12 Zadar - Pakoštane

From the islands of Ugljan and Pašman to the once a coronation-town of Biograd

Route pictogram

Zadar – Preko (5 km) – Ždrelac (18 km) – Dobropoljana (23 km) – Pašman (30 km) – Tkon/Biograd na Moru (36 km) – Pakoštane (43 km)


43.00 km





total climb

200.00 m







The route leads from the centre of Zadar to the Passenger Port Gaženica. That section passes across the islands of the Zadar archipelago, Ugljan and Pašman, providing authentic Mediterranean island feeling. It takes only 25 minutes to cross the Zadar Channel by the frequent ferry line and to sail into the Port Preko on the island of Ugljan. The place is characterised by the typical Dalmatian architecture and numerous country houses of noble families, as well as by the remains of St. Michael’s Fortress from the 13th century, built on a hill. An idyllic local road by the sea is ridden on towards the small, picturesque village of Kali, known for its long fishing tradition. Then the route connects to the main island road D110, which leads to Ždrelac Bridge (210 m), bridging Malo Ždrilo and connecting the islands of Ugljan and Pašman. Having crossed the bridge, the road passes through Ždrelac, and very soon through Banj on D110. Left turn is taken from D110 in Dobropoljana and the local road is ridden towards Neviđane and Mrljane, through fields and meadows, past dry stone walls, sometimes very close to the sea along beautiful sandy beaches. Then the place Barotul is reached, where the local road takes you to the town of Pašman with coastal panorama adorned by a set of uninhabited islets in the Pašman Channel. The main island road D110 leads to the place called Kraj, and then the local road passes through Ugrinić and reaches Tkon. By taking a ferry line, the mainland in Biograd na Moru can be reached again in just 20 minutes. Once the crown city of Croatian kings, nowadays Biograd na Moru is a famous tourist and nautical centre with hotels, campsites and marinas. During your stay in Biograd, it is definitely worth visiting the Kornati National Park, a stone labyrinth made of 89 islands, islets and reefs and the Telašćica Nature Park on Dugi Otok, a place where the steepest 161-metre high cliffs plunge into the blue sea. After Biograd, the route continues for another 7 km along local roads to Pakoštane, a picturesque Dalmatian village located on the coast near Vrana Lake, the largest lake in Croatia. Both Biograd na Moru and Pakoštane offer numerous accommodation options.




Length of the section


43 km (the only kilometres ridden across the mainland)

Proportion of asphalt/macadam



Total climb


200 m

Macadam lining – well rideable



After Biograd na Moru – 2 km

Before Pakoštane – 700 m

Macadam lining – moderately rideable


Between Biograd and na Moru and Pakoštane – 1.5 km

Occasional bike pushing needed


From the Sea Organ to the road – 200 m

Supply options


Well supplied towns mostly every 5 km, with shops, restaurants and cafes

Rest options


Almost the entire section is close to the sea and beaches

Parks in small places

Bicycle repair service


Biograd na Moru

Ferry lines




Gaženica – Preko (island Ugljan) 15 times a day, 25-min sail

Tkon (island Pašman) – Biograd na Moru, 10 times a day, 20-min sail





Before the Ferry Port, there is junction to the mainland version of the section A5, which connects to Biograd na Moru again.



EuroVelo signings along the whole section

Differences in following EV8 direction south -> north


Entering Zadar along Bregdetti Street is different because of one-way streets.


Description of the section


The route exits Zadar along the outer side of the peninsula keeping to the right (bike should be pushed the first 200 m), and passes through the streets: Kralja Dmitra Zvonimira, Bože Peričića, Vicka Zmajevića, Jure Kastriotića Skenderbega, and Denisa Bajla, where at the house number 40, left turn should be taken into the street Ulica don Mihovila Ćurkovića and after 200 m, it immediately turns to the right into Bregdetti Street.


From Bregdetti Street, after 250 meters left turn should be taken before the sea into Gaženička cesta, and after 700 meters, turn to the right. At this point straight on, there is a junction to the mainland version of the section A5 to Pakoštane; 700 m from the intersection, there is the Gaženica Ferry Port, where a ferry can be taken to Preko on the island of Ugljan.


Having left the Ferry Port, the route turns to the left in Preko onto a local road, 4 km along the coast, passing through the village of Kali.


Then it exits onto the main island road D110, continuing on it to the left. The route follows D110 for 16 km, passes above the village of Kukljica, crosses the bridge towards the island of Pašman, and passes through Ždrelac and Banj.


In the settlement of Dobropoljana, the route turns to the left from the main road, and after 200 m to the right, following a side road along the coast.


Make sure to continue to the left in Neviđane near the school at the Y intersection


… and to the right in the place Barotul, at the Y intersection, 200 m after the bridge.


The route takes the tiny local roads to the main island town of Pašman, then it exits onto D110 to the left again.


After 2.3 km, the route leads downhill to the left onto the side road along the coast towards Ugrinić, and after 2.5 km, it reaches Tkon and a ferry is taken to Biograd na Moru.


Having gotten off the ferry in Biograd na Moru, the route continues 400 meters along Šetalište Kneza Branimira and connects to the mainland version of A5 to the right.  Through Biograd na Moru, the route passes along the streets: Ulica Kralja Petra Svačića, Put Solina, Ulica Ivane Brlić Mažuranić and exits via the street Ulica Augusta Šenoe.


Ulica Augusta Šenoe turns into the macadam road LC63173. Then after 2 km, the road exits onto ŽC6063 and continues in the same direction 50 m to the right from the junction point.


1.5 km from that spot, at the intersection, a slight left turn should be taken and, after 1.5 km, the street Ulica Kraljice Jelene is reached, where the route continues to the right towards the centre of Pakoštane, while section 13 towards Šibenik continues to the left.