Krk

Krk is one of the largest islands in the Adriatic Sea, and it is connected to the mainland via the Krk Bridge (1,430m). You can discover the Golden Island, as it was called in ancient times, in all seasons - in spring, when nature is awakening and the scents of wild medicinal herbs fills the air, or in autumn, when the sea is still warm enough to swim in, the air is filled with the scent of freshly picked grapes, and the olive groves are full of ripe, golden olives.

Every town on the island is a treasury of a millennium of cultural heritage and unique nature. Omišalj features the remains of the ancient Roman city of Fulfinum and an early-Christian basilica from the 5th century. Malinska has a Franciscan monastery and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, as well as the Cickini archaeological site. Vrbnik is a town on a cliff 48 metres above the sea, where you will find the palace of the Dukes of Frankopan, a 9th century church, the Vitezić family library, and a Glagolitic printing house. Punat is home to the archaeological site of three Churches of St. Peter from the 6th century, and just off the coast of Punat is the island of Košljun, a jewel of spirituality with a valuable ethnographic collection, a library, a natural sciences collection, stamp collection, and sacral object collection, as well as a nature park with over 400 species of Mediterranean plants. In the city of Krk, you will find numerous galleries and museums, the Temple of Venus, the Volsonis Lapidarium, and the sacral complex of the 5th century Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, as well as the well-kept Roman-era city centre. Baška is a historic town known for the Baška Tablet, the most significant monument of Croatian language and literature, written around 1100AD in the Glagolitic alphabet, the oldest Slavic writing system. In addition to the Baška Tablet, you will also see a 5th century basilica and numerous church buildings. The citadel of Dobrinj is known for it’s 12th century Church of St. Stephen, the 14th century gallery and Church of St. Anthony, and the Infeld modern art gallery, which hosts fascinating exhibitions of paintings and photographs. All seven of the island citadels of the city of Krk hold exceptional cultural heritage and tradition woven from old traditions and folklore. Sopile, an old wind instrument from Krk, has been entered onto the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The tourist attractions on the island are complemented by exceptional accommodations from hotels to campsites, wellness centres, and agrotourism. Those fond of boats and sailing will enjoy the modern Punat Nautical Centar and Marina, which is also the oldest marina on the Adriatic. The island of Krk features 400 kilometres of hiking trails which can be tackled either recreationally or on guided tours. Lovers of bicycling have hundreds of kilometres of cycling trails at their disposal. The Biserujka cave is an exceptionally interesting attraction, and the three aquariums on the island bear witness to the rich life in the crystal clear surrounding the island. The fragrant Mediterranean scenery is rich in small beaches in hidden bays and wonderful sandy beaches, fourteen of which have won the prestigious Blue Flag for their cleanliness and orderliness. Insula Aurea – the Golden Island won its name in ancient times for its wealth of seafood, fresh fish, shrimp, crabs, shellfish, fertile land, lamb, excellent cheese, firstclass prosciutto, olive oil, juicy and delicious figs, delectable Vrbnička Žlahtina wine, and excellent coastal sparkling Valomet wine. The richness and variety of food and drink on Krk will thrill even the most demanding of gourmets.

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