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PAG has a lot of specifities
                           

From A like ancient to Z like Zrce - on Pag everyone finds something interesting.



GENERAL INFORMATIONS
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Pag is the 5t largest island of the Adriatic sea with its length of 60 km, 285 square kilometres and has approx. 8400 inhabitants.  The island lies north of Zadar (Northern Dalmatia) and can be reached both by bridge and by ferry boat. The island capital is the town of Pag. The town of Pag and the town of Novalja are the largest settlements on the island. Pag has a high density of sandy and gravel beaches. Internationally known and highly popular is the "Paski sir", the Pag sheep's milk cheese, as well as the island handicraft "Pag lace". Highest point of the island is the Sveti Vid peak with a height of 348 meters. In the summer months the party beach Zrce is "the best place to be" for the non-stop party and dance lovers. The island has many cultural sights, from the therapeutic mud in Kolanjsko blato to the ancient olive groves in Lun which have been under protection since 1963 - the "Lunjski maslinici". The age of some of the wild olive trees in Lun is estimated by researchers to be about 1600 years old. Salt has been extracted here since ancient times and the traces of history are present everywhere. The bird reserve "Velo blato" is located in the north of Pag. The origin of the so-called "Pag Triangle" - a 32x32x22 m area with megaliths - has not yet been completely clarified. The climate is Mediterranean and temperatures rarely drop below 0 degrees even in the winter months.
  

HISTORY
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Pag is populated since the Neolithic Age. It is assumed that the name of the island derives from the Latin word for village = pagus. The supremacies over the island changed a lot - Romans, Venetians and the Habsburgs once belonged to the rulers of Pag. Remains of Roman times worth seeing are the viaduct, which still exists in parts, and in the Roman Museum of Novalja you can also admire an original Roman water pipe system. The Venetian influence can be seen in the architectural styles of the town of Pag - especially in the historic old town centre, the Rector's Palace and the old town walls. Salt mining has played an important role for many millennia, the salt mines are still in operation today and are open for visitors. Around the whole island there are ruins from former times, small parts of the old town "Cissa" (today the village Caska is located here) can also be found under water. The beautiful old churches of Pag as well as the remains of the Franciscan monastery testify to the religiousness of the islanders.


LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
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The salt pans of Pag:
Since ancient times of great importance for the island and still in operation.

The Pag Triangle:
A few kilometres from Novalja there is this natural phenomenon, the origin of which has not yet been clarified. The highly visible isosceles triangle is a "must" for those interested in geology and/or history. However, there are no roads or direct routes to the triangle, so good footwear is recommended as well as bringing sufficient water.
       
The olive trees of Lun ("Lunjski maslinici"):
The olive groves, which have been protected since 1963, are an oasis of peace and tranquillity and cover about 24 hectares. The enchanting atmosphere of this area makes it very special with around 1,500 wild olive trees with a height of 5-8 meters and an age of up to 1600 years. The botanical reserve is the only one of its kind in the Adriatic.


BEACHES
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Around the whole island of Pag there are countless bathing opportunities and we have prepared a small selection of the most popular bathing destinations for you. There is no natural shade on most of the island's sandy beaches, so it is a good idea to bring a parasol.

Basaca:
Not far from the island's capital is the Basaca beach, a shallow sandy beach divided into several smaller sections. Parking is available about 100 meters from the beach.

Bosana:
Below the highest point of the island, the Sv. Vid, surrounded by rock formations, lies the mixed gravel and sand beach Bosana. It is only a few kilometres away from the town of Pag.

Caska:
Bathing on historical grounds. Caska was built on the site of the Roman town of Cissa, and snorkeling and diving here give you a close up of the ruins of the old town. The beach of Caska is a sand-gravel beach with slow sloping coastal line in a quiet bay.

Prosika:
The "city beach" of the city Pag is approx. 800 m long sandy beach. Due to the shallow water it is very popular for families with children.  Showers, toilets and changing rooms are available, as well as a beach volleyball court, restaurants, a playground and a water slide. On the beach you can rent pedal boats and jet skis.

Vodice:
Area of a couple of beautiful beaches and rocky bays.  

Zr
će:
The most famous beach on the island is situated before Novalja and is a big pebble beach, which is suitable for all those who like to have entertainment on the beach. Besides the party zone there is also the possibility to try out different sports like parasailing, wakeboarding, bungee jumping and much more.


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