About Pag Island
The island of Pag is one of Croatia’s largest islands, and is completely different from all the others. At first glance, it is rocky and bare, just white rock set amongst the blue of the sea and sky. It resembles the moon's surface due to the rocky shapes that cover 86% of the island's surface, however, another part of the island is covered in olive groves and pine forests, with 270 km of shingle beaches bordering crystal-clear waters. This is 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 - without this, the famous Pag cheese would not have such a unique flavour.
The mediaeval town of Pag was built on the urban design of Renaissance master builder Juraj Dalmatinac, with narrow streets leading from the 15th century Gothic cathedral. Pag is a town of numerous palaces and churches as well as old town walls, the 15th century Rector's Palace, Cathedral and Benedictine Monastery of St. Margarita, in which the traditional preparation of aromatic dried breads (baškotina) is still nurtured today.
The island of Pag boasts 270 km of beautiful beaches and hidden coves, from those with rocky shores to the finest sand; many of these beaches are among the loveliest in Kvarner, in northern Dalmatia, perhaps on the entire Adriatic coast. Novalja 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 addition to Zrće, the most popular beaches in the area of Novalja and the neighbouring municipality Kolan are: Straško, Trinćel, Babe, Caska, Ručica, Beriknica, Jadra, Čista, Pješčana plaža, Sv. Duh, and many smaller beaches in the hidden bays from Novalja towards Lun.
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