Pag Island - A Place For Everyone

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Pag island is very rocky - some say it looks like the surface of the moon ...

Located in the north-Dalmatian archipelago, Pag island is between Kvarneric and the Velebit Channel.

The population is a healthy 7,969 - the low-lying section of the island is located in the southwest with the steep and high area residing in the northwest.

Pag Bay contains Caska Cove - Stara Novalja is the other bay. In the southeast there are three capes.

Pag has a traditional Mediterranean climate and contains so surface water streams. You can, however, find springs near Metajna, Novalja, Povljane, and Pag. The island is very rocky with only sparse areas covered with some shrubs. The southeast boasts a few karst lakes - Velo Blato and Malo Blato. The highest peak is Sveti Vid at 348 m.

Pag the city

Many different types of vegetables and fruit are grown on Pag island - most of the Lun peninsula contains bounteous olive groves. Sheep shearing and viniculture are the main facets of the economy of the island.

You can get to various destinations on the island by road and a bridge via Cape Fortica, Razanac and Posedarje. The ferry connection is Prizna - Zigljen. You can also visit the major ports located at Stara Novalja, Pag, Caska, Metajna, Dinjiska, Stara Povljana, Nova Povljana, Kosljun, Simuni, Mandre, Novalja and Tovarnele.

Photo of Pag island bridge

The island of Pag has an interesting history stretching back over thousands of years. The Liburnians inhabited the island, as well as people from the Bronze Age. The Romans built a fortification system upon taking over the island from the Illyrians to guard against uprisings.

In addition to the various forts scattered across the island, there were large and small Roman settlements and a town in Tovanele near Lun, where you can still go to see the ancient ruins.

The Croats eventually took over Pag, settling in Kesa (part of this original town is located in modern-day Novalja). In 1071 King Petar Kresimir IV gave the northern part of the island to the church of Rab, with the southern part going to Zadar.

After the 12th century Kesa fell from power and Pag became the predominant city on the island. Under the Venetian Republic from 1409-1797, Pag went through much of the same historical circumstances the rest of Dalmatia endured under Austrian rule.

Occupied by Germany/Italy in 1941, Pag went to the Italians and then the Germans. In 1945 it was annexed to Croatia.

On the island you'll see that the folk traditions have been preserved by the locals. The music, dances, and the stitched and crochet lacework are still part of the island's culture and daily life.

You can access the island via the Pag Bridge from Cape Osjak on the mainland near Miletici to Cape Fortica on the island near Miskovici.

The town of Pag is located in the central part of the island. Keep in mind that although you can reach the island all year round in most weather conditions, during the winter months the cold and harsh bora wind blowing from Mt. Velebit may change the ferry schedule, so be prepared for delays on such occasions.

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