About Dugi otok

About

Dugi otok is the island of the North Dalmatian island group that belongs to the Zadar Archipelago.  Dugi otok makes external row of islands of the Zadar Archipelago  with surface of 113,3 km2, length of 44,5 km, width of 4.6 km and 2873 inhabitants.

 

Traffic connections

Dugi otok has several daily local lines (ferry boat and boat) that connect Dugi otok and Zadar. Bigger ports are ferry ports in Brbinj and Zaglav  and smaller ports are  in Sali and Božava. All places are connected by local road and also local bus uses the same local road.

 

Sights

Island has many natural beauties, but we’ll point out Park of nature Telašćica on the south part of the island, Velo jezero (Big lake) i Malo jezero (Small lake) close to Žman, bay Solinšćica and bay Saharun. There are many historical remains (including prehistorical remains).  On the island there are three lakes (two of them are salty periodically and the third one is always salty lake in Telašćica). Close to  Dugi otok there are many smaller islands and islets. Close by there is a National Park Kornati. Lighthouse Veli rat (close to village Veli Rat) and small church of St. Pelegrin in village Savar are sights on the island. . Lately local people are trying to raise interest for cave Strašna peć close to village Savar,  70 m above the sea level.

The most famous manifestation is called Saljske užance. It is held in Sali and  it lasts three days. Except rich gastronomical offer and many klapas (klapa is group of singers that sing a capella, without instrumental accompaniment), extremely popular is Tovareća mužika (Donkey music).

 

Žman

Žman is a small place and port in the south east of Dugi otok. In the south east are villages Sali and Zaglav and in the north west is Luka.  Old part of Žman is not close to the sea, but inside the island.  New part is close to the coast of the bay Zmašćica. Village is surrounded by hills. At the bottom of these hills is situated the biggest part of the village. The main economic activities are agriculture, viticulture, fishing and tourism. Fertile fields around Žman are under water during winter. The local people call them Malo and Velo jezero (Small and Big lake). Žman is on the local road that passes across the island. Žman was mentioned for the first time in 13. century, on 11 June 1260, when pope Aleksandar IV, writing a document concerning properties of the convent of St. Nikola in Zadar, mentioned properties in Žman, church, fields and vineyards, using the name Mežano.

Notable mentiones

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