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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 is becoming well known among young Croatians for its sizzling summer nightlife. There are a few remains from the Roman settlement but most of the town is quite new. It doesn't have the charm of Pag Town but only a couple of kilometres out of town is the splendid Zrce beach, probably the best in central Dalmatia. During the summer, a bevy of bars serve icy cocktails on the beach while the DJ spins the latest dance beats.
Zrce is a hot scene all summer and the best nightlife spot in Croatia but the best time to experience it is during the annual Hideout Festival, recently named by the Guardian as one of Europe's best festivals.
A close runner-up would be the Spring Break Festival, a massively popular dance party with renowned DJs that takes place at the beginning of June.
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.
And for beaches? Zrce beach is a wide circle of sand bordering a shallow bay. Throw down a towel or check into the Noa Beach Club, one of Croatia's best beach clubs with a pool, five bars, a dance floor and a workout area.
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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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