Novalja, Island Pag

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Novalja Tourist Office
53291 Novalja P.O. box 20, Trg Brišćić 1
tel./faks: +385 (0)53 661 404 ,

Stara Novalja Tourist Office
Kaštel bb, Stara Novalja
tel./faks: +385 (0)53 651 077

A1-Exit 9, Žuta Lokva, Prizna – Žigljen ferry
A1 – Exit  Posedarje

Novalja – the Island Part of the Region

Part of the Ličko-senjska County on the island is the northwestern part of the island of Pag with the town of Novalja and other localities -  Stara Novalja, Lun, Jakišnica, Vidalići, Kustići, Zubovići, Metajna and Gajac. Novalja is a tourist center on the island of Pag, and, thanks to the natural features of the area and the diversity of the tourist offer, it has been a favourite tourist destination for decades.

It is well connected to the mainland and its favorable geographical position and road and sea connection have made attractive tourist destinations closer - the islands of Rab and Lošinj, the city of Zadar and the national parks of Kornati, Ktka, Plitivce Lakes, Paklenica and North Velebit  that can be visited as daily excursions by car or in organized arrangements. Considering the fact that it is situated in the central sailing directions from Kvarner towards Dalmatia, Novalja is visted by numerous seamen who stop for fuel and water for their vessels.

Did you know?

Zrće is the most beautiful and world-known beach in Novalja with disco clubs Aquarius, Kalypso, Papaya and numerous small caffé bars for daily and night entertainment.  Zrće has a blue flag which means that it satisfies high ecological stndards and is equipped with variou facilities that comply with the strict international criteria.


The island of Pag can be reached  in 15 minutes from the north by the ferry line Prizna – Žigljen. Then further 10 more minutes of driving to Novalja.
The southern traffic direction, the shortest way across Pag Bridge: from exit Posedarje to Novalja there are 65 km or an hour by car.

Tour Plan

With its contents and activities, the museum of Novalja is the central cultural institution in Novalja. It has rich ethnographic collections and exhibitions.   
Talijanova buža  (Talijan's hole)– antique underground water system, about 1 200 m  long and up to 70 cm wide. The entrance is through the museum and only the initial part can be visited. It was built in the 1st century B.C. during the Roman period and is completely carved out of stone.
The Caska area is archeologically very interesting and recently excavations of the Roman settlement of Cissa have been taking place. According to legend, it was destroyed during an earthquake in the 4th cent.
The archeological collection Stomorica preserves many objects and remains of sacral objects from Novalja's past.
In the 5th cent Novalja was the center of the diocese with three big basilicas, and the remains of a floor mosaic in one of them can be seen inside the Gothic church of the Mother of God from Ružaria in the center of the town.


– Cycling competition Novalja – Lun – Novalja and mini marathon around Novalja
– Climbing lovers are recommended the attractive locality of Stogaj near Metajna, and for those who like to walk there is the Pag Triangle in Novalja's hinterland.

We Recommend

– ZRĆE beach at a distance of 2 km from Novalja and it disposes of an arranged parking, and during the summer season there are local bus connections with Novalja.  
– Planjka (Trinćel) beach is situated north of  Novalja, along the southeastern coast of the bay of Stara Novalja.
– Straško beach (blue flag) with an autocamp bearing the same name is located south of  Novalja while Braničevica is right next to Straško.
– Amphora site in the bay of Vlaška Mala in the Velebit foothill canal:
a shipwreck of a Roman merchant ship with the cargo of amphoras from the 1st cent. B.C.


– Easter Breakfast – held in the morning hours of  Easter Monday
– The May Feast (May) – held on the eve of May 1st; visitors are offered domestic specialties prepared by the Novalja caterers.  
– Novaljski fuštan – this is a modern fashion show with ethnographic elements (fuštan = part of a woman's dress without sleeves worn in earlier days of the past century). It takes place in the second part of May.
– The Cultural Summer of Novalja – starts on the eve of the feast of St. Anthony  –feast day of Novalja on June 13th and is marked by cultural and artistic , entertainment and sports performances and lasts until September.

Farm Performances

–   the exhibition of Pag sheep and Pag cheese is held in the first weekend in July. Visitors are invited to taste the famous Pag cheese.
–   The Lun maslinada (olive tasting) is held in Lun Jakišnica.

Useful Information

What to See

Visit Lun at the end of the island of Pag and along the way to the near localities – Jakišnica, Dudići, Varsan and Potočnica, situated in picturesque coves.
Metajna is an interesting place as well as the nearby localities – Zubovići, Kustići and  Vidalići.
North of Novalja, in a warm and deeply indented bay emerges Stara Novalja.

Where to Eat

There are many restaurants and taverns in Novalja where you can taste the specialties of the Meditteranean cuisine.
Restaurant Tovarnelle in Lun  Tel. +385 (0)91 53 11 662,

Where to Stay

Hotel LOŽA, Novalja, tel.: +385 (0)53 661 326,

Hotel LIBURNIJA, Novalja, tel.: +385 (0)53 661 328,

Hotel BOŠKINAC, Novalja , Škopljanska 20, tel.: +385 (0)53 663 500,

Hotel LUNA, Jakišnica, tel: +385 (0)53 654 700,

Campsite STRAŠKO, tel.: +385 (0)53 661 226,
Tourist portal of the town of  Novalja with a large offer of private accommodation