If you want to explore the area of Ugljan, and the whole island of Ugljan and its natural beauty, we suggest you do it by bike. With a two-wheeled vehicle you can visit all 9 hamlets, beautiful beaches, sacred heritage, remnants of the past, taverns, restaurants and bars.
As part of the ADVENTURE ISLAND project, olive and bicycle paths were arranged and marked, as well as rest areas and lookouts in the most attractive areas in the hinterland of the island. It begins in the hamlet of Muline on the remains of an ancient mill and extends to the town of Preko and the fortress of St. Michael. Of all 12 rest areas and lookouts, three are located in the area of Ugljan:
The Black Tear rest area is located next to a natural pit where rainwater is collected, which the inhabitants of Čeprljanda used in the past to water their gardens, olive groves and vineyards and to water their livestock. The pit was named Black Tear because of the specific black color created by the action of holm oak leaves.
The island of Ugljan has a two thousand year old tradition of olive growing and olive oil production. As proof of this, in the hamlet of Muline, there are the remains of an agricultural farm from the 1st century AD. It is the oldest site from Roman times on the island of Ugljan. On the aforementioned farm there was one of the strongest oil mills in the Mediterranean and a port from which the oil was transported to all parts of the Roman Empire. A life-size replica was made right next to the remains of the oil mill. There are about 700,000 olive trees on the island of Ugljan, some of which date back to the very beginnings of olive growing.
The first known people living in Ugljan were the Illyrian tribe Liburni. In the 4th century BC, they built a settlement on the hill Čelinjak in the hamlet of Muline and fortified it. The rampart with the size of 87x25x50 meters was built of uneven and untreated stones, in dry-stone technique. They retreated to this fortified area in case of danger from the enemy. They lived in small, square-shaped houses measuring 4x4 meters and 3x4 meters, built in drywall technique. The rampart and several square-shaped Liburnian houses were preserved until today.