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Creative cuisine is the main motive to visit the rocky, moonlike, island of Pag. Now is your chance to gain valuable skills in preparing the delicious dishes from this Croatian gastronomic mecca! A land that has provided wonderful plants rich in etheric oils and Pramenka lamb that result in fabulous roasts and award winning sheep's cheeses, which you will taste from the producers themselves. We will also explore Lun, which is one of the oldest Mediterranean olive groves to be found in north-wester Pag. Experience top quality olive oils as well as superb wines.
Tradition and modern design come together beautifully in this peaceful oasis. The stunning stone building that houses the Bokinac boutique hotel is an oasis of peace just under a pine wood, and next to a vineyard and olive grove. It was built in the field, some 700 meters from the sea and 2 kilometers from Novalja, but it seems as though it has always stood here. The view from the lovely balconies and cascading terrace extend out over the Novalja fields that exude both beauty and peace.
Relaxing next to the outdoor pool, surrounded by lounge chairs, baldachins and Mediterranean vegetation and truly stunning views, awakens the feeling of being connected to nature. The harmony of sophisticated luxury and exceptional comfort, in combination with creative cuisine and an attractive winery, reveals a unique world of fragrances, flavors and fantasies. For those wanting to take a walk or go cycling, the nature surrounding the hotel - olive groves, vineyards and pine woods - are the ideal place to do so.
Each of the eight spacious rooms and three suites tells a story, and together they represent the island in its original environment. Equipped with carefully selected materials and handmade furnishings, their design is reminiscent of the island's ethnographic heritage. However, the premium comfort is contemporary - every room includes an office corner, air-conditioning and central heating, sofa area, mini bar, safe, satellite television, Washroom with two sinks and a bathtub, hair dryer.
The restaurant of Hotel Bokinac is known far and wide for its interpretation of traditional island cuisine, transformed in a creative, modern way. The restaurant respects the culinary heritage of the island, with a wide selection of fish and lamb dishes, cheeses, prosciutto and other fresh, seasonal ingredients, with olive oil, herbs and honey. However, these ingredients are served in a special way, with a pronounced artistic approach.
Thanks to the creativity of our culinary team, the harmony of flavors and aromas create an unforgettable experience on the plate. Guests can enjoy dishes to order and creative tasting menus. The simplicity that respects the perfection of the ingredients themselves, and the reinterpretation of tradition, though controlled in its creativity and playfulness is the main philosophy of our restaurant, explained Boris ulji, who always aims to depict the wealth of the ingredients of the Pag region in a creative and ambitious context.
Creative cuisine is the reason why guests visit Pag even in the middle of the winter, and the restaurant is remembered as a place of unrepeatable experiences and memories. With such an approach to cuisine, the best wines of the Bokinac cellar are offered, in addition to a large number of the most interesting Croatian and other wines. The restaurant is open to hotel guests, and to all those wishing to try the wealth and originality of Mediterranean island cuisine that is in step with global culinary trends.
The wine cellar has always been the backbone of the lives of the ulji and Bokinac families. The varieties of grape have changed over the years, wars have passed through the Novalja field but the vineyards have left an indelible trace of survival, and the production of wine has been nurtured here for centuries. To remain on the rocky terrain, and to continue walking along the trails of our forefathers has been a constant in the life of this family, from granddad Bokinac to his grandsons.
Some ten years ago, a new period began on the foundations of tradition. The Bokinac Winery was built in 2000, and that same year, a new vineyard was planted near the winery on 5 hectares of land. Considering that for millennia, people have used wine to feed, refresh and heal themselves, the wall of the attractive winery bears the famous quote of Hippocrates Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food. At Bokinac, we apply what people have known since time immemorial that in moderate quantities, wine, especially red, truly benefits the health and the spirit.
There are few places in Europe where climate and terrain had greater impact on life than here in Dalmatia. But with determination and persistence, removing stone after stone to reach arable land, people tended gardens, plowed fields, built settlements, towns, palaces and churches. The name Dalmatia was given by its first known settlers, the Illyrs from the word, "delme," meaning sheep. This region is a narrow stretch off the Croatian coast.
As you walk in the shade of the narrow, windy, streets of Dalmatian towns in the heat of the summer, you will hear the buzz of cicadas and feel the fragrant scent of rosemary and pine which make the patchwork of Dalmatian atmosphere. One should take it easy, just as the locals say and do. Cool and shady konobas are ideal for rest and a quick lunch. There, you should try fresh fish, prut, cheese kept in olive oil with freshly baked bread.
Later in the day, when the sun is already behind the horizon, you can try something more substantial lamb or octopus under the peka, grilled specialties. And when you get thirsty, there is a wide variety of local wines, many of which have reached international esteem. If you fancy culture, you will not miss out either. Quite the contrary - architecture, history, and tradition of Dalmatia offer inexaustible choices: historic towns and islands of an untamed beauty.
Pag has some fantastic food to offer - that is a fact. Cheese from Pag, to begin with, is a sheep's cheese with a special taste and saltiness, owing it to a special blend of herbs growing on the island. It is usually served with prut (prosciutto) and olives. Then there is lamb, of a special taste, out of the same reason - herbs used as graze to lambs. Shortbreads called bakotini are baked only on the island of Pag dry, simple, shortbreads with some spices added. Honey made of sage, as dessert or as traditional medicine, should be mentioned as well.
White wine called utica, specific yellow colored, is another typical product from the island of Pag. There is also lace, an authentic product whose production can sometimes be seen on the streets of the town. In the last few years Pag is a popular party destination - Zre beach in the town of Novalja reminds much of the beaches in Ibiza and similar places. A definitive recommendation for those who love that kind of entertainment and partying. Caska area has some remnants of a town, but underwater.
The diving licence can be attained at the Captain's office in the town of Pag. Cycling tours are attractive in spring, when lavendel and other herbs are growing and blossoming. Cultural monuments in the town of Pag are Kneev dvor (Duke's palace) and benedictine monastery, where the bakotini shortbreads are being baked. It is interesting to visit Lun, the most northern town, with remnants of the ancient town nearby.