Quiet little village in a quiet gulf, that's the first impression of Veli rat settlement which is in short distance from its more famous light house. On evening there's little of activity going on, but then again, that's the case for most of Dugi otok. Old locals bowling, some buzz from terraces of restaurants, boats and yachts getting to secure...more
An interesting water form appeared after last Ice age on Dugi otok - Mir lake at Telašćica, whose waters are shallow, salty and not entierly disconnected from nearby sea as its water from underground cracks fills the basin during tide. It can be noted that lake's salinity is different - though variable, it's normally higher, and higher is also...more
Sali is the biggest town on Dugi otok and somewhat its 'capital' with small port for boats and yachts; doctor, tourism office, library and restaurants and shops are here, also the fish processing factory. It can also serve as a starting point for exploring the island if you arrive on foot by public transport - there's catamaran connection between...more
This is one of most frequented spots on Dugi otok on its North Western side, facing open seas. It's key building is 42 meters high light house, locally named Punta Bjanka and apparently the highest one at the Adriatic.While from the shores below you can watch the blood colored sunsets and wild waves, there are also few good swimming spots here and...more
This is a village or small town on North East side od Dugi Otok whose main charm lies in its friendly locals and proximity to some of nicest (and some lonely) beaches on the island - where the rock is predominant, but there are as well gravel ones. Hardly better place for a family, where one likes stone and other likes easier passage into water -...more
Some say it's the nicest beach on the Adriatic, given the fine white sands and lovely scenery in the backdrop. Being located in a quet, secluded gulf near Veli rat village at the Northern side of Dugi otok, it can be often best place for undisrupted swimming when rest of the island is exposed to winds and wild waves. Therefore, it will also provide...more
It is best if you can catch your own food and prepare it same day.that is the best food you can eat on this island, because there are only 2 months of trully tourism, so restourants have sooo big prices if you want to eat somethin fresh and good.we were looking for good restaurats around Dugi otok, and we find only one good and cheap enough.It is...more
Without your own transport, you can cover large distances of Dugi otok by bus which connects main villages and towns from ports and is run by Liburnija company. Unfortunatelly this is not the most flexible way to get to know the island and beside, the bus lines are divided into two who run both different sides of island and as I understood without...more
Like to other islands, transport to Dugi otok is carried by Jadrolinija and there are both ferries if you go by car or bike, or catamaran for foot passenger.Ferry station is in centre of Zadar, next to Jadrolinija office by the big parking place along the city walls at peninsula - if you're comming by car then all you need is to follow the signs...more
Navigating through this narrow passage is interesting and exciting. Dugi otok is on your right side, and Katina island on your left. Oh, by the way, Mala means small. There is Vela (big) Proversa passage on the other side between Katina and Kornat. It is a bit longer and wider, but shallower than Mala!Of course, you have to use maps for navigation,...more
After a peaceful night full of stars – no light pollution from towns – it was such a wonderful surprise to meet Mr. Toni! He approaches anchored boats and offers fresh bread, home made cheese, cakes, fruit – wow, see the assortment on the picture! I even got the privilege to be offered a drink early that morning. Fantastic experience, chatting and sipping some bitter-sweet “universal remedy” with Tony.
What to buy: Home made cheese was so good, we had to leave it all for our daughters.
Fresh fruit - first ask for local products, then for stuff from Neretva river.
Everything is fresh, his children are sending goods from Zadar with the first ferry.
What to pay: A bit more expensive than in towns - of course.
This lovely little library is probably the only one on island, at least the only one I've seen and heard about while spending time there. Being located in centre of Sali next to the sea in harbour it can be hardly missed, if nothing else you can notice its fine old armchairs next to doors which suggest some different-than-usual content of a...more
It appears to be a ritual for seagoing people to build these little shrines or altars on remote islands on the Adriatic. There are hundreds of these spread on one stretch of lower ground connecting Mir lake and cliffs. Lovely sight, of course we built our own shrine – I guess for good luck and calm sea. Apparently it worked for us, had a lovely...more
Finding things for cooking can be limited to few, basic things in local shops at higher price which is reasonable since they have to bring it all from Zadar.
This can cost you a lot, so if you plan your own cooking when staying on island (whether you plan to stay wild camping or at rented appartment) and I think that's reasonable if you're on a tight budget (thugh, not ideal, but enivej, people have different ways of meandering through holidays and travels) do some shopping at Zadar before you embark on catamaran/ferry to Dugi otok. Well, buy most of things there but especially their local vegetables and fruits, and seeds. Zadar market is one of best in region and prices there are good too.
Once when you're on Dugi otok, you'll see how little things can grow there... and when it's dry as it was this year when there was no rain from April on, then it grows almost nothing.
Ah, yes... and there is big shortage of water anywhere on islands, too and in critical times they bring it by special ferry from continent, so think before you spend any single drop unnecessary. The water is luxury.
How about meat and fishes? To my suprise they had only frozen (and mostly no local or even imported!) sea food and fish in the fridge of several shops and thereafter we only bought them straight from fishermen. Nothing can beat fresh fish, that's for sure.
By the small salt lake on other side from cliffs at Telašćica, there's big hype about donkey beach, well advertised just because there are few donkeys parading the shore where most people seem to end swimming on their day trip on organized tours. Litteraly every agent in Zadar or near brings his crowd here.
Ok, they're cute but it's funny when the beach people begin to complain about donkey trying their swimming paraphenalia and some screaming at the sight of an animal approaching them or their stuff.
Unique Suggestions: You don't have to swim at the most crowded, loudest and dirtiest spot in the island. Better take 10 min walk and be on your own at the sea shore, even naked if you wish so. There's nothing nice about swimming at donkey beach by the lake, really, well, except for donkeys.
Fun Alternatives: Anyways, donkeys are key animal figures of the island. Locally, they're known as 'tovari'.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Uf, if you're not prepared and you let windows open there are chances that mosquitos will eagerly drink your blood whole night. Close doors well and don't remove window screens. And if that doesn't help, bring something to cover your insect bites, like fenistil or something. Add repellent if you're on terrace or burn candle with citrus taste to turn away mosquitos.
Some basic first aid kit is very useful too because rocks are sharp and you can easily break something if only little un-attentive you are. Bivacin, the spray form antibiotic can be very good to have with you for immediate treatement of wounds. Then there are also sun burns if you're taking mid day sunbathing at middle of summer season, allergy reactions, so just a little note.... the doctor services are not straight available unless you're somewhere in Sali.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There is no camp on the entire island for now and you can only discreetly camp illegaly, but then again... don't set a fire on island which is very easy in dry season, never even try to make open fire where risks overweight your pleasures. And bring all trash back to continent whether disposable or not, as they are ugly to be left there lying in nature... or use trash bins near settlements.
Most villages have their own cemetery and to my surprise many of graves had beed decorated with colorful plastic flowers arranged neatly upon the stone. The picture was taken at a village of Dragove which we visited on a lone warm day. If other settlements had at least minimal activity, then this one felt abandoned with a few voices heard within...more
While we were doing some research before we came to Dugi otok, we read about a camp in Luka from internet. For our surprise when asking locals, there were no camp here at all, and hearing that question, they seemed to be surprised as well.Nevertheless, we managed to return to Luka. We had a lunch at the terrace of its Socialist era hotel where we...more
Once there was an islet, now there's connection between it and the land, guarded by one of the oldest churches on Dugi otok, St. Pelegrin, whose first sections (presbitery) were built already sometime at 7th or 9th century. Behind it, on a former island, there's cemetery and a quiet forest with pines, which altogether contribute to misteriousness...more
With rich aquatic ecosystems and crystal clean sea, Dugi otok is in my opinion one of best places in Adriatic, if not in Mediterranean regions altogether for snorkelling. I am not diver myself, but I suspect it's great too. Surrounding seas are full of interesting wildlife and stunning submerged landscapes covered with lush vegetation. You can...more
There are number of great hiking trails without much crowds as most people only resent to most visited sections of island, anyways. Those are beautiful too, of course and can lead you to some of most spectacular view points or landscapes, especailly when you're searching for views over cliffs. Well, most of other are pleasantly lonely, here or...more
Waters around Dugi otok are rich with fishes and virtually all restaurants here have them on menu, but for the price which is normal in Croatian tourism business. If you're on limited budget, eating fishes in restuarants can dry your walet pretty soon, especially if you'll eat them once a day, every day. But as always there are solutions,...more
This is the only village in the area of Telascica Nature Park. If you are coming by car, you can buy tickets and supplies here. Also if you are boating / sailing, here is the safe mooring in case of bad weather with electricity and fresh water, plus local grocery shop.more
Island is famous for its high cliffs hanging vertically (70 m) over deep blue sea. If the weather is stabile, sailing along southern coast is fabulous experience. There are only a few spots shallow enough to anchor for a quick dip in a sea. No tourists, no villages, just vertical wall continuing to deep dark depths. We found many empty sea urchin...more