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Susak: The Forgotten Island

Susak is a small island situated offshore Croatia. Today it is inhabited by less than 200 people and a similar number of cats. Wandering through the streets of the only town on the island with the same name you get the feeling of strolling through a forgotten place. There are many empty ruins slowly crumbling down and being taken by nature. Things used to be different in Susak. Until the mid of the 20th century the little island was known for its fertile lands which were used for cultivating wine grapes. The stunning number of 98% of the island was covered by extensive vinyards. Additionally peoples worked as fishermen and in navigation. With the spread of modernity people strived for better living conditions and many left for the US and other parts of the world. Susak became largely deserted and turned to a largely forgotten place with mostly older inhabitants left.