NOVALJA - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Novalja

Novalja is located towards the northwest end of the island of Pag. Pag island is connected to the mainland by bridge in the south and by ferry crossing from Prizna, on the mainland, to Zigljen.


In recent years Novalja has become an international destination for music festivals and beach parties held on Zirce beach, a long pebble beach about 2 kilometres from the centre of Novalja. Young people and music lovers flock to Zirce every summer for these festivals. There are four principal beach clubs on Zirce. Aquarius beach club, Papaya, Kalypso beach club and Euphoria beach club


Clubing on Zrce beach
Clubing on Zrce beach
Partying on the dance floor
Partying on the dance floor
Floating Venue
Floating Venue

There are many other shingle and sand beaches around Novalja which are more focused on families. The beaches are wide, with clear water and excellent access to the sea and located between one and thee kilometres from Novalja. All the beaches can be reached by car and have parking areas.

Palm Beach Novalja
Palm Beach Novalja

Of archaeological and historical importance in the area is the Talijanova buža, a 1.2 kilometre long antique underground aqueduct built in the 1st century AD to supply water to the town of Novalja. The entrance to the aqueduct can be viewed from the Town Museum, which also displays artefacts of Novalja‘s cultural and ethnological heritage.


Novalje town
Novalje town

Activities available in the area include cycling and trail walking. There are a number of marked cycle routes and trails in the area. Lovers of rock climbing can climb the steep parts of the peak of Sveti Vid and the rocks above the Ručica beach in the north-west part of Pag Bay. There are a number of dive centres in Novalja or Stara Novalja offering instruction and guided dives to see the amphorae from a 1st century BC sunken Roman merchant ship, which is located at a depth of about 30 metres in the small Bay of Vlaska Mala.


In addition to the Prizna to Zigljen ferry service to the mainland, a fast catamaran line connects Novalja to the neighbouring island of Rab and the city of Rijeka. The passenger boat Maslina connects Lun (17 kilometres from Novalja) with the island of Rab.


Pag town

Pag town is the principal town on the island of the same name. It was founded in 1443 and planned as a fortified settlement to guard the adjoining salt pans. It retains the main components of its original grid layout with a large paved square and parts of the original town wall. Notable buildings include several medieval churches and the 15th century Rector's palace and Bishop's palace. Hotel Pagus in Pag offers a very good wellness centre. There are a good range of restaurants and shops in the town.


Island Pag
Island Pag
Bay on Pag
Bay on Pag

Zadar

Roman ruins and modern innovations in Zadar.


Zadar is the principal city in the region and a busy and lively Mediterranean coastal town with charming narrow streets and alleyways bustling with shops, cafes and restaurants.


Located on a peninsula surrounded by the gleaming Adriatic, it was once a Roman colony. Its main square, the Forum is an outdoor museum of Roman ruins. Historic sites include the city gates and fortress and in particular, the Byzanthium-influenced Cathedral of St Donat originating from the 9th Century is the finest example of Croatian architecture of the old Croatian period. The city has 30 churches all rich in architecture and art and worth visiting. Had it not been for the 72 bombing raids during WWII, the city would have historic architecture to rival Dubrovnik. Still, we're lucky it survives at all as post-war planners wanted to knock it all down. Sense prevailed and instead a brave new 'utopian' city was born incorporating 3000 years of Roman, Venetian and Slavic history.


Aside from historic architecture, the city features two contemporary art installations by local architect Nikola Bašić – the singing sea organ, a series of 35 underwater pipes that whistle as the waves wash through them, and the Sun Salutation, a solar-powered lighting installation.


Night Life

Zadar has a very lively night life with many restaurants, clubs and bars. It is the centre for music parties, and world famous DJs are frequent guests throughout the year. For lovers of classical music there are many concerts too. Famous music festivals take place in Petrcane Village just outside Zadar, "the New Ibiza", epicentre of cutting edge music. For those who enjoy classical music, Musical Evenings at St Donat Cathedral provide classical concerts in magical surroundings (Ticket office, telephone: +385 (0)23 314 552 or +385 (0)23 314 552).


Zadar
Zadar
Church of St Donat
Church of St Donat

Getting there

Zadar has its own airport with direct flights from the UK and many European cities and is less than three hours' drive from Zagreb's international airport. Zadar has a regular ferry service connecting it to Ancona in Italy and local ferries link it to the islands of the Zadar Archipelago.



Our Villas in Novalja


Villa Jennae
Villa Jennae A beautiful stone property in an idyllic location, on the Island of Pag. The main house has four bedrooms, and there is also an apartment with one bedroom. The villa has five bathrooms. Air conditioning and heating. Finnish sauna. WiFi. Parking. BBQ. Swimming pool and jacuzzi. 70 metres from the beach. Sea views.


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