Dugi otok's largest settlement - Sali - has stretched many beaches across its two bays, where much shade completes the perfect set of conditions for summer fun. The long bays have turned Sali into a harbor appropriate for welcoming yachters back from their adventures. The most exciting among the latter no doubt include visits to the nearby Kornati national park.
A summer on the island is spiced with folk songs and traditional wining and dining, while the millenial fishing lifestyle has brought about some extraordinary customs, thanks to the ingenuity of the locals. The Donkey music festival, for example, will delight already with the story of its inception, let alone with the event itself.
Sali - Glagolitic heritage in the shade of olives
Sali began tending its olive grove seven centuries ago. The boles and crowns of ancient trees gathered in the Sali field botanical preserve have taken on surprising, enchanting shapes as they twisted through the ages.
In the shade of olives, Sali protects its sacral architecture. The most prominent part of it is the fifteenth-century Gothic church of the Ascension. Its immediate surroundings can introduce you to the Glagolitic script used by the ancient Croats. It can be seen on many tombstones there.
Sali's creative feasts
The Sali cultural summer features exibitions, music and dining specialties.
The half-century-old tradition of Saljske užance begins in August with fishermen's nights, continues with sporting competitions, with the finale being the Donkey race. The losing donkey is referred to as the laziest.
But the fun and ingenuity both peak for the Donkey music event. The rhythm section is equipped with household irons and other such equipment, and the music of horns only ends when the water literally reaches the performers' necks.