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Punat

Punat is one of more recently established towns on the island of Krk, located on the eastern coast of Punat Bay along a 3km long and 2km wide stretch of coast. Previously Punat was part of the town of Krk and Vrbnik, the area that has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Prehistoric sites are present throughout the area and archaeological findings show evidence of Illyrian, Greek and Roman culture. According to legend, in Roman times there was a bridge across the narrow entry to Punat Bay leading to the town of Krk and various records show that during the rule of the Dukes of Krk permanent settlers came to guard the access to the bridge and Punat Bay. Throughout history Punat shared the destiny of other places on the island and in addition to agriculture and stockbreeding its inhabitants lived on fishing and shipbuilding. Austria and Croatia established a steamship company here in 1906 and their first steamship, the Frankopan, operated between Punat and the mainland.
Today Punat is one of the biggest nautical centers in Croatia and the insular center of olive growing. To speak of Punat without mentioning the islet of Košljun is impossible, since Punat and Košljun have been dependent upon each other for centuries. Franciscan priests and Punat are closely related. Therefore, each visitor should visit Košljun. Boats operated by barkajoli depart non-stop and it is only a nice 10-minute ride to the islet. Although only 750 meters from Punat and linked to this town for centuries the islet of Košljun administratively belongs to the town of Krk.
The coastline of the islet covered in luscious greenery hardly exceeds one thousand meters and the highest point is only 6 meters above sea level. Some 540 species of mushrooms and plants have been registered here (almost half the number registered in the entire United Kingdom). The islet is home to a Franciscan monastery holding valuable historic and cultural items preserved by priests over the centuries.

Beaches and coves
Punat and Stara Baška are popular for their beautiful beaches situated in the immediate vicinity of the town and only accessible by boat. Punat has its town beach within Puntarska draga (Punat Bay), suitable for children and seniors, with improved access to the sea, shallow water and protective barriers for the bathers. As soon as you leave the bay, you will find gravelly beaches – a landmark of our island. The beaches are numerous and a bather will always find a spot, while the leisure time can be spent on sporting activities offered on the beach (water sports, beach volley, windsurfing, ski-lift, paragliding, jet ski, aqua park...).
Visitors to Punat arriving by a vessel will find the coves between Punat and Stara Baška interesting for the wonderful secluded gravelly beaches and crystal-clear sea. You can reach them by a taxi boat from the harbor. Peace and quiet prevail in an intact nature. Make sure you try bathing early in the morning when the first rays of sun shine down upon the crystal-clear sea. A truly unique experience!
Stara Baška, situated only 9 km from Punat, is the place popular for its beaches, visited by numerous tourists. 

Franciscan Monastery Košljun
KošljunOnly 750 meters from Punat lies the islet of Košljun. It is known for the Franciscan monastery where the monks have collected and preserved numerous valuable items for centuries. The islet has a museum with an ethnographic collection containing numerous items produced by Krk fishermen and farmers, as well as folk costumes from across the Island of Krk. The monastery also owns a rich zoological collection consisting of a large seashell collection and unique animal specimens, such as the one-eyed lamb. The monastery also has a rich library with around 30,000 titles. It includes the Ptolemy’s atlas printed in Venice in 1511 (one of the three preserved copies). The monastery is a zero category monument. There are two churches on the islet – the Church of Blessed Virgin Mary’s Annunciation and the Church of St. Bernard.
It takes around two hours to see the whole islet, but there are no catering facilities there.

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