Golden paths of Krk island

The largest Croatian island is full of variety and surprises. From gentle coastal places of Omišalj, Njivice and Malinska to the rocky rugged beauty of Baška, everywhere extends a very special cultural, historical, natural and gastronomic distinctiveness. On the one hand, cultural and historical heritage of the town of Krk, isle of Košljun and fashionable Punat, on the other side cliffs atop which stands firmly Krk - Baškathe city of Vrbnik. Every corner is linked with small places, such as Kornić, which all hide their own beauty, tastes and smells of the Kvarner treasures, which the Romans in ancient times called Insula Aurea - Golden island.

It is not so much about wine here, our unique žlahtina which is carefully processed for centuries on the eastern coast of Krk. It is mainly the olive, the plant of brittle branches. Olive’s persistence and rootedness in Krk soil fed and raised generations of islanders. Of course, it is not unique. Indeed, the olive is omnipresent in the Adriatic and in the Mediterranean, its paths are roads of culture and civilization. This fact is confirmed by the Benedictines, and many other orders that originate from the Middle Ages: they never went where this Biblical tree didn’t grow. Olive is constantly linked with peace and happiness. It has for centuries constituted the Mediterranean relationship of man to nature, work, life, the place where the combination of the storm, salt, stone, sweat and labour gave this olive oil, known to everyone. But with silent pride.

Krk - Maslina

Olive branch brought dove to Noah, showing that the flood on the Earth stopped. It was a decoration for the winners of the ancient Olympics. The destruction of enemy’s olive groves was the ultimate triumph of ancient Greece and Rome. Divinity is not accidental. According to Greek mythology, the goddess of wisdom Athena pitched a spear into the ground where suddenly an olive tree appeared. Athena’s gift of olives, which was welcomed as the food, medicine and fuel, and the place where it grew was named after the goddess - Athens. Greek olives were so adored that if anyone cut down the tree would face ultimate death penalty. Through migration of Greeks and Phoenicians, and later of Romans, olea as culture arrived on the eastern Adriatic, also on island Krk.

Olive trees can be seen on both sides of the main roads of Krk, surrounded by stone walls, among which often graze sheep. A heaven for the eyes, but not for the olives - in fact, they often eat all the branches. Nearby the town of Krk there are miles of olive roads, often called white road or macadam where you can roam freely through the rocky terrain. Local olive varieties, such as Drobnica, found here a handful of the soil, among the sharp rocks, creating a picturesque area that descend over the hills to the sea.