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Pag | A Culinary, Cultural, and Coastal Odyssey

Pag in North Dalmatia is the fifth-largest island in Croatia. Rocky and arid, it offers moon-like landscapes – sparse pastures with fragrant herbs, grazed by hardy sheep. This unique island is famed for its local culinary specialties: sheep cheese and roast lamb.

Pag Town, Pag, Croatia

This town and Novalje are the two main settlements. Administratively, the island is divided into two counties, which is a bit confusing. Zadar County encompasses the south, including Pag Town, while Lika-Senj County encompasses the north, including Novalje.  

Places to See on Pag Island

While exploring Pag Town, be sure to step into the enchanting Gallery of Pag Lace. A treasure trove of artistic heritage, this gallery showcases the intricate beauty of Pag lace. It is a traditional handmade craft that has earned its place on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Witness skilled artisans creating delicate lace patterns, each thread weaving a story of Pag’s rich cultural tapestry. The Gallery preserves the legacy of this unique art form. You can also purchase lace to take home a piece of Pag’s history.

A Taste of Liquid Gold

Journey to the northern tip of Pag, where the ancient Olive Gardens of Lun await. Here, amid the silver-green olive trees, discover the centuries-old tradition of olive cultivation. Some of the olive trees are over a thousand years old.

Sample and purchase olive oil directly from the producers at Uljara Lun. Savor the flavors of Pag’s liquid gold, a testament to the island’s dedication to preserving its agricultural heritage.

Architectural Marvels and Historical Echoes

In Novalja, bear witness to the ingenuity of ancient engineering at Talijanova buža, an original Roman aqueduct. This remarkable aqueduct once channeled water from surrounding fields to supply the town.

Gothic Splendor at St. Mary’s Assumption

Marvel at the architectural grace of the Church of St. Mary’s Assumption in the heart of the city. As you step inside, you’ll be greeted by the timeless beauty of a sculpture depicting the Blessed Virgin. Allow the tranquility of the surroundings to envelop you as you admire the intricate details of the basilica’s design.

Things to Do on Pag Island

A Culinary Odyssey at Gligora Dairy

Take a tour of the renowned Gligora dairy in Kolan and embark on a fascinating journey into the world of Pag cheese. Explore the dairy and learn about the meticulous process of cheese-making.

Engage your senses when you see the craftsmanship involved in producing Paski sir, renowned for its hard texture and unique flavor. Your visit will culminate in a delightful tasting session, allowing you to savor the culmination of centuries-old traditions.

Michelin-Starred Gastronomy at Boskinac

Indulge your palate at Boskinac, a Michelin-starred culinary haven that blends tradition with innovation. Located in Novalja, this gastronomic gem showcases contemporary dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients.

Enjoy succulent lamb, tender octopus, and olive oil in dishes that reflect the essence of the Adriatic. A dining experience at Boskinac is a gastronomic journey.

Zrce Beach for a Night of Revelry

For a night of electrifying energy and pulsating beats, head to Zrce Beach near Novalja. Recognized as one of the premier party destinations globally, Zrce is synonymous with open-air summer music festivals.

Dance under the stars to the tunes of renowned DJs, as Zrce hosts iconic events like Hideout and Barrakud. The beach transforms into a vibrant nightlife hub.

Explore the Island on Two Wheels

Uncover the hidden treasures of Pag on a bike. The island’s diverse landscapes, from rugged coastlines to quaint villages, are great for cyclists. Pedal through olive groves, along the shoreline, and into the heart of the island’s charm. Cycling offers a scenic adventure and also allows you to connect with Pag’s natural beauty at your own pace.

Revitalize in a Mud Bath at Lokunja Beach

Indulge in a unique wellness experience by taking a mud bath at Lokunja Beach. The mineral-rich mud at Lokunja is believed to benefit the skin and alleviate rheumatoid ailments.

Pag Marinas

ACI Marina Simuni. The marina is in the western part of the Island. Amenities include an ATM, free Wi-Fi, bathrooms, a grocery store, and nearby fuel.