Hiking trail Life on Mars


Life on Mars hiking trail is sixteen kilometers long and takes you through the alien-looking landscape of Pag. Some considered it the most beautiful trail on the island.

It starts in Metajna (you can park your car here), and takes you through the village all the way to the sea. Then it leads around the small peninsula and all the way to Ruchice beach. From here you’ll be up for a short climb, along a small ascent that will take you near Beritnica beach. If you want to go down to the beach, there’s a path leading down to it. This part of the trail is adorned with the Stogaj rock, a favorite among mountaineers and climbers. About a kilometer and a half after the ascent of the trail, you will reach Slana Bay, with the remains of a World War II camp located nearby. The most demanding and exciting part of the route, Via Ferrata, starts right here, on Slana beach. This part of the trail is about a hundred meters long and requires mountaineering experience as you’ll have to go around the rocks walking wedges and supporting yourself on a cable. You must be adequately equipped for this part of the journey. If you don't feel like doing this, you can also take a detour route that goes above Slana beach and over the rocks for about five hundred meters, and descends towards the sea again. Caution is recommended when descending as the rocks in this part of the trail are sharp. After the ferrata or the detour, the trail leads to Malin beach. After a pause the trail goes back towards Metajna, slightly ascending and descending again.

Of course, you don’t have to hike the entire trail - there are routes that take you to one of the beaches and back. You can find a map of all the trails in the tourist board of the town of Novalja as well as on their website, and adjust your experience of walking on Mars accordingly.

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