old town pag
Old Town of Pag, is located one kilometer south of the present town center. In the old days it was a large and wealthy city of about 6,000 inhabitants; today it is rich archaeological site and sanctuary. The Church of St. Mary built in Romanesque style, which holds a statue of Madonna and the ruins of a Franciscan monastery are preserved. Inside the monastery palace is well with fresh water.
According to legend, during a terrible drought that hit Pag, locals prayed to the Mother of God for salvation. After long prayer, one morning monastery well suddenly becomes full of water, saving the people of Pag from drought.
Traditionally, every year on the day of the Madonna, local people make pilgrimages from the Old Town to the New Town of Pag carrying a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is returning to the Old Town after three weeks.
The newly built bridge Katina (2010) has replaced a bridge built in the 15th Century. The bridge is about 30 meters long, and covered with a white stone. The bridge was designed exclusively for pedestrians, and connects the old city of Pag with a magazine (storage) of salts.
the city walls
For centuries, the town of Pag has been surrounded by the high stone walls secured with towers. The purpose of the fortress was to defend the population and the nearby salt pans. Pag had several entrances. Today the tower Skrivanat is a monument with demolished walls; in the northern part of town center you can see the rest of the city walls.
Also, the current city administration building was remodeled cannon towers. During the reconstruction of the city’s seafront the contours of the collapsed walls were outlined. When you come to the town of Pag if you pay attention to the contours produced by the city’s seafront, you can notice that are inline drawn with facades of nearby buildings and cafes.
Skrivanat Tower is the only existing of nine towers that defended the town of Pag. It was built in the 15th century and has been preserved in its original form. Nowadays, next to the tower is located walkway, in the summer months within the tower space are held various tourist events (vocal ensembles, choirs, performances, plays, summer workshops, etc.).
magazines of salt
Magazines of salt or salt storage facilities have cultural category zero and are in the center of town. They are the true witness of the past, indicators of the importance of salt for the people of Pag.
Certainly the most beautiful panoramic view of the very fabric of Pag offers a lookout Gradac placed on the road that connects Pag and Novalja, therefore whether you leaving or coming into our town stop and see the beautiful panorama. On a clear day the view stretches all the way up to the mountain Velebit. Lookout is ideal for photographers, artists, and for those looking for the wind and the viewpoint position.
peak st. vitus
Saint Vitus is the highest peak of the island and offers excellent tourist and excursion destinations. Peak is located an altitude of 348 meters above the sea level where the church was built in honor of the St. Vitus.
From the top you can see the majority of the island’s towns (Pag, Kolan, Šimuni, Mandre, Košljun.), you can also see the neighboring islands (Rab, Mali Lošinj, Silba, Olib, Maun, Lukar …)
The peak of St. Vitus can be reached with several marked hiking trails: from Dubrava (Pag) vertical climb to the top (about 45 minutes) or from Kolan gentle climb that takes about an hour. Newly constructed trail from Stari Šimuni provides access to the St. Vitus by car.