The Zadar Archipelago has a large number of islands. Pašman is one of them. It is situated only a few kilometers from the mainland and yet is so close to the treasures of Kornati. If you have ever come across a photo of a heart-shaped island, it is almost certainly Pašman.
Pašman channel is really the cleanest part of the Adriatic Sea because the current changes every six hours. Its rich flora and fauna are a great attraction and it is also a destination for sailors and lovers of still largely unspoiled nature.
The south side of Pašman Island is a dream for many people. Nature and you. Sitting on the rock with your feet in the water while realizing how old is the fishing cottage behind your back and all the beauty surrounding it with pearls of intact islets in front of you, truly a lost piece of paradise.
Mali Ždrelac is the busiest strait in the Adriatic Sea. It has been for years the first thought to sailors eager to discover Kornati islands, Dugi otok island and all the islands on the north of the archipelago. The view from the bridge that connects the islands of Pašman and Ugljan is often a target of enthusiasts and romantics who want to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets.
THE ISLAND OF UGLJAN
Ugljan is the first island and the first in the Zadar Archipelago. It is located northwest of the island of Pašman and southeast of the islands of Rivanj and Sestrunj. Separated from the mainland by the Zadar Channel, it is connected with the island of Pašman by a bridge spanning over the Ždrelac Strait.
It is also called the green island, covered with dense bush, pine trees, olive-groves, fig-groves, vineyards and other Mediterranean vegetation.
Generations of its inhabitants have been involved with sea, seamanship and fishery, and a 2,000-year tradition of olive growing has left thousands of olive trees that produce oil of extraordinary quality and aroma. On the northeast side of the island there are many fisherman and tourist villages in natural coves, the most famous of which are Kukljica, Kali, Preko and Ugljan. The other side of the island is uninhabited and has many coves, islands and rich undersea world that challenges scuba- divers and recreational fishermen. The rocky but docile interior of the island has many paths suitable for long walks and cycling tours.
Pag is is the fifth-largest island of the Croatian coast and the one with the longest coastline. It is famous for its 270 kilometers of magnificent gravel beaches, the production of lace, sea salt, goat cheese, lamb dishes and the night life on the “Croatian Ibiza” – the beach of Zrće.
The Velo Blato (Big Mud) Ornithological Reserve is on the southern part of the island. Today, Velo Blato is of great biological importance because it is the habitat of over 160 species of waterfowl, 66 of which species are nesting birds.
Velo Blato is the utmost importance during the migration of birds, which look for a place for rest and food. Velo Blato is perfect for photographers who want to capture close-ups of different species of birds. To this end, a watchtower has been set up on the edge of Velo Blato for viewing, sightseeing and photographing birds and other creatures of this wetland world.
For the party crowd there is the famous Zrće resort. Zrće is a long pebble beach on the northern part of the island. It is located near the towns of Novalja and Gajac, about 2 kilometres from the town’s center. It is one of over 100 Blue Flag Beaches in Croatia, having been given the award in 2003. The beach is a well-known Croatian summer destination for partygoers, with several all-hours discotheques and beach bars operating during the summer months. It regularly features gigs by internationally known house and trance DJs at the peak of the Croatian summer season in July and August.
THE ISLAND OF DUGI OTOK
Dugi otok which means “long island” in Croatian, is not the longest island in the Adriatic. Dugi Otok has long been known as an oasis of peace for travelers giving them an overwhelming experience of relaxation and spiritual and physical rest. The island still has its “wild side” as shown by the constant actions of the unstoppable forces of nature – the sea and the wind. More than 1,500 hectares are covered with vineyards, orchards and arable land, about 752 hectares are pasture land, and about 300 hectares are undergrowth, which in some places is used as a forest land. The vegetation is more pronounced in the northern and central parts of the island.
Telašćica Nature Park covers the southern part of the island and is adjacent to Kornati Island National Park. Telašćica and Čuna, connected to Pantera Bay by a narrow channel, are two of the most famous bays on Dugi Otok. Both locations are well known to yachtsmen because they are safe anchorages that provide protection from strong winds.
Because of its indented coastline, Dugi otok has always been an attractive destination for all sailors visiting the waters of Zadar. There are moorings in Sali, Bribinj and Božava that may also provide water and electricity. In Sali a toilet facility is even included in the price of berth. In addition, the Baotić marina located in Veli Rat has associated facilities such as a reception area and toilets.
Dugi otok and the beach of Sakarun will fascinate you with its beauty and satisfy anyone seeking who want crystal-clear waters and white sand at their fingertips.
Sakarun, like many other coves on Dugi otok is a safe harbor for sailors. They make Dugi otok an ideal location to find shelter from the powerful forces of sea and wind.