You can spot the island while travelling on Adriatic main road between Sibenik and Primosten, and the best view is from the viewpoint next to the bridge in Brodarica. You can see many tourists taking pictures with their camera of this beautiful island.
Krapanj, like many other island places in Dalmatia, is noted for its stone houses and narrow streets. The bell-tower with the clock of the local monastery is another interesting sight of this place. It is believed that the name of the place derives from Greek word ‘kopranon’, which relates to Jadrtovo mud, which is today an area where people from Krapanj have their vineyards. The settlement of Krapanj began in the 15th and 16th century as a result of Ottoman conquests of the hinterland of Dalmatia, like many other settlements in the Sibenik archipelago. The island was in the property of Sibenik Kaptol before these events. Then it was in the property of Juriæ family and after that Tomo Juriæ left the island to the Franciscans by will. Several decades afterwards, the Church and Monastery of St. Cross was built in 1523. There are several sacral valuables in the monastery, such as ‘Last Supper’ and crucifix made from olive tree brought from the Holy Land, while there are 23 incunables in the library. The monastery has a treasury with sacral items and a collection of maritime archaeological items. In the first half of the 20th century, the church was expanded due to increase in population. The whole island is most noted for sea sponge harvesting. It all started with a Franciscan monk from the Island of Crete who learned the local residents about identification, harvesting and processing of sponges, three centuries ago. They were harvested with harpoons at first. In the end of the 19th century, the society was founded. The city authorities brought diving equipment from Trieste and gave if to this society. From the beginning, around 10 people were involved in this activity, but by its peak in 1910’s around 400.000 pieces of sponges per year were exported to Italy, France and Germany.
As the depopulation of the local residents began, sponge harvesting decreased. Today, there are five teams of spongers which usually harvest in touristic purposes. In the centre of the city, there is a ‘Gallery of sponges’ where you can purchase different autochthone souvenirs made from this simple maritime organism. By the way, sponges live in clean and warm sea. As the Croatian part of the Adriatic is that type of sea, they are actually one more proof that the sea is crystal clear. Krapanj is the right choice for all those looking for a peaceful vacation, since there are no automobiles and wild nightlife on the island, so it is the most common choice for family with children. Most of the accommodation capacities are divided between apartments and rooms, but there is also one hotel on the island, Hotel Spongiola, which has four stars. In front of the hotel there is a beautiful beach with white boulders, which is the only furnished beach on the island, while the others are mostly located next to the boardwalk as a part of the peers, or as ‘wild’ beaches. If you decide for a vacation in Krapanj, it is good to know that on the island there is a supermarket, taverns like ‘Kapelica’, ‘Ronioc’ or ‘Krapanj’ and coffee places like ‘Loža’ and ‘Porat’. The main harbour festivity is held on the 2nd August on the holiday of Lady of the Angels. A harbour for small and medium size boats is also located in the place.