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Island of Pag
View from the Velebit massif to the island of Pag
View from the Velebit massif to the island of Pag
Waters the Adrian Sea
Geographical location 44 ° 29 ′  N , 14 ° 57 ′  E Coordinates: 44 ° 29 ′  N , 14 ° 57 ′  E
Pag (Croatia)
length 58.25 km
surface 284.18 km²
Highest elevation Sveti Vid
348  m
Residents 8398 (2001)
30 inhabitants / km²
main place Pag (city)

The Croatian island of Pag (German also outdated Baag , Italian Pago ) is located in the Adriatic Sea north of Zadar in northern Dalmatia . Pag has a length of 58.25 kilometers and with 284.18 square kilometers is the fifth largest island in the Adriatic. The island, which is two to ten kilometers wide, has a total of around 8,400 inhabitants. The largest places on the island are the traditional island capital Pag and Novalja .


The coastline is 302.47 kilometers, 84 kilometers of which are sandy and pebble beaches . Some islets are grouped next to the main island. Including the Eilanda at the SW tip Veli Svitavac (until 1945 otok sv. Pavle) and Mali Svitavac (until 1945 otok Čikovac), which are only separated by a shallow passage. A large Byzantine castron of 5000 m², which was founded under Justinian I in the 6th century, has been uncovered on Veli Svitavac since 2012.

The flora on Pag is characterized by holm oaks , pines , reeds and olive trees , but Aleppo pines also grow there. The numerous sheep feed primarily on herbs such as sage and thyme , which they find on the rocky surface of the island. Bamboo also grows in abundance on Pag.

Political structure

Politically, the northern part of the island (the town of Novalja) belongs to the Lika-Senj County , the southern part (the town of Pag and the municipalities of Kolan and Povljana ) to the Zadar County .

Economy and Transport

In addition to fishing and sea salt production, viticulture and tourism play an important economic role. The Paški sir ( Pag cheese ) is an internationally known specialty cheese. Typical of the flora are thousand-year-old olive trees that stretch across the northern end of the island near the town of Lun. Olive oil is made from the olives in a small factory for sale.


Tourism on Pag was de facto suspended due to the Croatian war at the beginning of the 1990s. Only at the turn of the millennium was he able to recover. The island's tourist centers are Novalja and Pag . Festivals are held on the party beach Zrće from May to August.

Transport links

Pag has been connected to the mainland in the south of the island by a 301 meter long and nine meter wide bridge since 1968. There is a car-ferry connection to the mainland ( Prizna - Žigljen ) near Novalja . There are also various passenger ferry services to the island of Rab, Zadar and Rijeka.

Bronze statue of a lace maker in Pag (town)


The production of lace (sewing lace) has a very long and widespread tradition on Pag. The Pag lace are a popular souvenir . In Pag town there is an interesting museum about the history of Pag lace.

One of the sights is the late Gothic basilica on the main square of Pag , which is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary .

Stari Grad Pag (the old town of Pag) is located near the "new" town of Pag on the western hills of the saltworks. An old church and ruins of the earlier settlement can be seen there.


On June 25, 1941, the fascist Ustasha regime established the Slana concentration camp in Slano or Slana Bay near the city of Pag , in which thousands of Jews, Serbs and dissident Croatians perished. Later came in Metajna , to that - a second bearing - for women and children KZ Metajna . The victims were often brutally killed and then thrown into pits or into the sea. The two camps were dissolved after the island was handed over to Italian forces in late August 1941. Most of the survivors were transported to the Croatian concentration camp Jasenovac .

Web links

Commons : Pag  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Povratak na Veli Sikavac: Arheolozi traže ulaz u utvrdu cara Justinijana