Arrival to Novalja

Novalja is a town in the north of the island of Pag in the Croatian part of Adriatic Sea. In recent times Novalja became famous because of the Zrće Beach, which is one of the biggest summer party zones in Europe. Wikipedia

Here is a list of available transportation modes which can help you organise your trip. Visit Pag

If you are traveling in the car, all the necessary information relating to Croatian roads and road tolls can be obtained at www.hak.hr

The island can be from the north by ferry line Prizna (mainland) – Žigljen (island). The journey takes about 15 minutes. 

Information on ferry lines:
“Jadrolinija”, Split, Phone: + 385 (0)21 338333, www.jadrolinija.hr 

The island can be reached also using the bridge of Pag. From Novalja to the entrance to the Dalmatina highway (Zagreb – Split) at Posedarje you can get in an hour (70 km) and the town Pag is 45 km from Posedarje.

The road routes to get to the island of Pag:
Rijeka – Senj – Prizna (ferry Prizna – Žigljen)
Zagreb – motorway – exit Posedarje – otok Pag
Zagreb – motorway – exit Žuta Lokva – Senj – Prizna (ferry Prizna – Žigljen)
Zagreb – motorway – exit Gospić – Karlobag – Prizna (ferry Prizna – Žigljen)
Split – motorway – exit Posedarje – island Pag

The island can be reached from the north by the ferry line Prizna (mainland) – Žigljen (island). The journey takes about 20 minutes.

During the tourist season the ferry and high speed boat connections to other islands are more frequent.
The summer timetable is effect from May 31 to September 28.

The main Croatian shipping company is the “Jadrolinija”, and the information on the schedules of boat connections and fares is available at: www.jadrolinija.hr

There is also the express line (with a high speed catamaran) Novalja – Rab – Rijeka

More information on shipping lines can be found here:

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The Croatian national airline carrier is Croatia airlines and during the season it connects Croatia with all significant European centres: Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milano, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Tel Aviv, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Vienna, Zurich and Manchester. You can find more information on Croatia Airlines flights at www.croatiaairlines.hr or by phone: +385 1 4819 633 or +385 1 0800 7777.

If you intend to visit Pag, organize, if possible, a flight to Rijeka (i.e. the island of Krk) or to Zadar, as those are nearest airports to the island of Pag. 

If there is no direct flight from your destination to these cities, you can organize flights via Zagreb or Split, which are well connected with the island of Pag. 

Airport – Zadar
P.P. 367 – phone.: +385 (0)23 205 800, fax.: +385 (0)23 205 831, www.zadar-airport.hr

Airport Rijeka
Otok Krk, phone: +385 (0)51 841 222, fax +385 (0)51 842 032 www.rijeka-airport.hr/

Airport – Zagreb
10150 Zagreb, Pleso bb, p.p. 40 – phone: + 385 (0)1 45 62 222,+ 385 (0)1 62 65 222,
fax: + 385 (0)1 45 62 033, +385 (0)1 45 62 297, www.zagreb-airport.hr

Airport – Split
21120 Split, Kaštelanska cesta 96, p.p. 2 – phone: + 385 (0)21 203 555, www.split-airport.hr

Buses run from the island of Pag from almost all parts of Croatia. The lines are active throughout the year to larger centers (Zagreb, Split, Osijek, Rijeka).

The information on the schedules of the bus lines and fares can be obtained either at: www.akz.hr
or phone lines: for international +385 1 6157 938, and for national traffic +385 60 313 333.

Autotrans d.o.o.

Autobusni kolodvor Pag
Phone: +385 (0)53 661 500

Autobusni kolodvor Novalja
Phone: + Phone: +385 (0)60 30 40 70

On the island of Pag there is a bus that runs several times a day between the towns and villages on the island, and tickets are sold in buses or stations.

Companies with local lines on the island of Pag are:
Antonio Tours: + 385 (0)53 661 500
Pag Mediteran: + 385 (0)21 600 042


There aren’t many places at the Adriatic that have so many beautiful natural beaches in their surroundings. Whether you choose to go north or south, east or west from Novalja you are bound to reach one of these magnificent beaches. The beaches are very spacious, sandy and pebble, with clean sea and excellent access to the sea, so they are especially suitable for families with children.

Just under 500 meters away from the apartments you’ll find a city beach. If you feel like exploring, here is a list of our favourite beaches with short descriptions.

The most prominent place in Pag`s tourism holds the beach Zrće or “Croatian Ibiza “. Just 4 km away from our apartments. 10 minutes by car, 40 minutes by foot or you can take a bus which is 500 meter away. Google Maps route

Caska Beach is located on the east side of Novalja, in the close vicinity of the famous beach Zrće. Caska beach is specific for its remains of the old Roman city. There is a restaurant on the beach and some recreational facilities. Google Maps route

The beach Straško is located in a wide bay south of Novalja. Carrying the Blue Flag title since 2004, it is located within one of the largest and most beautiful camping sites in the Adriatic. Note that there is an entrance fee. Google Maps route

Čista beach is about 5 kilometers away from Novalja and can be reached by turning off the road from Novalja to Pag before Kolan. It is a long sandy beach with access to the sea suitable even for the smallest children.  The sea is crystal clear. “Čista” means pure/clean in Croatian. Google Maps route

Trinćel or Planjka is a beautiful sandy beach located right at the entrance to Stara Novalja. From the summer of 2004, leads the Blue Flag. It is well furnished and ideal for parents with small children, offers a range of dining and entertainment facilities. On the eastern edge of the beach there are two picturesque medieval churches of Santa Croce and Santa Maria. Google Maps route

Beach Babe is located in a shallow bay on the north-eastern edge of Novalja. It is gravel and you can reach it from Novalja by a short walk along the sea. Recently a road was constructed to make it more accessible by car. Google Maps route

The beach is located near the Old Novalja and in some areas is covered with fine stones offering gradual access to the sea, while in others it is rocky and you directly enter the deep waters. Google Maps route

The Vrtić beach is a pebble and sandy beach right in the center of Novalja. The beach provides a beautiful view of the whole Novalja and its bay. Google Maps route


During your stay in Novalja we recommend trying out local cuisine in many restaurants in city centre, exploring the wildlife or being active outdoors.

To discover list of all possibilities, hop over to Visit Novalja and find out more.

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The Museum of the Town of Novalja

The Museum of the Town of Novalja is one of the most interesting cultural institutions, primarily because inside of the museum is the entrance to the underground aqueduct (Talijanova buža – the hole of Italian) dating back to the Antiquity, built in the first century BC. The aqueduct is entirely carved in stone by human hand, with a length of 1042 meters and with an average width of about 60 cm. Visitors can see a segment of 150 meters.

The Olive Trees of Lun

The olive trees of Lun make it a unique place on the island of Pag, but also in the world. Among 80.000 olive trees in the area of Lun, there are about 1.500 wild olive (lat. Olea Oleaster), with the height of 5-8 m and a diameter of 20-80 cm. Experts have estimated the age of some trees more than 1.500 years! This area of 24 hectares of wild olive is one of its kind on the Adriatic and one of the three in the world and therefore has a great botanical significance.

Because of its characteristics, it was protected in 1963 and proclaimed a botanical reserve. Olive oil from Lun has a particular quality and aroma and is considered one of the best in the Adriatic.