The sea salt factory of Pag has been the most northern seas salt factory in Croatia (since the 16th century). In the city, near the city beach, there are huge stone storages called Prosika. Nine rooms made in rock, 38 meters long and 12 meters wide, today sadly don't serve their purpose...
Solana Pag d.d. is the biggest producer of sea salt in Croatia, and its basic production is based upon a thousand year old tradition of producing sea salt on the island Pag. Today, in its Agrokor Concern, Solana Pag is expanding its product range and along with fine grain and coarse grain sea salt, industrial salt, also produces dishwasher salt, all kinds of salts for baths, and mixes of food spices.
Salt manufacture has been bringing wealth as well as problems to Pag. The inhabitants have often battled because of the salt, just as much as they have lived well because of it. The salt was called “the white gold” and it represented a strategic product out of which the life was unimaginable. It was precisely the production of salt, which has given Pag its importance in the past.
The tradition of salt manufacturing most probably originates from the times of the first settlement in this area.
Around 33.000 tons of salt yearly produced, make 2/3 of the total production in Croatia.
The salt basins spread over 3,01 square kilometres. Geomorphologic and climate conditions, above all, have contributed to the development of the salt production. Namely, the salt basins are located in the natural shallow where the water flow is minimal.
The bottom is covered with the naturally impermeable ooze, that along with the wind that blows throughout spring and summer months create perfect conditions for rapid evaporation of the sea and easy gathering of the salt.
Besides, in favour of salt manufacture is the fact that there are no heavy rains in Pag. The salt used to be produced strictly in the salt basins preparing the souse (the sea of the high salinity). When there was enough salt on the bottom of the basins, it would be shoveled, piled up and thrown into the tippers. The tippers were a part of the composition of a small, goods train, which transported the salt into the warehouses. Before tippers were used, small cargo vessels and sailboats had transported the salt. In twenty eighties, modern facilities were built and consequentially, the former way of producing salt was abandoned. Nowadays, salt is produced by warming up the salt and the salt basins have lost their economical meaning. Their meaning is merely monumental.