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Things to do in Ugljan & Pašman during your yacht cruise getaway

Pašman and Ugljan are the islands of joy and happiness,  full of little people with big hearts and ideal place for getaway with your private yacht charter. If you wonder what does the peace look like, it is enough to climb the highest peak Bokolj and take a look at what is being offered on your palm. From the Kornati to Velebit, from hidden bays in the south to the beaches in the north, olive fields these are one of  most loved Croatian islands.

The best private marinas, ports or anchor points

You have 3 options on where & how you can start your cruise.

Private Marinas: 

is the most comfortable option. The driver takes you more or less in front of your gulet. You get on board in a nice and smooth fashion, no crowds and everything is calm and relaxed. However, in general, private marinas are more expensive then if you start your cruise in a port. (Your option: Marina Preko, Olive Island Marina)

Ports: 

are usually crowded with lots of people and other ships, yachts & motor sailors. But the locations are best! You step out of the gulet and you are in the heart of the city. If this is what you like, it is perfect. (Your options: Preko, Poljana, Ugljan village port, Muline, Kukljica, Kali )

On Anchor: 

this means gulet is on anchor close to the main port and you are transferred from port to gulet with a dinghy/zodiac. Some people find this uncomfortable, and it can be unconvinient for seniors, but some love the adventure. The good part is, that as soon as you step on a dinghy, you know you are on holidays, on a ship and away from everything. If you wish to GET AWAY from everything ASAP, it is a very popular way to start your cruise. It is also for certain the cheapest way to start also. (Your options: Sutomiscica, Lukoran, Prtljug, Lamjana Mala.)

Interesting facts about Ugljan & Pašman:

  • Ugljan was inhabited since early stone age 
  • Pašman channel, due to the changes of current every six hours really is the cleanest part of the Adriatic Sea
  • The islands are perfect for nature lovers who can explore the island riding a bike or hiking along the trails
  • Close to Island of love  – Galešnjak

Must see attractions

Aerial view of the heart shaped Galesnjak island on the adriatic coast of Croatia

Galešnjak – Love Island

Galešnjak is one of those places that you saw on postcards or when your friend posted a picture. You are not mistaken. It is the heart. The heart that jealously protects its Pašman for thousands of years. Throughout the world, there are only three islands in the shape of a heart, but only Galešnjak never changes its shape. Neither the winter low tides nor strong tides, a not even strong wind called “bura” of Velebit, didn’t manage to find a way to harm this beauty.

Beaches

Ugljan has more than 20 km of diverse shore with many small or big coves with crystal clear sea and untouched nature, Suitable for swimming, scuba diving, and boat excursions. Pašman Island abounds with innumerable beaches with crystally clean sea surrounding it from all sides. Apart from the mentioned beaches, there are numerous hidden bays for those who wish to hide and enjoy the intimacy and untouched nature that provides the island of Pašman. Some of the beaches are Mostir, Ćinta, Suha, Ždrelac, Banj and etc.

 

St. Hieronymus Monastery in Ugljan

In the center of the town, there is a beautiful building on the sandy beach of Mostir. The convent was build in 1430. with the simple gothic church of St Hieronymus consecrated in 1447. The architect is Juraj Lukači-Zavaliska. In the cloister of the convent, there is a decorated tomb stone of the founder of Glagolitic print shop in Rijeka, the bishop Simun Kozičić-Benja ( 1460-1536).

 

Church of St. Kosmas and St. Damien in Ugljan

Build in a 11th  or 12th century in late pre-Romanic style. The legend says that the merchant Torricella built it, who was saved in a shipwreck and who swim to that place. It is the oldest church in Ugljan. It is placed in the docile cove of Ljokina, and there is a path leading to it, ideal for cyclists and pedestrians.

The best restaurants to consider in Ugljan & Pašman

Several restaurants, cafes, and markets where you can expect only the superb food and amazing dishes for a good price. Everything you need for a superb culinary experience.

Tavern Ugljan

Put Tabele 2, 23275, Ugljan

This newly opened tavern on the island of Ugljan, in Ugljan town, in the center of Ugljan, will enchant you with its interior, domestic atmosphere with a pleasant ambiance and indigenous and modern cuisine. The traditional interior of their ancestors’ old oil mill opens its door for from Easter till late October.

Restaurant Lanterna

Pašman 68, 23262, Pašman

In the preparation of Dalmatian specialties they use fish, shells and seafood, and vegetables from their own, ecologically pure breeding. The restaurant Lanterna has cafe bar Terrace with sea view and a  tavern with a saloon. The restaurant has services on your request – in full board or a la carte.

Konoba Dido Šime

Ribarska obala 13

family tavern specializing in local cuisine. A unique ambiance that resembles Roman times. Food dominated by fresh fish daily is caught by the owner and is prepared in front of guests in a traditional manner. The covered terrace is located 2 meters from the sea and offers a unique atmosphere with sunset.

Day trips and excursions

Plenty of exciting ideas and things to do in Ugljan & Pašman

Cruise to Kornati

National park “Kornati”

The Kornati National Park covers the bigger part of the Kornati waters. Because of their exceptional landscape beauty, interesting geomorphology, highly jagged and indented coast as well as because of rich communities of the submarine eco-system, the islands were made a national park in 1980. 

The Kornati archipelago, as a separate and special island group located between Šibenik and Zadar islands, covers the area of about 320 km2 and includes about 150 land units, located either permanently or frequently above the sea. 

Krka-National-Park

National park “Krka”

Krka Waterfalls National Park Excursion is a wonderful place for everybody. Be ready to feel the power of extraordinary waterfalls. Welcome to traditional Dalmatian village and the place where Croatia stepped into the modern electric power era with one of the world’s oldest hydroelectric power plant.

If you get tired or if it gets too hot, jump under the big waterfall and swim in the fresh waters of Krka River. A true hippie moment. A blend of educational and recreational area, natural and traditional surrounding, plus the fun time that you get.

City attractions

A few tourist attraction recommendations you can’t miss

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The Parish Church of the Nativity of  the Blessed Virgin Mary in Pašman

According to the tradition and vicar of the parish church, the first church of Pašman was its present presbytery, blessed on the 7th August in 806 by Saint Donat, the bishop of Zadar. That church was later renovated expanded and that is today’s church dating from 1885.

Castle Califfi

Califfi Castle is a 17th century castle on the Croatian island of Ugljan, located in the heart of the city of Ugljan. The castle was built by the Califfi family in the 17th century. The Berčić family from Zadar acted as stewards of the castle, and the castle eventually took on their name. More recently the castle has been restored and carries the name Dvor Krešimir Ćosić after the former Croatian basketball star.

 

The Church of St. Francis and the  Franciscan Monastery of St. Domnius in Pašman

As one of the most recognizable cultural monuments of Pasman Island, the Monastery of Saint Domnius is located along with so named church in Kraj. Noblewoman Peregrina donated the church along with the property and associated facilities to the Franciscans expelled from Bosnia.

 

Ancient Christian Memorial

The central space is surrounded with apse and exedra. In the West, there is a hall ( Prothyron) from which you enter the martyrium. In the lapses, there are sarcophaguses with bodies of martyrs, and the floors are decorated with multi color mosaics ( today in the archeological museum of Zadar). This memorial also has rooms added on the side, and the oldest building is the second half of the 4th century.

Where to stay in Ugljan & Pašman

These hotels & villas will make your stay magical

Hotel Ugljan

Welcome to Hotel Ugljan – your holiday of peace, relax and exceptional gastronomy. For your conveniences located on the island in a town of the same name. The hotel has 100 beds. including 6 with terrace, 16 rooms with balcony and 12 rooms with French balcony. The only hotel on the island.

Villa Eden

Villa Eden apartments are located in one of the most attractive places in Ugljan. The apartments are located right next to the sandy beach Jaz. Jaz has international recognition for its “blue flags” which means that they are environmentally conscious, the sea and beach are clean, and there is a high quality of service.

Villa Kruna

Villa Kruna, ranked with 4 stars, is a luxurious accommodation that can comfortably accommodate up to 30 persons. Villa is first in the line, situated in a beautiful location, on the very sandy beach with a view on the Pašman channel. There is also an illuminated swimming pool in the garden. A place for unforgettable experience.

Tourist Boards of Ugljan & Pašman

Here you can find additional information about interesting things in Ugljan & Pašman. If you want to learn more about the history of these two islands,  museums, cultural or any other events that are happening when you are here.

 

Tourist Board of Ugljan

For more information you can visit:

Šimuna Kožičića Benje 17, 23275, Ugljan

Phone: +385 23 288-011

 

Tourist Board of Pašman

For more information you can visit:

Turistička zajednica općine Pašman
Pašman bb (p.p. 1)
23262 Pašman, Croatia

Phone: +385 (0)23 260 155

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