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Places to visit at Pag Island

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Pag Island is the fifth biggest island in the Adriatic region. Everything about Pag is interesting, beginning from the fact that it’s divided into two counties – Lika and Zadar. Passing the bridge that connects the island with the land, the first thing people notice is the moonlike landscape Pag has. Some parts of the island are dry and barren with little to no vegetation, which resulted in making it a great film location. Pag has many things to offer to travelers coming from all over the world.

  1. Pag Fortress

Locally known under the name Fortica, this ancient fortress is the first thing you see after passing the bridge when entering the island. Surrounded by the crystal-clear blue sea from three sides, it is the perfect spot to take some breathtaking photos. According to the tale, the people of Pag welcomed and briefly received the Hungarian king Bela IV there, hiding from the attack of the Mongol army.

  1. Life on Mars trail

Healthy body, healthy mind is a saying worth knowing. Named after the famous Bowie song – Life on Mars, this trail will make mountain climbing an extraterrestrial experience. Stepping onto the track, the famous Pag stones, bare ground, and blue sea is all that is seen for miles while walking the trail. Hearing the goats in the distance is one more factor that makes this experience even better. The track is near the beautiful Ručica beach.

  1. Pag Triangle

One kilometer from Novalja, there is a place where many scientists and geologist spent their time exploring the unusual triangle formation imprinted into the stone ground. After the discovery that the stone inside the triangle has been exposed to extreme temperatures in the past, many people believe that aliens and UFOs have something to do with it. The place has been visited by more than half a million tourists since.

  1. Cheese and Lamb

For any food lover out there, Pag has more than enough authentic products to taste. Because of Pag’s terrain, sheep on the island have a unique diet. They feed on various medicinal plants such as nightingale, and sparse grass covered with salt brought by the wind. All of this results in the meat of Pag lamb having a delicious taste and world gastronomes consider it a top specialty.

The same reason lamb has a special taste is why Pag’s cheese is the most awarded in Croatia. Its taste is known around the world and a popular souvenir many bring home from their trip.

  1. Old Town Pag

Once home to 6,000 people Old Town Pag is now almost a ghost town. Still, there are beautiful ruins that can be seen of the Franciscan monastery and the church of St. Mary built in the 12th century. It is located about 1 kilometer away from the present Pag town.

  1. St. Vid – the highest top

At the height of 348 meters altitude is the tallest top of Pag Island. There stands a small church dedicated to Saint Vid built in the 14th century. The trip to the top is worth a while knowing that a view that awaits is a once in a lifetime sight.

  1. Pag Salt

Pag’s salt is one of the finest salts in the world, and the biggest salt manufacturer in Croatia. Driving through Pag, the salt islands and pools are an unavoidable sight. The tradition of making salt with the process of evaporation goes back to the 10th century. Salt museum in Pag is open all year long.


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