The island of Krapanj is the lowest and the smallest inhabited island in the Adriatic. Its highest altitude does not exceed 1.25 m and it is only 300 m away from the mainland. Krapanj is the island of the centuries-old tradition of diving, sponge harvesting and processing and fishing.
The centre of Krapanj consists of mostly stone houses, which form a network of narrow stone streets, characteristic of the Dalmatian landscape. A centuries-old pine forest and the monastery of the Holy Cross must be pointed out. The museum of the monastery houses numerous exhibits that show the life on Krapanj in the past.
Souvenir shop and sponge gallery Žitak – Fina Dalmata d.o.o.
St. Lawrence’s oil mill from 1584
Church of the Holy Cross with the monastery and the museum
Diving museum at the Spongiola Hotel
Spuga 2 Museum and Souvenir Shop – Krapanj Island
The Tanfara family started their sponge business in 1896 with great-grandfather Roko Tanfara. That practice, which has been around for over 100 years, has been passed down from generation to generation, from father to son. Throughout the history of diving in the family there have been unfortunate events during diving, however they did not negatively affect the practice of diving in the family, but, on the contrary, they motivated the family to move forward equipped with the accumulatedknowledge and determination.
Because of this, they treat each harvested spongewith pride, passion and love, and continue the tradition by respecting the place where it all started 300 years ago – the island of Krapanj.
Now, anambition has finally been realized and a sponge museum and sponge processing facility have been opened. Furthermore, in collaboration with a prominent pharmaceutical company, a new method of sponge processing has been patented.
During your visit to ‘’Spugi 2’’, our friendly staff will inform you about everything related to sponge diving, diving and an enduring family tradition.
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