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Zrce beach: quiet until nightfall
About 30km north of Pag Town on Pag Island, Novalja is a small town and port that has now become one of the top summer party spots in Europe. The small town is short on sightseeing but only a couple of kilometres away is the legendary Zrce beach.
The wide, shingle beach curving around a shallow bay creates a stunning backdrop to a series of music festivals throughout the summer. The best known is the Hideout Festival in late June which features the best of underground dance music.
A close runner-up would be the Sonus Festival in late August, a massively popular dance party with renowned DJs.
For more sedate pleasures, try the Novalja Feast of St Anthony on June 13 which kicks off several days of concerts including klapa singing, folk songs, classical music and more.
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You can also get a taxi transfer direct from Split airport to Novalja at a surprisingly affordable price from Solo Transfers.
Or, take a day trip to Zrce beach from Split in a luxury minibus.
In Novalja, the tourist office (tel 023-663 570) is at Setaliste Hrvatskih Mornar 1.
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