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Island of Pag

Pag is a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea. It is the fifth-largest island of the Croatian coast, and the one with the longest coastline.

island of PagIn the 2011 census, the population of the island was 9,059. There are two towns on the island, Pag and Novalja, as well as many smaller villages and tourist places. Pag is the only Croatian island that is administratively divided between two counties. Its northern part belongs to Lika-Senj County, while the central and southern parts belong to Zadar County. Pag belongs to the north Dalmatian archipelago and it extends northwest-southeast along the coast, forming the Velebit channel. The island has an area of 284.56 square kilometres (109.87 sq mi) and the coastline is 269.2 kilometres (167.27 mi).[1] It is around 60 kilometres (37 miles) long (from northwest to southeast), and between 2 and 10 kilometres (1.2 and 6.2 miles) wide.

Novalja has a long, eventful and interesting history, beginning with numerous archaeological discovers at various places around the town and its surrounding area. Among them are 3 early Christian basilicas from the 4th and 5th centuries; the remains of the floor mosaic of one of these basilicas can be seen within the Gothic church of Our Lady of the Rosary in the town centre. Many fragments of church furniture and other similar items are preserved in an archaeological collection called Stomorica. The Reliquary, found by one of the basilicas and now located in the Zadar Archaeological Museum, is also very valuable. One of the oldest illustrations of Our Lady with the inscription Maria ever found on the east coast of the Adriatic was found here in Novalja.

In archaeological terms, the area of Caska is especially interesting and there have recently been investigations of the Roman settlement of Cisse, which legend says collapsed in an earthquake in the 4th century. A unique aqueduct carved out of solid rock dating back to the 1st century and measuring 1.2 km in length, 70 cm in width and 9 overhead openings up to 40 m in height, is one of the most interesting and valuable sites in the area. This one-of-a-kind Roman aqueduct, popularly known as the Italian's Hole, once supplied Novalja with water from the Novalja fields. The entrance to this water supply system is located inside the Town Museum, which boasts a range of Novalja's cultural and ethnological heritage. Highlights from the national treasury house include the "Nashki" local dance, performed in colourful folk costumes to the music of the local bagpipes.

People also treasure the traditional two-part folk singing known as nakant, which has its own festival here, while the klapa (traditional a capella singing) groups Navalia (male) and Murtelice (female) preserve original Dalmatian folk songs. Liturgical singing has a special value here and its richness is particularly evident in the religious rites of Holy Week (from Palm Sunday to Easter).


Novalja is the most important tourist center of the island of Pag with a rich cultural and historical heritage. It is located to the north-west of the town of Pag.

island of Pag This place has a long turbulent and interesting past, proved by numerous archeological findings, the most famous of which are the 3 early Christian basilicas from the 4th and 5th century. Historical monuments enthusiasts can visit and explore the antic aqueduct from the 1st century ( carved into a live stone and has nine apertures above land), the remains of the floor mosaic from one of the basilicas, located within the gothic church of the Our Lady of the Rosary, numerous parts of church furniture and countless other objects kept in the archeological collection “Stomorica”, submerged remains of the roman town Cissa on the place of today’s Caska. The remains of the submerged trade ship from the 1st century BC are particularly interesting to the divers.

Novalja has a rich tourist offer so people of all ages can find entertainment there. Everyone will find something to their liking. During summer, the Cultural summer of Novalja is organized. It is rich with interesting happenings such as art exhibitions, classical music concerts, folk music performances, folklore groups’ performances, promotional book exhibitions, theater plays, open air cinema performances, entertainment music concerts and similar. The most visited manifestation are the evenings when the visitors can savor domestic delicacies while enjoying Dalmatian music.

Novalja is an ideal place for younger population in search of entertainment until the early morning hours – it offers the best nightlife in Croatia. It hosts day beach parties and numerous other activities which are only an introduction to the fun that lasts all night long, often continues the next day.
The legendary nightlife of this place is made of the Zrce beach, visited by the young from all over Europe during summer, exactly because of its nightlife. Some of the best Croatian and even world clubs are located on Zrce.

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Besides Zrce, located south-east of Novalja, there are numerous other beautiful beaches, such as “Caska” ( east of Novalja, on the place of the ancient roman town), “Strasko” ( south of Novalja), “Branicevica”, “Planjka”, “Lokunje” and “Babe”.

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The importance of sports and recreation is increasing in the tourist offer of Novalja. It now offers a football stadium, a multi-purpose sports hall, tennis courts, fitness gyms, saunas etc. Sports lovers can enjoy diving, water skiing, paintball, hiking, cycling, tennis, walking, trekking, rafting and numerous other activities. If you haven’t been to Novalja and haven’t seen what this place has to offer, we recommend you come to visit the island of Pag. If once you come here, you will keep coming back.

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