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Novalja is the most important tourist center of the island of Pag with a rich cultural and historical heritage. It is located to the north-west of the town of Pag. This place has a long turbulent and interesting past, proved by numerous archeological findings, the most famous of which are the 3 early Christian basilicas from the 4th and 5th century. Historical monuments enthusiasts can visit and explore the antic aqueduct from the 1st century ( carved into a live stone and has nine apertures above land), the remains of the floor mosaic from one of the basilicas, located within the gothic church of the Our Lady of the Rosary, numerous parts of church furniture and countless other objects kept in the archeological collection “Stomorica”, submerged remains of the roman town Cissa on the place of today’s Caska. The remains of the submerged trade ship from the 1st century BC are particularly interesting to the divers.
Novalja has a rich tourist offer so people of all ages can find entertainment there. Everyone will find something to their liking. During summer, the Cultural summer of Novalja is organized. It is rich 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.
Novalja is an ideal place for younger population in search of entertainment until the early morning hours – it offers the best nightlife in Croatia. It hosts day beach parties and numerous other activities which are only an introduction to the fun that lasts all night long, often continues the next day. The legendary nightlife of this place is made of the Zrce beach, visited by the young from all over Europe during summer, exactly because of its nightlife. Some of the best Croatian and even world clubs are located on Zrce.
Besides Zrce, located south-east of Novalja, there are numerous other beautiful beaches, such as “Caska” ( east of Novalja, on the place of the ancient roman town), “Strasko” ( south of Novalja), “Branicevica”, “Planjka”, “Lokunje” and “Babe”.
The importance of sports and recreation is increasing in the tourist offer of Novalja. It now offers a football stadium, a multi-purpose sports hall, tennis courts, fitness gyms, saunas etc. Sports lovers can enjoy diving, water skiing, paintball, hiking, cycling, tennis, walking, trekking, rafting and numerous other activities.
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”.
If you haven’t been to Novalja and haven’t seen what this place has to offer, we recommend you come to visit the island of Pag. If once you come here, you will keep coming back.
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* prices for June 2017 based on the maximum capacity for a minimum stay of 7 days