The lighthouse was built in 1849 on the southwestern cape of the island of Dugi otok, 35 km west of the city of Zadar.
The lighthouse, surrounded by pine trees, beautiful bays and pebble beaches, is considered one of the most beautiful on the Adriatic. Veli Rat offers an unforgettable experience – a splendid view from the 40 m high lighthouse tower.
There are two wonderful pebble beaches suitable for small children in the vicinity of the lighthouse. If you go for a walk, you will pass by several charming bays.
The island of Dugi otok is connected to the mainland by ferry line Zadar – Brbinj (20 NM, the ferry trip takes an hour and 15 min). The lighthouse is some 20 km form Brbinj and can be reached by car by taking the asphalt road. Please check the ferry line schedule ( www.jadrolinija.hr ) since it changes depending on the season. We recommend you arrive in the port of Zadar on time in order to be certain that you will embark a ferry in high season.
There is an open market, as well as many grocery stores in the vicinity of the port of Zadar. Please keep in mind that prices on Dugi otok are much higher than in Zadar, while it might be difficult to purchase some provisions during high season, such as fresh meat. We advise you to purchase provisions in Bozava or in the place of Sali on the other side of the island, where there is a much better selection. Fish can be bought from the lighthouse keeper if arranged in advance, while you can also arrange preparation of fish specialties with the lighthouse keeper and his wife.
The thick lighthouse walls, that according to legend contain thousands of egg-whites to make them more resistant to wind and sea, protect you from the blazing sun in the summer months. There is an old church under a century-old pine tree in the large paved yard.
During your stay in Veli Rat, you can visit Kornati National Park and Telascica Nature Park nearby. The starting point for trips to Kornati is the place of Sali on the other side of Dugi otok. The lighthouse has always had a lighthouse keeper and there has always been a waiting list, since many lighthouse keepers have been dreaming of spending at least some time in this unique lighthouse. At the moment, the lighthouse keeper Zvone, his wife and daughter Ivana live in the lighthouse. If you decide to spend your holiday in Veli Rat, their hospitality awaits you.
Destination: Veli Rat (Dugi otok)
1/3 + 1/4 apartments, with the keeper, heated.
Apartment A3 * * *
cca 41 m2, one three-bed room (21 m2), kitchen (14 m2), shower-WC (4 m2).
Apartment A4 * * *
Approx. 48 m2, one double room (16 m2), kitchen with sofa (22 m2), shower- WC (7 m2).
Local tax is not included. In high, early and late season minimum stay period is one week (Saturday – Saturday), except off season, when min. stay is 2 days.