Novi Vinodolski, Pag i Makarska – Summer under masks

Novi Vinodolski, Pag i Makarska – Summer under masks
Summer is a time for vacations, enjoying the sun and the sea, getting to know new destinations and people, but during all of this, room should be left for fun and entertainment and this is exactly what is offered by Novi Vinodolski, Pag and Makarska, which have kept the tradition of summer carnivals.

This year, lively masked parades will take over Novi Vinodolski on the 1st and 2nd of July. Traditionally during these days, there is no room for serious faces and frowns because smiles and laughter spread across the town like a disease. The locals prepare an unforgettable event and invite guests to hide their faces under masks, leave their worries behind and have a good time.

Novi Vinodolski is a tourist town which has developed from the old fort Novigrad in the central part of the north Croatian coastal area. Thanks to the evergreen vegetation and mild weather conditions of this part of the Mediterranean, the clean sea and air, it was included in the line of tourism pioneers of the coastal area right after Opatija, in 1878. The town is characterized by coastal architecture of white fronts and red rooftops, which rise in the old town core from the sea level to the church and the tower on the hill. The hospitality of the locals, the crystal clear sea, the town and its surroundings, without industrial pollution, the mountain air from the high forests of the hinterland, which are suitable for hunting tourism, are all the things that make Novi Vinodolski so special.
Contrary to the carnival in Novi Vinodolski, the carnival in Pag is held at the end of July (29th and 30th). It is the oldest carnival in the Adriatic, which is in itself a guarantee that visitors will experience something far from the ordinary. On the first day of the carnival there is a festive procession, while on the second day valuable prizes are given out to the best masks. The very end of the carnival is also its most attractive part because of the burning of the effigy called ‘mesopust’ at the town square, with which, according to local beliefs, evil forces are pushed away for the whole of the following year.

The town of Pag is located on the island of the same name, which is one of the largest Adriatic islands full of bays, capes and beaches. The largest of them, Pag bay, is surrounded by 20 km of pebbled beach. Pag offers unusual shapes, wild, exotic nature, tame oasis, mountain trails and shallow bays, and it would take up a few days for you to visit them all.

The town of Pag was built in the 15th century and is famous for its salt-pan where the production of salt by an old method of drying in small clay pools filled with sea water can still be seen today. The town is also famous for its handy crafts – the famous Pag lace which has been nurtured throughout the centuries. This slow and hard hand work can still be found today on the streets of the old town of Pag.

Makarska will also be the host to lovers of carnivals at the beginning of August. It is famous for its beautiful, 2 km long sand and pebble beach and its crystal blue sea. The carnival in Makarska also has a long tradition and because of its ambience and rich cultural and entertainment program it offers, its participants return every year as to participate in this event.

Makarska is one of the most famous tourist destinations of the Croatian coast. It is attractive because of its natural and climate characteristics, varied tourist offer and friendly locals. It is located at the foot of the mountain massive Biokovo, which protects it from the hazards of continental climate so it has mild winters and long, warm summers with refreshing summer wind. The town developed around a natural harbour which is protected by the picturesque peninsula Sveti Petar and cape Osejava. It used to be a safe shelter and sanctuary during the bad weather conditions for seamen, pirates and merchants and today it harbours tourist yachts, sailors and cruise boats. The history of the town can best be experienced in the Franciscan monastery which has celebrated 500 years of existence.

The Tourist Board of Primorje-Gorje County

The Tourist Board of Novi Vinodolski

The Tourist Board of Lika-Senj County

The Tourist Board of Pag

The Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County

The Tourist Board of Makarska

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