Drive from Pag Island to Zadar

So we left Rab Island this morning only to be overtaken 100 metres from the ferry by an impatient lorry driver racing us to the ferry but much to Tony’s delight we were put on the ferry in pole position ready to be first off!

First off the Ferry!
First off the Ferry!

Then, believe it or not, it only happened again, this time by a German campervan at our next ferry crossing to Pag Island. Again, we were let off the ferry before the German camper. I don’t think the locals take to the German tourists either! Tony enjoyed driving at his own pace for the next 25km with an irate German behind us.

Our first thought of Pag Island as we left the ferry was that it reminded us so much of Oman, we even had to stop to let the sheep cross the road. So, John and Diane, I know you are reading this blog, there is no need to go back to Oman if you are homesick just come to Pag Island for a quick fix!

We stopped off at Pag Town for a look around and to buy some of the Pag cheese, known locally as ‘Paksi Sir’, apparently it is very distinctive in taste, salty and sharp! The milk for Pag cheese is gathered in May when flavour is at its peak, it is left unpasteurised and when the cheese finally ferments, it is rubbed with sea salt, coated with olive oil and left to age for anywhere from six months to a year resulting in a tangy, firm cheese that matures into an aromatic, dry crumbly cheese. I will let you know whether it is good or not when we have tried it. Liz, I have bought some to bring to Paris too!

We probably didn’t experience Pag Town at it’s best as it had clouded over and we had a shower of rain. It was nice but not like the previous towns we have visited, it has narrow lanes and quite plain houses, a very nice foot bridge and a lovely white marble square, which the guide books say is a socialising hot spot, but not today!

We carried on our drive through Pag Island heading for Zadar and all the way we experienced wonderful landscapes, such diversity in roads and scenery.

We arrived in Zadar and decided to look into the old town before we found the campsite. Zadar is a much larger commercial port however there is a very lovely old town which is well worth a visit, packed with Roman ruins and medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes, lovely shops, Zara, Max Mara etc. but the best sights are the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation. The Sea Organ is unique, set within the perforated stone stairs that descent into the sea is a system of pipes and whistles that creates a wonderful sound when the movement of the sea pushes air through it. It has to be heard to be believed. I did record the sounds, however Tony ruined it by saying out loud “Tony playing his organ”. I do have the recording which I may have to put on You Tube!

The Sun salutation is a 22m circle cut into the pavement filled with 300 multi-layered glass plates that collect the sun’s energy, in other words, solar panels and Tony was surprised to find solar panels larger than his!

We are now camped at Camping Borik just north of Zadar and have been very surprised that through this whole trip, we have only seen one English campervan on site. Thank goodness Tony has LBC to listen to!

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12 thoughts on “Drive from Pag Island to Zadar

  1. rosiepike September 19, 2013 / 6:54 pm

    I should have mentioned that Pag is also well known for lace. Hence the statue of the lace maker.

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  2. Penny September 19, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    Hi I have just read through all your Blogs Rose along with all your other talents you should write Travel Guides I have really learnt a lot and your photography is great .Tony looks fine without his head !!! I would recognise those legs anywhere !!!!

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    • rosiepike September 19, 2013 / 7:17 pm

      Thanks Penny but you need to click on the photo image to open it up to see the full view!!

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      • rosiepike September 19, 2013 / 9:22 pm

        I should say double click on the photo to get the full view!

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  3. john and carol September 19, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    I think that pakistani cheese sounds a bit dodgy!.We are going to tenerife tomorrow so i might create a blog so you can follow us from bar to bar . Enjoy the rest of your trip and tell tony to speed up bit.i know he is trying to save fuel but driving so slowly is ridiculous.

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    • rosiepike September 19, 2013 / 9:19 pm

      Have a great holiday, we will really miss your humorous comments!

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  4. John & Diane September 20, 2013 / 6:36 am

    Morning bloggers
    It certainly does look like Oman very different
    to all the other scenery en route which has been stunning.How do you get on with language? Or is English widely spoken? X x John

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    • rosiepike September 20, 2013 / 4:10 pm

      Language no problem, nearly everyone we have come across speaks English or sign language always helps!

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  5. Nicola Bogle (@nicola_bogle) September 20, 2013 / 7:40 am

    I agree with Penny! I would never have thought of going to these places before reading your blog and the photos are are amazing – although our resident photographer would probably have her own view 🙂 My only complaint is that there are no photos of you…. yet….

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    • rosiepike September 20, 2013 / 4:09 pm

      Thanks Nicky, look out for photos of me later in today’s blog!

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  6. John & Diane September 21, 2013 / 5:55 am

    Wot no blog ? John & Diane

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  7. liz September 21, 2013 / 9:55 am

    HI Rosie, totaly disagree with John, that cheese sounds nice and I can’t wait to try it! looking forward to our Parisian week end in a couple of weeks! the sun is back so I hope it holds till then!! have fun !!! xxxxx

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