Along the south-western coast of the island of Krk, nestled in a deep bay, lies the small resort of Stara Baska, which is part of the municipality of the town of Punat. Surrounded by lush nature, in parts still unspoilt and wild, Stara Baska is a popular seaside destination for those seeking a simple holiday of peace and relaxation.
This small village seems to have originated around the 14th century when a few families fleeing from the Turks decided to settle in this area and formed an initial settlement. In the beginning, the village’s livelihood was based on cattle breeding and fishing, to which tourism was later added.
Along the Stara Baska coastline, which stretches approximately two kilometres, are small bays and natural coves washed by a truly extraordinary sea and surrounded by wooded hills and aromatic plants. To reach the small centre of Stara Baska by car, one has to drive along a narrow, winding road that leads to the village’s small harbour where there are a few restaurants, bars and a few small shops; another alternative is to reach Stara Baska by sea in small private boats.
The main beach, located near the centre, is known as Beach Stara Baska and is a small cove reached via a steep dirt road. The effort to get there is repaid by the beautiful natural environment of crystal-clear waters bathing a beach of small pebbles.
Another popular beach is the ‘Oprna beach‘, which is washed by a sea that ranges from turquoise to deep blue while the beach is made up of small pebbles; the seabed slopes slowly for the first few metres, so the beach is also perfect for children or those who cannot swim. The beach is mostly free and is appreciated for being a quiet beach, although in recent years a small area has been equipped with a sunbed and umbrella rental service. There is a car park in the area, from which a dirt road leads to the beach in less than five minutes’ walk.
There are also other small coves that are secluded and solitary oases of white pebbles where you can lay out your towel for hours of relaxation in the sun. Among them, Golden Bay Beach is worth a visit, which can only be reached by sea using canoes or dinghies from Oprna Beach. In the southernmost part of Stara Baska, on the other hand, is Zala Beach, which is a quiet and unequipped beach of small pebbles. There is a beach bar, toilet facilities and a pay car park a few minutes’ walk away.
There are no hotels in Stara Baska, only private flats and rooms for rent. You can decide to take accommodation in this area if you are looking for a relaxing stay, otherwise you can look at accommodation in nearby towns such as Baška, Punat or Krk, which allow you to reach Stara Baska within a day.
Just outside the small town and harbour of Stara Baska is a campsite known as Skrila Camping, which offers various types of accommodation and facilities and is less than 2 km from the main beach.
Stara Baska is easily reached by car from several towns on the island. Those travelling by car from the south should take the D102 road heading north to Kornic and then take ŽC 5125 following the coastline to Stara Baska. Those coming from the north should do the same: take D102 in a southerly direction to Kornic and then travel along ŽC 5125; the entrance to the village is located near the Skrila campsite.
Stara Baska is a quiet locality along the south-western coast of the island of Krk and falls within the municipality of Punat, from which it is approximately 10 km away. Other places nearby are Krk, less than 18 km away, and Baška, 28 km away.