Guided Tour of Pag Island

Historical saltpans on Pag Island
Barren in its appearance from the mainland, the moon-like island of Pag is home to around 8,000 people looking after three times as many sheep, whose diet mostly consists of the grey-green carpet of sage that covers the eastern side of the island. While Pag is known for its cheese, it also has a long history in the salt trade as well as a long-standing tradition in lacemaking. There are two main settlements on the island: the 15th-century Pag Town with a pleasing seafront promenade and pebbly stretches of beach and the more modern and lively Novalja with nearby Zrće beach acting as a nightlife hub.

You'll meet your guide for a private tour of some of the island's more important attractions. You'll begin with a few of Novalja's ancient Roman remains, including an underground water conduit known as Talijanova buža or "Italian Hole" to the locals. You'll find your way to the Town Museum's basement where you can access the Italian Hole as well as check out a few of the artifacts in the museum, including encrusted amphorae from a shipwrecked Roman merchant ship.

Next, you'll make your way to the 16th-century salt warehouse near Pag Town where you'll also learn about the UNESCO-protected lace industry. From here you'll cut across the island to the Gligora cheese factory in Kolan to sample Paški sir, the cheese the island is known for across the country before concluding the tour with the gnarled and ancient olive trees on the Lun peninsula, a close to 11-mile (17 km) sliver of land that forms Pag island's northernmost tip.

Itineraries with Guided Tour of Pag Island

Hidden Gems of Croatia: Zagorje, Kvarner Gulf, & Pelješac Peninsula - 13 Days

On this 13-day tour of Croatia, you will explore some of the country's lesser-visited treasures, featuring the barren islands in the Kvarner Gulf and forgotten villages on the Pelješac peninsula. From Zagreb, you'll immerse yourself in the castle-laden hills of the Zagorje, then on to discover the Kvarner Islands of Rab, Goli Otok, and Pag. Once in historic Zadar, you'll sail amid the Kornati archipelago, trek karst landscapes in Paklenica National Park, visit the abandoned village of Nakovana and the fortressed town of Korčula, before ending your stay in medieval Dubrovnik.