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Novalja is one of the fastest developing tourist centres on the Croatian Adriatic. The city is situated on the island of Pag in the Northern part. The most famous this city has become because of the zrće beach, which is popular among Europeans gathering place in the summer months, famous DJs and club music fans.

Novalja historically passed the same stages of the path that many other Croatian towns, the first settlement of the Illyrians, the Roman rule, arrival of the Croats in the 7th century during the great migration of peoples, the administration of the Venetian Republic. Each of these milestones have left their traces. Today you can see ruins of the antique walls, a late antique necropolis, early-Romanesque Church of the Holy cross.

But the most famous and important landmark of the city and the island is the Roman aqueduct - the channel tunnel was built in the 1st century ad. The tunnel is preserved to a length of slightly more than a thousand meters, carved out of solid rock. The construction of this rather complex structure was due to the strategic location of this place. Novalja, then still bore that name, was an important port on the way from the southern Adriatic to the ancient town of aquilea (now Trieste). The port value grew, in the Harbor, appeared the village was built three churches, which could serve the inhabitants and the arriving sailors, and passengers. This port decided Romans should receive water. An example of the remnants of a Roman aqueduct - a Testament to the advanced engineering of the time. In some places where the rocks were cracked, builders used bricks. Modern researchers have discovered a Roman brick stamp workshop "Awesone".

The aqueduct has long been sealed, but in the first half of the 19th century, the child accidentally fell into the underground opened a channel. In the early 20th century the tunnel decided to use the Austro-Hungarian authorities, the system was partially restored, but the windmill which worked the pump was destroyed. Another attempt carried out in 1929, then worked the pump on the motor, but it failed. In 1947, the last time the water tried to put into operation. Today, the site of archaeological excavations organized by the Museum in the basement which is the entrance to the tunnel.

The natural beauty of these places, beautiful beaches, mild climate, rapidly developing infrastructure, a rich historical and cultural heritage attract many tourists.