It is a whim of nature that the two largest and neighboring islands of the Adriatic Sea, Krk and Cres, are exactly the same size despite their very different shape. While Cres stretches far out of Kvarner Bay to the south like an elongated finger, Krk presents itself as a rather compact oval, which is perfectly suitable for a circular trail. On top of that, Krk already has a dense network of hiking trails, which can be selected and ideally connected to a long-distance hiking trail.
This idea was taken up by the Bookyourtrail.com team, who created the "Krk Island Trail", which offers long-distance hikers the Mediterranean magic and the whole diversity of Krk in seven daily stages around the island.
This diversity already enchanted the ancient Romans, who worshiped the island by calling it "Insula aurea", the "Golden Island". A predicate, that still applies today, especially if you discover the island by hiking our "Krk Island Trail". Its route guidance fascinates with lonely beaches, shady oak forests, skillfully constructed labyrinths of old dry-stone walls and karst mountains resembling lunar landscapes, which again and again provide beautiful views of the azure Adriatic Sea. Often you will not meet a soul for hours on your trail, which is why it will be strange and pleasant at the same time to immerse yourself in the vibrant and lively streets of picturesque, partially historic coastal towns such as Baška or Vrbnik after a long day full of impressions of the croatian wilderness. There you can truly enjoy a rest in one of the many cafes or konobas.
The Krk Island Trail will inspire you with these contrasts and the thought-out Bookyourtrail.com Trail Service like convenient luggage transport and selected hiker-friendly accommodations. Its ascent is technically easy to moderate but requires a certain amount of stamina. Especially the scenic stage from Vrbnik to Baska is challenging - here, however, it is possible to shorten the trail by using our Shuttle Service.
Tips: No trail is as suitable for kicking off the new hiking season as the Krk Island Trail in April! In October, the hike can be perfectly combined with a swim in the still pleasantly warm Adriatic Sea!
The best seasons for trekking on the Krk Island Trail are spring and autumn.
Spring Awakening (March, April, May): While March can still be uncomfortable at times, April and May are wonderful months for hiking on Krk. April is generally a very pleasant month for activities on Krk. In May the weather is perhaps a bit more stable, but there can be quite hot temperatures (take enough water on the treeless stages 5 and 6!).
Summer (June, July, August, first half of September): Due to hot temperatures not suitable for long hikes like the Krk Island Trail.
Autumn (second half of September, October): From the beginning/mid-September onwards, temperatures are usually mild enough to make hiking a pleasure - but temperatures in September can still reach around 30°C - but in this case it is ideal for jumping into the refreshing sea along the Krk Island Trail. (remember: plenty of water is the key to success, especially on the shadeless stages 5 and 6). At this time of year, the weather is often stable, and the clear air creates beautiful lighting moods. Die erste Novemberhälfte bietet sich oft noch gut an, dem Nebel daheim zu entfliehen.
Winter (December, January, February): In November and December the weather often gets much wetter and cooler - most hotels and restaurants are closing. For these reasons we cannot recommend the time between end of November and the beginning of March - even though the trail is accessible most of the year. The first half of November is still a good time to escape the fog at home.
From a technical point of view, the Krk Island Trail has minor to moderate difficulties, which are no problem for experienced mountain hikers. However, some longer passages on karstic or stony ground require sure-footedness - the trail is not a stroll, but comparable to an alpine trail in the Alps.
You will also need some experience in finding your way despite our route description and GPS tracks: most of the trail sections are marked - but on some of the pathless passages the markings are a little further apart - and on some sections not every intersection is perfectly marked. We will give you a detailed route description - if you follow it closely you will find the way without problems.
The Krk Island Trail is more demanding in terms of fitness, as stages with a walking time of up to seven hours (stage 5 without shuttle just under 8 hours) and 900 metres of ascent with stage lengths of between 15 and 24 km can be mastered - stage 5, which is also the longest stage, also has no possibility of breaking off. The entire trail is about 124 km long.
We usually provide the hiking times according to Outdooractive's calculation. However, our exploration of the Krk Island Trail resulted in slightly longer walking times than usual, as sometimes you can't move as fast because of the karstic terrain and the look for the next marker. These experiences have caused us to indicate 5-10% longer walking times than usual.
The trail is suitable for children from the age of 14 who are fit and enthusiastic about hiking.
Due to their requirements, long-distance hiking trails and trekking routes are little or not suitable for people with reduced mobility. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of reduced mobility), it is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.
More information about the classification of the trails and the technical and physical preparation of the hike can be found here..
For the Krk Island Trail a "normal" hiking equipment is completely sufficient. Nevertheless, there are some special characteristics: Due to the sometimes hot temperatures and the lack of trees as shade on the long stages 5 and 6, it is absolutely necessary to take along enough water (depending on personal needs 2 to 3 liters) and a hat! Also, due to the sometimes stony surface, it is important to wear sturdy shoes with a grip profile sole to avoid having to feel every stone.
Click here for the detailed equipment list of your trail trip.
Tip: With our luggage service you can keep your daypack light, while the heavy luggage (up to 20 kg) is taken to the next booked accommodation. We recommend that you also take out a luggage insurance.
For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.show Stages
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Your accommodation options along the Trail are divided into three categories (regional rating):
Classic: Mid-range accommodation – 2* or 3* inn or hotel
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4* hotel, often with spa area
Unfortunately it is currently not possible to take dogs with you on the Krk Island Trail.
Two different types of catering are available to you in the partner hotels:
Breakfast: generous buffet, or hearty breakfast served at your table
Half-board: Breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses)
Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances etc.) in the ‘comments’ box. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your request.
For an especially carefree AAT experience, consider our comprehensive transport service:
Luggage service: hiking with a light-weight day backpack, while your main luggage (max. 20 kg) is transported from one accommodation to the next. We recommend luggage insurance for peace of mind.
Return transfer: Convenient pick-up transfer from the individual destination of your trail journey back to the starting point (important if you don't want to hike the entire Krk Island Trail).
Shuttle Services: The shuttle services necessary for the Trail journey are included in the overall mobility package. Further individually requested shuttle services, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., are gladly organised by the Trail Info & Booking Center. These shuttle services are not included in the travel price.
During your Trail journey you can make use of the special service in the Trail Info & Booking Centre, which will make your Trail journey a particularly safe, well looked after and thus unforgettable experience:
Trail Hotline, Angel´s Service: This is available daily during your Trail journey from 8:00 to 20:00 o'clock with advice and assistance.
Guide (optional): Our certified mountain guides are well trained and have an excellent knowledge of the area. In addition, they have a great knowledge of the nature and culture of the island of Krk, which makes a hike with our guides a varied and safe trail trip. All costs incurred (guide, accommodation, meals and travel) for the mountain guide are included under "Guiding".
Extended Trail travel documents, Angel´s Service: Professionally prepared, detailed and ideal for the preparation of your Trail journey. Will be sent in time before the start of your trip.
For the arrival to this Trail journey you have three possibilities - not included in the price - at your disposal:
With your own car: An den jeweiligen Startpunkten der Trail Reise stehen Parkmöglichkeiten bei den Hotels zur Verfügung. Detailinformationen sind in den Buchungsunterlagen enthalten. Die Parkplätze sind kostenfrei und nicht überwacht! PARKEN BEI HOTELS MÖGLICH??? If you do not do the whole Krk-Island Trail, which ends as a circular trail at the starting point, a return transport will bring you back to your car.
By train: The IC/EC station Rijeka is your destination when you arrive in Krk by train. From there you need about one hour by car to the coastal town of Krk.
By plane: Rijeka Airport, located on the northern end of the island of Krk, is the nearest international airport for those arriving by plane. From there it is about 30 minutes by car to Krk.
A shuttle service - not included in the price - takes you to the starting point of your trail journey and at the end of the tour back to the airport or railway station Rijeka. The Trail Info & Booking Center will be happy to organise this shuttle service for you.
Trail travellers are very welcome here! From the 4*-Wellness Hotel to the appropriate Bed and Breakfast: The partner companies, hand-picked according to our criteria, are actively involved in the further development of the trail.show partners
Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.Show Travel Information
Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
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Tel: +43 4782 93093