As my family broke into groups to do what they wanted after a half-day private tour of Zadar, Croatia, I set about to find the Gligora Cheese Shop which offered the famous Island of Pag cheese.
Zadar is beautiful in its own right and exploring the winding walkways of the Old Town on my hunt for cheese was great fun.
The Gligora family has been making cheese since 1918 and has won numerous awards for their Paški Sir cheese (Island of Pag cheese) most notably, Best Sheep Milk Cheese in the World four times…in four different international competitions! The shop is lovely with meats and drink options to highlight their cheeses and staff willing to give suggestions if you want some guidance.
After some samples, I bought a chunk of the Paški Sir and ate it with my dad the last night of our Mediterranean trip. It is a hard cheese that crumbles nicely (not too much) and sort of melts in your mouth. The taste is strong, but in the best of ways. I reserved some for a quick breakfast snack the next morning as we rushed to get to the airport.