round Krk island
by Olaf la Cour from
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live in Denmark, often spend my holidays in Croatia,
and I always bring my boat along. This country is
NOT in war, although many still believe it is. I
like this country very much. Croatia has a beautiful
nature, is not too expensive, and of course, it
has a mild climate.
In the springtime of 1990 one of my big dreams became
real - I got the boat named Kon-Tiki. I like to
take my boat everywhere I go for a vacation, and
from the very beginning I decided that it must be
possible to take the boat to the country then still
named Yugoslavia. It meant that the boat must have
been light enough so that I can trail it with my
car. My choice was a 17-foot speed boat from Canada
with seats for 6 people. It's possible to sleep
in the boat, but for 2 persons only. The boat is
equipped with a 60 HP engine which gives it a maximum
speed of 35 knots. Such a speed is only pleasant
on smooth seas.
photo is from the harbour in the city of Krk.
It shows me going down to the harbour to check the
mooring. I took a bicycle along for the first time
this year and I found out it was one of the best
ideas I have had for this trip. To have a boat is
not very different from having a caravan. The big
difference is at the moment you got to your destination.
The caravan gives you a high comfort in the night,
the boat gives you freedom in the daytime - freedom
to go out to any beach far away from the city. This
photo-series takes you to some of these places.
island of Krk is the biggest of the islands
in Kvarner-bay, and the main city on it bears the
identical name: Krk. It's an old city with beautiful
old fortifications built in the 15th century. The
photo is of this fortification, and you can see
it if you walk from the harbour and up into the
you leave the Krk harbour and sail east, you will
come to a big, almost completely enclosed bay. Here
is the town of Punat along with its' famous
small-craft shipyards. Here's a nice shallow beach.
On days when the winds are too strong, this bay
is an ideal shelter for boats. In this bay you can
find a naturist camping ground named Politin. To
the south there is another naturist camping ground.
It stretches over a big area, and if you want to
go to the city from there, it's quite near. Next
stop is when you turn around the corner. On the
left you can see an old lighthouse. Stay away from
the coast! Only if you approach with a very small
boat, you can visit this lighthouse. From here you
have a good view to the Bay of Punat and the city
of Krk in the background.
here and down to Stara Baska (Old Baska)
you find bay after bay. Only a few of them can be
reached from land, all others only by boat. At these
bays you meet people from all over Europe in big
and small boats. There are not so many sailing boats,
but it is because there is not much wind here. If
you don't have a boat, you can board one of many
sightseeing boats. They can be found alongside the
quay on the eastern end of the city - near the hotel.
You can also hire a small boat of wood with a small
Tomos outboard motor. It's not very fast, but it's
you go 5-10 km towards the south, you'll find a
big naturist camping ground called "Konobe". It's
quite large, and it has all the facilities you'll
need. People from all over Europe come here year
after year and I have met many that have been coming
here for more than 10-15 years.
More to the south you can find one bay after another.
Here you can see many boats in the daytime. Most
of Krk's coastline is one big naturist beach, but
it's your choice, and nobody will frown upon you
if you keep your swimwear on. Any other way, in
my opinion, would be crazy.
Before you enter the sea remember to put on your
swimming-shoes, because almost everywhere on Krk's
coastline there's plenty of sea urchins. On the
other hand, as a reward, you can see some 15-20
meters deep into the water, so you can watch your
down to the southern part of Krk, you come to city
Baska. On your way you also see some small
towns, all with a great view to the sea. Take a
break in these small towns and enjoy the atmosphere.
There are many small restaurants, particularly at
the seafront in Baska. The southern wind can be
very strong, and then the waves can be huge in the
big bay (see photo). Here are a couple of camping
grounds, too. On the eastern side a big one, and
a naturist one to the west of the city.
sea around the Krk island is very clear, and rich
with fish. Often only 10 meters away from the coast
the sea is some 20 meters deep. Inside most bays
along the coast the sea is rather shallow, so these
bays and coves are good and safe for children. Forget
your fishing tackle at home! There's plenty of fish,
but it seems they don't care about hanging themselves
on the hook. Incidentally, it's very difficult to
catch a fish because the sea is so clear and fish
can actually see your hook and line, and they are
not as stupid as you would think.
is a photo of one of many coves threaded along Krk's
coastline. It's half an hour away from Krk City
by boat. If you get there before 11 o'clock in the
morning, you can still find a place for your boat,
but later than that there may be some 20-30 boats
already, and then it's impossible to cast anchor
there. Many boats are from Germany and they are
usually very helpful at sea.
I am in one of the many quiet coves where I relax
for a whole day and which can be reached only by
boat. No boat = no cove. In this cosy cove you can
do what you like. You can swim, sunbathe or sail
out to the blue sea. The sea is absolutely fantastic
for swimming, and the visibility in the sea is some
15-20 meters deep, with a water temperature of 15-20
degrees (centigrade). The climate is very mild,
not too cold or too hot. You are guaranteed to have
a lot of sunshine.
day you can have the cove entirely for yourself,
another day there will be other boats. The coastline
is rocky and steep, and from the top of the cliffs
there's a great view to the sea with many small
Last photo is of an old lighthouse. Now it's empty
and no one lives there.
Most of the beaches on this island are naturist
beaches, so after launching my boat, I feel the
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