Best Islands in Croatia | Pag Island

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Pag is an island in the north Adriatic Sea and the fifth-largest island on the Croatian coast. Due to its dry landscape with no trees or rivers and very little vegetation, Pag is a completely atypical island in Croatia. We’ll cover things to do, beaches to visit, and where to stay on one of the best islands in Croatia, Pag.  Thanks to its unusual topography, Pag has become well-known in the world of movies. Have you watched the Netflix comedy DJ Ibiza, Ridley Scott’s The Terror or the BBC series The Grand Tour? If so, you’ll recognize Pag as the film location.

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Best Things To Do in Pag

An interesting fact is that the island of Pag brings together cultures that are not joinable – a lively, party town and a quiet, peaceful village. How? Well, the two main cities are Pag and Novalja. Let’s introduce each of them:

  • Novalja is the largest resort on the island, situated 25 km from the Pag city. A vibrant place full of sizzling nightlife, lively beach bars, and numerous party spots. Only 3 kilometers outside the town you will find Zrce, the biggest party place in Croatia during the summer months. This party beach is particularly famous for world-known underground dance music DJs and festivals (read Sonus and Hideout festival). 
  • Pag town is an old town with laid-back vibes in the south. Unlike Novalja, here you can shop, explore traditions or go sightseeing. Wander around old, narrow streets constructed in squares. Discover old churches, duke palaces from the 15th century or the last remaining tower from the prior fortification. Here you can find lots of private accommodation options, as well as several hotels. 

Pag is worth the visit if for nothing else, then for a traditional carnival. With both winter and summer versions, Pag’s carnival makes a great place to enjoy Pasko kolo, a traditional folk dance. 

Interesting fact: Pag is best known for local cheese, wine, salt, lace, and lamb. Therefore, a unique souvenir to bring home is a traditional Pag’s intricate lace, a local white wine Zutica or sharp Pag’s cheese, prized throughout Croatia.

Extra tip: If you like bird-watching, head to Veliko Blato on the south of the island. It is a shelter for more than 150 birdlife species, so don’t forget to bring your camera.

Best Beaches in Pag

As most of the island is rocky without Mediterranean vegetation, you won’t find shade on Pag’s beaches, which can be tricky on hot summer days. Beaches are relatively untouristed with plenty of wide, shallow coves along the coast. Some of the most popular ones are: 

  • Rucica Beach – a beach full of beautiful scenery made of rocks is ideal for those looking for peace and tranquility, as well as for hiking and trekking lovers.
  • Beretnica – a sandy beach surrounded by rocks makes a perfect place for sunbathing.
  • Suncana – the only beach with shades is also ideal for jogging and cycling.
  • Prnjica – a sandy beach with shallow water, popular among families with children.
  • Planjka – situated 1.5 km from Novalja, it’s the only beach on the island that has been awarded the blue flag. A combination of fine, hot sand and various interesting activities such as jet skis, paddle boats, and water slides, Planjka beach attracts numerous tourists.

Just outside the city center, there are several camps with some lovely beaches: Camp Simuni, Camp Kosljun, Camp Strasko, etc. The latter is ideal for families with children due to the beautiful beach with shallow water.

Where to Stay in Pag

If you’re looking to spend a little more time on one of the best islands in Croatia, Pag – I’ve outlined my hotel recommendations below:

Best Boutique Hotel in Pag –  Hotel Boskinac: In the hills and surrounded by vineyards, this boutique hotel has it’s own wine cellar and restaurant.

Best Luxury Hotel in Pag –  Hotel Kaneo: Steps from the beach, this modern and sleek hotel offers an outdoor pool, sauna, restaurant and bar.

Best Budget Hotel in Pag –  Sobe Bile: Located in the historic center or Pag, this budget stay is in a great location. Guests love the authentic Konoba restaurant on the ground floor, and breakfast is included.

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