Islands of North Dalmatia
The island of Pag is the fifth largest island in the Adriatic Sea. It is known for its poor coverage of vegetation, especially in the eastern part. Becouse of the strong wind „bura“ and salt, that part of the island is completely naked, so it is often compared to the lunar surface. The island can be reached from the mainland with Pag bridge from the direction of the city of Zadar or with ferry from Prizna harbour. The island of Pag has its well-known brands: lace, cheese and lamb. Pag lace is the "white gold" of that island. It is a handmade work, made with a thin thread which ornaments reminiscent of the Pag landscape and stone walls. Benedictine sisters have preserved the lace. Culinary protector of island Pag is lamb meat. This meat has a specific flavor because of the lambs eating the Mediterranean plants in which is the salt from the sea. Young lambs are separated from the sheeps to give milk for cheese production, which is considered as the best cheese in Croatia. On the island there are numerous sources of drinking water as well as numerous springs in the sea. For the young ones and for those who are looking for fun, there is the most famous beach called Zrće. This beach is known for after beach parties, music, clubs, cocktails and beach volleyball.
Ugljan- unlike Pag, Ugljan has a rich vegetation and more than 200,000 olive trees. The Museum of olive is worth visit in the small place Preko. Swimmers will be delighted with the most famous sandy beaches in coves Ćinta, Mostir and Luka.
Pašman is the island where is situated the only Benedictine monastery in Croatia, Monastery of St. Cosmas and Damian. On the island there are plenty of rocky and sandy beaches, and Pašman Channel is known for its exceptionally clear water due to strong currents which rotate here every six hours. Many kinds of healing herbs, and food specialties offered by restaurants, accompanied by shells from the Pašman Channel, make this island irresistible to tourists.
Dugi otok is the largest island in the archipelago of Zadar. It is known for the beautiful Nature Park Telašćica and the beach in the Saharun bay. This is the beach of white sand, pebbles and pine forests. Small place Sali is the largest place on the island. Every summer a famous and very popular Donkey race is taking place there.
Silba was the island of sailors in the 17th and 18 century, and it had its own navy. Today it is a small island that has no car, no engine, and the supply and transport of goods is taking place with handcart or a tractor trailer. There is no hotels, but it offers private accommodation. Narrow paths are leading to the beautiful beaches in the bays.
Murter island in the Šibenik archipelago has beautiful beaches, great restaurants, great olive oil and a very good connection to the mainland. Also called "the island of the island" because its residents cherish the traditional wooden shipbuilding and they are also the owners of 200 islands and islets in the Kornati National Park that are most often comes from Murter. This is the island with scarce vegetation, but in the northwestern part of the island, fertile fields and drinking water wells are located.
Zlarin-known for its tradition of handmade coral jewelry processing. In the past, Šibenik nobles have had their summer homes here. The famous is also a villa of Ester Mazzoleni, the world famous mezzo-soprano singer in early 20th st. The boaters love to visit this island for good anchorages and naturally protected harbor.
Krapanj-due to lack of water and arable land, population of this island has turned to the sea and found the existence of hunting and processing marine sponges. The sea sponge is now a symbol and souvenir of the island. Krapanj is the smallest inhabited island in the Mediterranean. This island, just 300 meters away from the mainland, is also known for the Franciscan monastery, numerous taverns and small family restaurants.
Žirje is the outermost island of the Šibenik archipelago, which in the past had an important strategic position. It is known for the remains of Gradina, the fortress castle, dating from the 6th st. Although the island has a very clear sea, beautiful nature and sheltered coves, only 80 people now living on this island.