Best Pág beaches for adventurous kids & dogs

Pág Island sits slightly north of Zadar on Croatia’s Adriatic coast. It is Croatia’s fifth largest island and the one with the longest stretch of coast line. Now you see why we chose it lol. This post is all abut which Pag beaches we think are the best for adventurous families.

Pag beaches

Pag Island

Pag which is pronounced ‘Parg’ has a permanent population of approximately 10,000 people and a whole lot of sheep! It has no natural sand beaches and all of the beaches are in fact small, rocky cove areas with shingle and stone.

Pag is about 60km long, which is a lot of coast line, and this blog will focus on the beaches and coves to the north which is part of the Lika-Senj County. The northern part of the island is mostly steep and high with jagged coves and sparkling water. Many beach areas are inaccessible by foot and can only be accessed with a boat. For obvious reasons, this post doesn’t look at those.

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Photo disclaimer

For the purposes of continuity (and my sanity) all photos were taken with a Google Pixel phone. I don’t often not use my camera but taking it down to the beaches just didn’t seem a sensible option!

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Best Pag beaches & coves (for adventurous kids and dogs)

Here’s our list of best Pag beaches which we think you’ll enjoy too:

Plaza Lun

The area around Lun was my favourite as it was much more remote than any other part of the island. There is no real beach, per se, but a number of small coves all the way up the far end of the coastline.

We drove as far as we could on a dirt track road and then walked a short distance to a cove we liked the look of. The area is full of blackberries and some were ripe enough to pick and eat. YUM!

Pag beaches

Lun

Pag beaches

Lun

Pag beaches

Lun

Plaza Tovarnele

We re-named this area ‘the swimming pool’ because the water was such a dazzling shade of turquoise and so calm.

Parking is on the road adjacent and it can get a little busy early in the morning but nothing too disastrous. The area seemed popular with local families.

Pag beaches

Tovarnele beach

Pag beaches

The swimming pool

Haluga

We stopped for lunch at Haluga Pizzeria where they bemusedly made us vegan pizza! Pag is famous for its cheese ‘Sir’ pronounced ‘Sea-er’ and it’s on sale everywhere so they’re a little confused as to why we wouldn’t want to eat it.

The water in the area is dazzling and very inviting. You can hop in anywhere as the boats are very limited on speed.

Pag beaches

Haluga

Pag beaches

Haluga

Crnica

Next to the restaurant Crnica, is a small, walled harbour and beach area. It’s pretty deep but the water is as clear as anything.

There are some boats but they enter slowly with caution. The water is deep enough in several parts for kids to jump off the marina and rocks. Our three entertained themselves for ages here and had a brilliant time.

The restaurant doesn’t offer much vegan food but the salad, chips and coffee are all good!

Pag beaches

Crnica

Pag beaches

Crnica

Pag beaches

Kids jumping

Pag beaches

The colour

Jumping rocks

A short walk away from Crnica (follow the path down behind the restaurant and keep walking through the woods) are pine and rock coves perfectly secluded and just as gorgeous.

Watch out for the sea urchins which are everywhere however with rubber shoes, you shouldn’t notice them. The water is calm and perfect for snorkelling.

Pag beaches

Jumping rocks

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Jumping off the rocks

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Plaza Dudici

If you want to head to Plaza Dudici, instead of turning off to the jumping rocks, follow the path around until you meet the beach.

Pag beaches

Dudici

Pag beaches

Dudici

Plaza Puntine

Here there are several small shingle beaches with a tree area where people seem to spend most of their time. When we visited, all the locals were under the trees playing cards and eating lunch! There was a very serene and calm atmosphere here.

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Treed area

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Plaza Baracuda

Plaza Baracuda is a busy beach with two bars and pedalos for rent. There is a large car park next to it.

There are quieter coves just a few minutes walk away if you don’t fancy the crowds. We ordered a raspberry and orange smoothie here which came with cream and chocolate… Eek. We sent it back and politely explained that we couldn’t eat it.

Plaza Gajac

Plaza Gajac seems to incorporate an entire parkland as well as an aqua park. The area is vast and whilst it is busy, it doesn’t feel particularly swamped by people.

The aqua park is good fun for kids and the all day ticket is great value.

 

Plaza Orada

If you head for Drazica beach, take the first road on the left and follow it round until it becomes a dirt track road. You’ll need to park in front of the little house. Here is the first of two lovely coves.

Pag beaches

The first part of the road with Drazica beach to the right

Pag beaches

The first cove

To find the second cove, follow the walking track in front of the house or walk along the shore line.

Pag beaches

The path

Pag beaches

The second cove

Pag beaches

Snorkelling on Pag beaches

Galinec

Galinec beach comprises of a shallow cove with access to a number of jetties. Parking is in the residential area just a short ascent up the hill.

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Walk down the hill to the beach

Pag beaches

The beach

Pag beaches

Our bear loves to swim

Pag beaches

The cove

Rucica Beach

This beach is located in a relatively shallow but wide cove. It tends to be popular with a younger crowd but it is not rowdy and there’s plenty of space for everyone.

There’s a large bar and fast food area to the right of the beach and from here you can walk over the hills (it’s a hot walk) or paddle board to another beach Beretnica.

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Pag beaches

Map

You can download this map to use from google.

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