Highest peaks of Krk and Losinj islands
Enchanted Tramontana forrests
North Adriatic or Kvarner Bay is dominated by the islands Krk, Cres and Losinj, the 3 islands we will visit on our holiday. Although less known then their southern neighbors, the northern Adriatic islands offer an unforgettable walking holiday. Away from the main tourist areas, we will walk through the evergreen forests of Losinj island, opposed by karstic plateaus on Krk island. We will climb the highest peaks of Losinj and Krk and meet the northeastern Cres, where the continental climate from the coast created a flora quite unusual for the Mediterranean. We will also hear about the Croatian written history, of which one of the most valuable findings was found on Krk Island and enjoy a swim on one of the best known beaches on northern Adriatic – at Baska town.
Itinerary / 8 days
Arrival to Zagreb airport and transfer to the island of Losinj.
A leisurely walking tour to the southeast point of the island. The walk follows the coastal line, through a dense pine forest, enjoying the green-blue bays along the trail.
Walking tour to Osorscica mountain (589m) – the highest mountain of Losinj island, with very nice views of the surrounding islands and coast. We will visit the medieval town of Osor and then transfer to Cres town.
Rest day – boat excursion from Cres port to the Blue Cave of Cres island, close to the unusual Lubenice village. Picnic on board. Possibilities for a walking tour to Lubenice and back to the boat (altitude difference about 380m).
Transfer from Cres to Porozina village, at the north-west end of the island of Cres. A walk towards the miniscule town of Beli, passing through the so called “Tramuntana paths”, surrounded by oak and chestnut forests and abandoned villages. Transfer to the island of Krk.
A walk to the highest peak of the island – Obzova peak. At 568m and situated on a fascinating karst plateau it offers a great view on the surrounding area and islands.
A walk at the southeast part of the island of Krk. Climb to the peak of Hlam (461 m), passing through the ‘Moon Plateau’ – a scenic plateau with moon-like rocks, situated at an altitude of around 330m.
Transfer to Zagreb airport. Departure.
Number of days walking: 6
Average daily distance: 12 km / 7,5 miles
Terrain: medium altitude differences (up to 600m); trails passing green forrests but also rocky limestone areas
2 nights in hotel 3*, Losinj
2 nights in a hotel 3*, Cres
3 nights in a family guesthouse in Krk
All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Eating & drinking
All breakfasts are included throughout. Lunch on day 4 is also included.
Kvarner Bay offers mainly Mediterranean cuisine specialities, ranging from fish to calamari and scampi. Island of Krk is known for its special salty sheep cheese (similiar to famous Pag cheese) and lamb is one of the meat delicacies of North Adriatic.
Vaccinations and Visa
Visas are not required by the following nationalities: British and other EU countries, Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities. There are no specific health risks.
This program is dedicated to nature lovers who like to do medium difficulty walks, usually up to 14km distance, with altitude difference of a maximum 700m (mostly up to 500m). Trails are mainly passing through rugged rocky limestone terrains, so we highly recommend sturdy walking shoes, if possible with ankle protection.
Some hiking experience is desirable, although anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can do the program.
If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.
Our nature experts Zeljko Zarak, Krsto Lukic and Edo Vricic will be your guides through the wonders of the Croatian national parks. Their love for pristine wilderness takes them often to hikes far away from the cities and crowds, where they can feel one with the nature. They will try to convey this special connection with nature to you and will make you feel as a part of the Croatian wilderness,while learning at the same time about local traditions, customs and old ways of life. Find out more about your guide here.
Weather & seasonality
Islands of North Adraitic are often as sunny as their souther neighbours – when combined with the wide and open limestone areas, the temperatures can get quite high – 20-25 ˙C in spring/autumn up to 30˙C in summertime. On the other hand, the vicinity of Croatia’s greatest mountain Velebit can bring sudden outbursts of strong wind „bura“, bringing fresh air and often rainy weather.. For this reason, we recommend all the hikers to be well equipped for sun and rain.