Dugi Otok

dugi-otok1Dugi Otok is well known for its nature park Telascica which is a natural extension of Kornati islands – it is a very long bay about 10km, and it’s width stretches from very narrow one (about 160 m) to almost 2 km.

Dugi Otok is suitable for trekking, walking, riding a bike, and fishing (it is allowed all over the island, except Park of Nature Telascica), and, if you are not coming by boat, you can easily rent it, and investigate the beaches approachable only from the sea, or some of many other surrounding islands.

The beaches at Dugi Otok are mostly rocky and in villages with concrete terraces. Most of the coast is not high, so it could easily be reached from the sea as from the land. At the north part of the island, there is a beautiful sandy beach, Saharun. Naturism is often practised, so, excluding the beaches in the villages and ports, all other can be concerned “mixed” or naturist. (Check photos: Dugi Otok – Telascica & cliffs of Telascica, Dugi Otok)

Dugi Otok Hotels

Ferries to Dugi Otok:

  • Ferry Zadar Brbinj (Dugi Otok)
  • Ferry catamaran Zadar – Sali (Dugi Otok) – Zaglav (Dugi Otok)
  • All ferries to Dugi Otok

Places on Dugi Otok Island:

Božava – One of the nicest ports of Dugi Otok with long touristic tradition. Placed in a bay surrounded by pine woods. Accommodation is available in the hotel complex and private apartments. From reach touristic offer we especially point excellent restaurants and diving centre, which is active for many many years because the village is surrounded with many attractive touristic destinations. In the summer months, in Bozava port there are many tourist yachts. Bozava is connected by regular boat lines from Zadar. There are a post office, ambulance, tourist office, shops and restaurants in the village.

Sali – Touristic and fisherman’s village at the south end of the island, towards Kornati archipelago. Sali is the biggest island’s port and the last point to sailors in their navigation to National park Kornati and Park of Nature Telašcica. With its 1000 inhabitants, it is the biggest and main island’s centre, from ancient times known for the reparation of fish. In Sali, there is one of the oldest factories for preparation of sardines at the whole Adriatic, Mardesic. At summer afternoons, there are many tourist yachts in Sali’s port, at the south-west side of the village there
is a new, 100 m long mole, built recently. Catamaran from Zadar and a boat called Lara, also from Zadar, regularly connect the village. For 43 years, at the first weekend of August fairly known Saljska fiesta Saljske Uzance, takes place. It’s traditional fisherman’s fiesta with fishing contest and races of donkeys and other sports and cultural manifestations. Sali offers quiet vacations in private accommodation or in the hotel complex. There are two diving centres in the village because the village is surrounded by many attractive diving destinations. From Sali’s touristic offer, we especially point hotel, numerous pleasant restaurants with the gastronomic offer, konobas, shops, cafes, conditory, post office, police office, port authority. In the village, there are a few excursion boats which will take you to a wanted destination or whole day trip.

Zaglav is one of smaller island’s villages; placed at the south part of the island, 4 km from Sali (the biggest village). Zaglav is placed in the well-protected bay. Beside for two excellent restaurants, it is fairly known because there is the only gas station at the island (for both car and boats) and in wide aquatory. The village is placed under bay Triluke, which is surrounded by fields, macchia and olive gardens. For the first time, it was mentioned in documents from the 15th century, and it was inhabited by refugees from Turkish emperors. From the same century dates an old Franciscan monastery and St. Mihovil’s Church. The port is protected by the long barrage, which connects Dugi Otok’s coast with small island towards it, on which there is a lighthouse. In private accommodation, you can enjoy peaceful and pleasant vacation.

Zman was first mentioned in XIV. century by name Mezano. The village is surrounded by rugged lakes Velo Jezero & Malo Jezero, which are the main and only source of water to local fields, especially vineyards, from the late autumn till spring. Zman’s port is suitable for consenting your boat. Towards the village, there are two little islands Krknata and Vaka. The coast around the islands is sandy so it represents a very attractive destination for swimming and enjoying the sun. The accommodation is available in private apartments. The owners will offer you a naturally grown, domestic food grown at the numerous of local fields. There are ambulance and post office, two shops and a restaurant in the village.

Luka is a picturesque village at the east side of the island, with well-protected port, one of the biggest at Dugi Otok. At the entrance to the bay, there is little island Lucki placed, suitable for mooring and swimming. Under the village, there is a hill Vela Straza (338 m), the highest point of the island. Close to Vela Straza, there are three caves, the nicest one is Kozja Pec with a 30 m long hole. Accommodation is available in private apartments, pensions and in the small hotel. Luka guarantees peaceful vacation without tense, far away from mass tourism, with peaceful bays and beaches.

Vela Rava is the centre and main village at the island Rava. In Vela Rava, there is the only school, church, market and post office on the whole island. There is a football pitch where each year, at the day of Rava’s Fiesta, traditional tournaments take place for many decades now.

Mala Rava is placed on the north side of the island. In the main bay, Lokvina, most of the houses are situated. It is oriented to Dugi Otok Bay Tanko, on the opposite side of the main bay, is oriented to island Iz. There is a St.Peter’s Chappell in the village and an interesting monument built for all the II. World War victims.

Savar is the village in the middle of the island, first mentioned in XIII. century. It is the smallest bay on the north-east side of the island. Mole is placed on the Prevlaci which connect the village with small island Pelegrin, with picturesque church and old cemetery. Savar is the right choice for those seeking peaceful vacation and hospitality. The port Savar is opened to winds from the north.

Brbinj has two ports: at north-west bay Lucina, and one at north-east side. Brbinj is the village in which the ferry (from Zadar) arrives. In spite of this, the village is very peaceful. With its position in the middle of the island can be ideal spot for exploring the island. There are 150 inhabitants in the village, their priorities are agriculture and fishing meaning – that is the place you can
buy domestic, naturally grown vegetables and fruits and fresh fish. Accommodation is available only in private apartments and rooms, and it makes Brbinj pleasant destination for family vacation. There are a post office and a few restaurants in the village.

Dragove is placed on the hill, 4 km south-east from Brbinj at the edge of the little field, distanced 400 m from bay Bokasin. Towards the north-east coast is the islands: Tatisnjak, Veliki Planatak, Mali Planatak te Magarcic, and towards south-east coast little island Mezanj with sandy beach.

Soline was first time mentioned in the 16th century and it is among the oldest villages at Dugi Otok. It is called by saltworks, which exists in the bay Soliscica from ancient times. The village is isolated and therefore suitable for tranquil vacation for families in private accommodation. There is St. Jakob’s church dated from the 15th century in the village. South from the village at the east side of the island, there are a beautiful sandy beach Saharun, surrounded by pine woods, very attractive to swimmers.

Veli rat – One of the most attractive locations of Dugi Otok certainly is Lighthouse in Veli Rat at last west point of the island, 20 NM at west from Zadar. Lighthouse in Veli Rat is one of the nicest at the Adriatic (built in 1849); there are many legends about it, for example, that it had been painted at its interesting yellow colour by eggs, 1000 of them. There is a romantic Chappell near the Lighthouse, perfect for somebody’s romantic wedding.

The Lighthouse is surrounded by pine woods, beautiful bays, and a lot of beaches where you can enjoy loneliness, recreation and sports, long walks, jogging, swimming, diving …From the lighthouse, there is an extraordinary view to surrounding villages and the sea. Surrounding sea is reach by fish, and those who dive into the sea will see numerous of forms and colours of subsea and it reaches flora and fauna. You can reach the Lighthouse by main island’s road which connects south and north end of the island. The closest villages are Veli Rat, Verunic and Polje, distanced only 3 km from Lighthouse and 9 km from ferry port Brbinj. Veli Rat and Verunic are villages suited each by one side of bay Zuna, which is by channel connected with bay Pantera. Those village’s coast is really pretty, with little rocks. Veli Rat area was inhabited in Roman times, and nowadays village had been mentioned for the first time in 1327. Y. called “ad Punctas”. While this area is reached by fish, suitable for nautical tourism, and pines, sandy beaches, untouched nature and all that harmony of sea, land, sky and people attract visitors like a magnet.