Ist is situated 21 NM north-west of Zadar. It covers an area of 9.73 km² and has around 200 permanent residents. It is surrounded by numerous islets and cliffs.
Ist is an attractive location which is definitely worth visiting. We recommend taking a walk across this typically Mediterranean island from the pier to the other side of the island and Mljaka Bay. It only takes you 25 minutes. There are many interesting things to see: the school, the local library, the landscaped gardens, the harmonious architecture (without big ugly apartment blocks), which are all full of life and young people (although we visited the island in mid-August).
An evening walk along the path to the Church of Our Lady of Snow, which dominates the island, is an absolute must. It will take you around 45 minutes to climb to the top, but the view of all the islands surrounding Ist is magnificent, as is the sunset. When taking a walk, wear sneakers or hiking shoes.
There are several restaurants and cafés, three stores, and right next to the breakwater you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables directly from a local farmer. The restaurants look really good, while the people are friendly and love domestic animals.
The warm and clear sea is perfect for swimming. You really should visit the island of Ist and experience the spirit of the Zadar Archipelago.
Boats can dock on Ist:
- on the breakwater (moorings are available)
- on the pier behind the breakwater (moorings are also available)
Boats can fill up their tanks with water, but unfortunately there are no electricity cabinets
- the anchorage with buoys before the breakwater
- the anchorage on the other side of the bay
- the anchorage with a couple of buoys in Mljaka Bay.
Ist isn't safe when a southerly wind is blowing. Although it seems that it is sheltered from the north-easterly wind, this isn't the case. The north-easterly wind makes the boats and buoys rotate in an unpleasant way. However, the bottom usually holds the anchor well.
The concessionaire on Ist is the IST agricultural co-operative. For more information on berth places, call: 098/332393.
Video: Ist, anchorage
Video: Panoramic view of Ist from the tower of the Church of Our Lady of Snow