If Norther Dalmatia is you next destination, than Ugljan Island is going to be your perfect place for summer holidays. There are some facts that are in favor of this closest island of the Zadar archipelago, opposite the town of Zadar.
Being only 3,5 NM (nautical miles) from the mainland, in fact from Zadar town, the best and the cheapest way is to take a ferry or ship from Zadar, Gazenica port to Preko village on Ugljan island.
The ferry runs every hour from the port of Zadar and the trip takes about 25 minutes. The price per person is 15 Kuna (about 2 Euro) one-way, while the price of a car is 86 Kuna one.way (about 12 Euro).
If you are heading to the island by car, than you should take a car ferry line N° 431 from Zadar (Gazenica port) to Preko village. In case you are traveling as a foot passenger, you can take from the same place, the ship line N° 431A .
There is also another way to reach island of Ugljan, from nearby Pasman island. Both islands are connected by bridge. In this case you have to take a ferry from Biograd to Tkon (Pasman island) with ferry line N° 432. It's only 19 Km from Tkon to Kukljica village on island of Ugljan.
This island usually called the green island is covered with typical Mediterranean vegetation, pine trees, olive trees , fig groves and vineyards. It has a surface of 51,85 km2, while the coastal line is 74 km long.
It has been inhabited since the Roman times and some remains of old Roman summer residences, are still visible. Noble families from Zadar used to built their residences on the island, most famous of which is the Califfi castle from the 17th century. Nowadays it is completely restored and has a name of world famous basketball player Kresimir Cosic.
The island has seven villages. Below are some most important:
It's true that Croatia's Adriatic coast and islands do not have many sandy beaches. But in case of this island there are several sandy beaches. All sandy beaches on the island are shaded by centuries old pine woods. All beaches can be found on both sides of the island.