Island Krk – Island of Vitality
Want only the best? Then choose Krk as your holiday destination because Krk has some superlatives.
- The largest island in the Adriatic Sea
- The northernmost island in the Adriatic Sea
- Adriatic’s most accessible island
- The most diverse island in the Adriatic
- The most visited island in the Adriatic Sea
- With an area of 406 km² and an indented coastline of 190 km, Krk is the second largest island in the Adriatic Sea.
Very easy to access…
Located at the northernmost tip of the Adriatic Sea, Krk is the ‘first’ and closest island for all travelers coming from continental Europe in search of a Mediterranean atmosphere.
In the 1980s, Krk’s highly advantageous position was supported by the addition of strategic buildings.
Krk Bridge, 1 km long, connects Krk Island with the mainland.
As an easily accessible island with an international airport, Krk is undoubtedly an excellent choice for all tourists looking to escape the hustle and bustle of big cities.
What can Krk offer its guests?
Krk is a diverse island offering a wide range of attractions and experiences, whether you prefer culture, nature or lively tourist attractions.
Thousand-year-old towns, small country villages, well-equipped urban beaches, secluded beaches, lively bars and clubs, and quiet little restaurants and cafes.
Krk is also a great place to get acquainted with Croatian heritage. We recommend visiting Baska, Vrbnik, Punat, Malinska, Njivice, Omisalj, Silo, the town of Krk on the island of Krk, or enjoying the tranquility of the Krk countryside in places like the village of Brzac.
Given these advantages of Krk, it is completely understandable that many tourists choose Krk as a vacation spot. When it comes to tourism, Krk has been very good at keeping abreast of trends in the tourism market and has adapted quickly, responding with new offers and events to meet tourist needs.
The island of Krk has a long history that dates back to the prehistoric era. Since the Liburni, Romans, Slavs, Franks, Venetians, and Habsburgs up until the current era, numerous nations, native people, and outsiders have affected its history.
The island of Krk has a long history that dates back to the prehistoric era. Since the Liburni, Romans, Slavs, Franks, Venetians, and Habsburgs up until the current era, numerous nations, native people, and outsiders have affected its history. The city was built on foundations that date back thousands of years (Platea Antiqua, Thermae, the mosaic in Mate’s Tavern, the Temple of Venus, and the city walls), which after being altered for hundreds of years acquired a cover of medieval walls and new city infrastructure that continued to run along the regular Roman city raster (cado and decumanus). Two main factors contributed to the change in the city’s appearance: the first was purely stylistic and brought about by changes in building practices that followed European artistic trends, and the second was brought about by Christianization and the importance placed on sacral architecture, the center of which formed the city.
The city of Krk attracts visitors because of its illustrative medieval past. It first appeared during the Venetian occupation of this region. This was the era of the Krk princes Frankopan, who survived in Krk thanks to their deft treatment of the Laguna. The Frankopan castle is still standing in the center of the city on Kamplin Square, virtually exactly as it once was. Due to the Krk cathedral and the church of St. Kvirin surrounding its western side, two magnificent specimens of Romanesque architecture, with the second being an outlier due to its two floors, Kamplin served as the center of both the profane and sacred life. In addition to the priceless Romanesque exterior, these buildings have undergone extensive refinement over the years, primarily Venetian. It follows that it is not surprising that we can discover priceless paintings and sculptures created by masters from other continents, such as those by Andrea Vicentino, Paolo Veneziano, Nicola Grassi, or the Michelazzi workshop.
Without the humble monastic brotherhoods, it would be difficult to see the medieval Krk. They settled in a location surrounding the present-day Glagolitics Square, close to the north city gate Porta Su. In the past, this highly famous location was home to the Franciscans, Benedictine monks and nuns, and the Poor Clares. While only the church of St. Our Lady of Health remained of the former Benedictine monastery and the Poor Clares nunnery was completely destroyed, the Franciscan monastery and the Benedictine nunnery have been preserved and are still in use.
Today, Krk is known as a tourist destination with a rich cultural and artistic history, where the historic Splendidisima Civitas Curitarum (glory of the Krk people’s city) coexists in wonderful harmony with the hectic pace of contemporary life.