda Islands
Category: Private Islands
Location: Primorska-Goranska, CroatiaClick Here for detailed information on Croatia)
Two lovely Croatian Islands just waiting for new owners. Palacol, the smaller, and Oruda, have beaches, Mediterranean vegetation, some fauna and flora.
Palacol, from the Italian "Palazzo", is named after the walls that are visible from afar. Some sources say the building was destroyed in the 13th century when they were settled by pirates, maybe it was a fortress. The locals say it was a monastery, but why then was the church built on the larger island of Oruda? Locals also tell of an underwater tunnel, buried treasure and many more tales.
The island is about 3.6 hectares and is limestone rock covered with red soil There are no trees only tall grass and wild hemp and in the southern part cormorants nest and lizards and a few sheep make up the island population.
Oruda has an area of around 42 hectares and is partially covered by Mediterranean maquis. The middle part has hundreds of old olive trees and in the southern part are fig trees. There are also lots of wild blackberries and wild asparagus.
It is obvious that in the past the island has been settled, in the southern half are the ruins of an early Christian church of St. John. Surrounding it are the remains of the original house, and some ruins. There is also an existing house in quite good condition, built in the 1930s.
The island is very interesting from an archaeological point of view because the church is visible around some of the possible entrances to the cellars and subterranean passages. The highest elevation of the island is 14 meters, which means that the island is virtually flat and a versatile.
The fauna consists of sheep and rabbits, and cormorants nest mainly on the north side. There is a fountain with running water and a well about 9 meters deep. On the west side, and the south side Palacol, there is a sandy beach. A rocky beach is located on the north side of the island, and the rest of the coast is rocky. Sea surroundings of the island offers excellent opportunities for underwater activities.
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