The island of Ugljan is only a short sail away from Zadar. This location offers an excellent combination of an idyllic holiday, a step outside of time while also enjoying the proxymity of urban bustle, when one wishes for it. Ugljan island unlocks the secrets of its picturesque places with a long tradition of fishing and greet its visitors to a "garden" of 200 000 olive trees. Villas and mausoleums from antiquity, olive-lined walkways, waters that could have been custom-made for diving, and of course the numerous beaches all together guarantee that Ugljan is the site of your fabulous holiday.
Ugljan island in the chest of old Mediterranean
As soon as you step onto Ugljan, Preko town welcomes you into a true Mediterranean environment. Typical Dalmatian stone houses are harmoniously arranged in a town across the channel from Zadar (as its name suggests, "preko" meaning across), the urban hub of Northern Dalmatia.
The small Ugljan towns lined up in their neat coves are very swimmer-friendly. Batalaža, Sutomišćica and Lukoran are positioned well enough to have once lured the Zadar aristocracy to build their summer homes in these "slices of heaven" and what remains of this ancient holidaymaking tradition can still be seen today.
If you want to feel the genuine spirit of the island's past, the place to go to on Ugljan is Kali. This town is the unofficial fishing capital of the Adriatic. Numerous boats squeezed in its two harbors and an army of fishermen mending their nets and getting ready to set sail will vividly bring to life times long gone. Narrow stone streets climb a hill whose peak offers a wonderful panorama of Kali and the big blue which surronuds it.
Ugljan, the insular garden of millennial olives
Few Mediterranean delicacies can be prepared without a drop of olive oil, and few places are as imbued by its scent as the island of Ugljan. On a surface of merely fifty square kilometers, there are as many as 200 000 olive trees. Their millennial tradition is enough of a recommendation to explore these primeval landscapes in which the Mediterranean culture is tended with loving care. The aromas and flavors of the local specialties are particularly good examples.
Ugljan island, therapy for the mind and body
The island of Ugljan is an ideal destination for seekers of spiritual peace. The numerous pathways which criscross the island lead to vantage points where the mind and the body relax together. If the underwater sights attract you, the submerged wealth of Ugljan will delight you.
Lovers of tradition will come to their own during the Week of fritters and folklore, when the local dishes and customs are brought out from the closet. A particularly interesting annual event takes place in Kukljica - a procession of ships and boats marks the occasion of five hundred years past, when, according to legend, it snowed in midsummer.