Original Products From the Island of Pag
Salt is the white gold of the city of Pag with centuries of organized production. Pag salterns are the oldest one with the most intensive production on the Croatian coast. The traditional way of producing salt by natural evaporation was abandoned 25 years ago when the saltern was built, which now extends on 2 million m4, and is, together with warehouses and factory automation, the largest production facility in Croatia.
Pag cheese is the most famous and most appreciated hard sheep cheese in Croatia. It is characterized by a pleasant spicy taste and light yellow to darkish color, depending on age). It is produced from sheep milk of the sheep which reside on grassy pastures, which abound with various types of aromatic and medicinal herbs. In addition to this, special value is provided by the salt whose traces remain on the grass after the bora – strong northern wind blowing on island of Pag.
Today, Pag cheese is one of the recognizable Croatian brands, both in Croatia and in the world. About 220 tons of Pag cheese is produced annually on the island of Pag.
The Pag sheep breed is an original Croatian breed and belongs to the group of Mediterranean sheep. They are bred in the entire area of Pag island to this day. . Today, sheep breeding, along with tourism, is the most important economy branch. It is generally considered that, given the available areas of pastures on the island of Pag, the number of around 30,000 breeding sheep at this point is optimal. Sheep are kept in the open all day long during the whole year, on the pastures. Food is drained on stony rocks, supported a bit with hay, corn and fodder.
The Pag Lamb is the second most important product from Pag sheep. This is the most commonly presented lamb meet on markets, and it is produced by sheep breeders who also produce Pag cheese.
Lambs are fed exclusively with sheep’s milk, which gives the meat a special taste. Meat of Pag lamb is in pale pink color, with thin and gentle muscle fibers, delicious and juicy. Pag lamb is prepared in a variety of ways, but most famous one is roast on skewer.
From the treasury of the National Treasure we present a domestic dance called naški, which is, with the accompaniment of the bellows, danced in colorful folk costumes.
Lace from Pag
The “Novalja’s koltre” map is an ethnographic map with authoritative photographs of Novalja’s
Crocheted bed covers and a special souvenir of this region.
Koltra is a crocheted bed cover that has been made for around hundred years by the skillful hands of Novalja's women, as a family treasure or for a dowry, or therapy after some stressful life events. It is a symbol of values, skills and affiliation. At present, most of the new families still have at least one koltra. They are kept and put on a bed on special occasions, hanging on a street-side window during a visit to the holiday processions. Some also cover it. From this particular subject of traditional knowledge and skills, the souvenirs and the brand of the city of Novalja were created.