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Off-Season Charm of Krk Island
Visiting Croatia in February seems like one of the less obvious travel plans.
I love that the bicycle requires no input other than muscle power, and it generates no emissions other than body heat. It doesn’t rely on access to the National Grid or a petrol station. It won’t stop functioning when the Wi-Fi goes down, and it will continue to work even after the total collapse of society.
— Pete Muir, Down with electronic shifting!
As I close my eyes and recall my recent visit to the Croatian island of Krk, I can still feel the cool mist on my skin, the salty scent of the Adriatic Sea, and the taste of delicious pastries from local bakeries. Though the weather was mostly overcast, the sun occasionally broke through the clouds, illuminating the stunning landscapes that surrounded me.
During my off-season holiday, I decided to explore the island on my road bike, and it was a decision I will never regret. My first trip took me from the charming town of Krk to the sleepy fishing village of Stara Baska. As I cycled along the coast, I was surrounded by the rugged cliffs and turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. The winding roads were challenging, but the scenery made it all worth it. When I finally reached Stara Baska, I was greeted with a quiet village filled with colorful boats and friendly locals. I treated myself to some delicious pastries from a local bakery before heading back.
On my second cycling day, I headed to the old town of Vrbnik. This quaint town sits atop a steep cliff overlooking the sea and is famous for its narrow streets and excellent wine. As I cycled up the hill to Vrbnik, I was mesmerized by the stunning views of the island and the sea below. Once I reached the town, I parked my bike and wandered the charming streets, admiring the old stone buildings and sipping on some of the famous local wine.
The island of Krk is full of hidden gems waiting to be explored. In addition to Stara Baska and Vrbnik, visitors can enjoy the bustling town of Krk with its rich history and stunning architecture. The ancient Frankopan Castle and the stunning Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary are two of the town's highlights. Another must-visit location is the stunning Punat Bay, which is surrounded by lush vegetation and crystal clear waters.
The day ends by descending down to the old town walls. Staring into the setting sun fools tired legs once again.
Despite the overcast weather, my holiday on the island of Krk was a truly magical experience. The rugged landscapes, charming villages, and mouthwatering pastries all combined to create an unforgettable adventure. If you are looking for an off-season destination that is full of charm and natural beauty, then Krk is definitely worth a visit.