The most common thing that crosses your mind when we mention the fifth largest island in Croatia – Island of Pag – is attractive nightlife on the famous pebble Zrće beach which is often called the Croatian Ibiza.
The beach attracts a lot of tourists seeking fun since it is one of the favorite party destinations in Europe. Unfortunately, people with different appetites, who want to relax and are looking for the charm of the other side of tourism, often cross Pag from their list of islands they want to visit while in Croatia, and Pag remains neglected because they do not know that Pag town offers a different type of vacation than Novalja and Zrće.
This beautiful island, located in the Adriatic Sea, is the only Croatian island divided between two counties. Novalja, a strong tourist location on the northern part of the island is a favorite for accommodation among fun lovers because of its position and immediate proximity to the popular Zrće beach. The largest town on the island of Pag (Pag town), located on the south part of the island tells a completely different story because of the offer that combines historic value, indigenous products, remarkable architecture, and a beautiful setting with attractive beaches. Pag Town is an ideal destination if you are looking for a getaway from the city because here you will find true peace and a simple walk to the shop in your most comfortable clothes will restore the feeling of freedom you missed.
The earliest name of Pag is preserved in the work of Roman writer Pliny in the 1st century. Cissa (Kissa), is most probably of Illyrian origin. Today’s name Pag (island and city), because of numerous sources of water, some tried to interpret it as a derivative from the Greek word Pege, but it was generally accepted that the name Pag originated from the Latin word Pagus meaning village. The town of Pag felt the increase of tourism in the early 1960s, although Pag had its tourist brochure already in 1929, and at the beginning of the 20th century, the first hotel was opened.
The town of Pag is a quiet place that has a soul and respects tradition and leaves a completely different impression from Novalja. Most of the architecture dates from the 15th century. It is recognizable by lace-making and very delicious Pag cheese. There are several restaurants with a rich offer of traditional food predominantly with Mediterranean specialties where you can enjoy a pleasant ambiance and home-made wine. We personally recommend Tavern Bodulo, a charming restaurant with excellent service offering delicious local food. Friendly staff, family atmosphere, and delicious specialties served on the charming terrace are just some of the factors to pay Bodulo’s visit!
The entrance to the city has kept its high level as there are signposts at the entrance that show the location of all the major destinations in the city. At the present location, Pag was built in the 15th century according to the urban plan of the famous Croatian Renaissance sculptor and architect Juraj Dalmatinac, with a central square and four streets that correctly divide the city into 4 quarters. Particularly interesting architecture worth seeing is the Prince’s Palace and Skrivanat tower – the only one remaining tower from nine towers that once surrounded the city. All public areas are arranged and maintained, and the Riva is a favorite place for a social life so it is up to you to decide which coffee shop suits you best to spend your holiday enjoying in refreshing drinks on a nice terrace!
The city is planned very harmoniously, according to the principles of the Mediterranean belt. You will be pleasantly surprised with this romantic town waiting to be discovered. Enjoy a relaxing holiday in Pag town and feel the Mediterranean energy of the island!