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Sali is the municipal and administrative centre of the island and the place with the largest population. It is located on the north-eastern coast of the island and has a very well established excursion, nautical and sports tourism.

In Sali guests have a medical and dental clinic, a post office, an ATM, a Harbour branch office and an arranged mooring for ships at their service. In the reading-room in Sali one can read or borrow books in several languages, and the reading- room was the organizer of many interesting events such as Sali's presentation of traditional dishes and classical music concerts.

Sali is a place of a thousand-years-old fishing tradition, which was confirmed by written documents from the 10th century and ancient olive groves surrounding the village witness the intensive agricultural activities throughout the centuries.

The cultural heritage of Sali is represented by sacred buildings such as the parish church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a gorgeous wooden altar from the 17th century and inscriptions written in Glagolitic, as well as the churches of St. Roch and St. Nicholas. There are also remains of layouts of other Christian churches in the fields of Sali.

One of the most interesting events is the Sali Festival called Saljske užance, a three-day festival with the famous Tovareća mužika (donkey music) performing at the festival.

With its tourist facilities, the vicinity of the Nature Park Telašćica and the National Park Kornati, Sali is an ideal place to relax. All those fans of active vacation can rent a boat, a bicycle or a scooter in Sali and experience the beauty of the place and the whole island. There is a taxi service that offers a driving tour around the island for those who are interested.

Olive grove Saljsko polje

In the olive grove Saljsko polje are olive trees 700 years old which along with the size of the tree represent a unique ecological area in this region. Because of the age and size of the trees, this olive grove represents an important horticultural facility on the coast which was declared a botanic reserve. The age of the olive tree is not visible only by the size of the stem but by the different shapes of some olive groves, where very often the olive trees, the so called “pillars”, grew around the old, large tree stumps.

The olive groves are called “olive woods” by the local residents and it is assumed that the old Greeks who had estates on the island started to plant olive trees. According to its age, spaciousness, the olive grove Saljsko polje represents a unique botanic, aesthetic and tourist value.

Other carefully arranged olive groves surrounded by neat dry stone walls prove that the people from Sali are still diligent olive growers. In the wider area of Sali, olive grove paths have been marked which lead through centuries old, but still fertile olive groves and carefully arranged land.

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