Pag Island – Island of Salt, Cheese and the Lace
Pag Island is the fifth largest island in the map of Adriatic Sea. Pag Island is known for its poor coverage of vegetation and it is often compared to the moon surface. Rocky landscape with a few stalks of aromatic herbs that graze sheep creates a little bit spooky feeling.
The biggest bay of Pag Island is rounded by 20 km of pebble beaches. Pag is the largest kingdom of rocky ground where thin grass, low aromatic herbs, sage and immortelle grow. This herb is essential in the diet of sheep on the rocky ground, giving a special taste of the famous cheese.
Pag Island offers unusual shapes, wild exoticism, gentle oasis, hiking trails and shallow bays.
What to see on Pag Island
Historically and culturally the most interesting place on the Pag Island is town Pag. Pag is the town of sea salt. Because of its importance in the 15th century Pag originated as a planned fortified city.
Pag is the town of the famous handmade Pag lace which are practiced over the centuries; each is a unique item and this slow and demanding work living, even today, on the streets of the Old Town.
All over the town, you can see beautifully carved doorposts on the entrances of the noblemen’s houses and yards, small baroque balconies, stone coats of arms from the 15th to the 18th century and a magnificent portal on the Rector’s Palace. This well-preserved medieval city whose center is the culture monument, even today serves as the administrative, cultural and commercial center.
The town of Pag is rich in cultural and historical monuments. The most important are the Congregation Church of Mary’s Assumption, the Rector’s Palace and Tower Skrivanat – the only one remaining of nine towers that are along the defensive walls, once surrounded the town.
The must-see in Novalja is Roman aqueduct or the City Museum in Novalja where is one of the most interesting cultural institutions. The museum is located inside of the entrance to the underground water supply (Italian buza) from ancient times. It was built in the 1st century BC. Water supply is entirely carved in stone by human hand, with a length of 1042 m and average width is about 60 cm., where the temperature is never higher than fifteen degrees. Visitors can see it in the distance of about 150 meters.
You can look Stomorica – a large collection of early Christian antiquities, and the Basilica with preserved mosaics. There is also Cissa (today Caska), the remains of a large military camp built by the Roman army.
Veliko Blato is an important place in the tourist offer of the Pag Island. In the ornithological reserve are exceptional facilities for bird watching and recreational tourism that is based on a site visit, bird-watching and photographing. Experts in the area of the Veliko Blato have documented 143 bird species and marked bird species for bird watchers. In addition to the Veliko Blato on the Pag Island, there is also Malo Blato near the Veliko Blato and the Kolan Blato. All three areas have been declared an ornithological reserve. It is necessary to buy tickets for Veliko Blato in the Tourist office in Povljana.
If you visit this place from place Vidalici it requires skill in walking on the rocks because of the lack of the beaten path. Another approach is from the road to the ferry port Zigljen. From that side, it can be approached dirt road to this phenomenon.
Lun Olive Groves
Lun olive groves are what make the place Lun unique on the Pag Island, but also in the world. Among the approximately 80,000 olive trees that exist on the field Lun, about 1500 are wild olive trees that stand out with 5-8 meters tall and with a diameter of 20-80 cm.
The age of some olive is about 1500 years estimating experts!
This field is the only one of this kind on the Adriatic and one of the three sites of its kind in the world and therefore has a huge botanical value. Due to its features, 1963 is protected and declared a botanical reserve.
What to do in Pag Island
The island of Pag is the perfect island for all ages and levels of cyclists, but most of because of its length, indentation, and unlike most of the islands, because of their relative lowland configuration.
For fans of the road, cycling is available a large number of kilometers of asphalted roads. The landscapes are really beautiful, a settlement house or refreshments are frequent.
“Off-road” and “mountain bike” paths are well marked and even more amazing with landscapes that pass, and refreshments in the form of a swim in the clear sea are almost always available.
For the less ambitious or families with children, we recommend short trips to nearby beaches. Certainly, do not forget to take more than enough water with you.
Lovers of mountain climbing can enjoy climbing to the steep part of St Vid and rocks above the beach Rucica on the northwest side of Pag bay. In those places are special marks for rock climbing. In certain areas of the island, the rocks are highly lifted because of exposure to the north wind (bora) and have unusual shapes.
Studies have shown that winds blow 350 days a year on Pag Island. In the summer, during the day alternates several winds: about three o’clock in the afternoon blowing light wind known as the mistral which is suitable for surfing, especially for those who are not fond of fast rides and stunts.
The Pag bay is suitable and safe for diving, especially in shallow and central parts of the bay. Sea currencies are not strong and there are no large fluctuations in the temperature of the sea. Sightseeing along the shore is a special experience to anyone who is engaged in diving because the underwater landscape is very interesting.
Zrce Beach Party
The uniqueness on this beach are clubs Papaya, Calypso and Aquarius where the fun lasts continuously, and for music are in charge most famous D.J. Performances on Zrce beach became a matter of prestige and confirmation of quality.
Guide for Gastronomy of Pag Island
The particularity of Pag cheese is its hardness and salinity, and specific aroma and flavor that give it its essential oils.
Pag lamb is the best through January, February and March. Its specificity is extremely soft and delicious meat from the lambs in which every gourmand can enjoy.
Pag’s prosciutto is considered to be the highest quality; the prosciutto is salted with domestic salt and dried to a strong winter storm.
Pag’s sage honey is among the most wanted in the Croatian market, primarily because of its medicinal properties.
Baskotin is a kind of hard biscuits made only in Pag. They are sold exclusively in the Benedictine monastery of St Margarita. Baskotin is very tasty and spicy, and the tradition of its development is very long.