The sleepy village of Glavotok on the western cape of the Croatian island of Krk attracts visitors with its typical nativeness, heavenly tranquillity in secluded woods and a completely undisturbed underwater world.
The tiny village of Glavotok marks the westernmost point of the island of Krk and is hardly visited by tourists despite its proximity to the well-known resort of Malinska. The tiny fishing village consists of about ten houses, to which a narrow wall-lined road leads through groves of olive and fig trees. Here, life is still completely original and reminiscent of Croatia a hundred years ago.
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PICTURES: Glavotok on Krk
"Sights" of Glavotok
A walk to the coast also leads at the same time to the Glagolitic Franciscan monastery with the church of Sveti Maria from 1507. The side chapels were added in 1760. The monastery and the Church of St. Mary originally stood (even) closer to the sea, but in 1879 the swell was so extreme that the buildings were moved back a few metres. If you would like to attend a service in the old Croatian language, this is the place to be.
From the quay, the view falls on the dark hills of the neighbouring island of Cres and probably the most rudimentary lighthouse in the world, which consists only of a signal-red iron skeleton with a fire basket.
Ideal for snorkellers
Due to the seclusion and the small size of the beach, the fish in the sea feel completely undisturbed and cavort around Glavotok in large numbers. The few boats that travel along the coast do not disturb the idyll at all.
Tip: It is also worth walking through the forests along the coast and exploring among the rocks in the water.
Sea chapel Sveti Krševan
From the road to Glavotok, a signposted turnoff leads to the chapel of Sveti Krševan. The path there soon turns into a gravel track and in the end can only be managed on foot. Apart from a few goats or cats, there is rarely a living creature to be seen on this path.
Amidst pines and pines, a circular building suddenly appears. Dating from the 11th or 12th century, the Sveti Krševan Sea Chapel is one of the last two of its kind still in existence in Croatia. Under the few rays of sunlight that stray through the dense branches, the small chapel seems almost eerie. A look inside adds to the entrancing atmosphere, for apart from a tiny stone altar with a cross made of branches, the chapel is completely empty.
Camping in Glavotok
There is a large campsite about one kilometre from Glavotok, but it is also usually completely deserted outside the season. The maximum capacity of 750 guests is hardly reached even in summer. In addition to the 500m long pebble beach, holidaymakers will also find a diving centre, a restaurant and animation programmes.