Novaljsko Polje is a natural green oasis that is in stark contrast to the rocky, lunar-like landscape typical for the eastern side of the island below Velebit. It owes its lush and diverse vegetation, eye-catching Mediterranean landscape and abundant wildlife to its fertile soil. Although this bike route is easy, it has a couple of slightly more demanding upward and downward slopes, which makes it appropriate for families, older adults and less skilled people.
The trail begins and ends at the Church of St. Anthony in the natural environment of Novalja Field’s green oases, olive trees and oleanders. By following trail signage and after a slight ascent, the trail will lead us to the first checkpoint – the Boškinac Hotel which was awarded a Michelin star in 2020. After a brief and moderately difficult climb, we will reach an elevation, where the state-of-the-art Jarebica Hunting Lodge is located and an unparalleled view of the Novalja Field below unfurls before you. The scenic view and the Novalja Field in plain view hotspots of this one-of-a-kind trail on Pag Island. After a gentle descent, the trail will take us into the heart of the Novalja Field along the route’s natural coastal landscape, peculiar single-trailsand broad macadam paths. We will pass through a quiet area amid the plentiful flora and fauna of the Novalja Field. Should your eyes wander around the surrounding, you might see a startled scurrying rabbit, a preying fox, a turtle lounging on the grassland or a grass lizard soaking up the sun.
The trail will then lead us to the asphalt main road of the Novalja Field at whose edges you can detect small ponds that sometimes flood the road during heavy rain. The aforementioned road will take us back to the starting point at the Church of St. Anthony. The idyllic environment is complemented by a reed-covered pond and a small rest stop with benches, tables and a fresh water spring. The shade provided by the tall treetops makes this the perfect place for relaxing, recharging and creating reminiscences of the Novalja Field!
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