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Here's everything you need to know about Krk: from history and culture to an array of events and activities, great beaches, top local specialities and must-see attractions.
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Krk is the easiest to reach of all Croatian islands, owing to a bridge that connects it to the mainland and an airport near Omišalj. Its diverse landscape offers numerous possibilities for an active holiday, whether by enjoying the sea or exploring the impressive cultural heritage of its charming towns. Krk is also home to the Glagolitic script, Croatian nobility and spectacular cuisine. Walk the Camino Krk pilgrimage route, explore the shepherds’ paths and 300-kilometre-long cycling trails, take a mud bath and savour the unique Vrbnik Žlahtina wine.
Top 5 island attractions
If you're looking for a retreat far enough from tourist crowds, Njivice is a true forest paradise where time seems to stand still. This small fishermen's town in the north-western part of Krk lies in a peaceful green cove by the translucent sea. Nothing will sooth your soul like watching sunsets, seagulls and passers-by: camping in Njivice will get you into an easy-going vibe!
Top 5 experiences in Njivice
Historians say that the island of Krk was inhabited by the Illyrian tribes about 1000 BC, followed by the Greeks and the Romans who were drawn to its ideal geographical position. The Romans left behind invaluable heritage, such as the ancient town of Fulfinum near Omišalj – definitely worth visiting! Christianity was adopted as early as the 5th century (Croats inhabited this region in the 7th century), as evidenced by a large number of churches on the island. The towns of Krk and Vrbnik boast admirable heritage, including castles, left behind by the famous Frankopan Counts of Krk – a noble family that can be traced back to the 12th century.
Top 5 historic sites
If you come across some unusual letters while exploring Krk, it’s undoubtedly the Glagolitic script, dating back to mid-9th century. Krk is proud to be the home of the Baška Tablet – invaluable proof of Croatian literacy, containing an inscription in the Glagolitic script and weighing an astonishing 800 kilograms! Much of the island’s cultural heritage can be credited to the Frankopan family, whose members were mostly renowned governors, writers and warriors. They were protecting the island, looking after its administrative matters, and nurturing the Croatian language and tradition.
Top 5 cultural heritage sites
The island of Krk is so much more than just a sunny seaside destination. Adventure seekers will be excited to learn of numerous excursion options, from a visit to Biserujka Cave to scuba diving in the tranquil deeps. If you choose to go south, be sure to climb the Moon Plateau above Baška. Nearby you can find magnificent mrgari, flower-shaped dry stone walls. Adrenaline junkies will be thrilled with a wakeboarding adventure at the Cable Krk sports centre or with a slide down the Edison zipline. If you're a fan of cycling or hiking, there are plenty of trails: just get going and let the nature lead the way.
From asparagus in April to cod in December, there's always something good cooking on Krk! Visit some of the numerous gourmet events, join the Krk Bike Story, walk the Camino Krk pilgrimage route, revisit the past at the Evenings of Ancient Cuisine in Omišalj, and relish seasonal delicacies at local festivals to spoil all your senses.
If you’re a true foodie, Krk is the right place for you: from appetisers with sheep cheese and prosciutto, perfectly pairing with local olive oil, šurlice and makaruni (handmade pasta), to octopus, shrimps and lamb, Krk’s cuisine offers luscious seasonal flavours. Sip a glass of Vrbnik Žlahtina, famous local white wine, and don’t turn down tasting local brandy and dried figs for a long and happy life.
Top 5 dishes you simply must try
The island of Krk, also known as the Golden Island, guarantees one of the sunniest holidays in Europe. It has a mild Mediterranean climate, with an average summer temperature of 25 °C and the average sea temperature of 24 °C. The winds of bura, jugo and maestral bring a refreshing feel, while the bathing season lasts from May to late October. Owing to the favourable climate and a diverse landscape, some 1,400 plant species can be found on the island – almost a half of the total number recorded in Croatia!
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