Gajac - island Pag
The Island of Pag is one of the biggest islands in the Adriatic Sea, and with 270 kilometers of indented coast it has the reputation of the island with the longest coastline on the Adriatic, rich with coves, bays, capes and beaches.

The biggest bay, called "the bay of Pag", is rounded by 20 kilometers of pebble beaches, and the biggest part of the island is characterized by its "moonlike" rocky landscape with only few trees and intersected by long drystone walls typical of Dalmatian coast. On such an inhospitable terrain grow scarcely some grass, sage and other aromatic herbs which is the basis for nutrition of Pag’s sheep. Thanks to those aromatic herbs and the sea salt that gets onto them brought by a strong north-eastern wind (called "bura"), the famous Pag cheese and lamb have such a distinctive and unique tastes.
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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.

Sport & Outdoor
  • Water sports
    Zrće beach, apart from the wild night parties, offers to its visitors various water sports and attractions, such as jet ski rentals, windsurfing, waterskiing with a powerboat or ski lift, and banana boats.
  • Cycling trails
    On Pag there is a total of over 115 km of mountain bike trails with a beautiful landscape that will satisfy cycling and nature enthusiasts, and because of that cycling became one of the main reasons for coming to the island. About 90% of the trails on the island are suitable for recreational cyclists of medium physical shape and for families. There is a total of 14 well-ordered cycling trails on the whole island.
  • Wakeboard - ski lift
    Try out adrenalin-pumping wakeboarding on the ski lift on beach Zrće, one of the newest and most modern ones in Croatia. The ski lift is suitable for both beginners and for more experienced water-skiers and wake-boarders, and for the true adrenalin addicts, there is also a bungee jump crane.
  • Hiking trails and free climbing
    Hiking and free climbing enthusiasts will enjoy the nearby Paklenica National Park in which they can engage in their favorite activities in an unpolluted and authentic Velebit environment.
What to visit
  • Paklenica National Park
    Paklenica was declared a National Park in 1949 and today it is one of the most popular areas for natural sciences and tourism of the north-eastern part of the Mediterranean. Paklenica is characterized by its rich and diverse flora and fauna with many endemic species such as griffon vulture and karst phenomena of which Manita peć is the most famous, but also by a wide selection of sports activities with special emphasis on free climbing and trekking, and hiking excursions with a picnic in a forest cottage "Lugarnica".
  • Kornati National Park
    Kornati National Park, with a total area of approximately 220 km2, consists of 89 islands, islets and reefs, and it is located in the Northern Dalmatia area between Zadar and Šibenik. Today, Kornati are one of the favorite destinations for yachtsmen from all over Europe, and it is possible to visit Kornati by boat excursions starting from Zadar every day. 
  • North Velebit National Park
    North Velebit is the “youngest” Croatian national park, declared not long ago, in 1999. The national park is characterized by exceptional diversity of karst phenomena and the richness of wildlife and natural beauties in a relatively small area. Lukina jama (Luke’s pit), discovered in 1999, is particularly famous and considered to be one of the world’s deepest pits. The most famous inhabitant of this park is the symbol of Lika – the brown bear.
  • Nightlife Zrće
    Zrće beach is the ultimate place on the Adriatic coast for wild parties. The day-time party is provided by numerous facilities and sea activities such as ski lift, while the unforgettable night party is guaranteed by excellent night clubs with their untamed house music, go-go dancers and world-renowned DJs like DJ Tiesto and others. 
  • Zadar
     About an hour of driving from Gajac is one of the most beautiful and progressive cities on the Croatian coast, the city of Zadar. Visit the impressive church of St. Donatus, or enjoy the unique sounds of Sea organ and the game of lights of the newest Zadar attraction, “Pozdrav suncu” (Salutation to the Sun).
For gourmands
  • Fish and seafood
    Among various fish and seafood dishes, we must recommend clear fish soup, “novaljski brudet” (fish stew Novalja style), seafood salads and risottos, and boiled or grilled fish. One of the traditional dishes of the island is also salted pilchards.
  • Pag cheese
    Young Pag cheese can be found at the end of winter and the start of spring. Because of the usual high demand, matured cheese can be hard to find. The young cheese is considerably softer and easier than the matured one. Matured (aged) cheese is grated and used as a seasoning for other dishes or simply sliced and eaten with homemade bread, olive oil and prosciutto. Pag cheese is not to be stored in a refrigerator, but well oiled up and covered with linen in a dark, dry and ventilated place. 
  • Lamb
    A special feature of Pag lamb is exceptionally tender and very tasty meat that, we are sure, every gourmet will enjoy. The lamb is the best in January, February and March, during sheep milking period. It is most delicious when prepared under “peka” with potatoes as a side dish or roasted on a spit.
  • Baškotini
    Baškotini is a type of tasty and fragrant crunchy biscuit traditionally made in the city of Pag for centuries. They can be purchased only in the Benedictine convent of St. Margarita, in Jose Felicinović Street. They can be eaten as they are but they taste the best when dipped in sweetened milk and coffee. 
For memory
  • Pag Lace
     Today, Pag lace is recognized as intangible cultural heritage of Croatia inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is probably the most beautiful souvenir that you can take home from the island of Pag. The tradition of lace making remained to this day, and it is still possible to see women of Pag handcraft their lace on the streets of the old town of Pag.
  • Pag cheese
    Special features of the famous Pag sheep cheese are its hardness and saltiness, and distinctive aroma and flavor provided by aromatic herbs’ essential oils. Pag sheep are farmed on hills that are exposed to saltiness from the sea due to frequent north-eastern wind, and it is exactly that saltiness, sage and immortelle that give Pag cheese its unique and distinctive aroma.