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One of Croatia's more unusual islands, Pag Island is dry and relatively barren but hosts a vibrant island culture and has some great beaches. (See Pag Island on a map) Long (about 60km) and narrow (between 2 and 10 km), the island of Pag is best known for its pungent Pag cheese (Paski Sir ) prized throughout Croatia and delicious Pag lamb naturally flavoured with the salty grass that feeds the sheep. Pag Island manages a curious blend of modern and traditional culture.
Pag beaches are also numerous and relatively untouristed. There are plenty of wide, shallow coves tucked along the coast in addition to the beach just outside Pag town and Zrce beach in Novalja. One of the nicest beaches is the calm, shallow cove at Simun, site of a camping ground.
Dive centres organise excursions to nearby Premuda Island for its famous "cathedral".
Pag Island is easily accessible. From Zadar, it's an easy 30-minute drive across the causeway to Pag Town at the southern end. There are also several buses a day. Jadrolinija runs a daily 5pm passenger boat from Rijeka to Novalja, stopping at Rab town and plus frequent car ferries between Prizna on the mainland and the port of Zigljen on Pag Island. Rapska Plovidba is a local company that runs passenger boats from Rab Island to Lun and Jakisnica on Pag Island.
Accommodation on Pag Island is generally less expensive than elsewhere in Croatia but you'll find little open outside the summer season. More.
See the individual tourist offices for Novalja and Pag Town.
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