People have lived in the district of «Povljana», on the island of Pag since prehistoric ages, and the oldest item found here is a part of stone axe from the Stone Age.
Deep mark in history of island of Pag, as well as that of Povljana, was left by the Romans, and the very name «Povljana» is also derived from roman name «Paulus» and adding the suffix «-ana» to it, making «Pauliniana». Croatians have inhabited the area of Povljana from very early in the history, and several cemeteries and churches from the Middle ages certify that. The name «Povljana» is mentioned in historical sources in year 1345., when the church of St. Martin was built, and later on it is mentioned in years 1452. and 1492. The church of St. Martin was recently fully conserved and preserved in the long run as an extremely valueable building of croatian architecture in the Middle ages.
Also, church of St. Nikola needs to be excerpted, which was restored in 1963. by academician Ivo Petricioli. In the meantime, archaeological researches were made in the church and it was conserved. Earlier, the church was dated from 9th to 11th century, and more recently it is dated back to 9th century.
The present parish church of St. Juraj was built in 17th century, during which time population whose roots are clearly visible in today's population have started to settle.
Fertile ground and natural water springs make agriculture possible, and Povljana's people are traditional wine-makers and vegetable cultivators, as well as fishermen and cattle-breeders. This traditional work, as well as its fruits are fully present even now and are easily experienceable in Povljana of today.
In the near proximity of Povljana, there are salt-pans and salt-magazines of island of Pag, where salt is derived from sea-water in traditional way.
Sport and Recreation
In Povljana, infrastructure for various sports is developed, so here one can find tennis courts, soccer fields, sports hall for basketball and handball, and also a sand volleyball court on one of Povljana's beaches.
Besides this, Povljana has great potential for long walks, which is related to absence of noise and traffic and large area that Povljana is in direct contact with and on which it is spread. Whole area is consisted of intact lanscapes, privy bays and specificities of nature of northern Dalmatia.
There is also 25 kilometres of bike routes through rocky landscapes, fields and part near the bird nature reserve. In the area of bird nature reserve fishing in the nearby lake is allowed, under term of fishing licence being bought.
Old town of Pag, whose distance is about one kilometre from the old Pag city core. In it, numerous remains of walls and houses, roads and forts are situated, and most preserved are parts of Franciscan monastery and Romanesque church of St. Mary, which is mentioned for the first time in year 1192.
Fortica, by the Pag bridge, on the southern part of island, where remains of former big fort from which ship traffic has been observed and controled are located.
Paklenica, nearby national park on the «Velebit» mountain.
Zadar, nearby town with great cultural heritage of its rich history, one of the oldest towns on the larger adriatic area.
In Povljana, there are three bigger beaches and all of them are categorised with international «Blue flag» award, which guarantees high standards of quality in water, facilities, safety and environmental education. Besides these, along the length of Povljana, all of the coast is suitable for bathing because of the large number of natural bays. This natural coast, suitable for bathing and peaceful time spending, is stretched even beyond and around Povljana itself, and all of it is easily accessible by walking or by bike. All the beaches in Povljana are natural and neither has been created by artificial means. All of them have sand in the sea bottom and in some places smaller rocks. In their coastal part, there are sand and rock beaches.
Nature and Health
During time, Povljana has developed into a contemporary tourist destination. However, during this development it hasn't assumed a form of busy and speedy destinations, but along the attainment of modern touristic development it has stayed true to its roots and natural environment. Therefore, special care has been dedicated to preservation of nature, without invasive interventions and modifying its specific attributes, without artificial constructions and with no compromises that might harm environment in form of pollution, which applies to both land and sea.
So, along the unpolluted and tame sea, which is a result of abundance of natural bays of this part of croatian coast, many dalmatian wild plants, such as wild lavender, sage, wild thyme, fennel or wild asparugus can be found here in their natural environment.
Near one of Povljana's beaches, lake «Segal» with its natural therapeutic sediment of peloid is located. Peloid helps curing skin and bone illnesses and is often used as a great means for detoxication and in cosmetology. Pleasant surroundings of this lake, which is consisted of sunny spots and pine-forest make this area ideal for tranquil and relaxing stay.
Right next to Povljana, preserved bird nature reserve «Veliko blato» is located, rich with specific plants, on whose area experts have noted 143 kinds of birds. Reserve is a wide area suitable for walks and birdwatching, just as well as observing beautiful, open landscape. In the reserve, a bird-watching site and information table have been set.
Some of Povljana's restaurants are specialised for fish, crab and shell food, while the others offer both meat and fish courses, barbecued food and various pastes. Some restaurants offer pizzas as well, while there is also a separate pizzeria. Among these dishes, restaurants offer local specialities like traditionally cooked fish meals or Pag lamb.
Besides, there is a greater number of coffee bars and pattiseries.