Island Ugljan – island for an active vacation!
The island Ugljan is one of the most picturesque islands in the Zadar archipelago, by boat only 15 minutes away from the centre of Zadar or by ferry from the port Gaženica.
The coastline of the island is 74 km long. This ever-green island, covered with olive groves, with idyllic bays and picturesque small fishing ports, for generations has been tied to the sea, seafaring and fishing, and more than 2000 years of olive cultivation have left thousands of olive trees yielding oil of exceptional quality and aroma. Along the eastern side of the island there are fishing and tourist settlements in natural bays, the most famous of which are Preko, Ugljan, Kali and Kukljica. The other side of the island is mostly steep and uninhabited. Due to the accompanying bays, islands and rich undersea, it is a real challenge for divers and sport fishermen. The undulating plateau in the central part of the island is streaked with tens of kilometres of hiking and biking trails, and the colours, scents and panorama are an unforgettable picture for every passer-by. Most of the inhabitants of the island (around 7500) are mainly engaged in olive cultivation, fishing and, of course, tourism. The mild Mediterranean climate, the azure sea, the rocky and sandy beaches, the numerous nearby islands and islets and the memories of past times make the fertile island Ugljan increasingly desirable for fans of the sea and the islands.
In addition to being ideal for swimming, sunbathing and gastronomic delights, the island Ugljan also offers many opportunities for an active holiday:
If you love long walks in the nature with beautiful scenery, then the island Ugljan is the right destination for you! An easy stroll along the coast or on the nearby hills, with mapped hiking trails leading to peaks and beautiful bays, along centennial olive groves. Also very attractive is the Fortress of St. Michael built in the 6th century and rebuilt in the 13th century as a Venetian fort. A three kilometres long paved road suitable for cyclists, pedestrians and cars leads to the fortress. It is special by its view extending over the more than 200 islands of the Zadar archipelago and the National Park Kornati, Zadar, Velebit and Ravni kotari.
The rock-cliff Željina is positioned southwest from the Fortress of St. Michael and there are more than 30 climbing routes set up on the same. It is open all year round, and autumn, winter and spring are perfect seasons for climbing on Željina due to the mild temperatures and only a few rainy days.
The island Ugljan is ideal for cycling on macadam roads and paved roads for a family excursion, or on attractive mountain trails for those looking for adventure. On the two islands, Ugljan and Pašman, connected with a bridge, there are more than 100 kilometres of cycling trails.
This is a project within which hiking and cycling trails were set up and mapped, rest areas and lookouts were built in the most attractive areas in the hinterland of the island. The project is also accompanied by a new cycling map and a mobile app. Now there are more than 100 kilometres of cycling and hiking paths on the island with different themes and two trail paths, used by many participants in organized trail races.