Beach Zrće is situated south- east from Novalja and there is a special story about it. It is the most beautiful and the most attractive Novalja beach. Its costal part is a spacious pebbly surface which can fit several thousands of tourists during the season peak. Sea entrance is also pebbly and due to its steep sea bottom the beach is very deep. There are many sports- recreational as well as entertainment contents at the beach along with an excellent catering service. Attractively decorated venues provide you a night long entertainment. Thanks to the strivings of the Croatian tourist community and the “Plavi cvijet” (blue flower) media, beach Zrće was pronounced the most beautiful and the best set beach in the Adriatic for the year 2002. With its exquisite natural beauties, capacities and contents beach Zrće satisfies all strict criteria of the European trust for environment education, so that since the summer 2003 it also has the blue flag. The beach is two kilometres away from Novalja and it has a big parking lot. During July and August there is also a public transport that connects Novalja with the beach.
Walks through surroundings
The beauty of Novalja surroundings is not only in its amazing and picturesque landscapes but also in vivid places in its surroundings. Their differences give this whole area an additional charm and image of the exquisite diversity of the island.
Under the branches of hundred- year old olives in the far north- west of the island you will find Lun. Nature left the mark of its generosity in a unique combination of green and dark blue. If you wish to find piece lost in urban hectic, this is the ideal place for your vacation. Mild Mediterranean climate and reinforcing peace and quiet of the Lun olive gardens will renew your exhausted strengths. In such quiet you will feel like time stopped.
Nearby places - Jakišnica, Dudići, Varsan and Potočnica, situated in colourful bays, are also an excellent choice for your pleasant vacations. You can find accommodation in rooms and apartments in many family houses with hospitable hosts and in a modern hotel Luna (Jakišnica).
Botanical wild olive reserve
Lunj olive gardens represent a true oasis of peace and one of the most picturesque and most beautiful corners of our island. Amongst countless olive trees, over 1500 wild olive trees take special place- olea oleaster. They are from five to eight meters high and twenty to eighty cm in diameter wide.
This wild olive area, with its 24 ha surface is unique in the Adriatic and it has great botanical value.
Due to its features it is protected and was pronounced a botanical reserve in 1963.
Info about Pag
Pag is the island of the North Dalmatian group with surface of 284,5 km2. Larger settlements on the island Pag are: Pag, Novalja, Stara Novalja, Lun and Caska. Southwest coast of the island is flat, and northeast coast is steep and high with Pag bay (with huge bay Caska) and Stara Novalja bay located here.
Climate on the island is Meditarranean, the biggest part of the island is rocky ground, while smaller part is covered by macchia. In the vallies and fields (Novaljsko, Povljansko, Vlašicko and Dinjsko) wines, vegetables and fruits are cultivated. The area of penninsula Luna is mostly planted with olive trees, so the manufacturing of oil is well developed. Inhabitants also breed sheeps, and make famous Pag cheese. The tradition on the island is also making of the Pag lace, far known. Beside these, the island is also very famous by salt production. Main towns on the island are linked by road which is the extenstion of the Adriatic highway. Pag is linked to the mainland by bridge as well as ferry lines. Last 5-8 years island Pag become the party island and people call it Croatian Ibiza due to 24h party on beach Zrče. Open air clubs are well known in all of Europe and are the Croatian “the place to be” if you like big summer parties with famous DJ-s. Most of party people stay in private accommodation (apartments) in towns: Novalja, Stara Novalja, Mandre, Gajac, Šimuni, town Pag and Metajna.
Info about Novalja
Novalja a town and port in the bay of the same name, situated at the south-western coast of the island of Pag. The town includes the former hamlets Sveti Ante (St. Anthony) and Spital. In the Roman times (the ruins of the Roman aqueduct) there was a town called Cissa (the present hamlet of Caska) in the surroundings of Novalja. Novalja is a town of a compact coastal type which expanded considerably in the recent times. Chief occupations include farming, viniculture, livestock breeding, fishing and tourism. The port of Novalja is well protected from the winds of the first and second quadrants; the westerly and north-westerly winds are extremely strong. When entering the port, larger vessels have to beware of the shallows (8.5 to 9.8 m) 1.8 southwest of Cape Vrtlic. The pier in the port provides shelter to smaller vessels; there is a 98-m long embankment made of rocks. Larger vessels can anchor at the entrance into the port off the north-eastern coast, and smaller vessels and yachts in the centre of the port, at a depth between 5 and 8 m. Situated on the regional road (29) running through the whole island.
Novalja developed on the site of the ancient settlement Novalia which represented the southern port of the Roman settlement Cissa (today Caska). From the Roman times parts of the aqueduct, several inscriptions and architectural plastic forms have been preserved. In the early Christian times there was a large basilica urbana in the centre of the town, with a semicircular apse and mosaics (remains of architecture, plastic forms, inscriptions). In 1971 two decorated reliquaries were found there: a bronze one from the 4th century and a silver one, from a later period. On the same place the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Gothic style was erected, annexed in the Baroque period, which holds the painting of Our Lady with Childfrom the 16th century. The present parish church of St. Catherine was built in 1906.
Info about Stara Novalja
North of Novalja, in a warm deeply indented bay Stara Novalja hides its beauties. Planjka (Trinćel) beach stretches on the south- east end of the bay and presents one of the naturally most beautiful and best decorated domestic beaches, where you can have lot of fun and refreshment during hot summer days. You will experience evening refreshment in walks along a long, beautifully decorated seaside promenade. There are several diving clubs in Stara Novalja so we can freely say that divers open and close the tourist season. You can find accommodation in rooms and apartments in family houses of hospitable hosts.
Info about Gajac
Gajac is a tourist- residential place 2 km away from Novalja. Outside of the season only 100 inhabitants live there, but in summer it turns into a real town with over 10 000 inhabitants. A long sand Braničevica beach stretches along the coast and it is oriented towards the open sea. While refreshing in the sea you can enjoy in good catering offer in venues near beach. Other necessary contents are in the centre of the place. If you like the crowd, Gajac is the right location for you. During summer Gajac is connected to Novalja by public transportation.
Info about Šimuni
Šimuni is well know for camping and marina for smaller boats. Hidden from all the other towns is perfect for sport and other activities in the nature.
Info about town Pag
About 30km south of Novalja is the largest town on Pag Island, Pag Town. It was established in the 15th century and the narrow, stone streets retain a distinctly medieval flavor.Here, gray-haired ladies sit on stools working the delicate Pag lace that is the island's trademark. Laid out according to the plans of the great builder Juraj Dalmatinac, there are a fair number of houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. The most notable monument is the 15th-century parish church which harmonizes Romanesque, Gothic and early Renaissance styles. Noice also the Ducal Palace, the remaining parts of the city walls and towers, and the Lace Museum which displays incredible examples of Pag's famous lace. Just outside the centre are large salt works which have been a staple of Pag's economy for ages. All along Pag bay are picturesque little coves with beaches and there's a sparkling gravel beach just outside town
Info about Metajna
n the rocky nest, on the east part of the island you can visit Metajna. Written documents say that the first tourists visited Metajna in 1928, so don’t waste any more time but follow their lead and discover the beauty of this place. Nature demonstrated its infinity here in the unique combination of wind, stone and sea. During hot summer days you can find refreshment at local beaches among which a small beach Ručica takes a special place. You can reach it through a vivid tract called Kanjon. During tourist season Metajna is famous for its fishermen nights which are always accompanied by the scent of a fresh grilled fish, taste of home- made wine and sounds of local songs. Nearby places - Zubovići, Kustići and Vidalići seem like they have grown from stone. They also give you the opportunity of pleasant vacations filled with peace and quiet. You can find accommodation in rooms and apartments in family houses with hospitable and welcoming hosts.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Sports and recreation take ever more important place in our tourist offer thanks to the development of sports and existence of many sports- recreational facilities and town contents. Besides that, high quality accommodation, mild climate and excellent traffic connection with land are more than enough for sports preparations and more efficient development of sports tourism, which is Novalja’s strive, and which can also significantly contribute to the ectensio of tourist season.
Among many sports facilities Novalja has a football stadium, multipurpose sports gym, tennis courts, fitness gyms, saunas, hotel with an open and covered pool…. Novalja hinterland- Field of Novalja, intertwined with several- kilometre long cycling tracks which run by fruitful vineyards. A ride along these tracks will give a whole new dimension of a resting peace and quiet and you will experience the beauties of these parts in an unforgettable manner.
Sports- recreational contents can be found on many beaches and along with recreation in sea, sand volleyball is also very popular. During the year, especially in summer time there are various competitions and tournaments some of which have already become traditional.
On 13 June, Day of the town Novalja, a St. Anton’s cup is organized with angling and spear- fishing disciplines together with bowling and five-a-side soccer. National Gratitude Day, on 5 August, is also characterized by many sports competitions. One event has a special place among them, and that is five-a-side soccer tournament Milivoj Pogorelic Memorial. Cycling race Novaja- Lunj- Novalja and mini marathon around Novalja are on the yearly sports calendar of our town. To climbing fans we recommend an attractive site Stogaj near Metajna, and for those who enjoy long walks along sharp rocky surface there is a Pag triangle site in the hinterland of Novalja (we recommend a guide). If you prefer deep sea you can contact diving clubs in Stara Novalja. In deep and dark submarine world we recommend to all professional divers to visit amphora findings of the sunken Roman trade ship from the first century. You will find it in the Velebit channel, near Žigljen ferry port 30m deep. Entertainment- recreational offer for kids is specially rich and we single out donkey riding, which always thrills our youngest visitors. Amusement park, rubbertown and other fun contents will give your kids tons of fun.
Only a couple of kilometres away from Novalja, at the Velo tusto čelo peak you will find a natural phenomenon- a megalithic stone print known as the Pag triangle. It is isosceles and its dimensions are 32x32x22 m. It looks like an iron print. It takes skill to walk on rocky ground because there aren’t any paths. Even though the phenomenon’s mystery is not fully discovered yet, its existence is often related to UFO occurrence above the whole Pag area in the past.
Island Pag, Vlaška Mala bay:
Shipwereck of the Roman trade ship carrying amphora 1st ct. B.C. During 2nd and 1st century b.C. Roman Empire spread its borders over the east Adriatic coast, along which it encountered heavy resistance of numerous Illyrian tribes. In their efforts to put their uprisings out Romans managed to take control over these areas in the 9th century, when the Roman province Illyric already existed divided into provinces Dalmatia and Panonia. On the Island Pag, in many Latin inscriptions called Cissa, Romans met the powerful tribe of Liburnians, well known seamen, masters of a great part of the Adriatic sea over the earlier centuries of the first millennium before Christ. Many immigrants from Italy and other parts of the Roman Empire came to this area at the time when Roman power was getting stronger, and they influenced the strengthening of sea trade and increase of goods exchange with their neighbour coast and other parts of the Mediterranean. Uncertain political scene and insufficient knowledge of geographical and climate conditions lead to many shipwrecks in the course of the first century before Christ, evidence of which can be found on many submarine archaeological sites. Two known Roman settlements in the north part of the island- Cissa in Caska area and Navalia in Novalja area- developed during Roman reign into two political, administrative and marine centres of the island and were a certain destination for many trade ships.
Even though the idea of amphora as basic package for wine, oil and other ingredients derives from ancient Greeks, it was Romans who implemented their mass usage in ever better organized sea trade in the Mediterranean. They were made of resistant ceramic material which could withstand various natural influences for centuries. It is those amphora that enable us to discover and explore the remains of ancient shipwrecks which are a direct link to maritime affairs and economy of the ancient period. Croatian public was very pleasantly surprised by the discovery of the shipwreck along the east coast of the Island Pag in the Subvelebit channel, Vlaška Mala bay with the first century before Christ amphora in it. Mr. Dražen Peranić from Stara Novalja pointed to this site in 2004. Lika- Senj County sub- governor discovered more than hundred amphora at the sea bottom along with two parts of the ancient anchors. Expert analysis determined that the amphora belonged to so called Lamboglia 2 type used specially for wine transport, which also marks amphora production of the half of the 2nd and the end of the 1st century b.C. These amphora were intended for the Adriatic and east Mediterranean market. They were manufactured on the west Adriatic coast and there are some speculations of their production even on the south coast. On one amphora rim there is a TIMO stamp, the name which manufacturer used to periodically mark the series of his products. There were also some other objects found in the shipwreck besides the amphora and anchor parts. For example, in the sand, next to the biggest group of amphora we found four ceramic dishes and a part of a stone grain mill. All these objects were part of a ship kitchen. During protective archaeological excavations on the borderlines of the site we also discovered a lead- line weight used to measure the depth. Town Novalja welcomed this new and interesting submarine discovery and with the financial help of the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Croatia, in May 2004, the legal and physical protection of the site was conducted. Today it is protected with an iron cage 10x12 and 2- 4 m high, which enables the explorers to enter through entrance points on its top. In that way this site became accessible to all interested divers and for those who cannot dive and see this site close- up we are preparing a museum presentation in photographs, video clips and extracted findings.
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What is Papaya club?
The most popular club of Zrce beach Papaya club is considered to be the best beach club in Croatia and is also the 23rd best club in the world according to DJ MAGs list of Top 100 Clubs.They say it's one of the best party spots in Europe - at the same time the club is a spectacular open air summer beach resort as well as a festival venue. It spreads over 32,000 sq ft and has the capacity of approximately 4500 people.
Who performed at Papaya club?
Papaya club has hosted numerous world famous DJs throughout the years. Some of the artists that performed at Papaya several times are: Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Paul Kalkbrenner, Loco Dice, Sven Vath, Carl Cox, Paul Van Dyk, Justice, Calvin Harris, Axwell, Swedish House Mafia, Bingo Players and many others.
What can I experience at Papaya club?
At the best club in Croatia you can enjoy the remarkable after beach parties, witness and become a part of the amazing atmosphere and taste various types of refreshing summer cocktails at the beach party or at night. You are also able to watch the show of our unique artistic performers and go-go dancers, enjoy the view from the club overlooking Zrce beach, Adriatic sea and Velebit mountain, dance until you drop under the amazing sound and light system on Papaya club's Main Arena or just sit and relax with the luxurious treatment of our staff at Papaya's VIP area. The club is also hosting different types of various music genre festivals such as:Hideout, Sonus, Barrakud, DJ MAG, Fresh Island and Papaya Day Night..