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Island Pag

The island of Pag is one of the biggest Adriatic islands: it is the fifth largest island with 284.50 square kilometres. Its 270 kilometres of the indented coastline make it the island with the longest coastline on the Adriatic, rich with coves, bays, beaches and capes.

The biggest bay, the bay of Pag, is rounded by 20 km of the gravel beaches. Pag is unique due to its vegetation where trees are the most rare form. Therefore, Pag is the largest kingdom of rocky ground on the Adriatic, where thin grass, low aromatic herb cover, sage and immortelle grow. They make the foundation of the nourishment of the island’s sheep on the rocky ground, intersected by long dry stonewalls, giving a special flavour to the well known cheese of Pag.

The gastronomy of the island offers first class sheep cheese and lamb, as well as various seafood specialities.

Pag is the town of the sea salt. The importance of the salt was the main reason that Pag was constructed in the 15th century, according to a plan and as a fortified town. The original salt manufacture by draining of the sea, which is brought in the small clay pools (saline), is still present on the island. These salt pools are not only an authentic relict of the past but also an interesting photographic motif.

The town of Pag is also the town of needlework- the famous lace. Every lace is a unique item. The slow and demanding process of making them has been nourished through centuries and still lives in the streets of the old town.

The most interesting cultural and historical place on the island – the town of Pag – is not the oldest place on the island as well. One kilometer to the south, there are the remains of a settlement (a fortified convent and a church) which preceded today’s Pag – the Old town of Pag which the king Bela IV granted the status of the Royal Borough, on 30th March 1244. In 1443, the construction of the new town started according to the strict designs of Juraj Dalmatinac, Renaissance sculptor and architect. It ended two centuries later. There is the parish Church of the Assumption on the main town’s square. This church is a valuable cultural and art monument because of its exterior and interior architectural solutions, as well as the exhibits. The town abounds in beautifully carved doorposts on the entrances of the noblemen’s houses and yards, small baroque balconies, stone coats of arms from the period 15th - 18th century and a magnificent portal on the Duke’s palace. This well-preserved mediaeval town, whose center is the cultural monument, even today performs the function of the administrative, cultural and mercantile center. The Benedictine convent of St. Margarita, besides numerous valuable sacral relics and pictures, cherishes also the tradition of making “baškotini”, the aromatic crunchy biscuits that are offered at the entrance of the convent.

The bay of Pag is rounded by 20 km of the gravel and sandy beaches. Beside 5 hotels, the town offers trendily equipped capacities in private accommodation. During the summer season, the winter (in February) and summer (at the end of July) carnivals, there is a rich cultural and entertainment program. “Pag’s Slave girl”(a kind of a “miracle play”), folklore, the carnival wheel dance (so called “kolo”) accompanied by the brass band, old folk costumes, old songs and dances with “mišnjice”, (a kind of an instrument) are the distinguished parts of the centuries-long tradition.

In a dry-land continuation of a shallow bay hides yet another natural wealth – mud which has been tested and proved to be curative.

The nearby village with motor camp and marina in the bay Šimuni is a fishing village with a good perspective in tourism. The motor camp Šimuni is the biggest and the best-equipped camp on the island, located throughout the length of the gravel beaches. Marina Šimuni is situated to the north of the village Šimuni in a sheltered little cove.

The characteristic relief of the island of Pag is shaped by the low shore area which spreads from the bay of Košljun further to the northwest, up to the cove and port Proboj, and to the southeast up to the cove and port of Povljana. The inhabitants of Povljana were the last on the island that engaged in tourism. The vast area of the village is covered with rich vineyards. There are no larger tourist facilities in Povljana, so the offer bases on the private accommodation. Two sites that should be visited by all means are the early Croatian church of St. Nikola from the 11th century and the ornithological reserve Velo blato on the way to the village Vlašici.

On the sunny side of the island, to the north of the cove Šimuni and towards the islands Maun and Škrda, a village with a homonymous port - Mandre, has been developing as a place of individual tourism. It is a seaside resort of the inhabitants of the nearby Kolan – the only village on the island that is not situated directly on the seaside. There is an ethnographic collection in the center of this village. In the mid 1980s, the first tourist village called Gajac was constructed to the north of the port Mandre.

Košljun, Smokvica, Vlašici, Dinjiška and Miškovici are lovely and peaceful island villages that have directed their future at tourism because of their geographical position on the coast and the kindness of nature.

The island of Pag offers unusual shapes, wild exoticism, gentle oasis, hiking trails and shallow bays. Visiting all these places might last even several days. Going round the north side of the island is recommended strictly during the summer, when everyone with even a little bit of investigator mentality would experience an unforgettable adventure away from the throng, in a particular world of the rocks and the sea.

About Povljana

In crystal clear sea where Kvarner islands meet Dalmatia, in the south of the island of Pag, Povljana is situated in a beautiful natural bay. Facing west it is sheltered from strong winds of Bora and sirocco. It offers protection and refuge to both those coming from the sea and from the mainland, to devotees of the island rocks and plants, sunbathed and seasoned with salt.

It is located on a hill, where karst rocks and fertile Povljana fields meet. Owing to plentiful water wells extensive agriculture is possible (vegetable and viticulture). Vast area of fertile land is covered with vineyards. Traditionally, Povljana was an agricultural area that for centuries supplied food to majority of people on the island. In addition to agriculture, the population of Povljana earned their living from fishery and cattle breeding. Great changes occurred in the middle of the 20th century, when tourism started to develop in Povljana. First records of a great tourist wave dates back to 1954. Hunting tourism developed in Povljana first. Today evidence supporting this theory can be found in the remains of a house in the territory of Veliko blato. This house belonged to the family Košćina, and this Pag nobility invited hunters from across Europe.

What was once a rural land Povljana became a developed municipal centre, reflecting the efforts of the population investing in Povljana and striving to further affirm it as a distinguished tourist destination.