Paklinski Islands

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Paklinski
Native name: Paklinski otoci
Nickname: Pakleni otoci
Hvar-harbour-panorama-1.jpg
Paklinski islands from the city of Hvar: Galešnik, Jerolim and Marinkovac (far right)
Geography
Location Adriatic Sea
Total islands 16
Major islands Sveti Klement, Marinkovac
Area 7.165093 km2 (2.766458 sq mi)
Highest elevation 94 m (308 ft)
Highest point Vela glava
Country
Croatia
County Split
Paklinski islands: Mali Vodnjak (right), Veli Vodnjak (middle), Travna and Paržanj (left). The one in back is Vis.

The Pakleni (pronounced [pǎklɛniː]) or Paklinski ([pâkliːnskiː]) islands are located off the southwest coast of the island of Hvar, Croatia, opposite the entrance to the Hvar (city) harbour. The name is popularly translated as Hells' islands (pakleni: hellish),1 but it originally derives from paklina, an archaic word, from which pakleni too is derived, that means "tar", and in this case refers to the pine resin once used to coat ships that was harvested on these islands.2

Overview

The islands are (from west to east):

Island Area
(km²)3
Vodnjak Mali 0.252666
Vodnjak Veli 0.008198
Travna 0.009661
Paržanj 0.039529
Borovac 0.021666
Sveti Klement 5.275844
Dobri otok 0.297313
Vlaka 0.021316
Stambedar 0.029945
Gojca 0.021471
Borovac 0.167533
Marinkovac 0.680662
Planikovac 0.100836
Jerolim 0.207144
Galešnik 0.014612
Pokonji Dol 0.016697
Paklinski Islands 7.165093

The main island ov Sveti Klement is also called Veliki otok or Big island. It has 3 settlements, Palmižana, Momica Polje and Vlaka. There is a large, well protected yacht marina at Palmižana.4

The chain of islands is approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) long, formed of limestone, with a very indented coastline and low pine forest with black pine, and aleppo pine. The highest point on the islands is 94 metres (308 ft). The islands are a popular destination for visitors with smaller craft, especially yachts, providing numerous peaceful coves for diving, underwater fishing, swimming and water sports.5

Pakleni islands map

See also

References

  1. ^ Pakleni Otoci. Croatia Tourist Center. Croatia 
  2. ^ Island Hvar. Retrieved 19 September 2009 
  3. ^ DRŽAVNI PROGRAM ZAŠTITE I KORIŠTENJA MALIH, POVREMENO NASTANJENIH I NENASTANJENIH OTOKA I OKOLNOG MORA
  4. ^ editorn-last editor-link editorn-first. "Hvar" 
  5. ^ Pakleni Otoci. Croatia Traveller: Southern Dalmatia. Croatia 

Coordinates: 43°10′N 16°22′E / 43.167°N 16.367°E / 43.167; 16.367








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