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Pag

Pag, the capital city of the island sharing it's name was settled by the Illyrian peoples and comprises the central part of the isle. The town with approximately 3,800 inhabitants has developed itself into a well-protected, large bay, which is also home of the famous Zrče party beach of Novalja. The bay is navigable through a narrow channel at the end of the eastern peninsula of Pag. The city walls of Pag were built in the 15th century. At this time, the city already existed under the Romans and under the name of Pagus. Today, the remains of the antique city walls with its towers are significant landmarks and used as popular venues in Pag. In the Skrivanat tower, numerous cultural and music evenings are held here, especially in summer. Other historic buildings bear witness to the original character of the town that has been preserved, despite the town's rapid development into a tourist destination.

 

Antique flair on the car-free main square of Pag

The historic charm of the town is preserved in an impressive way: not only in the old town of Pag lying 1 km to the southwest containing the ruins of the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of Sveti Jurag (Saint George), but also in today's center, where the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady is located on the lively marketplace. The church was built in the Gothic and Renaissance style and is worth seeing mainly because of its impressive interior. Greater attention should be paid to the late Gothic rose window, which, at first glance, reminds visitors of Pag lace- a traditional craft of the island. With loving details, the locals make Pag lace doilies, which many tourists buy as souvenirs. The impressive history of lace as well as numerous examples can be seen in the Lace Museum in the city. It is privately owned.

Also on the square is the Prince's Palace from the 15th century, which once served as the administrative headquarters of the Venetians. Very close to the Prince's Palace is the tower of Pag where

Pag, the capital city of the island sharing it's name was settled by the Illyrian peoples and comprises the central part of the isle. The town with approximately 3,800 inhabitants has developed itself into a well-protected, large bay, which is also home of the famous Zrče party beach of Novalja. The bay is navigable through a narrow channel at the end of the eastern peninsula of Pag. The city walls of Pag were built in the 15th century. At this time, the city already existed under the Romans and under the name of Pagus. Today, the remains of the antique city walls with its towers are significant landmarks and used as popular venues in Pag. In the Skrivanat tower, numerous cultural and music evenings are held here, especially in summer. Other historic buildings bear witness to the original character of the town that has been preserved, despite the town's rapid development into a tourist destination.

 

Antique flair on the car-free main square of Pag

The historic charm of the town is preserved in an impressive way: not only in the old town of Pag lying 1 km to the southwest containing the ruins of the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of Sveti Jurag (Saint George), but also in today's center, where the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady is located on the lively marketplace. The church was built in the Gothic and Renaissance style and is worth seeing mainly because of its impressive interior. Greater attention should be paid to the late Gothic rose window, which, at first glance, reminds visitors of Pag lace- a traditional craft of the island. With loving details, the locals make Pag lace doilies, which many tourists buy as souvenirs. The impressive history of lace as well as numerous examples can be seen in the Lace Museum in the city. It is privately owned.

Also on the square is the Prince's Palace from the 15th century, which once served as the administrative headquarters of the Venetians. Very close to the Prince's Palace is the tower of Pag where prisoners had to once sit tight. Today, this Venetian palace is under cultural heritage protection and serves as a popular venue for cultural events. Undisturbed by traffic, you can take in the sights while relaxing in one of the cafés on the market square.

About 1 km outside the town is the picturesque old town of Pag, which has become a major archaeological site. The locals lived in the old center until the 16th century when Pag was ravaged by the plague. The fire, which was set with the intent to expel the plague, left only one building untouched: the church of Sveti Juraj, which houses a statue of Mary. Each year, the residents bear the Mary statue in a solemn procession to the new St. Mary's Church. In the old city, there is also the remains of a Franciscan monastery that can be visited.

Compared to Novalja, the second largest island town, Pag awaits visitors with quieter beaches. This does not mean that there are less leisure activities and restaurants to be found though. In the summer months, the beaches of Pag are well attended and the vacationers enjoy sunbathing and water sports. A nice change from a day at the beach is offered by the Dubrava Hanzina forest located to the northwest of Pag and good paths for walking and cycling are ready to be used. In the shadows of the trees you can explore nature on leisurely tours. 

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