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The Island of Krk
Krk is not an island in the full sense of the word. The sea separates it from the mainland of Croatia, but there is a 1430-metre-long bridge spanning across the water. Krk features numerous attractions and, as islands usually do, it has that special appeal to it.
The island of Krk or The Golden Island, as it was called in ancient times, has many unique features and it is a voyage through time across the millennia of rich history. Today the island is a vibrant place offering well-thought-out tourist programs, modern amenities, extensive wine lists and great food made from local produce.
If you believe in the symbolic meaning of numbers, let us also mention that Krk is linked to number seven - it was inhabited by the Croats in the 7th century, successfully defended from pirate attacks on seven occasions, the seventh Frankopan held the title of Duke of Krk and today the island has seven towns.
Wherever you go – to the picturesque Glagolitic town of Vrbnik or Jurandvor where the famous stone tablet from the year 1100 AD was discovered in St. Lucy’s Church, to Malinska, Baška, Krk, Punat, Njivice and Omišalj or to the well-known islet of Košljun, you will discover ancient heritage interwoven into Krk’s dynamic present. Today the island is a vivid and conveniently located modern tourist destination with an airport and a long bridge connecting it with the mainland of Croatia.
Bašćanska ploča (The Baška tablet) - Jurandvor
Bašćanska ploča, the oldest document of Croatian literacy, was discovered in 1851 by young Baška priest Petar Dorčić in the floor of St. Lucy’s Church, an early Romanesque building in Jurandvor near Baška. It is a big stone tablet written in the Glagolitic alphabet.
Biserujka Cave - Vrbnik
Biserujka Cave is situated in the north-eastern part of the island of Krk and its interior of striking beauty is a must-see.
The island of Krk is surrounded by clear and clean sea. Beautiful beaches are of particular interest. Some are hidden in the bays, some are nicely arranged hotel or public beaches, some are pebbled or sandy, rocky… some can only be reached by boat or taking walks on shepherd’s paths along the pine forest. However, all these Krk beaches are suitable for visitors of different affinities.
If you wish to spend your vacation surrounded by your family, practising sports and looking for entertainment, there are a number of bays connected by walking paths offering various facilities such as sports parks, children parks, often located in deep shade and accompanied by a café or restaurant.
If you prefer the isolation or a romantic spot, little bays hide the undisclosed beaches, away from civilization and crowded areas; some of them accessible only from the sea side are the right choice.
As the sun sets, the beaches invite you to take romantic walks or look for entertainment. In search for the latter, look for cafes and clubs in the open, offering entertainment until the early morning hours.
The island of Krk offers beaches for pets and nudist beaches located in natural bays with crystal clear sea bringing the man close to the nature.
The island of Krk is also the island of Blue Flags. There are 15 beaches proud to wave the Blue Flag as the best evidence of clean sea and coast with high standards of services.
The bathing season starts in spring and lasts till late autumn, thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate.
Krk beaches are full of sounds, smells and colours you must not miss. It is up to you to find a beach that suits you best!!!!
FOOTPATHS & BIKE TRAILS - KRK HIKE & KRK BIKE
Krk offers over 300 kilometers of footpaths and bike trails. If you spend 4 to 6 hours walking every day, it will take you 12 days to cross the island on foot. The paths vary in length and difficulty and are most attractive in the spring and autumn months offering diverse views of the island’s stunningly beautiful nature. Whether only an outdoorsy person or a passionate climber, you will enjoy the Krk experience and its beautiful nature and cultural attractions. A challenge and good time are guaranteed.
Although paths are many and each is interesting in its own way, the Krk beltway is considered the path of all paths connecting all of the way-marked footpaths on the island. They are all connected so Krk can be explored thoroughly on foot.
Most footpaths are also bike trails. In addition to the recently reconstructed road connecting Krk and Malinska there is a bike track separated by a green belt extending along the section from the turning for Valbiska to the entrance to the town of Krk.
Krk is a great destination for aficionados of food and drink. Locally produced olive oil, cheese, first-class fish and island lamb are highly valued and certainly among the reasons why numerous travelers come to eat at local taverns and restaurants.
Catering to their guests’ wishes and appreciating locally sourced produce, Krk caterers offer healthy and tasty seasonal dishes prepared from fresh ingredients and almost always laced with olive oil.
Highly valued is Krk sheep’s milk cheese produced on family estates. The cheese made from milk of Krk sheep has a distinctive taste owing to air salinity, peculiarities of climate and recipes and techniques used in its production.
Krk is equally proud of its wine. Especially popular is Vrbnička žlahtina, a quality light-yellow to straw-yellow dry wine produced from a grape variety native to Krk’s Vrbnik Valley. This wine agrees best with sheep’s milk cheese, fish, seafood and white meat. In a nutshell - Krk has everything!
The island of Krk even in ancient times was known as the “golden island” thanks to its natural characteristics
In 1100 the Croatian birth certificate – the tablet was created on the island of Krk.
The island's number of destiny is seven: it was inhabited by the Croatian people in the 7th century, it survived pirate attacks seven times, the seventh Frankopan prince was the last prince of Krk and today the island has seven principal centres.
At the height of their rule, the Frankopan family, owned territory equal to half of today's Croatia
The final resting place of Katarina Frankopan, one of the most famous members of Krk's noble family is situated on the small island of Košljun
The Krk folklore festival is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in Croatia (founded in 1938)
The eminent song “Va se vrime godišća”comes exactly from the island of Krk
The average life expectancy on the island of Krk is usually over the national average.
15 blue flags fly over beaches on the island of Krk.
Marina Punat has won the blue flag continuously since 1998.
The island of Krk is included amongst the most sunny parts of Europe having 2500 hours of sun per year
Around 1400 species of land plants-almost half of the total flora in Croatia grow on the island of Krk
The unique plant the “Barbašova lazarkinja” (Asperula Borbasiana) is a world endemic species: grows exclusively in the Baška bay
300 km of walking and cycling path extend across the island of Krk.
The 45th parallell runs through the island of Krk
Healing mud can be found on the island of Krk, more precisely on the west side of the Klimno bay. The seawater is shallow and for that reason suitable for families with children. The interesting fact is that you can walk in the seawater for a few hundred metres, and the sea only reaches your knees. Precisely for this reason, it is favoured by young people. It offers the possibility of good fun…from picigin (a sports game played by several players in a circle who pass a small ball around, keeping it in the air and out of the water for as long as possible) to beach volleyball. In fact, the beach has two volleyball courts, and a futsal court. Many people gain great satisfaction from the efficiency of the healing mud and so willingly come back to this resort. This particular type of healing mud is used for curing gout.
An ornithology reserve (on the island of Prvić and the north-eastern, steeper part of the coast of the island of Krk) is the most northern habitat of Griffon vultures in the coastal zone. The Griffon vulture is a rare species of local fauna, which reaches sexual maturity when it is five or six years old, and the female only lays one or two eggs.