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The Islands of Northen Dalmatia
Dugi otok
Dugi otok is a place of peculiarity and contrast, attractive tourist destinations and natural beauties, special views and beautiful hidden bays and beaches. The island is about 45 km long, about 1 km wide at its narrowest point, and 4km wide at its widest point. On it are 12 villages connected by a road.

Dugi otok is rich in sacral heritage. There is the church of St. John from the 5th -6th century in Sali, the cultural and administrative centre of the island, then the church of St. Victor on Stivanja gora from the 8th-9th century and St. Pelegrin, a monument of the highest category in the village Savar.

Sali is known for its rich, thousand year old fishing tradition. Parks and olive gardens over a thousand years old are an attraction for many tourists who also enjoy the unforgettable donkey races as part of the Cultural summer of Sali, a traditional summer folk manifestation. Zaglav is located at the entrance to the Kornati islands,which makes it especially attractive to sailors and tourists are attracted by the beautiful beaches.

On the northwest part of the island is the small port Božava. The crystal blue sea and the many bays surrounded by pine trees make Božava an ideal place for a real holiday and relaxation.

On the northwestern cape of Dugi otok, the lighthouse Veli rat or Punta Bjanka was built in 1849. It is 42 meters high, which makes it the highest lighthouse on the Adriatic. As a part of the lightouse are decorated tourist apartments.

Dugi otok is first mentioned in the middle of the 10th century by the Byzantine Emperor Constantin Porfirogenet, who in his piece De administrando imperio ,calls it Pizuh. Found on the island were archeological excavations dating from the stone ages, which proves that the island was populated very early on.

Island Pašman
Island Pašman, in the Zadar archipelago, is set apart from the coast by the Pašman canal that has dozens of little islands.

From the place of the same name Pašman, there stretches an unforgettable view of the many uninhibited islands which are best discovered by boat or sailboat. This place was first mentioned by King Petar Krešimir IV., under the name Postimana.

The village Ždrelac was formed around the church of St. Luke and extended onto a few bays and hills. It was named after the narrow passage at which end it is located, with which Pašman is separated from the island Ugljan. Ždrelac is an attractive destination for sailors and lovers of water sports and the beautiful beaches make it very attractive vacation spot.

Island Ugljan
Because of its location and other characteristics, island Ugljan has the most sunny days in the waters around Zadar. On the island are 7 villages, of which the largest one is Ugljan in the northwest part. This place has a long tourism tradition. Smaller yachts can dock in the little port, while the bigger ones can dock in the souteast part. Swimmers will be delighted by the sandy beaches and the most beautiful ones are in the bays Ćinta, Mostir and Luka.

Preko (across) is – as its name explains – a village across Zadar. Typical Dalmatian architecture, many country houses and paths next to the sea give it a real mediterranean atmosphere, while the view of the Zadar canal and the mediterranean vegetation are an additional attraction for tourists. Located on the island is a little place called Kali, known for its strong fishing fleet.

Island Silba
Silba is an island without cars or motorbikes; on it the transportation of goods is done by hand carts on two wheels, tractors and trailors. On the island there are no hotels, but comfortable acommodation can be found in private houses and apartments, in which the pleasant hosts will make every visitor of Silba leave happy and satisfied with their stay. The island is well known for not having poisonous plants or animals.

Island Olib
Located east of Silba this island was populated even in Roman times, and in the 10th century it was mentioned under the name Aloep. It is one of the lowest in the Zadar archipelago. Rich vegetation and spacious grassland are characteristic for this island, on which the inhabitants live from manufacturing olive oil, cheese and wine, tourism and fishing.

Island Premuda
9 km long and 1 km wide, covered in holm oak, low vegetation and olives, Premuda is an attractive destination for sailors and divers. Among the most famous diving locations is the popular «katedrala», a cave system that will fascinate every underwater visitor.

Island Iž
Located in the central canal between Ugljan and Dugi otok, Iž attracts with its exquisite charm. On the island are two villages; Veli and Mali Iž. This is the only Dalmatian island whose population engaged in pottery, and in the past few years it has become a real paradise for tourists wishing to experience a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.


The Tourist Board of the Zadar County
www.zadar.hr

The Tourist Board of Dugi otok
www.dugiotok.hr

The Tourist Board of Pašman
www.pasman.hr

The Tourist Board of Ugljan
www.ugljan.hr

The Tourist Board of Silba
www.silba.net
 
 

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