Location info

Basic info

Time zone: MEZ (UTC+1)
Croatia is part of the EU since 2013
“Croatia” in Croatian: Hrvatska
Area code: +385
Police: +385 19 2
Police station Novalja: 053 675 860 - Google maps
Fire department: +385 19 3
Ambulance: +375 19 4
Cab: +385 19 70
Road assistance: +385 19 87

Currency and exchange rates

Currency = Kuna (HRK)
1 Euro = 7,40506004 Kuna (HRK)
1 Schweizer Franken = 5,85968126 Kuna (HRK)
1 Canadian dollar = 4,96961777 Kuna (HRK)
1 U.S. dollar = 7,06399271 Kuna (HRK)
1 Australian dollar = 4,93847262 Kuna (HRK)
1 Japanese yen = 0,0599662341 Kuna (HRK)
1 Hungarian forint = 0,0241094071 Kuna (HRK)

NOTE: Exchange rates are merely for your own knowledge. We do not offer exchange services or guarantee these exchange rates.

Travelling by car

The island of Pag is situated north of Zadar Riviera. Is is one of the biggest Croatian islands and is connected with the mainland by a bridge on its the southern side. Prizna-Žigljen ferry ride which takes only 15-minute connects it with the mainland on its northern side. For visual representation check our island map.

You have to turn on your lights the whole day and night.

Speed limits:
in the town: max. 50km/h
highway: max. 90km/h
express highway: max. 130km/h
Road assistance phone number: +385 19 87

Weather

Summer in Croatia is hot with blue skies and almost no rain. Temperatures range from 27 to 35 degrees Celsius. In the Summer the sun is shining almost every day for over 10 hours and the temperature is around 27-35 degrees. Water is around 20-24 degrees Celsius. Sunrise it at 6am and sunset is at 9pm. Days are sunny and hot, nights are warm with stars in the sky.

The conditions are perfect for relaxing at the beach, swimming and having some drinks at the After Beach parties, before partying like crazy all night. Sunscreen, sunglasses and beach towels are absolutely a must have for your holiday on the Island of Pag.

Going to the beach

Zrce Beach is a picturesque 1km-long cove, located south-east of Novalja. With an amazing view of the mainlaind mountains and 4 big clubs with music playing day and night it offers an unparalleled clubbing experience.

Gajac Beach is located in the tourist town of Gajac in close proximity to Zrce Beach. It is less crowded and offers a more relaxed experience without loud music. We recommend having lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants on the beach - food is good and not expensive while the view is beautiful.

Besides Zrce and Gajac, there are many beautiful and lonely beaches close to the town of Novalja. such as Cista, Branicevica, Planjka, Lokunje and Babe. Beaches of Camp Straško and Caska are also very good, and close to Novalja.

Šimuni beach is a bit further, so its necessary to have a car to go there. It is home to sparkling crystal waters and rocky shores. It also has trees that provide shade that guests can either rest under or string up their hammock. Being somewhat isolated the location of Simuni Beach allows it to be less crowded than other spots, even during the high season.

Shops / Restaurants / Bars

Novalja is the tourist center on the northern part of the island, known for its turbulent nightlife that takes place on a nearby beach Zrce in clubs that are open there 24 hours a day. Novalja has everything for a dream holiday; many restaurants, bars and clubs, several hotels, many apartments and rooms, sports, and cultural and entertainment events.

Shops

At every accommodation area (Novalja, Gajac or Stara Novalja), you can find a local shop almost on any corner, but if you are searching for a supermarket, you can visit Hiper Novalis or Konzum near the bus station.

Restaurants

The island of Pag is specific for indented coast, numerous coves and beaches where there are small places where you can rent a private apartment or house and have pleasant vacations. If you want to savor the specialties of Novalja and the island of Pag ( Pag cheese, lamb, needle macaroni, curd strudel, a variety of fish and seafood dishes, traditional domestic delicacies such as hrostule and fritters), visit numerous restaurants and taverns in Novalja. We recommend you visit restaurants “Antonio”, “Sidro”, “Boskinac”, taverns “Arka”, “Stari Mlin” and “Antika”.

Bars

Unlike shops, you will find a bar on EVERY corner and EVERYWHERE :) Keep in mind, this is the main summer party destination in Croatia. Clubs and bars are an integral part of it and they will be happy to welcome you and your friends at almost any time of day.

Hospitals & police

There are hospitals and clinics in all larger cities, while first aid clinics and pharmacies can be found in small towns as well. Foreign tourists with valid health insurance of countries with which Croatia has signed a Social Security Agreement do not pay for emergency medical care during a private stay in the Republic of Croatia if they have a contract providing confirmation of their right to health care. Health care (including transport) is used for emergency cases in the manner and according to the regulations valid for Croatian citizens covered by social security, with identical participation in health care costs. Persons coming from countries with which there is no health care contract or agreement bear all the costs themselves, so it is advisable to opt for travel insurance with a private insurance company.

There is a police station in center of Novalja. For more info please visit: http://www.croatiatravelinfo.com/city/police-station-novalja/

Culture, Sports, Adventure

CULTURE

The Cultural summer of Novalja is taking place during all summer. The program is very palatable, with interesting happenings such as art exhibitions, classical music concerts, folk music performances, folklore groups’ performances, promotional book exhibitions, theater plays, open air cinema performances, entertainment music concerts and similar. The most visited manifestation are the evenings when the visitors can savor domestic delicacies while enjoying Dalmatian music.


SPORTS

The importance of sports and recreation is increasing every year in Novalja and surroundings. You can find a football stadium, a multi-purpose sports hall, tennis courts, fitness gyms, saunas etc. Sports lovers can paintball, hiking, cycling, tennis, walking, trekking and numerous other activities. Water sports, including diving, water skiing, speed boat tube pulling and yachting are a big thing, as the Island of Pag is a booming summer destination.


ADVENTURES

Olive Gardens of Lun

The grove is protected site thanks to the local government securing funds from the European Union to protect the 80,000 beautifully gnarled olive against development. In the 24 hectares that make up the garden the most important specimens are the 15,000 wild olive trees that can found interspersed among the other trees whose average age is 1,200 years old. These trees are the last of their kind in the region to still be left in their natural state. There is highly informative guided tour of the site which can be done either on foot (2 hours) or by golf cart (45 minutes) for a fee or you can wander the trails your own for free. Head to the tourist centre on arrival to find our more info, as all of the information I could find online was in Croatian.

Sirana Gligora

The award-winning products found at this squeaky clean cheese factory are made as they have been for centuries. Using sheep’s milk that comes from neighboring farms and traditional techniques, this business makes some of the tastiest creations on the island. It is an ideal destination for rainy or chilly days when visiting the beach isn’t an option. Weenjoyed a tour earlier this year and did not want to leave. The staff are super friendly the tour costs just 60 Kuna (just over €7). The guide gives you detailed overview of the work that goes into creating their specialty cheeses such as Paški sir and Zigljen, and you can see the team hard at work – and the cheese maturing. Just don’t touch them! If you enjoy what you sample, you can purchase more in the factory’s cheese shop.

The Lace Museum

The village of Pag is well known for its extraordinary lacework, which has adorned emperors and noblewomen to the common folk. Lace-making in Croatia began during the Renaissance period when it spread throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. Lace was originally used to make ecclesiastical garments or ornaments for clothing and tablecloths. The work is so important to the Croatian culture it was inscribed by UNESCO to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2009. This tiny museum, in the Ducal Palace (Kneževa Palača) was created to illustrate the history of this handicraft and provide examples of the best workmanship. Thus, it makes a good stop for those who have been rained out at the beach or those who are considering purchasing lace as a wonderful souvenir on their visit. After all, it’s best to know what the genuine article looks like, because otherwise what seems like a good bargain could prove a very costly mistake.

Distances and getting around

The island of Pag is situated north of Zadar Riviera. Is is one of the biggest Croatian islands and is connected with the mainland by a bridge on its the southern side. Prizna-Žigljen ferry ride which takes only 15-minute connects it with the mainland on its northern side. Distances from accommodation areas to Zrce beach are available in bottom left corner of our island map.

Due to the many people living in Novalja and want to party at Zrce Beach, there is a local bus driving from Novalja to Zrce every few minutes. You can use it to easily get from accommodation areas (Novalja, Gajac and Stara Novalja) to Hard Island and back, any time of day and night.

Check out the local bus route here.


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