The island of Krk is just 30 kilometres away from the city of Rijeka - which is the traffic, business, commercial, university and cultural centre of the region. Easily accessible by car, plane and ferry and spread with lively towns and resorts and remote wilderness, our island is bustling just as intact little getaway.
Welcome! Krk is one of the most attractive Adriatic holiday destinations. Stretching between more than 190 km of shoreline, this is one of the largest islands in Croatia. Its mild Mediterranean climate, good geographical position and natural diversity gave it, even in ancient times, the name "Golden Island". And because of its cultural heritage Krk is also known as the cradle of Croatian culture.
The 45th parallel passes through the island, making it half-way between the Equator and the North Pole. On its longest part the island is 38 km long, and on its widest 20 km wide. It has an unusual and varied terrain, from picturesque gentle coves and lagoons, along fertile fields and dense forests to the parts of bare limestone and real mountain landscape. There are even two lakes and some streams. The island is divided into seven municipalities, including Baška, but the City of Krk remains the island's centre.
Did you know?
Krk is the Mediterranean island closest to Central Europe.
Krk is one of the two largest Adriatic islands, together with neighbouring island of Cres. According to some recent surveys they are both of the same size but you may still come to the claims that one is bigger than the other.
The total land flora of Krk island contains about 1.430 species, the same as the flora of the whole of Great Britain.
The area of Baška is the windiest in Croatia by frequency and duration of the winds. On the average, the north-eastern Bora is blowing about 200 days a year.
The stream of Vela Rika in Baška is the only permanent watercourse on Croatian islands.
The Grand Beach (Vela plaža) of Baška is almost 2 km long and one of the largest in Croatian Adriatic.
Baška municipality is on the south eastern tip of the island. The town is located in a bay and in a gentle valley, surrounded by vineyards, groves and flowering broom, with a picturesque background of the rocky hills and the azure blue Adriatic Sea. Baška's favourable location and its famous pebbly beach make the town one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic.
With a population of just over 1.600 Baška becomes a home to more than 160.000 visitors and holidaymakers throughout a year, mostly in summer. Be prepared for large crowds in the peak season during July and August, but even then you can escape to dozen secluded beaches or to the hills. Our tip: visit Baška in May.
Apart from the usual beach entertainment and water sports, Baška is in fact an ideal place for mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing. There are more than 200 km of trails and footpaths around fields, streams, hills, gorges, peaks and shores. Besides these natural landmarks, many interesting man-made monuments can be found in the countryside - some modern ones (Baška Glagolitic Path), some true jewels of folk architectural heritage (sheepfolds, cisterns and dry stone walls) - built stone on stone, without binding material and indigenous. Our tip: pack your gear and explore.
Where to stay? There are several hotels, from resort-type to boutique style, three camping sites and lots of rooms and apartments in private accommodation at your convenience. Still, it may be difficult to find accommodation in the peak season but in villages further away. Our tip: plan in advance for July and August.
Whether you're into a simple hot dog from a food vendor or into a fancy lobster a l'Americaine, Baška has restaurants to serve you. Most of them are a bit uniform, but some offer great grill, International and fish dishes. The local cuisine is a mix of Balkanic and Mediterranean. Our tip: try lamb stew with homemade dumplings.
If you take a walk on the sea promenade or visit villages of Batomalj, Jurandvor and Draga you may find some of the local produce - including wine, spirits, cheese, honey, fruits, vegetables and recently olives. Our tip: get some sheep cheese and sage honey.