PAG TOWN, PAG ISLAND - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

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

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.


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.


Kornati islands

The Kornati islands are a fascinating group of 140 small islands. Astronauts have said that from space the sea around these islands is the clearest blue in the world. Nowhere in the world are these so many islands in such a small area. The only habitation is by fisherman and sheep farmers who spend the summer on the islands. There are no roads, cars or electricity in the Kornati and the national park is an ecological paradise. The islands are famous for their sage honey and for lamb grazed on the herb covered pastures. The rich underwater world abounds with coral, algae and sponges as well as underwater remains from the Roman era. It is no surprise that the Kornati islands attract divers.


Kornati islands
Kornati islands
Kornati from Dugi Otok
Kornati from Dugi Otok
Restaurant on Kornati
Restaurant on Kornati

Kornati excursions

The Kornati are a favourite destination for yachtsmen who can fully enjoy the tranquillity of many bays and coves between the islands. However there are many boat trips and excursions that can be made to the islands from Zadar and from neighbouring larger islands. There are twenty restaurants dotted around the islands in sheltered bays where you can relax and swim before enjoying fresh fish and organic produce beautifully cooked before your eyes.


Velebit National Park

Hiking, biking, beautiful nature trails are just some of the activities available in this stunning National Park.


Part of Velebit is Paklenica National Park, a UNESCO designated World Biosphere Reserve, which is located between the highest point of Velebit Mountain (1758m) and the sea. Two fantastic canyons in the Park are Velika and Mala Paklenica canyons and are world famous for mountain climbing. This national park has pine forests, interesting caves, and offers an experience of being in wild and primaeval landscapes. Cliffs soar straight from the sea to heights of 400m. This is a fantastic place for walking and climbing. A wide range of sporting and leisure activities include free-climbing, trekking, picnicking at Lugarnica Forest Hut and the Mill. Jeep safari' into the Velebit National Park can be arranged.


Velebit mountains
Velebit mountains
Paklenica National Park
Paklenica National Park

You can visit Velebit Botanical Gardens, which are situated below the Zavizhan cliff on the mountain of Velebit. The gardens are 1480m above the sea level and comprise of 30 hectares of meadows, forests and rocks. Some very rare alpine plants grow there and two of those are only found on Velebit - (Velebit degenie a little yellow rock plant, and Croatian sibirea).


There are 70 caves in the park, Manita Cave being the most beautiful. It is open to visit in the company of a guide and contains stalactites and stalagmites 80,000 years old.


Zavratnica Bay

On the mainland to the north of Zadar, this deep inlet is a major tourist attractions. It is a fjord like bay 1km long and 100 metres wide, which was created when the surface of the sea rose, and a mountain stream became flooded.



Our Villas in Pag Town


Beach Villa Pag
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Villa Oceana A five bedroom, five bathroom luxury villa on the Island of Pag. Fully air-conditioned and with a swimming pool. Only 100 metres from the beach.


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