Famous for salt works, cheese and lace, from your approach to Pag Island and its largest town Pag, you’ll notice another of the islands famous qualities. For the complete length, around 63 kilometres, it is bare and rocky – like a lunar landscape. Hence, Pag is a must-see island of Adriatic.
You’ll find plenty of shrubbery but rarely a tree, apart from Lun where there’s a century old olive reserve.
The island’s main town, Pag Town was established in the 15th century and still has numerous houses from the 15th and 16th centuries with the narrow, stone streets retaining a medieval flavor.
Builder and architect Juraj Dalmatinac designed the town with the church being at the centre of the action. Apart from his 15th-century Church of the Assumption built in Gothic style, visit the remaining parts of the city walls, towers and gates (there are four) and don’t forget to pop into the Salt Exhibition housed in a former salt warehouse.
Take a peek inside the Ducal Palace (designed by Dalmatinac) which houses the Pag Lace Gallery, displaying examples of the islands famous lace. Try not to leave Pag without buying a piece. There are numerous grey-haired ladies perched around the town, so you can buy directly from the makers.
All along the bay are picturesque little coves with gravel beaches which are great for swimming, but bring a beach umbrella, there is no shade.
It’s impossible to leave the island without tasting the famous cheese or ham that’s dried outside in the sea breeze. For a meal try Baskotini for seafood dishes and the dessert Baskotini, a kind of hard sweet toast, a special recipe from the monastery of St. Margarita in Pag.