Summer vacation on Pašman island

We’ve spent our summer vacation in Ždrelac on the Pašman island (Croatia). A beautiful place for those who like peace and quiet, far away from the hordes of tourists.

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Ferry guy
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Ždrelac from above, you can see the bridge and the island of Ugljan in the background

You get to Pašman by ferry from either Biograd or Zadar. If you take the latter, you’ll land in Preko, on the neighboring  Ugljan island, which is connected to Pašman by bridge. And Ždrelac is situated on both sides of the bridge. It’s a small place with one or two shops, restaurants and cafes. Ideal for unstressful vacation. We had a room on the side of the village which looks towards an open sea and the islands Kornati, Iž, Dugi Otok (Long Island)… The beach is rocky, the sea crystal clear and there’s not a lot of people – all which we love.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Birds II: Fisherman fights back’
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The beast. Ždrelac is fantastic for dog owners.

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Just a short walk from our room

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This guy’s got the best view ever
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On the hill above Ždrelac. Only 15-20 minutes of walk from our room, convincing myself that ‘this is a path but it just looks like it isn’t because no one passes through here’  and ‘yes, you did hear there are no poisonous snakes and spiders on Pašman’

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Fishing boat

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My wife, the love of my life (notice the rhyme)

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In front of the church in Ždrelac

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Papilio machaon, a protected species of butterflies

If you want more than a walk in the nature and a dip in the sea, and you’ve got a car, you can visit all places on Pašman and Ugljan in just a few hours. I especially recommend drinking coffee or eating calamari in Kukljica on Ugljan; it’s a beautiful small town. Also, you have to visit Ćokovac monastery near Tkon on Pašman. It’s open from 4 do 7 PM (except on Sundays) and when you hear (but not see) priests choir sing Gregorian style somewhere in the depths of the monastery, you’ll know why you had to come there (I don’t have any photos of it, sorry).

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Lighthouse in Kukljica
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Walking around Kukljica

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Old house in Kukljica

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We had a great time and I would really love to visit Pašman again.

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