Get your new adventures around the islands started. The Zadar archipelago is a marvelous place where fantasy and reality find unity. The endless blue sea and greenery of the island will be your companions on this four-day journey. Get to know the small fishing villages where people lived for centuries by nurturing tradition, take a swim in the hidden bay and enjoy the secluded beach just for yourself. Enjoy the sun bath while a gentle breeze caresses your face. Enjoy yourself with marvelous sunsets, dive into the depths of the sea and explore the underwater world. Walk through the forests and olive groves of the island by absorbing the scents of Mediterranean plants, dive into the caves and underwater tunnels. Get to know the island’s specialties and the lifestyle of the local population. Taste homemade dishes prepared according to traditional recipes and extra virgin olive oil. Visit protected landscapes, parks of nature and national parks, unique places of exceptional beauty. Sail to the Zadar Archipelago and enjoy the tastes and scents of the Adriatic coast.
1.DAY: THE OLIVE ISLAND AND ISLAND OŠLJAK
The island Ugljan, also known as the green island or olive island is just an half an hour sailing away from Zadar. There are seven settlements on the island, of which Preko is the administrative and traffic center. Take a walk in this scenic spot and enjoy the first morning coffee on one of the beautiful terraces on the seafront promenade. Follow the road to the hill of St. Mihovil from which you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city of Zadar and the islands of the archipelago. Opposite the shore of Preko lies the islet of Galevac well known by the locals as Školjić. The island has been in the Franciscan Friars private property since the 14th century. From the shore on it is divided by a beautiful sandy lagoon that can be easily reached by a paddle boat. After a relaxing walk through the islet visit Ošljak, the smallest inhabited Adriatic island. Stop in a secluded cove and have a swim in the small sandy beach and enjoy the evening sunset. Scattering the scents of mediterranean plants follow the path that leads around the island. Visit the windmills from the 18th century that witnessed the past life of today’s almost deserted island. After a short drive we will have a stop in Kali, one of the largest fishing villages on the Adriatic. The old centre of Kali is placed on a hill near the church of the patron saint Saint Lovre. In the narrow alleys, go to the fishing port of Batalaža and make sure the fishermen are satisfied with their catch. In the midst of the day you will enter the Sabuša bay and have a opportunity to enojy a glass of wine and cheer up to the wonderful sunset.
2.DAY: ISLAND OF PAŠMAN AND THE PAŠMAN CHANNEL
The Pašman Channel is a narrow passage between the island of Pašman and the mainland where dozens of small islets and rocks are scattered like pearls. It is a true little paradise for sailors and all of those who are in love with the sea and the islands. Here is a small heart shaped island Galešnjak located which was named the Island of Love due to its shape, while some even call it the heart of the world. Beside Galešnjak we will also visit Babac, a small abandoned island where you can visit the mansion of the former De Soppe noble family, the church of St. Andrew and the Austro-Hungarian lighthouse. We will stop in Pašman where we will visit the family Matulic and their family farm. The creative young couple have transformed their love for the island into a successful job. More than 20 of their products hold the label “Croatian Island Product”. After Pašman we will sail towards Kraj, a small Pasmanian village which is famous for its beautiful sandy beach where the old Franciscan monastery of St. Dujma from the 14th century has placed itself. The last place on the island of Pašman Tkon (Kun) is widely known for the special type of shellfish living in the underwatter canyon and it is rarely found elsewhere in the Adriatic, which is why they are called peasants for the locals. We certainly recommend visiting one of the local taverns and tasting these very delicious delicacies specific to the Pašman channel. The day will end in the bay of Soline with a breathtaking view on the Kornati islands.
3.DAY: THE KORNATI ISLAND AND TELAŠĆICA
On the third day we are taking the sails up in the direction of the Kornati islands. Sailing in the archipelago of the national park is a special experience. The infinite silence of the morning is alternating with plenty of golden islands. There are some unusual landscapes of the bare, karst island of different sizes and shapes, some tiny and the other high surrounded by steep cliffs. We are sailing to the island of Mana where you can dive on one of the deepest depths of the Kornati Archipelago. Next station is Levrnaka, the island on which the Lojena bay is located, also one of the most beautiful Adriatic beaches known for its turquoise sandy lagoon that is crawling with white sand. Spend a day sailing on the Kornati with occasional stalls in picturesque bays where you will enjoy the hidden beaches. Swim in Telaščica, the largest natural harbor of the Adriatic since it is a large bay from all sides perfectly protected from winds. Walk around the salt lake, a unique natural phenomenon and create a small stone sculpture as a reminder of your visit to the park. Go up to the observatory with a magnificent view of the Dove Rocks, steep, high cliffs that rise up to 200m above the sea.
4. DAY: LONG ISLAND
Start your day by sailing to the northern part of the Long Island, passing along the shores of small island settlements, enjoying the light breeze and the first sun rays. We stop at the island of Iž in the Veli Iž settlement to visit the ethnographic exhibition and find out more about the way people used to live through history. We continue sailing to the place of Bozava where we prepared a surprising adventure – entering the underwater tunnels. After a little excitement followed by a relaxing drive to the Veli rat, where you will have the chance to climb to the highest lighthouse on the Adriatic, Punta Bjanka. From the top of the lighthouse there is an unforgettable view that goes all the way to Italy when the weather is clear enough. The day ends with a swim on the Saharun beach which is famous for its turquoise sea color and fine silver sand. The sea is shallow in the cove and after just two hundred yards it gets deeper making the beach ideal for playing picigin. After a picigin round and a relaxing stay on the beach we will head back to Zadar.