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Luxury in Pag Island: Fun in the Sun

This Dalmatian destination invites you to get away from “the-run-and-rush-of-the-mill” and have some fun. Pag island is an off the beaten track option for sun and fun seekers. This area succeeds in creating a curious blend of modernity and luxury villas, with traditional culture. It offers a vibrant spring-summer-autumn get-away experience for both the energetic holidaymakers and seasoned travellers. Fun-seekers arrive like flocks of seasonal migratory birds seeking a suitable haven. On arrival at this dramatic rocky island by coach or sea ferry, the distinctive medieval flavour of the unique island is already tangible and laden with the expectation of really experiencing something different. The focal points are the popular northern beach resorts at Novalja with a sheltered marina and long clear beaches, like Zrce and Simuni. The interior landscape offers two scenic Blato lakes, and an accessible peak, St Vitus. Olive groves, low-pruned vineyards, fertile fruit orchards, white flocks of sheep foraging among rocky edifices, and some modern 'wind farms', meet the eye when travelling northwards to the Lun peninsula's popular beach resorts.

Pag is the fifth largest island in the northern Adriatic achipelago and boasts the longest coastline of Croatia. This ancient “salt trade" island has had a chequered history with the Roman Empire, Austria, Germany and Croatia - probably for its location and trade possibilities. Due to this, over the passing years the Pag islanders have really orientated themselves accordingly, by accepting, welcoming, and inviting holiday visitors of all nationalities. Pag island is connected by a long arched bridge to the mainland Zadar, for traffic and bus access. Ferries make scheduled stops and private boats/yachts anchor at the bays. Pag main town, is visited for architecture, archaelogical ruins and relics, and salt trade history. Novalja in the north is the largest resort for party and clubbing and hosts the majority of visitors. Lepoglava’s summer Carnival in September , with traditional art, dance and food , draws the summer holiday crowds, and especially offers exhibits of the renowned traditional needlepoint handmade lace. Fishing villages Kustici and Mandre are rated as some of the region’s most picturesque settlements.

  • Boating
  • Cultural visits
  • Fine dining
  • Walking

Activities

More relaxed daytime pursuits can include culinary trips (wine, Paski goat cheese and olive tasting), visiting the Lace Galery to observe village lace artisans at work, and partaking in the September Festivals. Alternatively leisure activities can include learning about island Pag’s salt trade history, appreciating the ancient remains of the medieval city wall and Skrijanat Tower, architecture of the Ducal Palace and Church of the Assumption and the archeological Gradsky Muzej. Photography of dramatic sea, sky and cliff scapes are just as inviting. Open air clubbing (bars, pools, dance floors, DJ’s) draws the summer crowds. Summertime music festivals, like Stereo Forest festival and Hideout, are the scheduled holiday bonuses.

Pag’s beaches offer a variety of activities for watersport enthusiasts. Beach camping , boating around two karst lakes and diving nearby coves have become popular. Exploring more challenging caves like Caska and Cathedral Caves is also an option.

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