Ždrelac is the first place you come across on the island of Pašman, after crossing the bridge that connects the island of Pašman with the island of Ugljan. The center with harbor was originally built around the church of St. Luke on the north side of the island, which is directly aligned to Sukošan. Over the years, the settlements from Ždrelac have extended to the east towards Banj and towards the bridge to the west. At the bridge is the part of Ždrelac with views to the south and the island Dugi Otok.
According to the last census Ždrelac has a population of just over 300 inhabitants.
Ždrelac was named after the passage between the two islands, the so-called Ždrilo. Hundreds of ships pass through this passage daily, especially in the summer months, as it opens the way to the rest of the islands in the beautiful Zadar archipelago. In the immediate vicinity, visible from the already mentioned 210 m long bridge, are the charming islands of the Kornati National Park.
Today, as here on the whole island, tourism is one of the most important economic sectors which, combined with traditional activities, agriculture, viticulture, olive growing and fishing, creates an excellent offer of accommodation, gastronomy and recreation for guests and inhabitants of the island.
Also, the beaches are beautiful here. Children will love the Matlovac beach near the center the most because it is sandy and shallow. Everyone will surely like the easily accessible and clean beaches of Soline and Polača. Along the coast by the bridge there are many more beaches with numerous jetties that end with the natural stone slabs in Kablin Bay.
When we talk about cultural heritage, the Church of St. Luke should be emphasized. A parish church in the center of the village, mentioned since the 13th century, although it is more likely to have been built much earlier. Next to the island road is the chapel of St. Anthony of Padua, where during the summer months the mass is celebrated on Saturdays.
During the summer, there are numerous festivals, events and good concerts accompanied by excellent food on these two connected islands. In Ždrelac the traditional folklore evening “Ždreška lazi” and the festival Ždreška Fešta as well as a summer carnival take place.
One of the events not to miss in Ždrelac is Skraping, which takes place in spring and is a real opportunity to experience and get to know the island through sports and recreation. During the scraping, the participants walk and run along the coast, the paths and over the rocks of the island with beautiful panoramas and views.
Several good restaurants and cozy cafes, shops and post office can be found between the bridge and the nearest village Banj. Everything else you might need is also nearby. The ferry ports are located in Tkon on Pašman, which is connected to Biograd, and in Preko, which connects Ugljan with Zadar. In Preko is a gas station for boats and cars. In addition, on the island you will find pharmacies, bank, post office, elementary schools, kindergartens, doctor’s office, dentist, ATMs and numerous shops.
Further information can be found on the website of the Tourist Board of the island of Pašman.
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