Located between the city of Rijeka and the island of Krk, the beautiful Kvarner seaside town of Bakar has been a significant Croatian port for thousands of years. Its several castles, old fortifications and architecture dating back to medieval times attest to its importance, the Romans, Venetians, Italians and Austro-Hungarian empires all having fought over its ownership. And well they might have done.
Shielded from the wildest waves by its secluded position in a huge bay, Bakar is not only the best kind of place for a port, it is one of the prettiest. Beyond the green hills which surround the town lie fantastic nature, like the natural phenomenon of Ponikve and the 15km long walking trail around it, plus the Risnjak National Park and scores of fields prettily bordered by ancient drystone walls. Such a beautiful territory might have been worth fighting for back in the day, but today Bakar is relatively quiet and blissfully free of the summer throngs found elsewhere.
However, on Saturday 13 July the fighting returns to Bakar as they host the annual reenactment of the last unsuccessful Venetian attack on the town. One of the most famous events in Kvarner, the celebrations boast canon fire, street food, a supremely festive mood and fireworks above the bay, with the event programme full of options from early in the day. And we have an invitation for two to attend.
Bakar Tourist Board has prepared a gift package which includes the chance to watch the battle reenactment and theatrics from the Croatian Navy ship 'Queen of the Sea'. You'll stay over on Saturday night at the Apartments Majoli, where you’ll find the most charming garden and warm welcome from the hosts.
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