Krk Island

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Tourists visit Krk island for many reasons - the strong folk tradition, costumes, cottage industry, the dialect, and the music.

If you plan on visiting Croatia, come to this island

  • for the beauty,
  • the people,
  • and the wonderful beaches...

Photo Krk island location

Located in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea, Krk is an island in the Kvarner archipelago.

You can easily get to the island via a bridge that connects from the mainland - or take the ferry. Krk island even has its own airport serving the neighboring islands and the city of Rijeka.

The largest island in the Adriatic Sea, Krk covers an area of 409 square kilometers, and has a population of 16,402. The northern tip of the island boasts forests, and low-lying fertile land - this is also where most of the populace lives. The southern part is at a higher elevation, and is mostly barren, except for a few forests.

Photo Krk island bird view

"Obzova" is the highest peak of the island at 569 m. In January the mean temperature is 5.6 degrees and in July it's 24.1 degrees. There are two small freshwater lakes on the island - Lake Omisalj in the north, and Ponikve Lake in the middle of the island. About 30% of the island is forested.

Most of the island towns are situated on the coast, except for Dobrinj. The main towns are Krk, Baska, Malinska, Njivice, and Punat. The primary occupations on the island are farming, wine production, fishing, hunting, and livestock breeding.

Enjoy gorgeous weather and stunning beaches!

Tourism is big here - every year people flock to Krk island to enjoy the gorgeous weather and stunning beaches. The tourist resort of Haludovo is a popular destination. Punat has a marina where you can go boating.

Photo Krk island beach

The top-ranked beach of Baska

Transportation to and from the island is easy!

You can travel back and forth without a problem. Krk bridge connects the mainland road M2 with the island's main road M29 north of Baska.

Bridge to Krk island

Here you see the bridge which connects Krk with mainland

You can catch the ferry at Valbiska - Merag (on Cres island), and Baska - Lopar (island of Rab). A regional road travels from Silo and Klimno to Sv. Vid Moholjica.

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Vibrant history dating back to the Neolithic era

Krk has a vibrant history dating back to the Neolithic era (evidence for human settlement was found in caves along the Baska Cove and Vrbnik Cove). Settlements existed through the Bronze and Iron Ages as well, with plenty of evidence near Malinska, Gabonjin, Dobrinj, Vrbnik, and Baska.

The Liburnians were the first recorded settlers on the island. In Roman times a settlement called Curicum was located in modern-day Krk. During the Middle Ages Krk first became part of the Byzantine Empire, afterwards being ruled by Venice.

In 1358 the island was given to the dukes of Krk, later referred to as the Frankopans. These nobles were the most powerful family on Krk throughout the 13th and 14th centuries, however, they officially recognized the Croato-Humgarian kings during this time period.

Krk remained a part of Venetian Dalmatia until 1797, after the last member of the Frankopans died in 1480.

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