Pašman island is separated from the coast by a channel whose waters are kept crystal-clear by the tireless sea currents. It is the home of kunjka, a delicious clam native to Tkon town and a staple of the local diet. If you can pick it out amidst all the submarine wealth, you are welcome to take a deep breath and pluck one out.
The towns of Pašman, Ždrelac, Tkon, Neviđane and Mrljane have arisen on the east coast of the island, facing the mainland and the uninhabited islets frequented by yachters and bottlenose dolphins.
The name of Pašman is synonymous with the savage beauty of landscapes, coves and the underwater world, where you will experience a return to your roots.
Pašman island in a whirlwind of history
Ever since prehistory, Pašman island has carved an exquisite image in the olive wood, and limestone. As early as the sixth century, its population hid away in the fort of Pustograd, nowadays a valuable archeological site near Tkon.
The monastery of Saint Cosmas and Damian, a supreme cultural monument from the twelfth century, was build atop Ćokavac hill above Tkon. The Benedictine monks hold an immense collection of sacral art within its walls, while the Franciscans chose the site of Kraj for their own monastery, named for Saint Dominus, in the fourteenth century.
The island of Pašman is watched over by its tireless guardian, the stone statue of Saint Michael from the twelfth century, from its eponymous church in Neviđane.
Pašman, the romantic island
The stone huts sunken amidst ancient olive groves and figs of the southern side of the island were once used only in the olive picking season. Located on the very edge of the sea, miles and miles from human settlement, they are today strangely well suited as getaway spots, where the hurried everyday rhythm can be made to disappear.
However, Pašman offers further delights - tucked-away beaches where one can enjoy swimming and tanning to the relaxing music of nature.
The heart of Pašman island is laid bare on the road towards Turanj on the mainland. Galešnjak, the island of love, will give happy couples a chance to spend some time together on this unique heart-shaped monument of nature.
Adrenaline-fueled walks on Pašman's limestone pavement
Pašman's highest peak, Veliki Bokolj, offers breathtaking views of the Kornati archipelago from its 272 meters, or about a thousand feet. Numerous trekking and cycling trails, some more demanding and some less, lead to this great vantage-point.
For a taste of real adventure, try your hand at škraping, a cross-country race along škrape, the broken limestone landforms filled with crags and gullies. This has become an annual tradition since 2006.
Even if you feel no excitement for extreme sports, you can hardly say no to the entertainment program which accompanies the proceedings, or the sizeable feast which acts as the closing ceremony. This is an excellent chance to try some of Pašman's numerous specialties: dalmatian prosciutto dried in the north wind, roast lamb, baked octopus and pašticada - beef steaks cooked as game, the pearl of the Croatian table.