A special feature of the island’s fauna is the griffon vulture, the largest bird found in Croatia. It is protected by law and it can also be found on the islands of Kvarner. Along with the vulture, some birds of prey found their habitat on the island of Pag, of which the most striking are the golden eagle, horned owl and falcon.
In gastronomy the most significant specialties are already mentioned Pag sheep cheese and lamb, as well as dishes based on fresh fish and seafood, found in abundance in this part of the Adriatic Sea. The town of Pag was founded in 15th century, mainly as a centre for the production of sea salt, which to present day remained one of the most significant industries on the island, along with tourism. In Pag it is still possible to see manufacturing of salt using traditional method of draining in small clay basins (soline) into which the sea water is introduced. These salt basins offer authenticity, and they are also very interesting photographic motif.
The town of Pag, besides salt, is also famous as a town of handicrafts because of the famous Pag lace which has been nourished through centuries, every piece of lace is a unique item, and that slow and demanding needlework can still be seen today in the streets of the old town.
Novalja is the leading tourism centre on Pag today. It is situated in a gentle bay on the northwest part of the island, and its extraordinary beauty comes from wonderful sand and pebble beaches that surround it.
The historical sights of Novalja include Roman aqueduct which during summer heat maintains the chilly temperature of around 15 Celsius, Stomorica – a large collection of early-Christian antiquities, Basilica Urbana with well preserved Roman mosaics, and Cissa (today Caska) - the remnants of a big army camp built by the Roman legions. Novalja features many restaurants, taverns and pizzerias that offer a variety of dishes, from the simpler to the most exquisite ones.
The crowded terraces of numerous cafés and cocktail bars create a special summer atmosphere, and at the beaches and on the sea there are many recreational and sport activities (waterslides, jet ski, volleyball...) to choose from.
In the past few years Novalja has become a mecca for young people from all over Europe and the world thanks to its internationally famous beach Zrće, situated in a well sheltered bay few kilometers out of town. Zrće and its beach bars and clubs offer to the young people from all over the world an unforgettable party that goes on 24 hours a day, and features live performances from the world’s most famous DJs. Because of its secluded location, the night life at Zrće does not bother the guests in Novalja and Gajac
Tourist settlement naselje Gajac is situated in the southwest part of the island of Pag and is connected to Novalja, which is 2 kilometers away, with a regular bus. In the off season, less than a hundred residents live in its apartments, but during summer it becomes a real town with almost 10000 people. Along the coast stretches a long sand beach Braničevica facing the open sea. There, with freshening up in the sea, you can also enjoy the services of good catering establishments right next to the beach. In the centre of Gajac there is a main square where you can find several grocery stores, cafés, internet cafés, a small market with fresh fruits and fish, news-stands, bakery, restaurants, post office and hairdresser’s, and other additional facilities like pizzerias, sports equipment, bicycle and scooter rentals and other you can find in the settlement or at the beach.