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Best Island of Pag Beaches
The beach is located north of Novalja, along the southeast coast of the Novalja Bay. It is covered with fine sand, it is warm, shallow and well-kept. It has restaurants and various recreational facilities. Due to its excellent maintenance and facilities, the beach has had a blue flag since the summer of 2004. In one of the events thrown by the Croatian Tourist Board and the Blue Flower Media, the beach won two awards – for best kept and most beautiful beach on the Adriatic coast. This beach is great for families with children.
Beach Planjka Trinćel
The beach is located north of Novalja, along the southeast coast of the Novalja Bay. It is covered with fine sand, it is warm, shallow and well-kept. It has restaurants and various recreational facilities. Due to its excellent maintenance and facilities, the beach has had a blue flag since the summer of 2004. In one of the events thrown by the Croatian Tourist Board and the Blue Flower Media, the beach won two awards – for best kept and most beautiful beach on the Adriatic coast. This beach is great for families with children.
The Zrće Beach is located southeast of Novalja and tells a special story. It’s the most beautiful beach in Novalja. Its coastal area has a shingle surface and during the peak season several thousand people can fit on it. The beach by the sea is pebbly and the sea is very deep due to the steep descent off the coast. Numerous sports, recreation and entertainment facilities and high quality restaurants can be found on the beach, while a few attractive night clubs offer entertainment throughout the night. In one of the events thrown by the Croatian Tourist Board and the Blue Flower Media, the Zrće Beach won first place as the tidiest and most beautiful beach on the Adriatic. With its outstanding natural characteristics, equipment and amenities, the Zrće Beach meets the strict criteria of the European Foundation for Education and Care for the Environment and as of the summer 2003, it has had the blue flag status. The beach is located about 2 km from Novalja, has a large parking area and during the tourist season it is linked by public transport.
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Zrće Beach
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The Zrće Beach is located southeast of Novalja and tells a special story. It’s the most beautiful beach in Novalja. Its coastal area has a shingle surface and during the peak season several thousand people can fit on it. The beach by the sea is pebbly and the sea is very deep due to the steep descent off the coast. Numerous sports, recreation and entertainment facilities and high quality restaurants can be found on the beach, while a few attractive night clubs offer entertainment throughout the night. In one of the events thrown by the Croatian Tourist Board and the Blue Flower Media, the Zrće Beach won first place as the tidiest and most beautiful beach on the Adriatic. With its outstanding natural characteristics, equipment and amenities, the Zrće Beach meets the strict criteria of the European Foundation for Education and Care for the Environment and as of the summer 2003, it has had the blue flag status. The beach is located about 2 km from Novalja, has a large parking area and during the tourist season it is linked by public transport.
This is the Novalja town beach, located along the southern edge of the Novalja Bay. It’s pebbly, shallow and warm, with a large green belt, which makes it pleasant for vacationing and cooling off during the hot summer days.
Plaža Lokunje
This is the Novalja town beach, located along the southern edge of the Novalja Bay. It’s pebbly, shallow and warm, with a large green belt, which makes it pleasant for vacationing and cooling off during the hot summer days.
Located on the east side of the island and connected with Metajna by local road, it’s on its way of becoming a very popular destination on Pag Island. Although many haven’t heard about it, every year Ručica Beach is on the list of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Its simplicity and unspoiled nature that leave people breathless are so alluring. The beach itself is ideal for visitors that need peace and quiet, far from hustle and bustle of the city. Specific environment with many trekking and hiking trails, as well as beautiful scenery made of rocks carved by constant wind, are the main characteristics of this part of the island. Ručica is the place for all visitors looking for an adventure and great photos. After some 20 minutes’ walk down this unusual route, over sharp, sizzling hot rocks, you’ll get a shy welcome from Beretnica. Surrounded by rocks and bathed with sun, far from any unwanted looks, there lies this crystal clear, sandy beach, a pearl of the Pag Island. Beautiful landscape sparks your imagination and takes you away from reality. It brings emotions and leaves you breathless. The only thing you are expected to do is to get you camera ready and not lose any time. Don't get distracted by visitors who get there by boat, because they are probably thinking the same thing. Story about this part of the island would not be complete without mention of Sunčana - the only beach with shades. It is under a thick forest which with Pag rocks makes it look almost unreal. Oasis in the heart of the desert. There’s your chance to breath the air filled with pure pine and feel the faintest touch of resin and honey. A trail, which reaches as far as Ručica and which is ideal for cycling and jogging, connects this beach with Metajna, small but hospitable fishing town. After the long walk and hike, this shy and detached sandy beach will be the perfect refuge and a place for rest. Don’t worry, it’s not a mirage. To complete the experience, when you are overcome with hunger and tired, we recommend you to visit a restaurant in the centre of Metajna and enjoy the specialties made by locals, who are always ready for a nice chat. Even the most demanding guests will be satisfied with the rich offer of food.
Beritnica Beach
Located on the east side of the island and connected with Metajna by local road, it’s on its way of becoming a very popular destination on Pag Island. Although many haven’t heard about it, every year Ručica Beach is on the list of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Its simplicity and unspoiled nature that leave people breathless are so alluring. The beach itself is ideal for visitors that need peace and quiet, far from hustle and bustle of the city. Specific environment with many trekking and hiking trails, as well as beautiful scenery made of rocks carved by constant wind, are the main characteristics of this part of the island. Ručica is the place for all visitors looking for an adventure and great photos. After some 20 minutes’ walk down this unusual route, over sharp, sizzling hot rocks, you’ll get a shy welcome from Beretnica. Surrounded by rocks and bathed with sun, far from any unwanted looks, there lies this crystal clear, sandy beach, a pearl of the Pag Island. Beautiful landscape sparks your imagination and takes you away from reality. It brings emotions and leaves you breathless. The only thing you are expected to do is to get you camera ready and not lose any time. Don't get distracted by visitors who get there by boat, because they are probably thinking the same thing. Story about this part of the island would not be complete without mention of Sunčana - the only beach with shades. It is under a thick forest which with Pag rocks makes it look almost unreal. Oasis in the heart of the desert. There’s your chance to breath the air filled with pure pine and feel the faintest touch of resin and honey. A trail, which reaches as far as Ručica and which is ideal for cycling and jogging, connects this beach with Metajna, small but hospitable fishing town. After the long walk and hike, this shy and detached sandy beach will be the perfect refuge and a place for rest. Don’t worry, it’s not a mirage. To complete the experience, when you are overcome with hunger and tired, we recommend you to visit a restaurant in the centre of Metajna and enjoy the specialties made by locals, who are always ready for a nice chat. Even the most demanding guests will be satisfied with the rich offer of food.
The area of ​​the Caska Bay is interesting for all archeology, history and historical phenomena enthusiasts. Caska is located on the western part of the Pag Bay in the vicinity of Novalja. This small location rich in history once was the area of Cissa, a Roman town, which according to historians sunk below sea level in the 4th century after an earthquake. Numerous studies have shown that it was a big and important city. Caska’s importance is confirmed by the fact that there was a luxurious villa of a well-known and wealthy senatorial family from Rome – Calpurnia. But there is still not enough evidence to determine whether Caska was actually a Roman town or it had developed much earlier. Caska Bay today has only a few houses left, but its seabed keeps a secret – a sunken city. A perfect place of divers who can find remains of buildings. Unfortunately, the biggest part of the sunken city is out of reach because of large deposits of silt, sand and seaweed. Important historical landmarks of the location include the old „tunera“ – tuna tower and the remains of the Romanesque St. Georges Church on a hill above Caska with a large number of medieval and early Christian spoils. More about the submerged city, research and archaeological findings can be found in the brochure which we provide below.
Plaža Caska
The area of ​​the Caska Bay is interesting for all archeology, history and historical phenomena enthusiasts. Caska is located on the western part of the Pag Bay in the vicinity of Novalja. This small location rich in history once was the area of Cissa, a Roman town, which according to historians sunk below sea level in the 4th century after an earthquake. Numerous studies have shown that it was a big and important city. Caska’s importance is confirmed by the fact that there was a luxurious villa of a well-known and wealthy senatorial family from Rome – Calpurnia. But there is still not enough evidence to determine whether Caska was actually a Roman town or it had developed much earlier. Caska Bay today has only a few houses left, but its seabed keeps a secret – a sunken city. A perfect place of divers who can find remains of buildings. Unfortunately, the biggest part of the sunken city is out of reach because of large deposits of silt, sand and seaweed. Important historical landmarks of the location include the old „tunera“ – tuna tower and the remains of the Romanesque St. Georges Church on a hill above Caska with a large number of medieval and early Christian spoils. More about the submerged city, research and archaeological findings can be found in the brochure which we provide below.
This beach lies in a shallow cove west of Novalja. This is the shallowest and warmest of all Novalja beaches, with fine sand and a narrow coastal strip. In recent years the beach has been enriched by restaurants and recreational facilities. A section of the beach is pet friendly!
Babe beach
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This beach lies in a shallow cove west of Novalja. This is the shallowest and warmest of all Novalja beaches, with fine sand and a narrow coastal strip. In recent years the beach has been enriched by restaurants and recreational facilities. A section of the beach is pet friendly!
Located next to Strasko, this beach is very long, while in its hinterland is a residential area called Gajac. It has a good gastronomic offer and some recreational facilities. All other facilities are located a few dozen meters away from the beach, within the residential area. A section of the beach is pet friendly!
beach Braničevica
Located next to Strasko, this beach is very long, while in its hinterland is a residential area called Gajac. It has a good gastronomic offer and some recreational facilities. All other facilities are located a few dozen meters away from the beach, within the residential area. A section of the beach is pet friendly!
This beach is located 1 km from Metajna and it can be reached by boat or by car. The beach is a combination of shingle and sand, without a natural shade and with a few catering facilities. The beach can be reached on foot through the picturesque area called the Canyon.
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Beach Ručica
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This beach is located 1 km from Metajna and it can be reached by boat or by car. The beach is a combination of shingle and sand, without a natural shade and with a few catering facilities. The beach can be reached on foot through the picturesque area called the Canyon.
Beritnica Beach
Take a five minute ride from Novalja down the road between rocky pastures in the direction of Pag to get to Prnjica - a beach with azure blue sea. In the flood of parties and everyday festivals, it has become increasingly popular among visitors looking for peaceful vacation and rest. Prnjica is a local name for a type of seashell. Italians are not wrong when they call it a “Tartuffe of the sea” (Tartufi di Mare), because it is very tasty and that’s where the beach got its name. Because of its sandy shore and shallow sea, it is particularly popular among families with children. It faces the mighty Velebit mountain, a border between gods and humans, and simply is a place you have to experience. Beach has a paid parking. If you miss the turn to Prnjica, don’t worry about it, just 500 meters along the road there is another turn that takes you to Čista - a beach that is simply put... clean, as their name in Croatian suggests. It may seem monotonous and simple, but with a little effort it will grow on you. Grab a handful of fine gravel and sand from the shore, and you might wake up some of the many seashells that live there. The beach itself is great for families with children and unlike its neighbour Prnjica, it has many amenities. If you get stunned by the view of sun-bathed Velebit and Pag Bay or you simply get hungry, there is a cafe restaurant with fresh food and drinks. You can also rent a peddal boat and set out to the sea. Beach has a parking which charged by a day. Next along the Novalja – Pag road, some 1.7 km from Čista Beach, is a beach and camp Sveti Duh which perfectly fits in this part of the island. This is the right choice for everyone looking for an adventure and for those who don’t think of clean bed, hot water and luxury as their top priority. It is interesting both for young people and families. Within the camp there is a restaurant and a bar. One part of the beach is for nudists. There is one thing lingering in the air, just waiting to be brought up. That is Pag cheese. Traditional product, unique in the world. When you visit these beaches, stop at the nearby town of Kolan and Gligor Dairy where you can try this local specialty. You won’t regret it...
Plaža Čista
Take a five minute ride from Novalja down the road between rocky pastures in the direction of Pag to get to Prnjica - a beach with azure blue sea. In the flood of parties and everyday festivals, it has become increasingly popular among visitors looking for peaceful vacation and rest. Prnjica is a local name for a type of seashell. Italians are not wrong when they call it a “Tartuffe of the sea” (Tartufi di Mare), because it is very tasty and that’s where the beach got its name. Because of its sandy shore and shallow sea, it is particularly popular among families with children. It faces the mighty Velebit mountain, a border between gods and humans, and simply is a place you have to experience. Beach has a paid parking. If you miss the turn to Prnjica, don’t worry about it, just 500 meters along the road there is another turn that takes you to Čista - a beach that is simply put... clean, as their name in Croatian suggests. It may seem monotonous and simple, but with a little effort it will grow on you. Grab a handful of fine gravel and sand from the shore, and you might wake up some of the many seashells that live there. The beach itself is great for families with children and unlike its neighbour Prnjica, it has many amenities. If you get stunned by the view of sun-bathed Velebit and Pag Bay or you simply get hungry, there is a cafe restaurant with fresh food and drinks. You can also rent a peddal boat and set out to the sea. Beach has a parking which charged by a day. Next along the Novalja – Pag road, some 1.7 km from Čista Beach, is a beach and camp Sveti Duh which perfectly fits in this part of the island. This is the right choice for everyone looking for an adventure and for those who don’t think of clean bed, hot water and luxury as their top priority. It is interesting both for young people and families. Within the camp there is a restaurant and a bar. One part of the beach is for nudists. There is one thing lingering in the air, just waiting to be brought up. That is Pag cheese. Traditional product, unique in the world. When you visit these beaches, stop at the nearby town of Kolan and Gligor Dairy where you can try this local specialty. You won’t regret it...
Sightseeing
The olive gardens of lun http://olive-gardens.eu/ www.facebook.com/vrtovi.lunjskihmaslina Welcome to the olive groves of the village of Lun – a peaceful oasis and one of the most picturesque and beautiful spots on the island of Pag. These parts show traces of nature’s bounty, which truly take your breath away. For centuries, about 80,000 wild olive trees growing on an area covering 400 ha, have been grafted by using scions of cultivated olive varieties, primarily those of the olive cultivar oblica. Among the many olive trees that grow here, 1,500 wild olives (Olea oleaster) stand out in particular, reaching a height of 5–8 metres. This area covered in wild olives is the only one of its kind in the Adriatic and is highly botanically valuable. In 1963, owing to its unique properties, it was designated as a botanical reserve. The oldest olive tree in the Olive Gardens of Lun has been around for over 2,000 years, which makes it one of the three oldest olive trees in the world, along with trees from Greece and Israel. Regain your strength in the invigorating silence among these ancient trees, and rediscover the peace and quiet missing in your busy everyday life.
Olive Garden Of Lun
The olive gardens of lun http://olive-gardens.eu/ www.facebook.com/vrtovi.lunjskihmaslina Welcome to the olive groves of the village of Lun – a peaceful oasis and one of the most picturesque and beautiful spots on the island of Pag. These parts show traces of nature’s bounty, which truly take your breath away. For centuries, about 80,000 wild olive trees growing on an area covering 400 ha, have been grafted by using scions of cultivated olive varieties, primarily those of the olive cultivar oblica. Among the many olive trees that grow here, 1,500 wild olives (Olea oleaster) stand out in particular, reaching a height of 5–8 metres. This area covered in wild olives is the only one of its kind in the Adriatic and is highly botanically valuable. In 1963, owing to its unique properties, it was designated as a botanical reserve. The oldest olive tree in the Olive Gardens of Lun has been around for over 2,000 years, which makes it one of the three oldest olive trees in the world, along with trees from Greece and Israel. Regain your strength in the invigorating silence among these ancient trees, and rediscover the peace and quiet missing in your busy everyday life.
Ancient Aqueduct – Talijanova buža The greatest treasure is our unique ancient aqueduct from the 1st century, carved out of solid rock. This one-of-a-kind Roman aqueduct, popularly known as Talijanova buža, supplied Novalja with water from the Novalja fields. The aqueduct is 1.2 km long, with a width ranging from 60 to 70 cm and 9 surface or air openings, which can be up to 40 m in height. The entrance to this town water supply system is located inside the Town Museum, which boasts some of Novalja’s cultural and ethnological heritage.Visitors are allowed to enter up to 70 m into the Roman aqueduct with mandatory use of protective equipment provided by the Town Museum. Apart from its rich ethnographic collection and its exhibition of known and less known Croatian artists in various media and styles, the central cultural institution of the Town of Novalja is famous for the so-called Talijanova buža, a 1.2 km long antique underground aqueduct with an entrance located in the museum and a visible first section of the aqueduct (the aqueduct itself is not open to visitors). Numerous archaeological sites and remains, including the unique ancient Roman aqueduct from the 1st century, the only one of its kind on the Croatian Adriatic coast, attest to a thousand-year old history and the turbulent times Novalja went through. The Roman conquerors had a particular influence throughout the 1st century BC. Thus, the Roman culture left its mark for many centuries to come. There was a strong Christian community in Novalja back in the 4th and 5th century. That’s where the three magnificent basilicas were erected. The early Christian Novalja was a well-known pilgrimage centre of the ancient world. Part of the numerous archaeological finds has been preserved at various sites and the other part of the findings can be found in the Stomorica archaeological collection located next to the Parish Church of St. Catherine. Official site: http://gradskimuzejnovalja.hr
City Museum Novalja
Ancient Aqueduct – Talijanova buža The greatest treasure is our unique ancient aqueduct from the 1st century, carved out of solid rock. This one-of-a-kind Roman aqueduct, popularly known as Talijanova buža, supplied Novalja with water from the Novalja fields. The aqueduct is 1.2 km long, with a width ranging from 60 to 70 cm and 9 surface or air openings, which can be up to 40 m in height. The entrance to this town water supply system is located inside the Town Museum, which boasts some of Novalja’s cultural and ethnological heritage.Visitors are allowed to enter up to 70 m into the Roman aqueduct with mandatory use of protective equipment provided by the Town Museum. Apart from its rich ethnographic collection and its exhibition of known and less known Croatian artists in various media and styles, the central cultural institution of the Town of Novalja is famous for the so-called Talijanova buža, a 1.2 km long antique underground aqueduct with an entrance located in the museum and a visible first section of the aqueduct (the aqueduct itself is not open to visitors). Numerous archaeological sites and remains, including the unique ancient Roman aqueduct from the 1st century, the only one of its kind on the Croatian Adriatic coast, attest to a thousand-year old history and the turbulent times Novalja went through. The Roman conquerors had a particular influence throughout the 1st century BC. Thus, the Roman culture left its mark for many centuries to come. There was a strong Christian community in Novalja back in the 4th and 5th century. That’s where the three magnificent basilicas were erected. The early Christian Novalja was a well-known pilgrimage centre of the ancient world. Part of the numerous archaeological finds has been preserved at various sites and the other part of the findings can be found in the Stomorica archaeological collection located next to the Parish Church of St. Catherine. Official site: http://gradskimuzejnovalja.hr
Under the branches of centuries-old olive trees, at the very northwest of the island, there lies Lun. Nature has left its marks generously in this area in a unique combination of green and blue. If you want to find the peace and quiet you lost somewhere in the urban bustle, this is the ideal place for your next vacation. The mild Mediterranean climate and comfortable silence of the Lun olive trees will rejuvenate your strength. In this silence, it seems that time really has stopped. The nearby villages of Jakišnica, Dudići, Varsan, Potočnica and Tovarnele, situated along the picturesque coves, are also a great choice for a pleasurable vacation
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Lun
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Under the branches of centuries-old olive trees, at the very northwest of the island, there lies Lun. Nature has left its marks generously in this area in a unique combination of green and blue. If you want to find the peace and quiet you lost somewhere in the urban bustle, this is the ideal place for your next vacation. The mild Mediterranean climate and comfortable silence of the Lun olive trees will rejuvenate your strength. In this silence, it seems that time really has stopped. The nearby villages of Jakišnica, Dudići, Varsan, Potočnica and Tovarnele, situated along the picturesque coves, are also a great choice for a pleasurable vacation
In a stone nest in the eastern part of the island lies Metajna. Written documents show that the first tourists visited Metajna in 1928. Follow in their footsteps and discover the beauty of this area. Nature has left an infinite mark here with its unique combination of wind, sea and stone. On hot summer days, look for refreshments at the local beaches, the most prominent of which is the Ručica beach, which can be reached though the picturesque area called Kanjon (the Canyon). During the season, fishing events filled with the smell of freshly prepared fish, wine and singing are regularly organized in Metajna. The nearby villages – Zubovići, Kustići and Vidalići.
Metajna
In a stone nest in the eastern part of the island lies Metajna. Written documents show that the first tourists visited Metajna in 1928. Follow in their footsteps and discover the beauty of this area. Nature has left an infinite mark here with its unique combination of wind, sea and stone. On hot summer days, look for refreshments at the local beaches, the most prominent of which is the Ručica beach, which can be reached though the picturesque area called Kanjon (the Canyon). During the season, fishing events filled with the smell of freshly prepared fish, wine and singing are regularly organized in Metajna. The nearby villages – Zubovići, Kustići and Vidalići.
North of Novalja, in a warm bay set deeply inland, lies Old Novalja. At the southeast end of the bay lies the Planjka (Trinćel) beach, one of the most beautiful and best-kept beaches, where you can have fun and cool off during the hot summer days. You can find the cool of evening while taking a long walk down the promenade. There are several diving clubs in Old Novalja and we say that divers open and close the season here.
Stara Novalja
North of Novalja, in a warm bay set deeply inland, lies Old Novalja. At the southeast end of the bay lies the Planjka (Trinćel) beach, one of the most beautiful and best-kept beaches, where you can have fun and cool off during the hot summer days. You can find the cool of evening while taking a long walk down the promenade. There are several diving clubs in Old Novalja and we say that divers open and close the season here.
Delicate and durable Pag lace is the pride of Pag island and prized throughout Croatia. Even now, it's possible to see ladies pouring over their lace work on the streets of Pag town. The finest examples of lace workmanship are on display at the Lace Gallery in Pag town where Benedictine nuns keep alive the tradition. Smaller examples of Pag lace are for sale in shops around town. The uniqueness of the Pag lace design and technique has been recognized as "Intangible Heritage" by Unesco. The exact origins of the lace-making tradition in Pag are unknown but it probably began in the Renaissance as ornamentation for the traditional white linen shirts and neckerchiefs worn on Pag island. As traditional dress began to die out in the 20th century, lace edging decorated tablecloths, altar cloths, bedspreads and handkerchiefs. In 1906 a School for Lace Making was established in Pag and the lace began to assume the geometrical shapes you see today. In 1911 Pag's lace received wider attention as a result of the efforts of an Austrian writer, Natalie Bruck-Auffenberg, who presented a lace blouse to the Archduchess Maria Josephine. The archduchess travelled to Pag to place an order and more noble ladies followed suit. During the reign of Queen Maria Theresa (1717-1780) a lace maker from Pag resided at the royal court in Vienna. Lace-making requires a needle, thread, clean hands, good eyesight and a lot of time. The needle is an ordinary mending needle and the work is done on a backing, which is usually a hard stuffed pillow. Lace makers work without drawings, based on designs handed down from generation to generation to which each lace maker adds her own personal touch. Within the many variations there is a solid geometric structure called the reticela that is the skeleton of each design. At the centre is a circle that is traversed by eight thread sticks that radiate outward through an intricate web of circles and triangles. The result is a piece of handiwork that is as delicate as a snowflake but stiff and durable enough to withstand laundering.
Pag Lace - Paška Čipka
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Delicate and durable Pag lace is the pride of Pag island and prized throughout Croatia. Even now, it's possible to see ladies pouring over their lace work on the streets of Pag town. The finest examples of lace workmanship are on display at the Lace Gallery in Pag town where Benedictine nuns keep alive the tradition. Smaller examples of Pag lace are for sale in shops around town. The uniqueness of the Pag lace design and technique has been recognized as "Intangible Heritage" by Unesco. The exact origins of the lace-making tradition in Pag are unknown but it probably began in the Renaissance as ornamentation for the traditional white linen shirts and neckerchiefs worn on Pag island. As traditional dress began to die out in the 20th century, lace edging decorated tablecloths, altar cloths, bedspreads and handkerchiefs. In 1906 a School for Lace Making was established in Pag and the lace began to assume the geometrical shapes you see today. In 1911 Pag's lace received wider attention as a result of the efforts of an Austrian writer, Natalie Bruck-Auffenberg, who presented a lace blouse to the Archduchess Maria Josephine. The archduchess travelled to Pag to place an order and more noble ladies followed suit. During the reign of Queen Maria Theresa (1717-1780) a lace maker from Pag resided at the royal court in Vienna. Lace-making requires a needle, thread, clean hands, good eyesight and a lot of time. The needle is an ordinary mending needle and the work is done on a backing, which is usually a hard stuffed pillow. Lace makers work without drawings, based on designs handed down from generation to generation to which each lace maker adds her own personal touch. Within the many variations there is a solid geometric structure called the reticela that is the skeleton of each design. At the centre is a circle that is traversed by eight thread sticks that radiate outward through an intricate web of circles and triangles. The result is a piece of handiwork that is as delicate as a snowflake but stiff and durable enough to withstand laundering.