As the biggest island of the Adriatic Sea, island Krk for sure has a lot to offer. For those who are looking to enjoy the Mediterranean, there are many city beaches, as well as secluded bays. Another side, for those seeking to experience the culture and the history of Croatia, quite old towns and villages on the island is a great choice. The island also offers different types of accommodation, so whether you are vacationing alone or with family, you will suitable one. For younger tourists, there are bars and clubs, but also restaurants and café bars with a more relaxing atmosphere.
The Island of the Krk is located in the northern Adriatic Sea, and, alongside another Croatian island Cres, is the biggest island of the Adriatic. Another superlative attached to this island is the most visited island of the Adriatic. For sure, Krk has a lot to offer, but what adds to this trait is that the island is really accessible. There is an international airport, as well as an almost kilometre and a half concrete bridge connecting Krk with the mainland, so the number of tourists is not surprising. Almost 200 kilometres of the area is a coast, and six beaches are sporting the blue flags. From sandy to rocky ones, you can choose the beach that suits your taste the most. There are beaches with pebbles, fine ones, and a bit coarse ones. Besides these beaches, there are a few more, as well as secluded bays, for those looking for a getaway from the city. Some of those secluded ones are in coves and accessed only by boat, while you have Soline bay, known for its healing mud.
The Centre of Croatian culture
Throughout history, Krk had important cultural values. The thousand years old towns and villages are there to attest this. Just in the city of Krk, the centre of the island, you can find Frankopan castle from the 13th century and City Hall dating back to the 16th century. If you want to go back in time, even more, the town of Omisalj has historical value dating to the 3rd century (and has quite the view of the sea since it is on the cliff). The island was under many countries’ rule and each has left its mark.
From hotels to camps
The island offers various types of accommodation to its tourists. When choosing where to stay, based on the town you visit, your accommodation can be a big or smaller family hotel, private rooms or apartments, or camps. Most of the accommodation in all cities, is alongside the beaches, with the view of the sea and the pine forests. Private accommodation offers as much as the hotels, as owners are doing their best to make visitors feel at home. Walks to the beach are rather short and along the way, you can stop for the refreshments.
What to do and visit
You can spend days visiting different beaches, relaxing and enjoying the Adriatic Sea, not worrying about anything. You can also try out a new restaurant or bar each day (and you should, because there is quite a lot of good ones). Looking for a fun night out? There are clubs and bars, the nightlife of Krk's towns. For those that are seeking an exciting holiday, Krk you can try diving, watersports or quite popular wakeboarding. If you bring a bicycle with you, there are around 60 kilometres of trail, surrounded by amazing nature, vineyards and famous Mediterranean olive groves. Some of the most visited sights are Biserujka Cave, Aquarium Baska, and Kosljun, so make sure to pay those a visit while on vacation.
- The Island was part of the Republic of Venice during the Middle Ages, so until the 1900s four languages were spoken (Venetia, Croatian, Dalmatian, and Istro-Romanian).
- Since Rijeka is close to the island, you could visit the only astronomical centre of Croatia, Astronomical Center Rijeka.
- There is a signpost marking the crossing of the 45th parallel, the one that is halfway between the Equator and the North Pole.
- In the video game Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, the fictional Island Everon is based on Krk.