Really lovely and very popular = terribly crowded during July and August, “Vela Plaza” beach in Baska. Natural round pebbles polished by strong waves cause by Bura wind, which blows with extreme force here, from the mountains on the continent.
This beach has been awarded with Blue Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe. Blue Flag marks locations with clean water and surroundings.
The small town of Baska is a cozy little place, quite sleepy off-season.
Along the waterfront, there are numerous restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream stalls and small bakeries – these are the most dangerous, because the scent of fresh pastry and cakes and bread and pizza is just too tempting.
Of course there is also a sufficient number of stalls selling worthless and semi-worthless knickknacks, towels that don’t absorb water and other amazing products.
Favorite thing: Porat is one of the smallest settlements on island of Krk but to me it is one of the most beautiful. Its small and very pitoresque harbour is undoubtelly one of the most attractive scenes on whole the island. It is unique place because there are no hotels here, only the apartments and private accomodations. Porat is strongly recommended to those who searchin' for tranquility when in holidays.
In its most northern part, the island of Krk is very close to the mainland. It is where the bridge was constructed in order to avoid hours of waiting, under the hot summer sun, for the ferry-boat to transport the tourists on the island.
The pay toll is 15kn (approx. two euros) in every direction.
Omišalj is the first village you'll meet on the road after passing the bridge. In case you're ariving with the airplane, it is situated right opposite to the airport of Krk.
The townlet is situated on the top of the hill, above the sea, while its touristic resorts in the several beautiful and very pitoresque coves. Each of this coves have its own beach (see more on my Omišalj page). The main town's beach resorts of Pasje is situated in the largest cove, and is the winner of the Blue Flag for 2005, the international award symbol of clear seawater.
Being the highest Croatian island, there is a lovely view from the top of it.
But beware not to clim or go hiking on the strong sun in the summer, and beware of snakes and strange insects! SNakes love sunbathing on the rocks in the deserted areas... But I guess I should write this in Warnings and Dangers section... Oh, well...
A view taken from the big Krk bridge, opened in 1980. Nobody wants to remember how was the life before it! :)
It is a huge and very impressive bridge, conecting a small deserted and naked island of Sv.Marko to Krk and the mainland. It takes water and gas pipes through it.
Favorite thing: The town of Krk is a typical Adriatic and Mediterranean town where fraces of an ancient past are evident at every step. The name of the town can be traced back to Illyrian civilization that used the name Kyricta for the town and island. In Roman times Krk became a prominent settlement, a municipium, proudly called by its inhabitants "Splendidissima Civitas Kuryctarum.
Baska is probably the most attractive touristy destination of Krk island. It abounds in beaches, some thirty pebbled beaches accessible to swimmers of all ages, while some of them have to be reached on foot or by boat.
The biggest and one of the most beautiful is Baska's "Vela plaza", right in the centre of the town, natural pebble beach 1800 m long, suitable for children and non-swimmers. Since 1999, the European Blue Flag has waved on "Vela plaza", a trademark of Baska, as a proof of the high quality and standards of the beach.
Fondest memory: Baska has great many cultural features of interest. Among them the most famous and wide world known is Bascanska ploca (the Baska Tablet), one of the oldest written document in Europe which dates back to 1100.
Vrbnik is situated at the northeast coast of the island of Krk. It is situated immediately above the sea, on the high cliff which almost vertically dives into the sea. Access to the town is very difficult from the sea side, except by the small bay of St. Marco.
Vrbnik is the city of Glagolitic-script and Dukes of Frankopan, well known Croatian noble family. It is a sample of urban fitting into salvage beauty of nature.
Punat is the oldest and the second largest marina in Adriatic. Located in the natural bay of the same name as the town, it is one of the most modern in Croatia. A "Blue Flag" for deanliness of the sea has been wovering here since 1998.
In the heart of the town, connected to a beach along which fragrant tamaris extends, the holiday camp of Pile is located. In the greenery, only a minutes' walk from the centre of the town, around 2000 guests can be accomodated.
Beaches stretching from Punat towards Baska are really beautiful.
The emerald color is real, no photo editing!
Since these are all wild beaches, bring your own food, drinks, sun umbrella and a trash bag. Be aware that some people are nudists, some are not, everyone is tolerant.
Njivice is one of the biggest touristic resorts and the fast growing places on whole the islnd of Krk. Actualy, the old core of the townlet is rather small and most of the characteristic stone houses have disappeared today. However, there is a beautiful stone house in the place, worth of your attention. It is probably the most beautiful stone house in whole the island - see more about on my Local Custom tips.
There is a beautiful beach in Njivice, right in the heart of the place, winner of the Blue Flag too.
Marina Punat is situated on the largest island in the Adriatic, Krk, on 45' 01,3' N, 14'37. 6' E
For the navigators of central Europe it offers the following advantages:
- bridge connection with the mainland
- a completely sheltered position in the Punat bay
- it is at half-way to the popular tourist resort Kornati
- It is nearnest to the international airport Rijeka
it has Iso 9002 certificate!
Why to use unnecessary letters?
The funniest thing we found in this "not really seen" island was the name, without any vowel.
The most practical was the port, that saved us a couple of hours of navigation, in a confuse start of our tour.
It was supposed to start in Opatija, but the rain (?) forced some changes. No problem for us!
Largest town on the island. At the main city square named Vela placa, there is a building of the town hall (15th cent.) and a Renaissance fountain.
Fondest memory: First morning coffee, watching people, bag full of fresh fish & veggies.