UGLJAN TOWN, UGLJAN ISLAND - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Ugljan

Ugljan is the closest island to the mainland town of Zadar, and it is connected with Zadar by frequent ferry services. The characteristic feature of Ugljan, known as the Green Island, is the stunning dense bush and pine tree forests, olive-groves, fig gardens, vineyards and other Mediterranean vegetation. Generations of local people have been involved with sea, seamanship and fishery. 2000 years of tradition in olive growing means now that there are thousands of olive trees that produce oil of extraordinary quality.The island is composed of fishing villages and pretty secluded coves and is abundant in a rich undersea world.


Ugljan island
Ugljan island
Preko on Ugljan
Preko on Ugljan

Restaurants, Bars and Nightlife

Many good restaurants and bars are dotted all around Ugljan, serving simple fresh seafood, pizza and pasta dishes typical of the local cuisine. Otherwise cafes and bars abound in harbours and you can sit watching the boats sail by, enjoying a glass of local wine and a good espresso coffee. Seasoned party goers will want to visit the famous village of Petrcane on the mainland near Zadar, where summer music festivals attract world famous DJs. You can hop across on the ferry in the evening and come back on the early morning 6 o'clock ferry for a day' rest on the beach!


Beaches and activities

There are delightful small pebbly beaches around the island's coast and the sea is beautifully clear. Villages and beaches worth visiting include Muline, a port since Roman times for ships carrying olive oil and wine to Rome - and you can still find the remains of a Villa Rustica and other Roman structures; and the charming villages of Kukljica and Moskar. The principal communities on the island are Preko, where the ferry disembarks, Lukoran, Kali and Ugljan Village. Sporting activities available on the island include windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba-diving, sailing, swimming, fishing and bicycling along wonderful country roads surrounded by pine trees and olive groves. There are tennis courts for hire in Muline and Varos.


Kali Beach on Ugljan island
Kali Beach on Ugljan island

Zadar

The principal city in the region is Zadar, a busy and lively Mediterranean coastal town with charming narrow streets and alleyways bustling with shops, cafes and restaurants. Historic sites include the city gates and fortress and in particular, the Byzanthium-influenced Cathedral of St Donat originating from the 9th Century is the finest example of Croatian architecture of the old Croatian period. The city has 30 churches all rich in architecture and art and worth visiting.


Zadar
Zadar
Church of St Donat
Church of St Donat

Night Life

Zadar has a very lively night life with many restaurants, clubs and bars. It is the centre for music parties, and world famous DJs are frequent guests throughout the year. For lovers of classical music there are many concerts too. Famous music festivals take place in Petrcane Village just outside Zadar, ("the New Ibiza", epicentre of the cutting edge music. For those who enjoy classical music, Musical Evenings at St Donat Cathedral provide classical concerts in magical surroundings (Ticket office, telephone 023-314 552 or 00385 23 314 552, 11am-1pm and 7pm-9pm).


Kornati Islands National Park

The Kornati islands are a fascinating group of 140 small islands. Astronauts have said that from space the sea around these islands is the clearest blue in the world. Nowhere in the world are these so many islands in such a small area. The only habitation is by fisherman and sheep farmers who spend the summer on the islands. There are no roads, cars or electricity in the Kornati and the national park is an ecologcal paradise. The islands are famous for their sage honey and for lamb grazed on the herb covered pastures. The rich underwater world abounds with coral, algae and sponges as well as underwater remains from the Roman era. It is no surprise that the Kornati islands attract divers.


Kornati islands
Kornati islands
Kornati from Dugi Otok
Kornati from Dugi Otok
Restaurant on Kornati
Restaurant on Kornati

Kornati excursions

The Kornati are a favourite destination for yachtsmen who can fully enjoy the tranquillity of many bays and coves between the islands. However there are many boat trips and excursions that can be made to the islands from Zadar and from neighbouring larger islands. There are twenty restaurants dotted around the islands in sheltered bays where you can relax and swim before enjoying fresh fish and organic produce beautifully cooked before your eyes.


National Park Velebit

Hiking, biking, beautiful nature trails are just some of the activities available in this stunning National Park.


Part of Velebit is Paklenica National Park, a UNESCO designated World Biosphere Reserve, which is located between the highest point of Velebit Mountain (1758m) and the sea. Two fantastic canyons in the Park are Velika and Mala Paklenica canyons and are world famous for mountain climbing. This national park has pine forests, interesting caves, and offers an experience of being in wild and primaeval landscapes. Cliffs soar straight from the sea to heights of 400m. This is a fantastic place for walking and climbing. A wide range of sporting and leisure activities include free-climbing, trekking, picnicking at Lugarnica Forest Hut and the Mill. Jeep safari' into the Velebit National Park can be arranged.


Velebit mountains
Velebit mountains
Paklenica National Park
Paklenica National Park

You can visit Velebit Botanical Gardens, which are situated below the Zavizhan cliff on the mountain of Velebit. The gardens are 1480m above the sea level and comprise of 30 hectares of meadows, forests and rocks. Some very rare alpine plants grow there and two of those are only found on Velebit - (Velebit degenie a little yellow rock plant, and Croatian sibirea).


There are 70 caves in the park, Manita Cave being the most beautiful. It is open to visit in the company of a guide and contains stalactites and stalagmites 80,000 years old.


Zavratnica Bay

On the mainland to the north of Zadar, this deep inlet is a major tourist attractions. It is a fjord like bay 1km long and 100m wide, which was created when the surface of the sea rose, and a mountain stream became flooded.



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