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Photo Gallery: Krk Island, Croatia
Panorama with a small boat. The Town of Krk
Krk island is the largest and most populous Croatian island of Adriatic and a favorite holiday destination. Seeing Krk island is a must if you are visiting Croatia. It has been called Insula Aurea (Golden Island) by the Romans, because of its beauty, mild climate and natural treasures - the second most valued olive oil in the Roman Empire is one of a few to mention.
The Town of Krk
The largest town of Krk island is also named Krk. It is the most popular tourist destination of Krk island that offers beautiful old city with cozy narrow streets, rich history and incredible food. Did I mention awesome weather and friendly people? Oh yes - this part is guaranteed :).
Harbour of theTown of Krk, Croatia
The Town of Krk. Harbour
Krk islanders are the nation of sailors. Krk harbour once was one of the most important hubs of the Adriatic, which could be compared to the role of Venice in Mediterranean. You can feel this heritage in every little detail of everyday life. For example, when asked what will be the weather tomorrow, Krk islander will give you a name of the wind:
-"Yes but will it be sunny? Warm?"
-"Ah.. yes, it's usually sunny when Bura blows. But it's cooling"
Of course! The wind is most important element for a sailor.
Black cat in the Shadows of Roman Ruins
What really fascinates me in town of Krk is that any time you can come upon ancient Roman ruins seamlessly integrated in to a daily life. For example, you can find remains of Roman Venus temple under transparent floor of sports shop, or be invited to see Roman mosaic in a side room of local bar. Life goes on with the due respect to ancient heritage, but without a sense of lifeless museum.
Tower. The Town of Krk
Blue sky is the trademark of Krk Island. It has a very unique weather because it is surrounded by mountains and sea. That's why it's usually warmer in Krk than in the rest of Croatia.
Fishing Nets. Baska
Krk islanders really know how to fish!
That's why natural treasures of the sea are main local specialty. However it is quite pricey: average price of lobster is 600 Kuna for a kilo which is about 100 USD, first class fish 400 Kuna for kilo - 70 USD.
Boat in Baska
The water of Adriatic sea is so clear, it seems that the boat is put on a glass table, although the depth here is about 7 meters.The reason for this is it's too salty for seaweed to live in. And also this is the reason why you must take a shower after swimming unless you want to turn into a pillar of salt.
Sunken Boat. Baska
The water is so crystal clear, you can easily locate sunken ships. Well a small boat in this case :) Anyway diving is wonderful attraction and unforgettable sightseeing in Island Krk. However, if you are not too much into diving, you can join shuttle ship with glass bottom excursion.
Birds on the Beach. Baska
It's just a photo of birds on rocks on the beach - not much to say about it :) But the sight was so eye pleasing, I couldn't resist sharing it.
Rocks on the Beach. Baska
Some rocks on the beach of town of Baska look like they were pulled directly from Dali painting. Don't you think so?
Town Baska in Croatia has one of the finest Blue Flag beaches in the world. It's quite crowded during the summer season, but in October it embodies peace and quietness. And of course - beauty!
Moon-like landscape. Stara Baska
Although the climate is generally very mild, the Southeastern part of island is swept away by wind Bura. It is caused by sharp convection of surrounding mountains' and valley's air masses. As a result the landscape looks as if you were on the Moon.
Names in the Desert
The most daring and stubborn tourists get down to perpetuate their names in the sand of dead valley.
St.Lucy Church in Jurandvor
St.Lucy church is famous, for being a place, where the earliest monument of Croatian literacy - The Baska Tablet - was found. Croatians are very proud of 12th (according to some scientists - 11th) century inscription in the stone, testifying deep roots of Croatian nation and culture in Krk Island.
Although the original is moved to Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1934, you can see a full sized copy inside the church. Furthermore, you will be offered to watch a movie, documenting history of discovery and translation of Baska Tablet in a hall of a neighbouring monastery building. Which, I personally, found quite engaging.
More about Baska Tablet here:
- The Baska Tablet
The Baska tablet is probably the most famous monument of early Croatian literacy, dating from about 1100.
St.Lucy Church of Jurandvor. Interior
The Romanesque interior of 11th century St.Lucy's church is quite modest... until you see the light. The church is built in respect to the compass rose, so at noon the light falls directly on the altar, creating unearthly impression. It did trigger emotions of believers back in middle ages, and it still gives you that transcendent feel today. I guess that's just the nature of light and no scientific knowledge about photons will ever change it.
The photo is taken 15 minutes to 12.
Dog on the Roof, Omisalj
Built on a cliff 80 meters above sea level Omisalj is the highest town of Krk island. However, this dog wanted to get even higher. Even a bad experience of roof climbing (local woman told me, that he has already fallen from this roof once) didn't stop this brave mountaineer.
Hotel Ucka, Omisalj
Ghostly hotel Ucka must have been a perfect holiday destination once. It's located on the lower part of Omisalj and has its own beach as well as wharf. It's hard to understand why such a wonderful place has been abandoned.
Portrait of a Goose. Malinska
Malinska has many attractions but wild geese living right in the wharf stole my attention. The picture is taken with 55mm focal length lens, so you can imagine how homey the bird is - a crumb of bread and I could get really close.
The photos are taken with Nikon 3100 dSLR camera
Very handy then using tripod for long expositions