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December 07, 2007

Fifteen one-day trips from the island of Krk

Posted in: Croatia travel and places to visit, Featured articles

So many people who visit the Island of Krk fall in love with its riviera type ambience and relaxed style of living. Very quickly they also come to realise that the island makes a great jumping off point for a variety of interesting destinations.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be writing about some of these destinations, in particular focusing on our list of One Day Trips from Krk – places to see and destinations to visit, that one can reach and return back to Krk in the space of a day. And the list? Well here it is with a small taste of what each destination has to offer – check back soon for the full articles we’ll be publishing:

Cres – located in the bay of Kvarner, Cres is the second largest island in Croatia offering landscapes rich in flora and fauna. The northern part of the island is home to the rare griffon vulture (Eurasian Griffon), a magnificent bird with a 7 metre wing span.

Bjelolasica – one of the mountains in the Gorski Kotar region, known as “The Lungs of Croatia” owing to its dense forests. Bjelolasica offers numerous sporting and leisure activities throughout the year such as skiing, biking, horse riding, rambling, mountain climbing, white water rafting and much more.

The Plitvice Lakes – a UNESCO World Heritage destination and world famous National Park. More than 16 lakes connected by waterfalls situated in an enchantingly forested area.

Porec – located on the western coast of Istria, Porec is a major tourist resort famous for its beautiful natural landscape.

Zagreb – Croatia’s capital city and its largest. Home to just under 1 million people, Zagreb is a combination of the medieval and baroque, with a distinctive Austrian feel in the downtown city centre. Apart from great shopping and numerous museums, Zagreb has a vibrant night scene and café culture enjoyed equally by young and old.

Pula – the largest town in Istria and situated at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula. It is reknowned for its beautifully preserved Roman amphitheatre, having the distinction of being the sixth largest in the world.

Rovinj – one of the most picturesque Mediterranean towns located off the western coast of Istria and dating back to 7th century. Rovinj features many narrow dense circular streets culminating with the church on top of the peninsula’s hill.

Rab Island – The island of Rab is a popular stop for tourists, renowned for its beautiful nature, beaches, heritage and public events, such as the Rab Medieval festival - Rapska Fjera – as well as being a pioneer within the naturism movement.

Venice – one of the most romantic destinations in the world with its network of canals, ornate bridges and of course, gondolas for taxis.

Losinj – one of the smaller islands in the Kvarner Bay, home to about 8,000 inhabitants as well as home to the Losinj Dolphin Reserve, the first dolphin reserve of its kind in the Mediterranean.

Ljubljana – the capital of neighbouring Slovenia, is a city rich in culture and historical legacy. The city features a picturesque blend of medieval, baroque and art nouveau masterpieces given to the city by the famous architect Jože Plečnik, one of the architects who left their mark on the appearance of Vienna and Prague.

Velebit – The largest mountain range in Croatia, with a beautiful nature park offering rambling, rock climbing, and abseiling.

The Postojna Caves – situated in neighbouring Slovenia, the Postojna Cave System covers a total of 21 kilometres and offers a variety of adventure travels. The Cave itself has many unusual forms and magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Zadar – twinned with Dundee in Scotland, Zadar is located between Rijeka and Split. Its most famous landmark is the pre-Romanesque church of St. Donat dating back to the ninth century.

Rijeka - the largest and busiest port on the Adriatic with just under a quarter of a million citizens and the third largest city in Croatia. In times gone by Rijeka has alternately belonged to Italy, the Habsburg Monarchy and Croatia, each culture having left its mark on the city.


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