The town of Bakar is one of the oldest towns in the Northern Adriatic with a long and rich history. Bakar is a place where the Mediterranean sea penetrated most deeply into the European continent, shaping one of the most sheltered bays on the eastern (Croatian) coast of the Adriatic, which some call a fjord.

 

In the north-western corner of this magnificent bay, the town of Bakar has spread its wings, positioned amphitheatrically on a hill above the sea. On account of its expressive picturesqueness, this centuries-old town is called the Croatian Bethlehem.

 

The area of the town of Bakar was already inhabited as early as in the 3rd and the 2d millennium B.C. The Roman Empire and the Croatian noble families of Frankopan and Zrinski have left a deep trace. The Empress Maria Theresa gave Bakar the status of a free town. Its narrow streets and squares will tell you a fascinating story of the long-gone times. Looking at the sea, you will picture the ancient peoples sailing and trading here, the Illyrians, the Celts, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and the Croats who came and settled here in the 7th century.