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Published on Mar 26, 2011
Iž is an island in the Zadar Archipelago in the Croatian part of Adriatic Sea. It is situated between Ugljan on the north-east and Dugi otok on the south-west and is about an hour's ferry ride from Zadar. It has an area of 17.59 km² and a population of 557. It's mineralogy is composed of mainly limestone and dolomite. The island has been settled since prehistoric times, there is a catholic church dating from the 11th century and records of the first Croatian settlers dates from the year 1266. Its two biggest settlements (Iž Veli and Iž Mali) are located on the eastern part of the island. Near the island there are some very small uninhabited islands: Knežak, Rutnjak and Fulija for example. In Iž vocabulary people almost never say f, they use h instead. Main activities are sailing, fishing, olive cultivation and pottery. It is very popular amongst foreign tourists for a variety of reasons, mainly due to its great beaches.