Dugi Otok has everything you could ever wish when you imagine your perfect holiday.
The lighthouse surrounded by pine trees, beautiful bays and pebble beaches is considered as one of the most beautiful in the Adriatic. On the top of 40 m high lighthouse tower of Veli Rat you can experience an unforgettable view.
There are many legends binding to the lighthouse, like the one that it was painted in interesting yellow color by 100.000 coins. In addition to the lighthouse there is a chapel of St.Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors, which has preserved Roman Missal of 1869. The chapel has recently been used for romantic weddings.
Cave „Strašna peć“ is an interesting tourist, ecological and historical destination located near Savar on Dugi otok.Considering the immediate closenessof the cave „Vlakno“ and Kozja pećina“ cave and cave Badanj, we can suggest that this cave, thanks to its geographical position, served as temporary habitat for early human populations on the island. Stone artifactis found here, a knife from the Stone Age which is a rare finding.
In Mala Proversa passage are the remains of Roman buildings. Mala Proversa channel in Roman times was not yet navigable, but it was a narrow isthmus 1 m above the sea. The Romans built a complex of buildings over 90 m long. It is large and with comforts that until then had only residences in larger cities (eg. Bathroom with hot and cold water). The villa is built in the best period of Roman architecture in Dalmatia, in the first century.
The fort Grpašćak
The fort was built during the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the first half of the 20th century (1911 years ago) and it was used exclusively as a military patrol of the Austro-Hungarian Navy. Today it is a viewpoint on the 161 m high cliff, above the sea.
Telašćica bay is located in the southeastern part of the island Dugi Otok.
It is urrounded by 13 islands and islets, and six islands within the bay.Thanks to its exeptional beauty it was proclaimed nature park in 1988..
Three phenomena are the basic features of the area: the unique bay of Telascica as the safest, most beautiful and largest natural harbor in the Adriatic Sea, 25 small beaches and cliffs so called “Stene”, which rise up to 161 meters above the sea level and fall down vertically up to 90 m, and finally the salt lake “Mir” with healing properties.
Salt Lake Mir is a special geomorphological phenomena located between the bay Telašćica and the open sea with narrow space called Priseke. The surface of the lake is 0.23 km2, it has dept around 5.8 m, length of 910 m and a maximum width of 280 m. Opposed to the open sea, lake water temperature amplitudes are much higher, the lake is above average salinity, and one part of the lake is filled with healing, peloid mud.
The Park is covered with Mediterranean vegetation with over 400 plant species, and has been noted with many rare and endemic plants. There are about 250 plant species and 300 animal species in the sea, including endangered red corals and the meat-eating sponge. Park is a haven for the donkeys which freely roam the area of the bay Mir.
Sakarun, one of the most famous beach in Zadar County, is located on the northwest coast of the island. Its reputation has acquired with the whiteness of the sand ,clear sea and surrounded by pine forest that provides shade. It is about 800 meters long ,250 meters from the shore the depth is 3.5 meters, which means that the swimming area is extremely large, shallow and suitable for small children. On the beach there are two restaurants that offer refreshment from the summer heat and light snacks.
Sakarun Bay became a member of the club “The most beautiful bays of the world” together with the bays of 25 countries from all continents.
Hidden coves are lovely challenge for researchers, but also those looking for privacy and peace. The best beaches are located outside built-up areas, but most of them are easily accessible by car or on foot.
Resorts on Dugi otok are expecting their festivals with joy. They are usually organized in honor of the patron saint of particular place.
Festivities are a combination of live music, fine food and good fun until the morning.
The Sali feast called ‘Sali Fiesta’, lasts for three days, within that time there are held various presentations of folk customs, and the locals are participating in the culinary competitions that delight all gourmets.
The Sali Fiesta is a cultural, gastronomic ,sports and entertainment event held in Sali since 1958.
When Sali ships sail into the port of Zadar with the sounds of joyful noise of donkey music, that is a sign that Sali Fiesta has began. The following evening the sent of various specialties will prevail, and all of this will be accompanied by sounds of Dalmatian klapa.The Fiesta ends on Sunday with the traditional ” Donkey run”- spectacular donkey race which always provides an unforgettable time.
Batarela, as a collection of random sounds to create noise,is a custom of the islanders from ancient times, to drove evil spirits and spells away, and of course to mocke, usually to widowed person who would be getting married again.
In 1959, several young men on Sali Porto, having heard that the village old girl is getting maried quickly equiped themselves with instruments and headed towards the village lined up in rows, like musicians marching band intoning a well-known march and song Šjora Mare, introducing discipline in the anarchic noise and channeling the chaos of sounds into something positive with thunderous enthusiasm of the locals. After that successful performance, which sounded like real music, they went on krneval with the addition of large and small drum. Already ,on 16 August ,same year they appeared in the festive procession Second Sali donkey run,substituting brass band and obtaining name – donkey music.