Krk is the largest island of the Adriatic Sea, located near the Dalmatian coast (its area is 406 km²). The population is about 17,000 people.
The island of Krk has a rich history: the first mention of it dates back to the 1st century BC. (naval battle of Julius Caesar and Pompey). Next was the arrival of the Slavs in the 6th century, the formation of the Venetian Republic in the 18th century. and its collapse, after - the occupation by the Italians, and after another 40 years, the island became part of the CAA. Then the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was formed, and in 1990, like many states, Croatia (and Krk in particular) gained independence.
Today the island is very popular with tourists - there are several resorts and historical and cultural values.
Krk National Park
Krk National Park is the pride of the island of the same name and the whole of Croatia. This place is famous for its picturesque nature: waterfalls, green hills and forests. Krk National Park is not inferior to the beauty of the famous Plitvice Lakes - tourists also come here from all over Europe.
The Krk Nature Reserve in Croatia is located in the Krk River Valley, near the green resort of Sibenik and the town of Knin. The park occupies the fourth part of the island - 109 km².
In the protected area of the park there are more than 860 species of animals and 18 species of fish. The Krk National Park in Croatia is also famous for its birds: every autumn and spring you can see bird migration here.
As for the sights, this is, first of all, 7 picturesque waterfalls. The largest of them is the Skradinsky beech, reaching a height of 46 meters. Near it you can also find an ethnographic museum - here are presented windmills operating on the energy of a waterfall.
There are also architectural sights in the national park - these are the Franciscan monastery Visovac and the Serbian Orthodox monastery Krka. These temples in Croatia were built back in the XIV century, then were repeatedly destroyed, but were again restored.
- September-October and April-June - 110 kunas - adult, 80 kunas - children (the price includes a visit to the park and travel by boat).
- November-March - adult - 30 HRK, children - 20 HRK, children under 7 years old are free.
- July-August - a full ticket of 200 HRK, for children over 7 years old - 120 HRK.
Opening hours: The main entrance to the Lozovac and Skradinski Buk waterfalls is from 8.00 to 18.00, Roshsky waterfall is from 09.00 to 17.00 (the park has several entrances).
On the island of Krk in Croatia there are small villages and towns. The largest of them are: Krk, Baska, Omisal, Punat, Vrbnik, Malinska. Each of these settlements deserves the attention of tourists, because in all these places there are both natural and architectural attractions.
Krk is the largest city on the island, located on the southwest coast. This is one of the oldest settlements of the Adriatic Sea, the first mention of which dates back to the period of the Roman Empire.
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Krk has architectural sights. Firstly, it is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built in the XII century on an even more ancient building - the early Christian basilica of the 5th-6th centuries. Secondly, this is the Roman Forum - a huge square on which the town hall and the old well, popular with tourists, later appeared. And finally, thirdly, these are huge city walls built to protect the old city from enemies.
It is also worth visiting the museum of religious art and the chapel of St. Donat, created back in the XII century.
Baska is a small village in Croatia, located on the shore of a large bay. This is more a resort for a beach holiday than for sightseeing tourism.
There are many beaches here: Nikolina, Ikovac, Osijek, as well as Wild (or Dog). The village has ideal conditions for recreation - the water is clean, the wind is very rare, there is a pine forest near some beaches.
It is worth saying about several attractions: the church of St. Nicholas of the XIX century, the statue of St. Nicholas (this saint is the patron saint of Krk), as well as the central promenade of the resort. Near the resort of Baska there is another interesting place - Biseruyka cave. According to myth, pirates hid treasures in this place. Today it is a very famous tourist attraction: travelers can visit several caves and admire the stalactites.
Stara Baska is the classic old town of Croatia on the seashore. This is a great place for families: there are many beaches, a forest, a park, as well as the famous mountain. Getting to the resort is not so simple - you can come here either by car from the side of Punat, or come on foot along the hiking trail that starts at the village of Batomal.
There are several nameless beaches in Stara Baska, the largest and most famous of them is Pebble Beach. The water here is very clean, but there are practically no people. The only negative is sometimes you can find sea urchins.
Vrbnik is a city located on the rocks of the island of Krk. This is not only one of the largest, but also one of the most popular resorts of the island. There are a huge number of architectural and historical monuments: the Church of John the Baptist (patron of Vrbnik), the chapel of Anthony of Padua, the chapel of St. Martin, the Gothic chapel of the Holy Rosary and the old cemetery. But the most interesting fact is that Blaz Baromich, the founder of the first printing house in Croatia, was born in this town. A street is named after him, and there is also a museum.
The village will be interesting for lovers of alcoholic beverages - annually there is a wine festival. During the week, winemakers come here from different parts of Europe and present their products. Special wine exhibitions and lectures are also held.
Malinska is a small cozy town in the north-west of the island. He is known primarily for picturesque parks and clean beaches. There are also interesting historical sights: the church of St. Apollinaria, the church of Mary Magdalene and the convent of the early 16th century.
In the settlement of Malinska, many holidays and festivals are held. For example, on July 23, St. Apolinarius, the patron saint of Malinsky, is celebrated here. Festivals such as the Malinsky night (late July) and the Malinsky cultural summer are also being organized.
Malinska resort is worth a visit to beach lovers: there are pebble and sandy beaches. There are very few of the latter in Croatia. The beaches are nameless, but finding them is not at all difficult.
How to get to the island
The island of Krk in Croatia is a popular tourist destination, so getting to this place is not so difficult. Firstly, sea links with neighboring islands are well established, and secondly, there is an airport on Krk.
The nearest airport is 27 km from Krka in the port city of Croatia, Rijeka (it accepts both international and domestic flights). From the airport to the city can be reached by bus (travel time - about 30 minutes).
However, if you are flying from Russia or the CIS countries, you will have to choose a less convenient route and land at the Pula airport (approximately 130 km to the city of Krk). You can also get to Krk by bus.
The bus leaves 3 times a day from the bus station in Pula. Approximate travel time - 4 hours. The fare is 158 kunas. You can view the current transport timetable and buy tickets at www.autotrans.hr.
You will find more information about the city of Pula here.
You can also get from Pula to the island by ferry on the Crikvenica-Šilo route. However, first you need to get to the port town of Crikvenica from Pula. The fare is 7.5 kuna. Next you need to transfer to the ferry. Travel time is 4 hours. Ticket price - 139 kunas.
Prices on the page are for April 2018.
The island of Krk is a great place in Croatia for both beach and sightseeing tourism.
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Main Attractions Krk
the town attracts with its rich architectural heritage, its feature is the old houses, the roofs of which are covered with red tiles. There are many ancient churches and Dubich Park, which presents species of coniferous and evergreen trees. Near the city there are the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement, the existence of which dates from the first century AD.
Old Town Krk
This is one of the oldest towns in Croatia. All tourists must visit it. Old Square is located in the center, and local houses are visible in the hills. The city was built during the Roman Empire. Today you can see the preserved city walls that surround the area, the last time they were reconstructed in the late 15th century.
It was built in the 12th century and until that time plays an important role in the religious life of local residents.
The tourist city, which is located on the shore of the bay, there is never strong winds, and this attracts many vacationers. On the territory there are many medical institutions and resorts. The city has a tower of St. Apollinaria and a convent, the building of which is built in the Baroque style.
Njivice was once a fishing village, and now it is a beautiful town with equipped beaches marked with a blue flag. Most locals are engaged in tourism. This resort is chosen by those who love a quiet and measured vacation, but it will be interesting for active people here, because many trips by boat or boat to the Blue Cave, Zhanitsa and Dobrech are organized daily.
Speaking about the sights of Croatia on Krk, it would be wrong to forget about the bridge that connects the island and the mainland. It was erected in the middle of the 20th century, but until this time this engineering construction has attracted many tourists.
Walk in the historical part of Krk
The largest on the island of Krk is the city of the same name. The center itself is surrounded by walls, there is also the main point of the city, Vela Square. This place is full of cafes, bars and restaurants. Modern Krk is a large and constantly growing, old well-preserved city. Among the attractions worth visiting is the 12th-century cathedral built on the site of the 5th-century church and the nearby St. Quirin Church. Both buildings are the most iconic site of the city.
The small island of Krk in Croatia is rich in historical sites. Fans of excursions should visit Kamplin Square, where you can see fragments of city fortifications. The main element is a fortress built around the 12th century. Nearby are also preserved Roman baths.
Baska: tourist pearl
At the southern tip of the island is the town of Baska - a popular tourist resort. Amazingly wide range of guest accommodation. You can live in campsites or in a simple wooden house. The main attraction is the almost 2-kilometer pebble “Big Beach” (Vela Plaza), which is crowded with tourists during peak season.
Baska should not be associated only with vacation and relaxation. This, in fact, is the site of the discovery of one of the greatest cultural treasures of the Croatian land, the famous Baska plaque. One of the oldest inscriptions in Croatian, preserved and written in the Glagolitic alphabet, is laid on a light limestone slab. The board was found in the middle of the 19th century, in a village near Baska.
The island of Krk in Croatia is rich in beautiful views.
On the eastern shore of the island is the small town of Vrbnik. It charms everyone with its location - on the coastal cliff, which overlooks the mainland with a fantastic panorama of the mountains. It is best to enjoy these beautiful views with a glass of delicious wine - this is also the pride of the city. Thanks to the local vineyards, which have been here since time immemorial, the unique white wine Vrbnička инаlahtina is produced.
Fans of tranquility and beautiful scenery should visit Omisalj, located on the northern coast of the island. The city was founded on a high, 80-meter-high cliff, so you can admire amazing views of Kvarner Bay and the island of Cres. The center of Omisal is narrow streets accessible only to pedestrians. The place is not so popular among tourists. There are no souvenir shops or bars, but there is a family restaurant and a small supermarket. For many people, it is this calm, laid-back atmosphere that gives charm to this place.
This is where we will probably end our article. Now you know everything about the island of Krk in Croatia and what a tourist can visit on his own. Have a pleasant and unforgettable journey!
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