The island of Krk is biggest and most populated island in the Adriatic Sea. It is located near Rijeka in the Bay of Kvarner. Krk has almost 200km long coastline and is very close to the coast and multiple other islands like Cres and Rab.

It is very well connected with the coast with the Krk Bridge, but also with boats and ferries through its many ports and marinas. It is also very close to the Rijeka international airport!

Like many Croatian islands, Krk is mostly rocky and filled with hills. The southeast part of the island is mostly bare because of the bura wind. Krk is a very important part of the Croatian culture. One of the oldest preserved texts in Croatian, the Baška table, was created and is now kept on a small island Košljun near Krk.

Baška tablet represents the foundation of the Croatian language and history. It is the first document written in Croatian language, mentioning Croatian ruler King Zvonimir. Thirteen lines carved in limestone, written in Glagolitic inscription record King Zvonimir’s donation to the church of St. Lucija.

For most of its history it belonged to the Republic of Venice and was predominantly Italian speaking municipality until after the World War II. The Island of Krk was a participant in the 2020 European Capital of Culture project.

The Island of Krk is home to many beautiful cities. The administrative center of the Island is the city of Krk, home to The St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Krk bishop’s seat and the Frankopan family castle.

Island Krk in North Adriatic Region in Croatia
Island Krk

Next in size is the city of Malinska that is located on the northwest coast of Krk. Malinska is famous for its fun nightlife and entertainment, as well as many great places to eat! The City of Omišalj is the first city on the island when you get of the Krk Bridge and is the oldest settlement on the island.

Baška city, typical Adriatic coastal town, with narrow streets and rich history, will surprise you with Baška Glagolitic trail, historical-artistic project – 35 sculptures carefully positioned along the Baška valley, each representing one letter of the Glagolitic script, like D for Dubrovnik, or Z for Zadar.

A very important on Krk, especially for your sailing experience is Punat. It is located on the southwest part of the island in a very protected bay. The marina in Punat is one of the largest in Croatia with around 800 berths! It could be a perfect start for your sailing vacation in the North Adriatic!

The City of Omišalj is the first city on the island when you get of the Krk Bridge and is the oldest settlement on the island, it's existence tracking down to prehistoric times. Should you find yourself in Omišalj, pay a visit to the parish church of the Assumption of Mary or a Memorial home of Krk Folklore, where you can see folk costumes, jewelry and instruments.

Visiting Krk you will be met with amazing cuisine, especially with prosciutto, cheese, olive oil and honey but something that is definitely a must try is Vrbnička žlahtina. It is a quality dry wine produced from an autochthonous variety grown only in vineyards on Krk, more specifically around Vrbnik. The žlahtina is very recognizable for its bouquet and it pairs very nicely with a variety of dishes, from sheep’s milk cheese, over all kinds of sea specialties to white meat dishes, which are all available for you to try on Krk!

Vrbnik, like other Krk's settlements is inhabited since the early Stone Age, placed on top of the fifty-meter-high cliff guarantees you an unforgettable view. Make sure to visit old market place in the former Rector’s Palace, or Vitezić Family Library that exhibits a reconstructed wooden Renaissance printing press of Glagolitic script and the first Croatian pressman, Vrbnik borne and rasied, Blaž Baromić.

So, if you want a fun experience, filled with history, entertainment, and great cuisine, you should definitely visit Krk!

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