5 Super Family-Friendly Things To Do On Pag Island

Five Super Family-Friendly Things To Do On Pag Island

I am told that Pag Island was once home to an extensive forest before that natural resource was exploited by Venetian overlords. I don’t know for sure if that is true or not, but it is true that Pag Island is merely a rocky limestone outcropping in Adriatic SeaHowever, to dismiss this location based on it’s tree-less landscape would be a mistake.

During the summer months of July and August, parts of Pag Island transform into a giant, riotous beach party, so we’ve found you some family-friendly activities. Even despite those rowdy parties, Pag is still one of the most family-friendly islands in the Zadar Region. At other times of the year, this is a quiet destination that is known for its culinary delicacies such as Paški sir, a type of salted goat cheese, and freshly harvested salt. Pag Island is also known for intricate lace-work that is still handmade by the inhabitants.

Pag Island is also home to the first Croatian wind farm, which has been in operation for the past ten years and visitors to this sunny spot will no doubt find plenty to see and do. We recommend you rent a car and check out these ideas:

The Lace Museum

The village of Pag is well known for its extraordinary lacework, which has adorned emperors and noblewomen to the common folk. Lace-making in Croatia began during the Renaissance period when it spread throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. Lace was originally used to make ecclesiastical garments or ornaments for clothing and tablecloths. The work is so important to the Croatian culture it was inscribed by UNESCO to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2009.

This tiny museum, in the Ducal Palace (Kneževa Palača) was created to illustrate the history of this handicraft and provide examples of the best workmanship. Thus, it makes a good stop for those who have been rained out at the beach or those who are considering purchasing lace as a wonderful souvenir on their visit. After all, it’s best to know what the genuine article looks like, because otherwise what seems like a good bargain could prove a very costly mistake. 

Address: Trg Kralja Krešimira IV | Open: 8 am to 11 pm Jun-Sep |Cost: 10 HRK

Sirana Gligora

The award-winning products found at this squeaky clean cheese factory are made as they have been for centuries. Using sheep’s milk that comes from neighboring farms and traditional techniques, this business makes some of the tastiest creations on the island. It is an ideal destination for rainy or chilly days when visiting the beach isn’t an option. We enjoyed a tour earlier this year and did not want to leave.  The staff are super friendly the tour costs  just 60 Kuna (just over €7).  The guide gives you detailed overview of the work that goes into creating their specialty cheeses such as Paški sir and Zigljen, and you can see the team hard at work – and the cheese maturing. Just don’t touch them!  If you enjoy what you sample, you can purchase more in the factory’s cheese shop.

Local Tip: If you love cheese, you can sample not only this award winning cheese, but varieties across the country at this annual festival on Pag.

Address: Figurica 20, 23251 Kolan | Open: Mon-Sat from 7:00 am till 3:00 pm |Cost: 60 HRK

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Pag Island Paski Sir cheese range
Pair Croatian wine with Paski Sir on Pag Island

Olive Gardens of Lun

The grove is protected site thanks to  the local government securing funds from the European Union to  protect the 80,000 beautifully gnarled olive against development. In the 24 hectares that make up the garden the most important specimens are the 15,000 wild olive trees that can found interspersed among the other trees whose average age is 1,200 years old

These trees are the last of their kind in the region to still be left in their natural state. There is highly informative guided tour of the site which can be done either on foot (2 hours) or by golf cart (45 minutes) for a fee or you can wander the trails  your own for free. Head to the tourist centre on arrival to find our more info, as all of the information I could find online was in Croatian. 

Things to do in Pag Island
Photo Credit: Lun Olive Gardens Project

Simuni Beach

Like most beaches in Croatia, this beach is home to sparkling crystal waters and rocky shores. It also has trees that provide shade that guests can either rest under or string up their hammock. Though it is not hard to reach, the somewhat isolated location of Simuni Beach allows it to be less crowded than other spots, even during the high season. Parking at this spot is free and the adjacent campsite has complimentary Wi-Fi. A number of eating establishments can additionally be found at this location. Activities here include the typical beach pastimes of swimming and sunbathing, but jet-ski and peddle boat rentals are available as well.

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Pag Island in Summer

Robinzon Tours

Your family will think it’s well worth the small amount of money to enjoy this family day out.  Several stops are made during the leisurely boat cruise so that participants can snorkel, visit otherwise inaccessible beaches, and see the local cave formations. Along the way, travelers can feel free to sunbathe on the boat’s open upper deck. Those coming on this journey are also provided with a midday meal that includes grilled mackerel or chicken, bread, and vegetables as well as plenty of wine, juice, and rakija. 

Friends tell me that the owner and his family are all quite friendly and go out of their way to make the experience a pleasant one. The seven hour tour lasts from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm and costs about $42 USD (€33).

Where to find Pag accommodation

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Family-friendly suggestions include:

Another option to consider is investing in a toddler travel bed to ensure your little one always has a safe place to sleep to matter what hotel you opt for.

Also on Pag Island

Not exactly family-oriented, but worth a mention is Hotel Boskinac for a fancy meal if yo can leave the kids behind with the grandparents for the day.  Plus also Zrce Beach, where I bungee jumped for the young party animals you may know in your family.

We’ll go back to Pag when things get warmer next summer and keep adding to this list. Unil then, what would be your top picks for things to do on Pag Island?

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Comments (21)

  1. The cheese is just divine! I took a tour of the Gligora Cheese Factory to see how cheese is made on the island and I was surprised to learn that they produce around 450 varieties of cheese using a traditional cheese-making process that dates back to 800 BC.

    I also recommend dining at Hotel Boskinac. We ordered slow-cooked octopus and salty pork belly, washed down with a bottle of Gegić wine.

  2. You had me at salted goat cheese 😉 Really, I’d never considered Pag before, but you sell it well. Your photos and writing are splendid.

  3. That incredibly blue water around Pag Island looks so pristine. Gorgeous! I think I would most enjoy the cheese tour and the olive garden. I do love food.

  4. Looks absolutely beautiful and cool – wind farm and famous for lacing and salt goat cheese. You know I love islands so learning about new ones is what I live for. Got to make it to Croatia and Pag Island.

  5. It’s nice to learn about Pag Island and to add another destination to my Croatia wish list. It offers lots of things I like – cheese,, olives, artisan museum, the beach, etc. Just read your post on Hotel Boskinac. Sounds like a great foodie stop I’d love to take. Enjoyed your photos, especially the one of the water. It’s so inviting.

    1. Thanks Matisol, Pag has a mix of everything, and although it gets busy – not as busy as many places so it’s great for that reason also.

  6. Amazing tips SJ. Pag is a popular party destination for people here in Italy and for some reason it’s never been high on my list. But it sounds like it has a lot to offer (you can never go wrong with cheese!) and beautiful nature, too. Thanks!

    1. Oh I never knew that about Italians, probably as its so darn close eh? Yes, cheese, cheese, cheese hmmmmm hmm!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous!

    You know, I’m kind of obsessed with nice lace and I only ever knew of Belgian lace. Love to know there’s another option.

  8. I want to go to the Lace Museum and the Simuni beach! Are there budget friendly places to stay at Pag Island?

    Next summer’s still far away though, but will still be looking forward to your next update here! 🙂

  9. Pag Island looks like an ideal place for a long weekend getaway. The cheese tour, olive gardens and beach all look and sound appealing but especially the cruise. We love tours like these that take visitors to inaccessible places, provide lunch and let you have some time to enjoy the water too. Thanks for introducing us to another island and reason to visit Croatia 🙂

    1. The Island has so so so much more to offer. But as it’s so close to us, we’ve never really explored it top to toe as we think ‘it’ll always be there’. So stay tuned for more info next summer Mary.

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