New day, new motivation, new journey. Why you should dicover dalmatia´s longest island Dugi Otok (long island)!
how to get there?
In my endeavor to visit every island of croatia I start my journey to croatia´s longest island Dugi Otok. Starting from the old city in Zadar I am driving by ferry about 1 hour (20 kuna / way) to the noth-eastern city Sali on the island.
the city Sali
With about 1000 residents it is not just the islands biggest city and cultural center but also the perfect spot to start my exploration. The village is well prepared to offer any amenities for tourists, such as hospital, hotels, restaurants, cafés, libraries and much more…
By the time the ferry reached the port of Sali, I was marveling at the colorful houses which were raying in the sun. Fishermen along the coast preparing everything for their next trip and having small talk with each other. While I walked through the cities I started to realise that the habitants probably don´t expect tourists to come on low season (end of march). I am passing by prying eyes and start to feel a bit like a sightseeing attraction.
the hiking tour
A bit further up the hill you have a beautiful view down to the small village. Up here you will find the chapel Saint Rok (rock) as well as the parish chruch Saint Maria.
I decide to follow the sign in the direction of Maslinski Put (way of olives) and start walking out of the village up the hill. Passing the asphalted way the path becomes a dusty gravel soil. But the paths name keeps its promise: I am surrounded by olives trees!
The path leads me to an other asphalted crossroad but the sign keeps guiding me straight through a small improvised way further up the hill. Even though it starts to be quite exhausting I´m thinking by myself: the higher I have to go, the better the view is going to be!
As soon as you are arriving up the hill you are spoilt for choice: going left or right. I am deciding the left side and start walking along the gravel path.
While going round the hill I am getting deeper into the islands biota. After about 1 hour hiking I am arriving surprisingly the end of the path. Without any other choice I am following the way down the hill. Even though the path looks difficult to walk, it seems to be worth it going there!
While walking down I start to feel like being in an old computer game called Hugo (for those who know it). It it you have to avoid obstacles like rolling stones and plants by jumping on the right and left side.
When I arrived down the hill I got to the end of my path since it is impossible to go through the impenetrable forest along the coast. Anyway the place where I arrived looks beautiful! The crystal clear water reflects its green surrounding. On the other side you can see the nature park Telašćica. I stick my feet into the cold sea and take a small break before going back.
Back in Sali I want to see the city beaches.
The beaches of sali
You can find little manmade plateaus between rough rocks which are protruding into the blue-turquoise sea. The pearly chapel stands along the coast next to them.
the way back
Since the ferry will leave soon I start going back to the dock. Even though there are no seats on the top of the small Jadrolinja liners, you are allowed to sit on the deck (if you ask friendly). The wind blows through my hair, the sun shines into my face: the perfect ending for a perfect day!
Since my first trip to the island Dugi Otok was really great! There is much more to see and much more to explore, for example the paradisiac beach Sakarun which is situated on the other side of the island.