L`île d` Iz
Island Iz is situated in northern Dalmatia, between Dugi otok and Ugljan. Island Iz has two tourist villages; Veli Iz and Mali Iz. Veli Iz and Mali Iz are beatiful little villages, surrounded by figtrees, olivegardens and vegetable plantations. Mali Iz consists of 5 dwelings, Porovac, Makovac, Muce and on the seaside Knez and Komoseva. It is well known for it's long fishing tradition. It is important to mention the 1000th anniversary of fishing which we haverecently celebrated in these parts of Croatia. Mali Iz offers private accomodation in apartments, rooms and pansions.
Today's Veli Iz is a small tourist village with a hotel, a marina, a few restaurants and caffe's and 300 beds in private accomodation.
A special summer attraction is the Festival of Iz - "Iska Festa", a manifestation of folklor where the antic ceremony of choosing a villageking can be seen along with traditional costumes and crafts, sports andother events.
Iz, an island of fisherman, seafarer, potters olivegrowers is the most picturesque island of the Zadar archipelago. It is covered with tipical mediterranean bush and cultivated with aproximately 70.000 olive trees.
A unique fhenomena is the pottery of Veli Iz, which supplied a large part of the Adriatic coast with clay pots for cooking and household use. Some 70families specialised in this craft in the past. They could sell (exchange) their pots only in the territory assigned to them by casting lots.The potters would throw the unsold pots into the sea before returning home, because it was a disgrace not to sell all the goods.