Preko (it. Oltre, literally over there ) is a Croatian settlement roughly in the middle of the east coast of the island of Ugljan with 1,286 inhabitants. The municipality has 3,805 inhabitants ( 2011 census ). It is the administrative center and the only ferry terminal on the island and transport hub of the island.

Before the harbor PREKOS are the islets Osljak and Galovac, the surroundings of the town consists mainly of maquis. The economic base is agriculture, viticulture, olive growing, fishing and tourism. Many residents commute by ferry, which is around 30 minutes away, directly opposite the Pasman Canal lying Zadar. Thus, the site shows many characteristics of a suburb of Zadar.


The center consists of typical Dalmatian architecture, on the coast, there are partially wooded sandy and rocky beaches. The Romanesque Church of St. John the Baptist dates from the 12th century, the Baroque parish church was built in the 18th century.

On a 265 meter high mountain above the town is the St. Michael's fortress from the 13th century. Built by the Venetians to the former Benedictine monastery castle is now in ruins, in its center is a highly visible transmission tower.


  • Budimir Loncar, Yugoslav Foreign Minister 1988-1991, was born in 1924 in Preko


Preko seen from the ferry to Zadar