About Island of Krk

Since ancient times island of Krk has been called the "golden island", because of its wealth of produce from land and sea. It is located near Rijeka in the Bay of Kvarner. Together with Cres, it is the largest Adriatic island, with an area of 405.78 square km, and also the most populated one, with numerous towns and villages. The capital of the island is also called Krk.

Krk has a rich inheritance of cultural-historic monuments from prehistoric times. In the past it was the hub of Croatian literature, while today it is a favorite tourist destination waiting for you to discover it.

Main towns and villages


For those arriving on Krk by land, this is the first town on the island. Omisalj is, which has been inhabited since ancient times, is situated on the cliff 90 meters above the sea. It was of great strategic importance so during the fifteenth century it was fortified. There are many churches in Omisalj. North of the town you can find a beautiful Park Dubec with kilometer long paths.


Malinska is the tourist center in the north-western part of the island of Krk where Villa Bis is situated. Learn more about Malinska.


Njivice was once a little fishing village, but now it is one of the most favorite holiday places. It is located in a spacious bay surrounded by forests and well-attended gardens of family houses.


Klimno is a quiet, romantic small village ornamented by the small, 14th century church of St. Clement, to which it owes its name. The church is well known for its beautiful altar relief, which is protected as a national cultural heritage.


Silo is a typical tourist resort, ideal for rest and recreation. The sandy beaches, crystal clear sea and numerous coves are ideal for swimming. A calm sea with cool morning and evening breezes provide good opportunities for sailing, wind surfing, rowing, boating and other water sports.


Vrbnik is an old town situated on a 48 meters high cliff. In the Vrbnik field excellent wine sorts are grown, which are used for the production of the famous wine - Vrbnicka zlahtina. Along with an exceptionally rich cultural and historical heritage and the library, specific features include well-preserved local architecture.


As an ancient castle Dobrinj has kept many particularities and characteristics of that Middle Ages structures. Its autochthonous old stone houses, narrow stony streets, Gothic church of St.Stephen's and a tall stony church-tower 200 m high from the sea dominating and watching above the whole church parish, are the most typical symbols of the old Castle Town.


In 1866 the town of Krk issued the first tourist picture postcard, so that year is considered to mark the beginning of tourism on the island. Today Krk offers a picture of tourist diversity. Nature, with the typical Mediterranean landscape, narrow streets leading to one of the numerous cultural monuments, picturesque pebble beaches provide Krk an image preserved for centuries.


Punat was once a well-known shipyard for building wooden ships and a center of a powerful steamship association. Today it is known in Europe for one of the largest and best-equipped tourist marinas on the eastern coast of the Adriatic.


Thanks to the beautiful, 2-km long beach, to the cultivated valley pressed as a stage against the bay by the encircling mountains, and its rich heritage - Baska is a place particularly attractive to tourists. In nearby Jurandvor are the ruins of the Benedictine abbey with the preserved early Romanesque church of St. Lucy (around 1100), in which the capital monument of Croatian culture was found - the Baska Tablet.

Getting to Krk

Krk is easily accessible from the mainland by the Krcki bridge. It also has its own airport which serves surrounding islands as well as the city of Rijeka. There are numerous ferry connections to the neighboring islands, including Valbiska - Merag (island of Cres) and Baska - Lopar (island of Rab).

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