There are many destinations where you could spend the second part of your vacation and the end of summer, but none is as special as the island of Pag.
The Moon island as many call it, is really different from most of the big Croatian islands. It is rich in mud and deep coves, the most beautiful beaches that are very popular where top-notch commercials, music videos and covers of fashion magazines are recorded, and the moonlit surface of the island facing Velebit and strong wind called “bura”. Pag, an island of salt and cheese, is one of our largest and most diverse islands, full of events all year long, and in the summer season you can really choose from a variety of events and attractive places on the island.
The town of Pag
PagArtFestival, which runs until August 17th, is the island's festival of classical music, music and thought is the main link of this festival. It is held in various locations with special emphasis on the combination of art and nature and the coexistence of economy and culture.
Since 1855, there is a venerable procession in Pag, where the statue of the Mother of God from the Old Town, accompanying by thousands of prayers and believers, is caring in the Main church in the center of Pag on the Assumption Day. It is called Vela Stomorina. This is the biggest holiday of Pag. Believers from all over the island come to Pag, and most of them walk a night before from their places to the Shrine to pray to the Mother of God. The night before the Assumption Day the whole night vigil take the place in the sanctuary of the Mother of God from the Old Town, and on the Assumption Day except the whole day holly masses, at 6pm begins the procession with the statue of Mother of God from the Old Town to the Main Church in Pag. Then celebrate the holiday with the Klapa Contra concert on the main square from 9pm.
The Old Crafts Festival in Pag is dedicated to presenting and reviving the "old customs", that is, the great cultural heritage of the island of Pag through gastronomy, old tools and crafts, customs and all that must be preserved from oblivion, while being pleasantly entertained. It is being held on August 20th and 21st in Vela Street with a rich program.
The events also extend into September, when the Traditional Singing of the City of Pag will take place on the Main Square and Branimir's Shore on September 4th.
Parish worshipers of Pag who for centuries worshiped Mary Lady of the Old City with the daily prayers in the Pag’s church link the feasts of the Assumption Day and Nativity of the Theotokos which is held on 8th of September. In 23 days from the Assumption Day to Nativity of the Theotokos Pag’s worshipers say 92 set of prayers: 4876 Hail Mary; 552 The Father and the Glory of the Father. The statue of Mother of God traditionally carry men dressed in traditional folk costumes, and with the statue of Mother of God are also members of the church choir. In the magnificent procession from the new to old town of Pag every year, several thousand worshipers participate in it. Since the morning hours there have been Holy Masses in the BDM Assumption Church, and at 5pm begins the procession with the statue of Mother of God to the Old Town where at 6pm Holy Mass also begins.
The town of Novalja
Apart from crazy events on Zrće Beach, which is visited by young people from all over the world together with the final Sonus Festival from 18th -22nd August, which concludes this season, Novalja offers different events during August that will surely interest a slightly older target group.
These are Ethno evenings at A. Stepinac Square, which are held until the 20th of August with performances of various traditional bands. On Novalja's waterfront and Ruža vjetrova you can watch various concerts of popular groups, dance competitions, gastro events. August 14th will surely delight you with the Queen Real Tribute and on August 24th Cabaret Band.
And near Novalja in the town of Lun, which is known for the Lun Olive Gardens, which is a protected botanical reserve and where you can see the oldest and largest wild olive, is held the Olive Classic. On-stage concerts with an unforgettable view of the sea, featuring musicians from Croatia and the world who will be able to enrich the audience through this project for a unique experience that combines the most beautiful classical music with a beautiful setting. August 25 Roko and Cicibela Theater Play.
On August 16th in Metajna you will be delighted by the concert of the Sol group with a rich astronomical offer.
In Stara Novalja on the waterfront Uljak on 9th and 23rf of August Fishermen's evenings will be held, in Zubovići 17tf of August Fisherman's feast at the mole.
Šimuni Summer Festival on August 14th at the Šimuni Village Camp, a magnificent party, a top-notch atmosphere and lots of fun activities. Sports competitions, concerts and desserts.
The summer in Mandre until 30 August will be marked by popular concerts, cinema under the stars, children's performances, Fishermen's Fest on 10th of August, an illusionist spectacle on 23rd of August, finishing with the Cheese Fest on 30rd of August.
There is a slightly different holiday in the quieter town of Povljana with the crystal clear sea and bird reserve, and yet a lot of interesting events in the center of Povljana. Whether it will be concerts like Kuzma & ShakaZulu (9.8.), Contra Klapa (11.8.), Dictators (16.8.) Or La Boheme Jazz Orchestra (19.8.), Or fishing evenings on the waterfront (13.8.) to choose.
From the rich program on the island of Pag you will surely find the ideal destination and spend your August vacation right here as a "sugar at the end"!
For Your perfect vacation is taken care:
Tourist Board of Pag and Town of Pag
Tourist Board of Novalja and Town of Novalja
Tourist Board of Povljana and Municipality of Povljana
Tourist Board of Kolan and Municipality of Kolan
Camping Village Šimuni
And for a live stream to every corner of the island of Pag, of course, LiveCamCroatia.
Photo by: Domazet Sascha