The island of Krk is the largest (405.78 km2) island in the Adriatic Sea and therefore the largest island in Croatia. At least that’s what everyone thought. Until 1993 the island of Krk was considered to be the largest island in Adriatic. At the beginning of the year, the Institute of Geodesy in Rijeka (with a little help from a fancy and accurate computer measurements) obtained new information that clearly showed how islands of Krk and Cres share completely identical surface measures. Naturally, this caused a public sensation because it was considered that Krk is larger than Cres for about 5 km2, and because it seemed unbelievable that two neighboring islands share completely identical surface. The reason for which people for decades misrepresented the surface of these two islands is that the measurement of surfaces first and last time took place in 1823, and since then the data was simply transcribed. Which makes us wonder what else is wrong in the scripts from the past?
However, the level of the Adriatic Sea is gradually rising, and the shores of the island of Cres are steeper than those on the island Krk, so it is expected that in the near future Cres will become the largest island in the Adriatic.
Let’s continue with introduction. The island of Krk is the northernmost island in the Mediterranean, excluding small and uninhabited islands of the west coast of Istria and of the northern Adriatic coast of Italy. The administrative headquarters of the island is the town of Krk. The island is located in Primorsko-Goranska County. Interestingly, Rijeka International Airport is located on the island. One would have thought that the airport’s name will be Krk, as the name of location; however, it looks like the city of Rijeka was the boss here. From 19th July 1980, the island of Krk is connected to the mainland by the Krk Bridge, whose works were started in July 1976, sponsored by then-Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito. This fact almost makes it a peninsula, right? No. We were always annoyed how everyone declares an island a peninsula once the bridge emerges and we refuse to do so.
Thanks to geographical diversity, its rich vegetation, mild Mediterranean climate, many springs of drinking water, the island has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The majority of artifacts from that era has perished or is in museums away from the island. The largest collection of these items on the island is in the parish office in Vrbnik and it was collected in the early 20th century by priest Nikola Butković. There are smoothly polished stone axes, wedges and hammers and bronze jewelry.
On the island of Krk, the largest places/towns are Omišalj, Krk, Krk, Baška, Njivice and Punat. Each of these places will offer you comfortable accommodation on the island of Krk, whether in a hotel, at the campsite, in holiday villas or private homes, apartments or rooms. Omišalj is the northernmost town on the island, with the Acropolis that towers over the sea at 82 m above sea level. Krk is the main hub of the island dominated by the tower and the Romanesque cathedral. Ancient village Curicum was the scene of many battles, and today Krk has impressive defense structures. East of the town of Krk in Puntarska draga, which is considered the safest of the Adriatic seaports, stands the town of Punat. In front of the town, built on an island Košljun are Franciscan monastery and church, which at the main altar has a large polyptych by Girolamo da Santa Croce. Baška is surrounded by dry karst hills, and with its streets, balconies and sandy beaches, the island attracts tourists. Vrbnik is one of the oldest towns on the island, known for its white autochthonous wine Vrbnička Žlahtina, and for its cultural, Glagolitic Heritage and the narrowest street in the world.
Beautiful coves, picturesque villages, green inland and a mild climate make the island of Krk a tourist target. On the island of Krk, guests can be accommodated in beautiful hotels, campsites, freshen up in restaurants and coffee bars and engage in various sports. On the Island of Krk there are several dozen marked tourist trails that lead through the forest and the sea. The underwater world around the island is very diverse and there are several diving clubs. During summer the Island Krk is transformed into one of the most organized and best destinations on the Adriatic, where anyone can find a home for their needs.
If you choose for your vacation or business meeting some of the large, medium, or small family hotels on Krk, you will experience the traditional hospitality of your hosts and all the islanders. Hotels, situated close to beautiful beaches, except for the basic services, accommodation and food, offer additional facilities such as entertainment, sports, trips and spa. Camping on Island Krk is also very popular. Camps are located close to the sea, in exceptional natural surroundings. Quality of camping facilities, their availability and hospitality are their main features. Apart from hotels and campsites you can find accommodation at some of apartments and rooms on Island Krk, some of which are often located near groomed or wild beaches. With the help of the many tourist agencies, which can be found in almost every small and large village on the island, you can find an ideal accommodation for your family or friends.
All foreigners who came to the island are generally amazed with it. The Romans called the city of Krk "The Glorious town Krčana". A Venetian governor called it "a golden luck." Legend says that the lamb from the island was served at feasts of Emperor Nero in Rome! You better try some of that lamb while being there! Besides olive oil and vinegar, people prepare the island dishes mainly with spices and herbs that can be found on the island like rosemary, garlic, onions, salt, parsley, basil and so on. People from the island of Krk often live above the average of a lifetime. They are gifted with riches of nature, mild climate and light Mediterranean cuisine. They don’t have much stress in their lives. The secret of longevity lies in the "elixir of youth, health and beauty" – this is how the islanders refer to the olive oil, an indispensable addition to the all of their culinary specialties. Fresh fish, shrimp and other sea food are indispensable in the local cuisine, as well as many kinds of vegetables. Christmas lunch will almost always include homemade pasta meals (šurlice, macaroni, gnocchi) with different sauces. Especially appreciated are lamb, local cheese and ham.
You must try all of special treats of the island of Krk, especially their goat cheese, whose name varies from place to place - presnac, presnec, presnoc. Don’t worry – even if you forget about it or cannot pronounce the word, they will offer it to you anyway as they are naturally proud of it. All autochthonous dishes are offered on the menus of hundreds of island restaurants, taverns and restaurants on island Krk. Sounds like the island of Krk has a lot of delicious treats to try and beautiful things to see.