Bakar is an ancient city and port, one among the oldest cities of the North Adriatic Sea with a long and rich history. The old core of the town has been declared a cultural monument in 1968. This region has been inhabited within the third and second century B.C. and therefore the Roman Empire has also left traces of its existence here. The Croatian Lords belonging to the families of Frankopan and Zrinski lived here. And also the Empress Marija Terezija granted this town the status of a king’s city.
Accommodation in Bakar is available in a hotel, a mountain lodge, private houses, apartments and rooms.
In Bakar, there are many restaurants, taverns, inns, and buffets. There you can try the traditional Mediterranean dishes of this region as well as international meals. And there, are also many pizzerias and fast foods, cafes, and bars.
It is possible to explore the area surrounding the town of Bakar by bike. As there are 9 marked trails with over 160 km passing through the hundred-year-old forests, grassy meadows and hillsides full of Mediterranean vegetation.
If you prefer walking there is a walking path called “Towards the Castle”. That is about 1,600 m long and of easy to a medium difficulty for which you will need about 20 minutes of light walking. The walk will take you to the Hreljin Castle where the ruins of the medieval town of Hreljin are located.
Throughout the year there are numerous manifestations organized in Bakar and its area. The most famous one is Margaret’s Summer. Among many other such as various carnival events, regattas, and gastronomy manifestations.
Be sure to visit the National Park Risnjak, while you’re in Bakar. This National Park was founded in 1953, and it was named after a Lynx, its most popular inhabitant.
For a tour of the nearby surrounding places of Kukuljanovo, Hreljin, Krasica, Praputnjak, National Park Risnjak and many more interesting destinations you can hire a private car transfer or a car rental. There can also be arranged private boat transfers for a visit to the islands of Cres and Krk and their surrounding islets.
Jaz is a collection of water from several rich Bakar’s springs that run through the underground of the surrounding hills. This natural phenomenon of the pond by the sea has become one of the most recognizable symbols of Bakar. In it, the water is cold, clean and never missing and does not dry up even during the heat and the drought.
Along Jaz, there is Perilo, a cultural and historical monument that, as a mute witness, keeps many stories from Bakar history. At Perilo, the people were washing their clothes and talking about everything that happened in town.
The grapevine of the sort Beliza is cultivated here and well-known champagne Bakarska vodica is made from it.
Bakar was the biggest Croatian city at the turn of the 18th to the 19th century.
The Venetian army tried to conquer Bakar for a hundred years but they did not succeed.