Acquaintance with the beauties of the Bay of Kotor. St. Mark's Island.
St. Mark's Island is the largest and most beautiful island located in the Bay of Kotor of the Adriatic Sea.
Initially, the island of St. Mark was called the island of St. Gabriel (Sveti Gavrilo) because of the church of the same name built on it. The first mention of the island of St. Gabriel, as well as related legends, are found in the annals of the VII century. They say that there were about ten temples and chapels on the island, the most majestic of which, the church of the Holy Archangel Gabriel, towered on the hill of the same name.
In 1962, the island was leased to a French hotel chain - "Club Mediterrane", which organized a closed exclusive resort village of St. Mark here (St. Mark is one of the evangelists, the patron saint of Venice, revered by the people of the Mediterranean Christian faith). Over time, the island itself began to be called as a settlement - St. Mark's Island. About 500 reed huts were built on the island in the Polynesian (Tahitian) style — without water and electricity supply. Pristine nature, primitive living conditions, clean beaches and a pleasant Mediterranean climate attracted a huge number of nudists from all over the world who were looking for solitude with nature.
After the collapse of Yugoslavia and due to further military operations in the country, the resort was abandoned, and the sandy beach, stretching along the entire coast of the island for almost five kilometers, was overgrown with lush vegetation.