A story about Tajer, one of the most beautiful lighthouses in Croatia.

It was built in 1876 on the island of Vela Sestrica. The island is 590 meters long and 56 meters high with the surface of 93,671 square meters. It is situated near the entrance of Telašćica and the island of Katina, on the northwest entrance to Kornati National Park.

History of Tajer lighthouse

Interesting fact is that the building was made out of the stones taken from the nearby islet of Mala Aba.

Tajer is special for couple of reasons. Firstly, its tower (26 m high), coloured in red and white, is made out of iron and it was bought in France. So, this is the only lighthouse with the metal tower in Croatia. Another special feature is its 60 meters long, closed bridge that connects the building with the lighthouse tower. The bridge was built afterwards in order to give a shelter to the crew while approaching the tower.

The ligthouse has a courtyard and it is surrounded with big pine trees. On the north side of the island there is a boathouse with a large berth and a boat crane.

The iron tower and the closed bridge of Tajer

Interesting facts about lighthouses in Croatia

  • There are 50 lighthouses along the Croatian coast
  • Nowadays only 16 lighthouses still have a crew of lighthouse keepers
  • The oldest lighthouse is the one on the cape of Savudrija built in 1818
  • The biggest Croatian lighthouse is the one on Palagruza
  • All the lighthouses in Croatia were built during the rule of Austrian-Hungarian Empire
Tajer from the north: keeper’s building and the tower connected with a closed bridge

Renting a lighthouse

Today the company Plovput is the one taking care of all the lighthouses in Croatia. Some of these are disposable for rent: Savudrija, Sveti Ivan, Porer, Veli Rat, Tajer, Sveti petar, Pločica, Struga, Susac and Plagruza.

Here you can find more interesting facts about history of lighthouses.

Panoramic view of Kornati archipelago