My guide to Ugljan, Croatia : 2019 edition
Welcome to my 2019 guide of Ugljan, Croatia! Hopefully you'll find something of interest on this page. You will notice it is broken down by village:
and Pasman Village on Pasman Island
And don't forget to watch the video at the end of this page!
Ceprljanda - Nightlife ( and Day Life )
Beach Bar Bicikleta in Ceprljanda
It's no secret that I fell in love with this place the moment it opened in 2018. They have the best smoothies on the island. Stop by for drinks, swimming and the occasional live music.
Map of Ceprljanda area
Preko - Swimming
Mareta Bar in Preko
This swimming spot has a fantastic view of both the mainland and the little island with the Franciscan Monastery of St. Paul The Hermit. You can easily swim to the island and walk around it's perimeter. If you want to visit the Monastery itself, you can't do it in a swimsuit!! You must be fully dressed! You can take the row boat across, courtesy of the old man who's name still remains a mystery.
Mareta Bar (left side of pic) serves only drinks and ice cream. Sorry, no food! But no worries, just walk down to Restaurant Gajo.
If you have a child with good swimming skills, walk down the block to the Aqua Park.
Jaz Beach in Preko
Just a short walk from Mareta Bar is Jaz Beach. This spot is ideal for people with small kids. The water is shallow and they have a fun water slide on the pier. If you get hungry, then stop by Restaurant Gajo. They also have a great ice cream selection. This year we tried something new: "black vanilla".
Preko - Eating
There are a number of good places to eat in Preko, but my favorites are:
Great menu selection. Right next door to the marina.
One of the best places on the island for pizza! It's hard for me to determine who is better, this place of Ciao Ciao in Kukljica. I think I will need more samples :-)
Map of Preko area
Preko - Hiking up to St. Michael's Fortress
If you're a good hiker and don't mind the sun, take a walk up the hill to St. Michael's Fortress. Personally, I would take the car! Just park it where the road gets really wide and looks like a tiny parking lot. After that, you can walk the rest of the way.
Driving is NOT easy and not for the faint of heart. I once drove all the way to the Fortress itself and immediately realized what a dumb move it was. The road is narrow, it's hard to turn around, and the cliffs steep.
Ugljan Village - Swimming
The Mostir in Ugljan Village
This is where you'll find me most of the time since I live nearby. The water is shallow and calm, which is great because I am a terrible swimmer.
When you get hungry, stop by Mareta Pizza (not to be confused with Mareta Bar in Preko).
Ugljan Village - Eating
In the last few years, the restaurants in Ugljan Village have really upped their game.
This place opened in 2018 and quickly became a favorite for the ambiance and the food.
This cozy restaurant was featured in the Sail Ho series (click here to see on YouTube). Excellent food!
A rustic favorite for islanders since I believe they are open all year long and they have one of the most creative menus around. Just check out their Instagram feed!
This place is tucked away behind Bure market, and is another popular place for islanders.
Ugljan Village - Nightlife
When you've had enough of swimming, go relax under an umbrella at beautiful Ritam for drinks and cappuccinos. Pool tables for the kids and beer for the parents! You can also swim here and they offer some fast food items like burgers.
Ugljan Village Center
By day there is a small outdoor food market, and by night, there are a few stands selling snacks and souvenirs.
Map of Mostir area
Kukljica - Swimming
Holiday Park Zelena Punta in Kukljica
Kukljica is popular with visitors and the holiday camp has been there for decades! Like most beaches on the island, there is a pizza cafe a few steps away.
Kukljica - Eating
One of the friendliest places to eat. Awesome pizza too! It has a nice view of the bay and is one of the first places we visit when we arrive. Don't forget to say "Ciao Ciao" to your waiter when you leave!
Kukljica - Nightlife
The Y Bar
This year something new opened up in Kukljica; the Y Bar! We were thrilled to sit in a hammock and listen to live music.
Map of Kukljica area
Muline - Eating
Kazot on the pier
There is only one place I want to be at sunset, Kazot, which has become a family favorite. This is the ONLY restaurant my dad eats at. The owner is a distant relative so my dad spends half the night chatting his ear off. The view of the ocean is fantastic and the sunsets unforgettable. If you're coming by boat, you can tie up at the dock. Or, if you choose to anchor in the bay, the owner's son will ferry you to shore in his runabout.
I have never eaten here, but there is always a good crowd here. Great views of the bay and the tiny boats bobbing on the ocean.
Muline - Sunsets!
There is no batter place to view sunsets than in Muline.
Map of Muline area
Pasman Village on Pasman Island - Shopping
If you need a little time away from the beach, take a scenic drive over the bridge that connects Ugland to Pasman Island. Near the south end of the island is Pasman Village, which has a couple of nice shops we recently discovered. The family owned shops are next to each other, just across the street from the ocean, so bring your bathing suit anyway!
Hot sauce, balsamic vinegar, creams and ointments.
Family made wine, hand made jewelry, creams and ointments.
Maps of Pasman Village area
And finally ... the video!
That's it ... the end!
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