Pašman, Croatian island with clearest sea and biggest green surface - in Zadar archipelago
Due to constantly changing currents, Pašman Island (pronounced Pash-man) is famous to have the cleanest water in the Adriatic - along with the largest green surface among Croatian islands. No wonder beautiful nature, attractive landscape, and easy access via frequent ferry connections attract many visitors from around the globe, year round. Besides beaches, the island offers lenghty cycling and walking paths/routes - especially attractive to visitors in spring and fall.
Pašman Island is located in Zadar Archipelago, separated from the mainland by the Pasman channel. The area of cca 60 square kilometres is a permanent home to around 2000 residents who are situated in about one dozen villages and hamlets, including Tkon, Ugrinic, Kraj, Pašman, Barotul, Mrljane, Nevidane, Dobropoljana, Banj and Ždrelac. The island has been inhabited since the Roman times - and for the most part owned by nobility of Zadar.
Historical sites worth visiting:
* 14th century Franciscan Monastery of St. Dujam in the village of Kraj, a beautiful renaissance cloister and small museum with artefacts and paintings of the island's history.
* 12th century Benedictine Monastery of St. Kuzma and Damjan on Cokovac hill near the village of Tkon.
* Gothic church in Tkon village houses a Gothic crucifixion painting by a local artist - and the monastery is important center of Glagolitic literature in the history of Croatia.