Monday, 4 July 2016

Croatia - Krk Island

Krk Island in Croatia, Summer Travelling


If you've been keeping up with my summer holiday travel posts, you'll know that I left off at the end of my time in Budapest...

For our trip onwards to Croatia, we set early alarms and were out of bed at 4.30am. Luckily the sun was already up so it didn't quite feel so middle-of-the night. What did feel rather bizarre though, was stepping out of our apartment to find people everywhere! Not because Budapest is a particularly early rising city, but because it was obviously kicking out time at the clubs. 

We boarded the 6am train from Budapest Déli to Zagreb and settled down into our compartment for the journey. The train takes nearly seven hours, but it was comfortable and I enjoyed being able to just watch the scenery as we passed through Hungary and into northern Croatia. 

After arriving in Zagreb, we took a taxi to the airport to pick up a hire car and then we were on our way! If our trip had been longer I'd have loved to explore Zagreb, Croatia's capital, but as it was already after 1pm we decided it was probably best to get started on the two-hour drive to Krk Island.

View from apartment in Malinska, Krk Island Croatia


We were staying in Malinska, a small town on the coast of Krk Island and clearly an up-and-coming tourist location with lots of new development. Bags dropped off in the apartment, we drove the short distance to the supermarket and loaded up on fruit and vegetables for breakfast and dinner - made slightly amusing by the fact we didn't actually know any of the Croatian names for things so were having to guess what to select when weighing them! Tired from the long journey and early start, we had a quiet evening of homemade dinner, card games, and some of Netflix's more bizarre documentaries...

Unfortunately the weather wasn't exactly on our side this holiday. Despite going on all night, the thunderstorms hadn't cleared by morning, so there was to be no sitting on the beach! Instead we made the most of having a car and set out to explore the island.

Our first stop was Baška in the south of the island, a pretty settlement by the sea with beautiful stone buildings, a church and a popular tourist destination. We walked around the town and its harbour, admiring the bright blue-green water surrounding the island.

Flowers in Baška, Krk Island, Croatia


Baška, Krk Island, Croatia
Narrow streets in Baška, Krk, Croatia


Bay at Baška in Krk, Croatia

Boats in Baška Harbour, Krk, Croatia
We then drove on to Stara Baška (or Old Baška) which also looked beautiful... but the rain was not going to hold any longer! As the skies opened, we dashed into one of the seaside cafés and sheltered indoors with cups of coffee, watching the raindrops splattering on the sea. Eventually the rain stopped long enough for us to get back to the car and we headed home for lunch.

Rain over the sea at Stara Baška, Krk, Croatia
Stara Baška in Krk, Croatia We spent the afternoon in Krk itself, strolling along the narrow, cobbled roads and admiring the buildings and views, before walking along the port, looking at the boats and keeping our distance from the Croatian football fans light flares under bar umbrellas... Before leaving, we sat down for tasty ice creams in the town marketplace and then drove home, making detours to Punat and the beaches around our apartment on the way.

Krk Town Marketplace in Croatia
Boats and Krk Town in Croatia
Flowers on the steps in Krk Town, Croatia
Inside Krk town, Croatia
Boats moored at Krk Harbour in Krk, Croatia

























Krk Island in Croatia


Now, we had planned to go back to Buška for dinner as we'd seen plenty of nice restaurants. So we got in the car and drove all the way there, mindful of the fact that we were running low on petrol after all the driving. Too mindful really because we all agreed we'd get more peace of mind if actually we filled up before dinner. But as it turned out, the nearest petrol station was back at Krk, 12 miles away. And we had no idea if it would be open... Fortunately we did have enough fuel to make it there, and it was open, but we didn't fancy driving all the way back down to Buška yet again. So we went back into Krk and found a lovely restaurant alongside the water.

Then it was back to the apartment to pack up our things and go to bed, ready to move on in the morning!

It felt like everyone went/ is going to Croatia at some point this summer, but I hadn't seen anyone mention visiting Krk - it's definitely worth a stop!


The next destination will be on the blog very soon, so make sure you're following and come back to find it :)
Jennifer

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28 comments

  1. Wow, this place looks absolutely beautiful! I'm so jealous of you, great post lovely!

    Ella xx
    www.inellaselement.co.uk

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  2. I've really enjoyed reading about your little tour - Budapest and Croatia are the top two places on my 'must visit' list so it's been so nice to have your blog posts to read!
    Megan x
    Lucky Penumbra

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    1. I'm glad you're enjoying it Megan - there's a couple more posts to come! :) x

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  3. It looks beautiful! Would've been great to have the freedom of a car as well.

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    1. It was gorgeous. Yes think without a car we'd probably have been a bit restricted here as we stayed a little out of town

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  4. Like Megan above, Croatia is on the top of my "to visit" list!

    http://www.rhymeandribbons.com

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    1. I think it's still top of my to visit list! There are so many more bits I want to see

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  5. Would love to go to Croatia, it looks amazing! Great post xx

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    1. I hope you get a chance to go :) Thanks! x

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  6. Baška looks absolutely stunning, what a lovely place to visit! This is giving me serious wanderlust! Lucky you to have been on such a wonderful trip! 😍

    Abbey ✨ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. It was so beautiful, I do feel very lucky indeed!

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  7. Absolutely stunning! I'd love to go to Krk, even just to hear that name pronounced! Travelling by train is definitely one of my favourite things, so I'm very envious right now ;) xx

    Anna @ http://wishiwasmary.wordpress.com

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    1. Haha I think it's 'kirk' but I might be wrong! I've discovered a new-found love for travelling by train :) x

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  8. Swoon! Those shots of the water and the little alleyways are dreamy. It's a bummer your got rained on a lot on your holiday, but it sounds like you still had a great time. Thanks for sharing! XOXO

    Breanna Catharina
    smile--sugar.com

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    1. I love finding little alleyways to wander along :) And haha, being English I guess we just ignored the rain and got on with it!

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  9. This was super interesting to read as I'm going to Croatia this summer (similarly after visiting Budapest!) but hadn't considered visiting Krk. It looks beautiful though!

    Hannah xx
    www.hannahemilylane.com

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    1. Hope you have a lovely time in Croatia and Budapest, Hannah! x

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  10. All of your travel posts are giving me just bad wanderlust right now! It all just looks so amazing xxx

    Sam // What I Know Now

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    1. I'd love to be going back and carrying on travelling a bit more! x

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  11. What an incredible journey! Krk looks absolutely beautiful, you are right I have never heard of it before! I am d e s p e r a t e to visit Croatia, when I do I will definitely pay the island a visit. Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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    1. I hope you get a chance to go soon, it's such a wonderful country :) x

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  12. Great photos - I've been to dubrovnik and I loved it x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. I'd love to go to Dubrovnik, it's on my to-go list! x

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  13. Oh my LORD I think I'm in love with your blog! Such beautiful pics, and so well written :) plus, I love Croatia so it's really lovely to read what other people think of it - I've only ever been to Dubrovnik but would love to travel more around the country.

    Thanks so much for sharing - I've bookmarked you and will now proceed to stalk all your future posts (in the least scary way possible!)

    Rebecca xx
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    1. Awh thanks Rebecca!! :D I want to travel to Dubrovnik and Split in the future. And you're very welcome to stalk all future posts haha x

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  14. I haven't been to Krk...I really need to change that.

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

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