Kaprije

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Kaprije is an island situated in the middle of the Šibenik archipelago. Its surface covers 7 km2. Its name derives from the Mediterranean plant caper whose buds serve as spice. There are mild hills on the island, and between them are squeezed small valleys of fertile land in which vine and olives are cultivated.

The island was abundant in woods in the past, but today almost the entire island is covered in grass and maquis. The bay of Kaprije is situated at the southwest part of the island and is protected from all winds.

In the 14th and the 15th centuries Kaprije belonged to the noblemen of Šibenik. From the beginning of the 16th to the end of the 17th century it represented a place of safety for the refugees from the mainland. A part of the refugees returned to the mainland after Turkish danger had been over.

Today there are about 150 inhabitants living on the island. They are traditionally engaged in agriculture and fishing, but they are also well-known seamen. In the recent times tourism on the island has been developing more and more.

Because of the beauty of the island and its well-protected port numerous yachtsmen, as well as tourists from all over the world, come to visit it.

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