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For visitors from the UK and Scandinavia a car trip to Croatia will be a journey of 2 days or more. From the Danish/German border the distance to our island is almost 1600 km., from the tunnel or Channel ferry it will be slightly less. From all North-european countries the trip will include crossing the Alps through the Austrian Tauern-autobahn (Munich-Salzburg-Villach) or the Brenner. Flying is another possibility: there are daily flights from several European airports to Pula and there is the low budget summer service of Air-Berlin from several German cities to Rijeka airport, situated on the island of Krk.
From Salzburg the Tauern-autobahn is the fastest route through Austria to the Karawankentunnel near Villach, and the border crossing with Slovenia. Because the trip through Slovenia requires a toll vignette, some visitors prefer to drive from Villach to Italy and take the toll road to Trieste and enter Croatia from the west. Because of the additional 60 miles and the country road from the border to Rijeka the gain in travelling time is negligible, especially since Croatia recently opened a new highway for northern traffic, which brings you from the border crossing with Slovenia to Rijeka in just a few minutes.
Those familiar with the area can drive from Trieste across Istria through Buzet to the ferry Brestova-Porozina. An interesting countryside drive over reasonable, quiet roads. Who follows the signs or enters from the north, takes the new orbital road around the city of Rijeka and follows the yellow signs to the island of Krk. There still is a short stretch of coastal road until Kraljevica, where signs point to the exit towards the bridge connecting the island of Krk with the mainland.Signs with the word 'Trajekt' point to the ferry service between Valbiska on Krk and Merag on the island of Cres. Who insists on using the Brestova-Porozina ferry after reaching Rijeka will enjoy seeing the whole "Croatian Riviera" with famous places like Opatija and Lovran, but must be prepared for the traffic jam in the tourist season. The route through Krk is less beautiful but has no urban passages and avoids local traffic. Both ferry services need less than 30 minutes to reach the island of Cres. Once there, one follows the partly reconstructed main road in southernly direction, to Mali Losinj, the capital of the archipelago. After following this road for approx. 45 minutes,one will reach the ancient city of Osor, which links the islands Cres and Losinj with an over a century old revolving steel bridge.
Less than 30 ft. after the sign "Osor" is a left hand exit to Punta Kriza and the naturist camping Baldarin at 8 and 10 miles. This narrow tarmac road requires full attention as opposing vehicles can only pass each other where the road has flat banks or empty parking areas. There is a speed limit of 40 Km/hour that unfortunately is not always respected. The road takes getting used to but effectively reduces the traffic density and rewards those with patience with a wonderfully quiet and unspoilt nature at the end of it.
Although the name "Punta Kriza" (crossroads) is that of the village with only 50 inhabitants, built on a 190 ft. hill, it is nowadays used for the wider area with several even smaller villages, that are mainly inhabited in summer only, and for the large naturist camping place at the southern end of the island.
Uvala Ul is a
remarkable bay that cuts deep into the wooded hills. On
the crossing in the village, just before the church, a
tarmac road of nearly 1 kilometer length leads to the
centre of the bay and sealevel. Remarkable, because
nowhere else on the island remote houses can be reached
by car, have electricity, water supply and are on the
postman's itinerary. This favourable situation is
undoubtedly a remnant of pre-war days when this was the
harbour of a much busier Punta Kriza that could only be
reached by boat or horse.
In July 1th 2013, Croatia has entered the European Union. There is still some form of border control for passengers and it will take several years until the Euro will replace the Croatian Kuna.