Zlarin is a small island of the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. This island is known as the “golden island” for its unspoiled beauty, an island of pines, sandy beaches, idyllic coves and a traditional village. Zlarin is separated from the mainland by the Sibenik channel and from other islands in the Sibenik archipelago by the Zlarin channel.
This picturesque island is famous for its red corals. Each year the yacht club of Zlarin organizes three boat regattas, “Zlarinska regata krstaša”, “Latinskin idrun na kureja” and New Year “Zlarinska regata krstaša”. “Latinskin idrun na kureja” is reserved for wooden boats built on old, exclusively hand-made traditional ways, and propelled by Latin sail (mainsail, triangular sail).
Traces of Illyrian and Roman settlements have been found in Zlarin. From the 13th to the 19th centuries, the island was in the possession of Sibenik bishops and of a few noble families. In the 16th and 17th centuries refugees from the Turkish invasions swelled the local population which was depleted once more after WWII when a weak economy prompted many to emigrate.
A beautiful sandy beach, ample greenery and a peaceful ambience have encouraged the development of tourism in Zlarin which is easily reachable from Sibenik.
source: Wikipedia, Croatian Traveller