About 30km north of Pag Town on Pag Island, Novalja is a town and port that has now become one of the top summer party spots in Europe. Although once a simple fishing village, the town has expanded dramatically to accommodate the influx of partiers. There's been a tremendous amount of new construction, mostly involving apartments, snack spots and shops for beachwear. There's little to see or do in town except shop and stroll but only a couple of kilometres away is the legendary Zrce beach.
Zrce Beach Music Festivals
There's a reason why everyone comes to 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. Full lineup, transport and ticket sales for the Hideout Festival.
Also world-famous is Fresh Island Festival, the only hip-hop festival in southern Europe. Full lineup, transport and ticket sales for the Fresh Island Festival
Party Spots on Zrce Beach
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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Getting to Novalja
Another option is a new service that connects Novalja with Rijeka with Zadar, stopping at Krk and Lopar (Rab island) daily from 15 June to 15 September. The service is handled by G&VLine Jadera. Timetables and booking information is available on the website.
Or, take a day trip to Zrce beach from Split in a luxury minibus.
Regular island buses connect Novalja with Pag town. The music festivals also run shuttle buses between Novalja and Zrce beach to supplement the spotty local service.
Tourist Information in Novalja
In Novalja, the tourist office (tel 023-663 570) is at Setaliste Hrvatskih Mornar 1.