Ugljan is the closest island of the Zadar archipelago, opposite the town of Zadar, from which is divided by only couple of miles wide channel of Zadar and it is connected with many ferryboat lines. It is also called the green island, covered with dense bush, pine trees, olive-groves, fig-groves, vineyards and other Mediterranean vegetation. It has a surface of 51,85 km2, while the shore line is 74 km long.
Generations are involved with sea, seamanship and fishery, and 2000 years of tradition in olive growing left thousands of olive trees that produce oil of extraordinary quality and aroma. In the NE side of the island there are many fisherman and tourist villages in natural coves, and the most famous are Kukljica, Kali, Preko and Ugljan. The other side of the island is uninhabited and has many coves, islands and rich undersea world that challenges scuba- divers and recreational fishermen. Rocky but docile inside of the island has many paths suitable for long walks and cycling tours ...
Admirers of Mediterranean landscapes can enjoy in many unforgettable panoramas, and the special is the one from Venetian fort of St Michael (Sv. Mihovil XIII century). There are many testimonies about mans presence in this area roman ruins, ancient Croatian churches, convents, architecture in stone and many summer houses. Stony and sandy beaches, crystal clear sea, different possibilities for accommodation, unique culinary experiences are some of the reasons for visiting this island.
The biggest town in the island with long year tradition is placed between 9 villages in the north west part of the island (Ceprljanda,Lucino selo, Batalaza,Susica, Gornje Selo, Muline, Guduce, Fortostina, Varos) and many cute coves, with the coves of Cinta, Mostir and Juznja luka in Muline as the most beautiful.
The town and the port, 11 km in the north from Preko; 1070 inhabitants. The economy is based on agriculture, vineyards, olive and fruit plantations, fishery and tourism. It is placed by the regional road that goes through the island.
Many yachts can put to the shore on the inner part of the port, safe anchorage for larger ships is south east from the port.
Monuments from early antics, villa Rustica, late antics mausoleum, remains of the late Christian basilica and monumental oil plant from 1 ct in the cove of Muline are testimonies of mankind presence in this area.
In the cape , that closes the port from the north, there is an ancient Franciscan monastery from 1430 with simple gothic church from 1447. The cloister has interesting Romanic columns. In the village there are many summer houses of the several aristocratic families from Zadar. The ruins of the roman villa are found in the cove of Batalaza. There are also prehistoric ruins in the hill of Kuran, south east from the village.
Who likes to swim will be amazed by the beautiful sand beaches, and the most beautiful are in the coves of Ćinta, Mostir and Južnja luka in Muline. The are several restaurants in Ugljan that offer domestic cuisine.
(SOURCE: tz Uglljan)