It was our first time ever in Croatia, and we had a great experience. The places we visited were beautiful, clean and organized. We found several people who would speak English and a few even Italian. The beaches have crystal clear water, a little colder than up north around Venice in Italy, but much clearer. We loved Croatia!
Malinska, Krk Island
Malinska is a settlement in the northwestern part of the island Krk in Croatia and an important tourist town. It lies on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, in a picturesque bay.
The municipality of Malinska-Dubašnica has 3,134 inhabitants and the settlement itself has 965.
The settlement of Malinska is about 15 minutes from the Rijeka airport and can also be reached by car from the mainland crossing the Krk bridge. The city of Krk is located 12 km to the south.
Because of the bridge that connects Krk with the mainland it is easier to reach the island by car, but at times there may be long lines of car trying to get to or out of the island.
Every year on July 23 the traditional “Malinskarska Night” takes place — the day of the municipality and the feast of Saint Apollinaris, patron saint of the parish and settlement.
Baška, Krk Island
Baška is a settlement and a municipality located on the south east of the island of Krk, Croatia. The village of Baška had a full-time population of 981 in the 2011 census.
This cultural and historical center with its old stone houses and narrow streets, has been a tourist destination since the 19th century, and has developed into a popular resort. It is known for its inscribed stone monument from 1100, for its many surrounding beaches, and its long tradition in tourism.
Pag is a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea. It is the fifth-largest island of the Croatian coast, and the one with the longest coastline.
Novalja, Pag Island
Novalja is a town in the north of the island of Pag in the Croatian part of Adriatic Sea. In recent times, Novalja has become famous because of the Zrće Beach.
Pag, Pag Island
Pag is also the largest town on the island of Pag, with a population of 2,849 (2011) in the urban core.
Pag was the seat of a Roman Catholic Bishop of Cissa.
In 1443 the new town was founded and built according to new principles of town-planning. The longitudinal and the transversal streets, the latter known as Vela ulica, intersect at a right angle, forming in this way a rectangular square with the Collegiate Church, the Duke’s Palace and the unfinished Bishop’s Palace, which, as well as the town walls, were built by the famous mason and sculptor Giorgio da Sebenico.
The Collegiate Church is a three-nave basilica with three apses. The simple front is decorated with a Gothic portal, a Renaissance rosette and unfinished figures of the saints.
There are several houses and smaller palaces with Renaissance façades, portals and coats of arms of local noble families in the town.
The Old Town includes partially preserved walls and the main church, a three-nave basilica built in the Romanesque style; the fronts of the Romanesque and Gothic styles were built in 1392 by the sculptor Paul from Sulmona. The ruins of a Franciscan monastery from 1589 are near the church.
Pag Town is also the place of origin of Paška čipka, the famous lacework whose first mention is related to sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict in 1579.
Beaches in Pag
Čista Beach seems to be the favorite beach of the locals, but Veli Bok Beach is also amazing.
Šimuni Beach is also extremely beautiful, but the water is colder than in other beaches of the area.