One of the smallest inhabited islands in Croatia, Krapanj is also one of the lowest lying; it’s almost flat.
It’s something of a throwback to an earlier age. Having spurned a bridge to the mainland and rejected cars, Krapanj feels a lot further from the rest of the country than the few hundred metres of sea that separates it.
Originally inhabited by the monks who built the Monastery, the island became a sponge fishing centre. You can still the visit the Monastery which houses some paintings and a small museum which includes a display about the sponge industry.
More recently, the opportunities of tourism resulted in the construction of a hotel to augment the island’s shop (there’s also a supermarket on the mainland, 5 minutes ferry ride away) but it is fair to say the place is a bit of a late comer to the holiday industry. Enjoy it while you can.