Island of Krk


Why should you visit the island of Krk?


The Golden island was the name for Krk in ancient times, and it's not a coincidence. The island of Krk is a favorite tourist destination because of its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, diverse gastronomical offer, plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, and excellent traffic connections.

Thanks to the rich tourist offer, Krk is the perfect destination for visitors with the most diverse interests. Whether you are traveling with family, friends or with your significant other, Krk is an ideal place for you! 

It is the biggest island in the Adriatic Sea, and is very easily accessible. Thanks to its location at the very north of the Adriatic, it is the first and closest island for all visitors from the continental part of Europe that wish to experience Mediterranean island life.

Those that like to travel by car will be pleased to know that Krk is connected to the mainland by a mile-long Krk Bridge, a lovely attraction of its own. There are also modern and fast highways that connect all of Europe directly to Krk. But Krk also has its own international airport that is well connected to many cities all around Europe.

Where to stay on the island of Krk?


When it comes to accommodation, there are plenty of choices for any type of facility you may prefer. The selection of accommodation on the Island of Krk is very diverse. You can choose by the basic type of accommodation: Holiday Houses & Villas, Private Apartments, Rooms in private accommodation, or Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts. There is also the possibility to choose from a different standpoint, and choose Heritage accommodation, Sea view accommodation or Rural accommodation. 

Most tourist accommodation on Krk island is in the best spots of individual towns and villages. Private rooms, apartments and houses are of good quality. The owners furnish them well so that they can be good hosts who know how to welcome their guests and ensure them a pleasant stay.

The accommodation choices in our offer are equipped for a pleasant stay. Many accommodations have a short walk to the beach, so you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

The accommodation description on our website provides detailed descriptions of each accommodation, including proximity to restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. This way, you can easily find the perfect place to stay for your holiday on Krk. 


What to do once you get here?


You can explore the rich cultural heritage of the island of Krk on organized excursions or on your own, and there are a lot of opportunities for discoveries and learning for the whole family.

Our boat trips are also trendy. It is a chance to get to know the islands, enjoy the scenic rides and swimming at the beautiful beaches that are accessible only by boat.

On the island of Krk, you will have a lot of opportunities to try different Krk specialties in numerous taverns and restaurants and we invite you to discover some interesting gourmet experiences.

During your stay on the island of Krk, you can discover a variety of possibilities for an active holiday. In addition to the abundance of diverse natural, mainly pebble beaches, the island of Krk offers you plenty of opportunities for hiking on over 300 km of marked hiking trails. Krk has also developed a network of marked bicycle paths.

Numerous diving centers and interesting underseas offer plenty of diving opportunities to experienced divers as well as to beginners. Among other possibilities for an active holiday on the island, we suggest that you try climbing, wakeboarding, horseback riding, tennis, sailing, paragliding, beach volleyball, paintball.

The island of Krk is especially popular for family vacations among our guests with children since there are a lot of activities with children available. You can take a lot of wonderful family memories back home from your Krk vacation.


More information about the island of Krk


The island of Krk is located in the Kvarner bay and it is the largest island of the Adriatic. It is surrounded by twenty small islands, cliffs and reefs that you can easily explore with numerous boat tours. It has a moderate and mild Mediterranean climate. The average air temperature during summer is 23 oC, and the average sea temperature from June to September is 20 oC. Bura, jugo and maestral are the most frequent winds.

With 2500 hours of sun per year, this area is among Europe’s sunniest parts. Almost 1400 different plant species grow on Krk, with the most famous being the grapevine and olive trees in the central and western part of the island. The island’s south has fascinating rocky formations, hence the intriguing name for this area: The Moon Plateau.

Once on the island, you can also see the Griffin vultures habitat on the north-eastern steeper part of the coast and the close-by island of Prvić.

The history of the island of Krk is very impressive, with the first data regarding the island’s settlement connected to the Illiric tribes. After that, with the Greeks and then the Romans.

Christianity was present very early on the island in the 5th century A.D., with the bishopric based in the city of Krk. The island has four different dialects today because the Croatian people in the 7th century inhabited the land in clans within the castles. From these clans emerged the legendary noble family Frankopan at the end of the 12th century.

They probably originated from Vrbnik, but they spread their rule even to the continent. At the height of their power, the Frankopans controlled a territory equal to half of todays Croatia.  


Culture and heritage


There are many impressive attractions connected to the Frankopans that you should definitely visit while on Krk. But the island of Krk has so much more to experience when it comes to culture and heritage.

To experience the islandersway of life in the past, visit the homeland museums with their ethnographic and sacral collections. Explore the Vitezić library in Vrbnik and the numerous galleries. Another unique cultural and historical place that you should visit while on the island of Krk is the small island of Košljun, across from Punat.

And then there is the world-famous Baška tablet, a large stone tablet inscribed with Glagolitic letters. The Baška tablet was found in the soil of the early Romanic church of St. Lucy in Jurandvor, near Baška in 1851. It is the oldest Croatian monument written in Glagolitic alphabet, which was created by the stylization of Greek cursive in the middle of the 9th century. It mentions the name of the Croatian king, Zvonimir, and marks the island of Krk as the northern border of his kingdom, thus proving the existence of the Croatian state in the earliest days.

The original of the Baška tablet is kept at the Academy of Science and Art in Zagreb, and a copy is exhibited in the church of St. Lucy. 


The tradition


When it comes to tradition, the inhabitants of Krk hold it in the highest esteem. The traditional way of life connected to the sea, agriculture and livestock farming (especially sheep breeding) is present on the island today. The ancient wind instrument, the sopile is still an integral part of all island festivities. It is often connected to religious holidays and patron saints of specific villages. The islands folklore and its richness is specially featured every summer during the Festival of Krk folklore which includes the sopile players.

The islanders believe that the island of Krk is closely connected to the symbolic number seven. The number seven marked its history many times as the Croats inhabited it in the 7th century and the last prince of Krk was the 7th Frankopan prince.

In the present day the island has 7 administrative units in total (the island of Krk and the municipalities of Vrbnik, Punat, Omišalj, Malinska, Dobrinj, and Baška. Also, there are seven different Chakavian dialects of the Croatian language. There are as well 7 different types of customs, dances and popular costumes.


Eco Island of Krk


Although its inhabitants value history and tradition very much, the island of Krk is certainly not stuck in the past. Great attention is being dedicated to the care of the environment. The island is eco-friendly and was the first in Croatia to introduce an environmentally friendly municipal waste management system in 2005, known as Eco Island of Krk”.

The system has been upgraded over the years; today more than 60% of waste is collected separately. Thanks to recycling, composting and separate waste collection, over 83% of the potential emissions of harmful gases are prevented and CO2 emissions are reduced by approximately 20%. Also, greenhouse gas emissions are 22% lower than the Croatian average.

Various eco actions, including the cleaning of the beaches and the seabed are often undertaken with the purpose of keeping the sea clean and protect it from any kind of devastation. The aim is also to motivate and strengthen awareness to the needs of the ecosystem and its numerous natural beauties. The blue flags that mark the safe and clean sea water fly over all the beaches of the island of Krk.


You can find out so much more about the island of Krk in the Best of Krk, Explore Krk  and Blog sections of our website in the main menu. But the best way to experience Krk is to visit the island and enjoy everything it offers.

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