The island of Ugljan is easily accessible by boat from Zadar, making it a popular getaway for the locals and a leafy island suburb for city workers. It’s quite densely populated by regional island standards, and can get crowded at summer weekends. There are few forested areas but many macchia (shrubs), some pines and a good deal of farmland with vegetable gardens, olive groves and vineyards. The eastern coast is the most developed part of the island, while the west is relatively deserted.

The port of entry is Preko, directly across from Zadar, with two small harbours, a ferry port and a beach.