Pag Island

  • Pag lamb

    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out

    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Pag lace

    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out

    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Novalja, Pag

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Pag town

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Pag town

    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out

    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Pag

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Pag cheese

    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out

    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Woman sewing lace, Pag

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Zrće beach, Pag

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out

Approaching Pag by a regular 20-minute ferry hop from the mainland, you may be forgiven for thinking that you’ve landed on the moon. The east coast is a bleak, forbidding landscape of stark white and barren limestone karst against the blue expanse of sea and sky, blown bare by the Bura wind. When it’s hot, it’s baking. The upside is the food produced here under such harsh conditions: outstanding lamb and the famous cheese of paški sir.

Pag is thin and 64km (40 miles) long, made up of two parallel mountain ranges. Settlements are mainly sleepy fishing villages, with two towns, Novalja and Pag town. Novalja is a resort town that’s become party central. Zrće beach, a short bus ride away, is the biggest club hub in Croatia.

By contrast, the administrative and commercial centre of Pag town exudes cultural heritage. Narrow, fortified medieval streets weave beneath a 15th-century Gothic cathedral and the sun beats hard off the white stone pavement as ladies painstakingly stitch Pag lace in doorways.


Festivals and events at Zrće beach, Pag

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Hideout Festival
Festivals and events

Fresh Island Festival
Festivals and events

Barrakud
Festivals and events

Papaya Day and Night
Festivals and events


Hotels and accommodation on Pag

Hotel Tony
Hotels


Restaurants on Pag

Na Tale
Restaurants

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Konoba Bile
Restaurants


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