A tour alongside the Kvarner Gulf – Part 1

For many travelers, Kvarner Bay is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia, and not without reason! Beautiful beaches, amazing sights and exciting towns can be found all along the coastline. However, one of the biggest highlights are the islands scattered around the Gulf of the northern Adriatic. Each of them offers a completely different experience that will leave you in awe.

There are twenty islands in total, ten of which are inhabited and regularly visited by tourists. And we would like to introduce them to you in a special series! Today, we start with the islands of Krk, Pag and Cres, but in the coming weeks and months, we will also take a closer look at all the other islands.

Krk - An island with rich history

Alongside the island of Cres, Krk is the largest island in the Gulf, both in terms of area and inhabitants. Its 17,800 inhabitants live in smaller towns, the largest of which is the capital of the same name. You can also visit other charming towns such as Vrbnik and Baska.

Although due to the lack of vowels the island is difficult to pronounce, it is definitely worth a visit. Not only will you find some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, but you should also explore the island for its history. Krk is characterized by many historical buildings, including Kaštel Gradec and Fulfinum Mirine. Nature lovers should not miss the Biserujka Cave near Rudine! Another impressive highlight is the Mala Glavina Reef in Zavratnica Bay, which is not only picturesque, but is also perfect for a dive beneath the Croatien waves.

Pag - A lunar landscape awaits

Pag is an elongated island located off the coast of Croatia. It is also a popular destination for tourists. You gain access to the island via the Pag Bridge to the south, which also serves as a good viewpoint of the surrounding area. The island is relatively barren, and its surface resembles the lunar landscape. Further north, there are several small settlements with a population of nearly 8300. The island has no shortage of beautiful beaches either, including the party beach of Zrće.

The island is perfect for hiking excursions and offers many great viewing platforms, dilapidated ruins and salt fields. You must also try the famous Paski Sir sheep’s milk cheese when you visit!

Cres - Famous for its birds

Although Cres is the largest island in the Kvarner Gulf, only about 3000 people live here. But for tourists, this island is a must-visit! Cres is particularly impressive for its picturesque landscapes, which you can experience up close on various hiking trails. While to the north Cres is still covered with dense forests, the landscape becomes much more barren towards the south. The panoramic view of Televrin to the south is well worth the long journey.


The island is also an important nature reserve for griffon vultures, a species of bird of prey that you may just catch a glimpse of while you’re visiting. For city travelers, a visit to the town of the same name, Cres, is worthwhile for its medieval flair. But beach lovers won’t want to miss Nedomisje or Uvala Meli.


Which of the islands would you most like to visit? Or maybe you’ve already been there? Be sure to share your experiences with us in the comments!