Bavljenac island, Croatia
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Info. Bavljenac island, Croatia
Of the 1,246 islands on Croatia's fragmented coast, the isle of Bavljenac might be the most recognisable. It's nicknamed 'Fingerprint Island' for its dry-stone walls that look like the spiralled ridges of a human fingerprint. The tiny, uninhabited island in the Adriatic Sea was once an agricultural centre. In the 19th century – the peak of Croatian wine production – farmers from the nearest populated island built the winding walls on Bavljenac to protect olive trees and grapevines from the winds blowing in from the Adriatic.