The path from Krk town to the bay of Baska is one of the most beautiful sights the Croatian island of Krk has to offer. And the bay itself, with its kilometre-long sandy beach and the magnificent viewpoints in its surroundings, is also worth seeing.
The picturesque bathing bay of Baska is located in the very south of the island of Krk. Shortly after passing the city limits of the island's capital Krk, the path towards Baska leads through the initially sparsely overgrown landscape to the first foothills of the hill chain.
From here there is a magnificent view of the monastery island of Kosljun with its extensive Glagolitic library and the fashionable holiday resort of Punat. The latter has an impressive 5-star marina, but non-sailors will quickly feel out of place.
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PICTURES: Bay of Baska on Krk
Hiking between Punat and Baska
Around Punat, however, lies one of the most beautiful hiking areas on Krk. The starting points for hikes to Jurandvor, Baska or to the hidden pebble beaches of Stara Baska can be found here.
Particularly popular destinations are Veli Hlam (484m) and Veli Vrh (549m), which is only 20 metres lower than Krk's highest mountain. The latter, called Obzava, can also be found in the well-signposted network of paths between Punat and Baska.
From Krk Town to Baska - Krk's most beautiful panoramic road
Across the chain of hills that stretch from Punat to Vrbnik from coast to coast, only one road leads to the less busy south of Krk. This is, without exaggeration, the most beautiful panoramic road on Krk.
Through secluded groves of pine trees and pines, through whose branches the sun twinkles, narrow serpentines wind along high karst slopes until, just before the southern coast of Krk, the valley opens into the breathtaking bay of Baska.
Baska - Krk's most beautiful sandy beach
With its almost 2km long sandy beach, Baska is a holiday and seaside resort par excellence. The towering hills surrounding the town contribute to the picturesque ambience of the holiday settlement, which is one of the most impressive on the entire Croatian coast.
On the road in Baska
Both the idyllic beach promenade with cosy cafés and the narrow alleys in the upper part of the town invite you to shop and stroll. Walled vantage points repeatedly open up magnificent panoramas over the colourful hustle and bustle on the beach, which can be reached directly from the main street via several stairways at regular intervals.
The parish church, the local museum and a small aquarium, which houses one of the largest collections of shells in the Adriatic, are the only noteworthy sights in Baska apart from the magnificent scenery.
Before leaving Baska again, it is definitely worth making a detour to the bright yellow church of Sveti Ivan, which is visible from far away on its hill.
Sveti Ivan Church
The way to St. John's Church above Baska can be done both on foot and by car. From turn to turn, the view of Baska gets better and better, until the visitor finally reaches the top and the entire bay lies at his feet. Directly in front of it lies the uninhabited island of Prvić in the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, and behind it the view extends to the island of Rab and the Croatian mainland.
The towering church of Sveti Ivan is surrounded by a large cemetery, whose stone tombs and crosses add an eerily beautiful touch to the idyllic scenery.
Sveti Lucija Chapel
Directly on the road through Jurandvor is the stone Chapel of St. Lucy, dating from 1089. Until 1851, the famous stone tablet of Baska was located here, along with the famous tablet of Valun, one of the oldest pieces of writing in Croatia.
The stone tablet with Glagolitic characters testifies to the transfer of the land for the construction of the chapel from King Zvonimir to the church. The precious artefact is now in the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Zagreb.
Tip: Look out for more Glagolitic characters in the area around Baska! The artist Ljubo de Karina scattered the entire Glagolitic alphabet across the south of Krk in 33 stone monuments between 2006 and 2009.
Sveti Majke Mountain Chapel
The last detour on the way back leads to a mountain chapel near Jurandvor. Be careful, the signpost on the left to Sveti Majke is easy to miss. Besides the small Lady chapel from 1902, the sensational view over the Baska valley is worth seeing.