Krk Island Trail Coastal hiking in spring

12. Mar. 2019

Fluid and salty - you got it right: the ocean, that's where I wanna go! When I think of the warmth, blooming vegetation and the sun during the cold months of January, I can hardly wait for spring.

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Water in the form of snow and ice is a great thing. Skiing, ski touring, bobsledding, ice-skating – all activities we enjoy and probably many of you do. But water in the form of snow also has a requirement: cold temperatures. I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets tired of ice and snow during the winter. The massive snow in parts of Germany, Austria and Switzerland at some point reminds us that water not only exists in solid, but also in a fluid state. Fluid and salty – you got it right: the ocean, that’s where I wanna go! When I think of the warmth, blooming vegetation and the sun during the cold months of January, I can hardly wait for spring.

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Spring awakening on the Krk Island Trail: on lonely paths, along gorgeous beaches surrounding the “Golden Island” © Trail Angels

To experience the spring revival a little earlier you don’t have to travel the long way to Mallorca, Sardinia or Madeira. The island of Krk in the Kvarner Bay in northern Croatia can be reached in a few hours by car from southern Germany and Austria. Even by train it is relatively easy to reach due to its short distance to the coastal town of Rijeka – and if you live far away: the international airport of Rijeka (RJK) is situated just on the northern tip of the island.

Panoramaweg Südalpen Panorama am Hochplateau

Ancient oak forests and olive groves alternate with barren karst landscapes – but you will never miss the fantastic sea views © Trail Angels

Since we are all outdoor lovers, we do not want to escape the winter without a hitch. Exercise, hiking, enjoying the blossoming nature: these are our priorities. And that’s why we like the island of Krk so much. It is beginning to see itself in a new light and has realized that she has a lot more to offer than just beach tourism. While a few years ago hikers, climbers and mountain bikers were still exotic on this island, Krk is just about to become a little outdoor destination.
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The Krk Island Trail – what a long distance hiking trail! Within seven day around the “golden Island” © Krk Tourismus

Combining the mountains and the sea is the ideal way to go coastal hiking. That’s why we have developed the Krk Island Trail for you, an exclusive seven-day marked circular trail. On this new Croatian coastal trail, you’ll be able to do a lot of exercise: you’ll hike between 5 and 7 hours a day through ancient olive groves and oak forests and cross the barren karst mountains with a fantastic view of the Kvarner Bay. At the end of the stage you will always reach a nice and often historical coastal village where you can spend the night and enjoy Croatian maritime flair. It is likely that at Easter time the water is warm enough for you to jump into the sea in a lonely bay. And loneliness on this trail is not the exception but the rule: On several stages I didn’t encounter any other soul on the trail.

From time to time you pass mysterious places with ancient history – like here at Sv. Juraj © Trail Angels

We are extra proud of the Krk Island Trail as Croatia’s new coastal hiking trail because it was developed by ourselves. Our idea, our baby. And because I – who had the pleasure to work out the route in detail – increasingly come to the conclusion that this coastal hike is one of the best trails I have ever been allowed to work on (and I have seen a lot of this world). We are sure: hiking in Croatia and coastal hiking in general has got a new attraction with the Krk Island Trail. A highlight that is perfect for an Easter holiday with spring hikes in a blossoming nature! If you want to know more about the Krk Island Trail, its story and creation, check it out.

 

Author

Stefan
Lieb-Lind

Born in Bavaria, he is a qualified environmental science expert and state-certified mountain and ski guide. He combines competence and passion for his great love, the mountains, in an ideal way. Approved mountain book author and first-time climber of bold routes in rock and ice.

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