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East coast of Istria and the Kvarner islands by campervan

Day 1 – 2: Labin, Rabac and the griffon vultures of Cres Island

Labin

From the border go towards Labin, medieval mining town situated on the hill above Rabac which is its „extension“ on the coast and it is known for its beautiful pebble beaches. In Labin take a walk along the ancient part of the town streets, visit the City Museum and Dubrova with its open air sculptures’ park with more than 70 works of art. And when you are fed up with walking, simply have a rest with a beautiful view on the Kvarner bay.

Spend a day on a beach in Rabac, and continue northern towards the ferry boat harbour Brestova that in about 15 minutes will connect you to the Cres Island. When after 15 minutes you reach Cres, we recommend a visit to the griffon vultures reserve in the place of Beli.

Campsites of Labin and Rabac surroundings

Day 3 – 4: Cres Island – towns Cres, Valun and Lubenice

Lubenice

Reserve a day for exploring the beauties of Island of Cres, visit the town of Cres, a perfectly hidden harbour known since the antiquity, with gothic and renaissance churches, remains of city fortresses that restrained the development of the town since the end of the Venetian period. Pay attention to the numerous palaces of noble families, and to the most important city monuments: Three city doors, the round rectangular tower and the church of Saint Isidor from the 12th century.

From the town of Cres follow the signposts towards the Island of Lošinj, and on the way stop in the fishermen’s village Valun, situated between two beautiful pebble beaches both worth seeing.

If you do not mind narrow roads, climb to Lubenice place, situated on a 380 meters high hill. The panoramic view you will enjoy from here shall remind you the postcards panoramas, and if you like to taste a local food, we suggest to try the famous islands’ lamb meat.

Proceed to Island of Lošinj and on your way you may notice Vransko lake, a sweet water lake whose level is about 14 m above the sea level and which is used as a water source for both islands.

As you continue towards the Island of Lošinj, you will reach the town of Osor, real open air museum, located in a beautiful bay with a turquise coloured sea. At Osor is the very passage that connects Cres and Lošinj by a bridge. The above mentioned passage once represented the main crossing of the transit between North Adriatic and Dalmatia.

Island of Cres campsites

Day 5 – 6: Lošinj Island – Island of vitality and dolphins

Dolphins

In Osor cross over the bridge to the Island of Lošinj and proceed to Mali and Veli Lošinj, places that will impress you with beauty and richness of relaxing smells.

Today Mali Lošinj is the biggest island town of the Adriatic, and it has been funded in the 12th century when this little bay was inhabited by 12 Croatian families. Here you can visit the villas of Austrian aristocracy, many churches but also visit the perfumed island’s garden which is a real nursery of island’s healing herbs.

Veli Lošinj (Veli = big) today has only 1000 inhabitants (it has taken the name from the times when it was bigger than Mali Lošinj (Mali = small), and therefore the apparent „wrong“ name of the place does not have to make you wonder). You’ll be amazed by the luxurious villas that testify of the ancient fortunes of islands’ captains but also by the unique dolphins’ research center - a big number of dolphins inhabit the Lošinj’s archipelagos. We absolutely recommend you to take one of the excursions by boat to see the dolphins playing in their natural reserve.

Look for refreshment into the sea in the surrounding bay called Rovenska. After the Lošinj Island exploration go back to Cres, to the ferry boat harbour Merag that connects you to the Valbiska harbour on the Krk Island.

Campsites of Lošinj Island

Day 7 – 8: Krk Island – Zlatni otok

Vrbnik

Island of Krk offers various possibilities of exploring, and a perfect starting point for the beginning of this adventue is the fortified town of the same name, circumcised with stone walls and which features the magnificent complex of Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Assumption from the 5th century. Do not miss a visit to the Frankopan’s castle with a rectangular tower from the 12th century situated on the square Kamplin, and the City hall.

Vrbnik must not be missed, it is a town on a cliffl that offers a marvelous view of a Kvarner bay with one of the most narrow street of the world. Close to the Punat place you can ski on water and practice wakeboard, and from Punat you can go on a boat trip on the islet Košljun with a Franciscan monastery that hides a rich ethnographic and zoological collection.

The Krk Island will surprise you with some of the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic, situated around Stara Baška place, but to reach them you have to be prepared to take a little walk on a rocky ground.

We definetely recommend that you visit the town of Baška which is situated alongside a natural pebble/sandy beach almost 2 km long, with a lovely promenade alongside the beach.

Another natural phenomenon of the Krk Island is the shallow bay Soline, famous for its healing mud which you can spread on your body and let be slowly dried by the sun. Once dried, rinse the mud off in the sea - you will feel reborn!

Leave Krk Island via the 1430 m long Krk Bridge that connects Krk with the mainland and whose eastern arch (390 m) is the second biggest concrete arch of the world.

Camping on Krk Island

 

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