Pag Island

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About Pag Island

Pag is one of Croatia’s largest islands and is completely different from all the others. At first glance, its rocky and bare surface set amongst the blue of the sea and sky resembles a classic lunar landscape and this dominates the eastern side; however, the remainder of the island is covered in olive groves and pine forests. There are also 270 km of shingle beaches bordering crystal-clear waters.

Pag is also one of the sunniest Croatian islands but when the north-easterly Bura wind blows, it brings the sea mist with it. Salt and water droplets are deposited on pastures and meadows, although, without this, the famous Pag cheese would not have such a unique flavour. Hand-made lace is also a prized local craft. In Pag Town, in the centre of the island, there are many interesting churches as well as a Benedictine Monastery, Rector’s Palace, Lace Museum and remnants of the old town walls (including the Skrivenat Tower). At the Benedictine Monastery of St. Margarita the traditional preparation of aromatic dried breads (baškotina) is still nurtured today.

The island of Pag boasts many beautiful beaches and hidden coves, from those with rocky shores to the finest sand; many of these beaches are among the loveliest in northern Dalmatia, perhaps on the entire Adriatic coast. Novalja, though, is now renowned for its party beach, Zrće, referred to as the Croatian Ibiza - this is a favourite destination for those who love dancing, good music and nightlife.

In the nearby small resort of Nin (just across the bridge on the mainland) you will find some lovely sandy beaches, the smallest cathedral in the world, a Roman temple, a Salt Museum (with guided tours) and an old town built on an island in the lagoon accessed by two old stone bridges. There is also evidence for the medicinal benefits of the local mud.

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