Last summer I spent a few weeks in Croatia. Whilst I was there, I visited some wonderful places. This article gives a glimpse into this trip, along with some tips, which will hopefully encourage you to travel.
By Julia Mayer / 19.11.2019
Crikvenica and its surroundings
The coastal town of Crikvenica is situated about 40 kilometres away from Rijeka and attracts every year a large number of holidaymakers, and with good reason. Crikvenica has much to offer, thus fulfilling the most diverse demands of the tourists. Market places, a wide shopping mall, the promenade by the sea, historical buildings and churches or the long sandy beach… Crikvenica has something for all tastes!
Particularly beautiful are the town and the harbour with its square, where many events are often held. The cafés located here invite people to enjoy pleasant feelings and spend time together.
The sandy beach of Crikvenica, in the southwest of the town, is unique, to the extent that in the peak season an entrance fee is required to enjoy this place. The fee is then removed during the low season. No matter whether you pay or go for free, in either case it is worth visiting the beach to have a swim.
After having visited Crikvenica, you can reach the village Dramalj. It is situated not far from Crikvenica, west of the city. You can spend your day in its harbour and enjoy in the evening a wonderful sunset. Moreover, the fishing festival is regularly celebrated here.
The village Jadranovo is located further west and is characterised by a very relaxed life. It feels like time has stopped here. Along the wonderful beaches, solitary bays represent the right place for relaxation. From there you can also see the bridge that leads to Krk Island.
After having explored the area west of Crikvenica, you should have a look at the eastern coastline too. From Crikvenica visitors can reach Selce by walking along a fantastic promenade by the seaside. The shoreline offers bays, beaches and restaurants, but even in Selce itself you will find a beautiful beach and a fascinating harbour.
From Selce you can walk to the neighbouring village Novi Vinodolski. Since the path runs along the cliff and is consequently longer than the motor road, this excursion should be planned as a day-long hike. The narrow paths through the wood are kept in good condition, although they are only suitable for trained hikers.
Novi Vinodolski impresses visitors with its wonderful town center, in which you can reach through many narrow streets the heart of the town, its church. From here you will have a fantastic view of the harbour and of the entire coast.
Attractions in the northern area
If you stop for a longer time in Crikvenica, you must absolutely go on an excursion through the inland villages. Near Tribalj you will find Tribalj lake, that counts among the most attractive carp fishing areas of Croatia and offers fishing spots designated for this activity. Fishing is permitted 24 hours a day throughout the year.
From Tribalj you can drive to Drivenik. Here the old village appears on a hill together with some ruins and a church. From this historical site visitors have a beautiful view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
In order to see more villages in the inland, visitors should continue on their journey beyond Blaškovići and Grižane in the direction of Bribir. Along the way you will see many little, in appearance partly abandoned villages, which show another side of Croatia.
Towns and villages on the coasts are not the only ones that express the charm of this country. The surroundings of Crikvenica offer many fantastic places, that invite visitors to relax with their picturesque landscapes.