In the north-western part of the famous island of Krk lies Malinska, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island. The town is located in the Adriatic Sea and thanks to its mild climate, excellent accommodation facilities and wellness centres, it is a popular destination all year round. However, it is in the summer season that Malinska attracts the most tourists, especially young people, thanks to its beautiful beaches and numerous clubs.
The name Malinska derives from ‘malin’, which means mill in the local language; in the centre of the town, in fact, there used to be a mill built at the point where a spring of fresh water known as ‘Jaz’ flowed into the sea. Over time, the mill became disused and this area was turned into a laundry where women could wash their laundry.
Surrounded by a wooded bay, the town of Malinska was originally a small coastal village whose economy was mainly based on fishing and the export of wood. Over time, people began to appreciate the town’s natural heritage and in the 19th century it became a popular destination for members of Austrian noble families.
Malinska is particularly famous for its beautiful pebble beaches washed by a clear sea and surrounded by lush forest. One of the most popular is Plaza Malinska, which is located near the harbour and the town centre and boasts a sandy shore of small pebbles washed by a turquoise to deep blue sea.
Next is Rupa beach, a 300-metre-long pebble shoreline with numerous coves surrounded by lush vegetation. For the cleanliness of its waters and its facilities, this beach has also been awarded the Blue Flag title.
For those looking for a beach with all facilities, Plaza Draga is the right solution; here, a pebble and sandy shore is perfect for those who want to rent a sunbed and umbrella and relax while having all the amenities at their disposal. The beach also boasts a centre offering water activities such as jet skis, banana boats, water skiing and more.
As a final option for those who want to bask in the sun in total tranquillity, there is Rova beach, which is the furthest from the centre and therefore less crowded. This pebble shoreline boasts an area equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas and a free area, and in summer there is a small train that connects the beach to the harbour area.
In addition to fantastic beaches and small bays, Malinska boasts a picturesque town centre that is connected to the harbour area where there are numerous bars, restaurants and cafes serving mainly typical Croatian cuisine. As you explore the small centre, you can admire numerous churches and historical buildings, as well as the ‘Kal’, which is not only the oldest but also the smallest street in Malinska.
Not to be missed are a visit to the Church of St Apollinaris and the Church of St Nicholas complex, which houses a stone altar depicting Jesus and the apostles and a statue of St Nicholas; both valuable works were created by local sculptor Dragan Kwiatkowski. During the summer season, numerous artistic, musical and cultural events are organised in the garden of this site.
Also very interesting is the Church of St Mary Magdalene, which dates back to the 15th century and is connected to an old monastery that was run for a long time by Glagolitic Franciscans. The complex we can now admire, consisting of the church, cloister and well in the centre, dates back to the 17th century and still represents an important spiritual oasis of peace and tranquillity.
For those who enjoy cycling, walking or running in the midst of nature, the area also offers more than 50 km of trails suitable for all levels of fitness. From routes along the coast to those winding through the forests, Malinska is perfect for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Among the most popular are the route from Malinska to Porat, which is approximately four kilometres long, the route from Malinska to Njivice, which is six kilometres long, and the Paradise Road, an almost two-kilometre-long route that stretches along the seafront.
Malinska is a place that offers a wide range of accommodation. There are, in fact, not only famous hotel complexes and starred hotels in the area, but also several flats, small B&Bs and a campsite. Malinska has become an increasingly popular destination in recent years, so, especially if you are travelling during the high season, the advice is to book your accommodation in advance.
Thanks to the favourable location of the island of Krk, Malinska can be easily reached from many places by various means of transport; from Trieste, for example, it can be easily reached by car in less than two hours. Those travelling by car can reach the island via the Krk Bridge (Krcki Most), which requires a toll to cross. After crossing the bridge, it is then necessary to drive about 15 km to reach the centre of Malinska.
Those who wish can also reach Malinska by plane, thanks to the presence on the island of Rijeka airport, which is about 15 km from the town and is also connected to it by bus lines. Those who wish to travel by public transport, on the other hand, can use the buses that connect Malinska with Rijeka and in summer also with Zagreb.
As for trains, the nearest railway stations are Rijeka and Zagreb, but from there it is necessary to continue the journey by bus or rent a car. Another alternative is to reach the island of Krk by ferry thanks to the port of Valbiska, which is only a few kilometres from Malinska.
Malinska is a popular seaside resort on the island of Krk, which is part of the Kvarner archipelago. The town is less than 15 km from the capital Krk, 170 km from Zagreb and 110 km from Trieste.