Located only 5 kms north of the city of Novalja, Stara Novalja is a wonderful croatian bay, very quiet and calmer than Novalja but equally important in terms of tourist relevance; it is indoubtedly one of the most attractive places on Island of Pag for people looking for total relaxation, peace and quiet.
Among its stunning sandy beaches there is the Planjka-Trinćel Beach, the biggest and most attractive beach of Stara Novalja, a very beautiful and well-maintened beach in an outstanding natural setting surrounded by greenery; moreover it was awarded the coveted Blue Flag Award for the water quality, cleanliness and good services including the most important water sports activities, water slides and playground with fun facilities and a soft entrance to the sea, great for small kids and older adults. Besides swimming and sunbathing, the mild and mediterranean climate offers perfect weather conditions for sailing and diving, an unique and unforgettable experience for explorers.
Thanks to the natural beauty of this extraordinary place and to many accommodation facilities the economy of Stara Novalja is mostly based on tourist offer but also on farming, wine culture and fishing, locals work with passion to ensure a steady growth of the area so immersed in rich greenery and olive groves overlooking sparkling blue water; the entire bay is surrounded by smaller beaches and well protected from southern and northern winds (bora and sirocco), this ensures a good harvest and fertility, guests will highly appreciate the local culinary specialities mostly based on lamb, fish, cheese and genuine wine.
Stara Novalja offers great opportunities for a romantic or family vacation, its "must-see" attractions also include the old Harbour Drljanda, the safest dock for larger ships, here the sea can even reach a depth of 38 meters, smaller ships and yachts are docked along the external part of the jointed pier; architectural treasures such as the St. Mary's Church dating back to the 15th century, well restored in 1988, remains of antique walls, an antique necropolis and ruins of a pre-Romanesque church.