The highlight of the evening is a majestic procession honouring the departure of St Marinus, the saint whose roots are originating from Lopar, according to local legend.
Handcrafted souvenirs, local produce and genuine food made with love are inviting to take them in the hand, flip and admire until you find that one piece you just have to take home with you.
Daily exhibition of handcrafted products is in the open air, in the beautiful atmosphere of Park Kapic. Free entrance.
There is a traditional five-a-side football tournament, which has the reputation of being one of the strongest tournaments in the country, a boccie tournament…
The feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is also celebrated with a large undercover fiesta where the entertainment usually begins with the performance of the local San Marino folklore group and a group of visiting folklore performers, followed by famous Croatian singers.
The entire island goes back in time during those days. Small artisan stores move to the streets, so you can have your belt or a perfumed pomade made in front of your eyes, while your hair is being braided with tiny flowers into a typical do from the medieval times. Freshly fried šulčići are served and an entire fishermen village is built at the beach, altogether with the traditional tools, machines and even toys for children.
On the last day of the carnival, Mardi Gras or as we call it Mesopust, the Masquerades of Lopar put on the traditional mask (a specific hat and a face cover) and they cruise the village to chase off the winter singing the old songs. They are invited into the homes of locals and they are offered with traditional food and drinks, to warm up and relax. While treated with homemade wine or brandy and eating traditional homemade food (rooster with homemade macaroni, salted meat with potatoes, homemade “prosciutto” and cheese, doughnut-like pastries called “hrostuli” and “frite” and an assortment of other cakes) in every house, they sing and bring joy to their host.
Lopar offers daily half-day boat trips with a glass bottom in the waters of Lopar and Goli Otok and Grgur.
Special features of Lopar
Rich culture and history
An oasis of natural beauty