Because of its location below the Velebit Mountains, the entire Pag island exposed to the salt of the Velebit Channel brought to the island by the strong wind called Bura, which blows all year round, especially in winter.
Pag, because of its climate some parts of this island, sometimes referred to as the lunar surface, are hardly covered with vegetation. Predominantly rocky landscapes with only a few stems of aromatic plants that are grazed by sheep create a unique impression and a well-known cheese.
The west of the island can be reached by ferry from the port of Prizna and the south of the island can be reached by crossing the bridge with the nearby Fortica ancient fortress.
According to legend, Fortica was the place where the people of Pag greeted the Hungarian king Bela IV. while hiding from the Mongol Army attack.
The island of Pag has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and there are also dwellings from the Iron and Bronze Ages.
Due to its geostrategic location and the great importance of salt, the island of Pag has been a place where the Greek and Roman empires left their traces since ancient times.
For a long time, the island was part of the Republic of Venice and, since the 7th century, Zadar and Venice waged wars that devastated and looted the island’s cities many times. The administrative division of the island into west and east and the four dialects have been preserved to this day.
The inhabitants of the island are particularly proud of their rich cultural heritage and their tradition, namely traditional costume, Pag lace, summer and winter carnival and pilgrimage site for Catholics from all over the world. As well as the Pag cheese and lam.
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Have you been to the island of Pag? Isn’t it a speechless place?
By: Jasna Šikić