Novalja

The main tourist centre on the island of Pag, Novalja is famous for beach parties and discos, many high-quality services and a beautiful blue sea.
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Pag’s main tourist resort, located 20 km north-west of the village that gives the island its name, Novalja is one of the top destinations in Croatia (and Europe!) for those seeking fun and nightlife.

Its nightclubs, including the Cocomo Club, Aquarius and Noa Beach, are legendary, as is the annual Hideout electronic music festival and other similar loud events.

If you’re not interested in nightlife, don’t cross Novalja off your wish list: the town is pretty, easily accessible, has excellent facilities and is not particularly expensive. The beaches? Beautiful.

Where to stay in Novalja

To find accommodation in Novalja, it is advisable to choose a flat or holiday house because there is much more choice, while hotels are few. Low-cost travellers will find some cheaper accommodation such as guesthouses and hostels, the latter being recommended for young people who want more opportunities to socialise.

In July and August, prices spike, so if you’re on a tight budget, it’s best to book well in advance to be able to find the cheapest houses or rooms.

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Recommended hotels in Novalja

We offer a selection of hotels at Novalja to suit all categories of travellers. The most booked by tourists are the sea-facing hotels, often right on the beach. If you want to play it safe, choose one of the following: they are among the most booked hotels in Novalja, sorted by number of reviews.

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Hotel In Excelsis
Novalja - Lunjski put 91Extra sanitary measures
9.1Superb 785 reviews
Set in Novalja, Hotel In Excelsis offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
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Hotel Olea
Novalja - Burin bok 35Extra sanitary measures
8.9Fabulous 612 reviews
Offering stylish rooms, suites and villas, Hotel Olea is located in Novalja and features views of the Adriatic Sea and Velebit Mountain. It comes with outdoor and indoor pools, wellness and spa centre, 2 bars and an in-house restaurant.
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Kaneo beach hotel Novalja
Novalja - Lokunje 8Extra sanitary measures
8.9Fabulous 454 reviews
Situated in Novalja, 100 metres from Lokunje Beach, Kaneo beach hotel Novalja features accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. Located around 1.
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Apartments and vacation homes in Novalja

If you prefer space, privacy and the ability to prepare your own meals to a hotel holiday, book a holiday home at Novalja. We recommend a few below, but in this case we advise you to book early because houses and apartments for rent at Novalja are in high demand.

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Villa Ani
Novalja - Slatinska 45Extra sanitary measures
9.1Superb 514 reviews
Boasting a private outdoor pool and a sun terrace with sun loungers, Villa Ani is located on Pag Island, only 500 metres from the beach of Novalja town on the main street, and provides modern and bright accommodation, all fully equipped with kitchens.All of the self-catered studios and apartments at Villa Ani have bathrooms, satellite TV and a sofa.
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Villa Gaj
Novalja - Rapska 1
9.2Superb 386 reviews
Offering free WiFi and a garden, Villa Gaj is situated in Novalja, 46 km from Baška. Mali Lošinj is 32 km away.
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Lastura Aparthotel
Novalja - Dubac, Murve 4
9.4Superb 210 reviews
Located right on a private beach, Lastura Aparthotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site cocktail bar and free Wi-Fi access. The ground floor houses a restaurant serving local and international cuisine.
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Things to do in Novalja

Although it has based its tourist industry on entertainment and nightlife, Novalja is a pretty town to visit, with an old town centre of Roman origins and a pleasant seaside walk.

Walking around the town, it is impossible not to come across ancient ruins, including the remains of several early Christian basilicas dating back to the 4th-5th century AD.

Don’t miss the mosaic floor of the Church of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in the town centre, and above all the most famous monument in Novalja, the Roman aqueduct, known as the Talijanova buža: a tunnel carved into the rock over a kilometre long. The entrance to the aqueduct is near the Municipal Museum, which is interesting if you want to learn about the history of the island.

Beaches of Novalja

Novalja’s iconic beach is Zrce, which has become internationally famous for its crazy nights of techno, electronic and house music.

It is a beautiful beach of white pebbles almost three kilometres long, framed by a dense pine forest and washed by the clearest sea, but what attracts the tourists, mostly very young, are the legendary beach parties, discos by the sea or half-hidden in the pine forest, foam parties and electronic music festivals. Dancing starts mid-afternoon and goes on until morning.

Zrce is only two kilometres from the centre of Novalja and can be easily reached by car or bus (running 24 hours a day).

Other beaches not to be missed in Novalja are:

How to get to Novalja

To get to Novalja it is best to first arrive in Zadar, either by plane or by ship from the Italian city of Ancona (one trip per day, 6 hours of sailing), then reach Novalja by car. You will not have to take another ferry because the island of Pag is connected to the mainland by a bridge: from Zadar to Novalja calculate about an hour and a half.

There are also some buses from Zadar to Pag, but it is not advisable because once on the island, local transport is poor.

Novalja Weather

What's the weather at Novalja? Below are the temperatures and the weather forecast at Novalja for the next few days.

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Where is located Novalja

Novalja is a small town on the west coast of the island of Pag, about 25 kilometres north of the city of Zadar.

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