The island of Pag was really added to our expedition at the very end. We saw the photos on the Internet and there was no other option – the driver had to change the route so that his passenger stopped whining and went to the moon. It was supposed to be the cherry on the cake of our trip to Croatia in May – the island of Pag – the moon island. Because being on the moon is something, but being there on a motorcycle is WOW.
The Island of Pag – by motorcycle to the moon and back
We knew it was gonna be nice. Even if we assumed that most of the photos were being “photoshopped”, it must have been nice there. However, we tried not to be too focused on the island of Pag, because we already knew the feeling of disappointment when we were waiting for something, that we will see something amazing and here suddenly – zonk – it doesn’t look like we thought. What about our flight to the moon? Did the island of Pag disappoint or delight us? Read it and see for yourself.
The Island of Pag – stone desert stretching for kilometres
The fewer kilometers to the destination our navigation showed the more our disappointment grew. It was supposed to be moon-like, and the landscape still looked the same as everywhere else in Croatia. Which of course doesn’t mean it wasn’t nice, it just wasn’t WOW. But when we stopped in front of the bridge leading to the island – Paški Bridge, we knew that we would not be able to express in a word the beauty of the landscapes, which at the very beginning were painted before our eyes. For us, the island of Pag was like a motorcycle sky, and with every kilometer we traveled, our admiration grew and grew. Not recommended by everyone Biokovo and Sveti Jure, not Makarska – this was the number one of our May trip. Rocky, harsh spaces stretching for miles, sometimes separated by stone walls and only here and there growing grasses, bushes and aromatic herbs, the smell of which surrounded the whole island. The whole of this almost unreal landscape was complemented only by a raging, dark and gloomy storm somewhere in the distance.
The island of Pag is not just a moon landscape
Not only the landscapes are amazing on the island of Pag. Not much will grow on this poorly fertile land, but what grew was enough to make Pag famous all over the world for its cheese. Why has cheese from Pag Island gained so many lovers all over the world? This is all thanks to fennel, thyme and the exceptionally aromatic sage, which is eaten by the local sheep. They are the ones that give the cheeses produced on the island of Pag a unique aroma. Unfortunately, our budget shrank so much during the trip, so we could not afford to buy cheese, which Croatians appreciate quite extensively. Next time we will surely taste it.
What should you know about the island of Pag in Croatia?
- How do I get to Pag Island? From the south, just like us, you can drive over a 300-metre long bridge. The ride is completely free of charge.
- From the north-eastern part you can get by ferry from Prizna. Prices valid for 2019 can be found below. Ferry timetables are available here.
- On the island of Pag life takes place mainly in two cities – Pag and Novalja. All the rest are rather small and very intimate towns, where you will not find wild crowds.
- Beach lovers will be here in the seventh heaven – some of the most beautiful beaches in Pag are Vlašići, Ručica and Čista. Each and every one of them is different and beautiful in its own way.
- Also worth seeing are the traditional saline rooms, where salt is produced. The island of Pag is one of the leading salt producers in Croatia.
Finally, don’t forget to visit the olive groves around Lun. The olive trees there are about 1000 years old.
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Island of Pag by motorcycle, literally to the moon and back
For these lunar, rocky landscapes we will return to Croatia in September. They are so deeply embedded in our heads that we only want more. We are still wondering why the island of Pag is so little popular among motorcyclists. Great quality roads and amazing landscapes should attract crowds, but it wasn’t like that at all. Before we left we did research among motorcyclists and in the main, they recommended Makarska, Sveti Jure, and Dubrovnik. We found out about Pag by accident, we changed our route for it and you know what? It was damn worth it. And you, planning your trip to Croatia, don’t forget about the moon island, quite close – in Croatia.
A bunch of useful links at the end
- Are you going through Slovenia? Check here the prices of motorway toll vignettes.
- A motorcycle challenge and a test of your own technical skills? Read about Sveti Jure.
- Plitvice Lakes – how much does it cost to get a ticket, which routes to choose? You will find everything here.
- An old Croatian saying goes: “Hope you die on the roads of Hvar”. For us, it was not an offense, but a promise of a great adventure! Check it out here!
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