Part of the Kvarner Gulf, Krk Island is Croatia's biggest island, measuring a solid 409 sq km. The southern part of the island is more forested more fertile and features impressive Baska (Bashka) beach, one of Croatia's rare sandy beaches. The northwestern part of the island is subject to the fierce bura wind which leaves it with a barren wind-whipped look. In between is medieval Krk Town which gets most of the tourism, tiny Vrbnik clinging to a hill and known as the centre for Krk's excellent Zlatina wine and Punat where you can take a boat to the Franciscan monastery that lies on much-photographed Kosljun island just offshore. The port of Malinska is another pleasant tourist resort with sand beaches.
Krk holds an prominent place in the development of a Croatian national identity as it was an important centre of the Glagolitic script .A number of Glagolitic monuments have their origin in Krk including the Baska Tablet from Jurandvor near Baska, the Statute of Vrbnik and the Missal of Vrbnik from Vrbnik. The Glagolitic script was used on the island of Krk until the beginning of the 19th century.
Krk is not the place to get away from it all as the major centres are packed with German and Austrian tourists from spring to autumn, mainly because it's easy to get to and it's an extraordinarily scenic island. Just to give you an idea, in 2012 Krk Island was listed in the World's Top Ten Islands by Cntraveler magazine. Here's how readers rated it:
Krk is justly celebrated for its wine. A good way to experience it is to attend Krk Wine Days at the end of August in which local producers showcase their wines in Vrbnik. More from the Vrbnik tourist office.
In the beginning of October, the tiny town of Punat hosts Olive Days celebrating the pungent fruit in cooking contests, olive oil tastings, lectures for olive growers and olive-based dishes. More from the Punat tourist office.
Most people come to Krk Island by car as its linked by causeway to the mainland. There are also plenty of buses from Rijeka which stop in all the towns from Omisalj in the north to Punat in the south. The main ferry line serving Krk Island is the ferry from Valbiska to Lopar on Rab Island. Click here for the schedule. There are also ferries from Valbiska to Merag on Cres Island. See the schedule at Jadrolinija, Croatia's ferry company.
Private accommodation is abundant and relatively inexpensive on Krk , especially off-season. Most of the Krk island hotels are large, resort style places. Find out more about staying on Krk Island
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