Climate & specialities
The island of Pag is one of the sunniest island in the Adriatic, with more than 2500 hours of sunshine a year, so that the precipitation is relatively rare. During summer, the island is cooled by maestral and jugo winds on the sea side, and during winter from Velebit massif powerful Bura wind.
Because of this, the average annual temperature somewhat lower than in other Croatian islands and is around 15 ○ C. Moderate Mediterranean climate brings hot and dry summers and mild and wet winters. The lowest recorded temperature in January is -2 ° C, while the average around 5 ° C. In August, the average temperature is around 25 ° C. More in winter heated to 12 ° C in summer reaches 25 ° C. A mild climate make the stay on the island all year round.
Pag lamb is considered a top specialty. The sheep meat is special because the sheep live and eat on rocky grounds that are full of different aromatic and medicinal herbs enriched with salt brought from the strong winds. The meat is very soft and tender and every gourmet can enjoy. Today, sheep farming and tourism are the most important economic sectors on the island.
Viticulture has a long tradition and lays the foundation of the Pag economy on the island. Once, most of the harvested grapes was used for wine production and only a small part was sold as fruit. Also, the wine was produced for selling and what wasn’t sold, was turned into vinegar. Of all the Pag wines, the most popular is zutica wine and today the best known is „Gegic“ and „Burin“. You can buy homemade wine by individual producers that have signs on their houses letting people know that they are selling wine.