January 5, 2024 – If you’re wondering if there is a Croatian island for sale, you’re in luck. Along the Croatian Adriatic coast, you’ll find plenty of privately owned islands. But when it comes to buying one, there is a catch, which is why most islands are still only found in classified ads.
As Index writes, few buyers know that maritime property does not belong to the category of private property. It is common property on which construction is prohibited. Article 14, paragraph 6 on planning and construction in the maritime domain states that concreting of the coast by the sea must be avoided in an area that is at least 6 meters wide from the horizontal line from the middle high water line, it says Morski.hr.
On most of the islands that are in the ads, any construction is also prohibited, considering that land is mostly classified as a pasture, forest area or agricultural land. The exception for construction is a family farm, and sellers often use this clause to convince buyers that they can build a “house” on the island. However, they can only build agricultural buildings, which creates another problem for potential buyers who would like a “private” island.
But as Morski writes, if you are buying an island for your privacy, then you must be aware that you cannot forbid anyone from swimming on the island’s beaches, landing on the shore or sailing near the island.
Veliki Školj with its own source of drinking water
One of the islands currently offered on the market is Veliki Školj in the Bay of Mali Ston. With an area of 21,677 m2, the agency selling it claims that it is ideal for a glamping resort, naturist resort, weddings, oyster tasting and visits to island oyster farms, private parties, team building, exclusive daily island rental for various events…
There is a beautiful pine forest on the island, which provides shade for enjoyment, as well as a stone house built around 1968, and a source of drinking water.
They claim that it is possible to build another stone house on the island with planted olive groves or some other culture and to register a family farm.
They add that Veliki Školj offers complete privacy and plenty of opportunities for the development of various projects. Price – 3250000 euros.
“The state and/or county have the right of first refusal, but it would be serious and thorough work to build something on the island. Some kind of pontoon mooring could be built if you are engaged in shellfish farming, and a prefabricated building if you are going to engage in agriculture,” the Agent states.