Islands of the Zadar Archipelago
The Zadar archipelago consists of hundreds of smaller and larger islands and islets, but only few of them are populated. Zadar Archipelago is popular among sailing enthusiasts and people who seek isolation in untouched nature.
The Island of Ugljan is situated opposite to Zadar, only 3 nautical miles of the city harbor. It has always been covered with lush vegetation - evergreen pine forests, macchia, fig trees, vineyards and olive trees. The island has always been tied to the sea, sailing and fishing, and a 2000 years old tradition of olive growing has left hundreds of thousands of olive trees that produce olive oil of exceptional quality and flavor. Fans of Mediterranean landscapes can enjoy the unforgettable panorama of the most impressive one with the fortress of St. Michael from the 13th century. The remains from the Roman era, old Croatian churches, monasteries, stone island architecture and numerous villas, bear witness to early human habitation and to the prosperous days that the island experienced. Ugljan is linked to the mainland by excellent ferry connections: from the historic centre of Zadar ferry will arrive to the port of Preko on the Island of Ugljan in less than half an hour.
The Island of Pašman is connected to the island of Ugljan by the Ždrelac passage, and separated from the mainland by the Pašman Channel, which is in some places only 2 km wide. It is like a string of pearls, scattered dozens of small islands and the sea current changes direction every 6 hours, which makes this area one of the cleanest on the Adriatic Sea. Preserved landscape contains many species of medicinal and aromatic herbs, vineyards, fields and olive groves with numerous sand and pebble beaches which are the best choice for those who prefer to relax away from the noise and bustle of the city. On the island Pašman the continuity of life dates from prehistoric times: the Illyrian cities, castle’s ruins, archaeological finds from Roman times, a rustic villas, mosaics, stone statue of St. Michael from the 12th century and many other historical monuments. Pašman is connected by ferry from Biograd. Frequent bus service is available for throughout the islands connecting the villages of Ugljan and Pašman.
The islands have long been known as an oasis of peace for travellers giving them an overwhelming experience of relaxation and spiritual and physical rest. Each island still has its „wild“ side as a true evidence of the constant activities of unstoppable forces of nature - the sea and the wind. Dugi otok is a true example of a place where these two opposites are most evident. Picturesque villages and secluded beaches collide with majestic cliffs and lush vegetation. Geographically, it is an island of great diversity and contrast, and the largest island among the North Dalmatian islands. It justifies its name (long island) with a length of about 45 km and it is between 1 and 4 km wide, with the highest peak Vela Straža (338 m). The coast of the island facing the open sea is characterized by sharp contrasts: the part that is located in the Nature Park is mostly steep and dominated by beautiful cliffs, while on the southeast side of the island one can find quiet coves and the sandy beach Sakarun. The island's beauty is an ideal place for swimming and enjoying the purity of the sea and the beauty of nature.