Both islands are linked to the mainland by excellent ferry connections: from the historic centre of Zadar ferry will arrive to the port of Preko on the Island of Ugljan in less than half an hour.
The Island of Ugljan is situated opposite to Zadar, only 3 nautical miles of the city harbor. It has always been covered with lush vegetation - evergreen pine forests, macchia, fig trees, vineyards and olive trees. The island has always been tied to the sea, sailing and fishing, and a 2000 years old tradition of olive growing has left hundreds of thousands of olive trees that produce olive oil of exceptional quality and flavor. Fans of Mediterranean landscapes can enjoy the unforgettable panorama of the most impressive one with the fortress of St. Michael from the 13th century. The remains from the Roman era, old Croatian churches, monasteries, stone island architecture and numerous villas, bear witness to early human habitation and to the prosperous days that the island experienced.
The Island of Pašman is connected to the island of Ugljan by the Ždrelac passage, and separated from the mainland by the Pašman Channel, which is in some places only 2 km wide. It is like a string of pearls, scattered dozens of small islands and the sea current changes direction every 6 hours, which makes this area one of the cleanest on the Adriatic Sea. Preserved landscape contains many species of medicinal and aromatic herbs, vineyards, fields and olive groves with numerous sand and pebble beaches which are the best choice for those who prefer to relax away from the noise and bustle of the city. On the island Pšsman the continuity of life dates from prehistoric times: the Illyrian cities, castle’s ruins, archaeological finds from Roman times, a rustic villas, mosaics, stone statue of St. Michael from the 12th century and many other historical monuments.
Both islands are linked to the mainland by excellent ferry connections: from the historic centre of Zadar ferry will arrive to the port of Preko on the Island of Ugljan in less than half an hour and Pašman is connected by ferry from Biograd. Frequent bus service is available for throughout the islands connecting the villages of Ugljan and Pašman.