The phrase that best describes this Kvarner island is the Golden Island of Krk!
Apart from its great connection with the land, Krk island will thrill you with its rich history, cultural offer, recreation amenities, local gastronomic delicacies.
The first data on the settlement of Krk date to the times of Illyric tribes of Japodians and Liburnians, followed by Greeks and Romans, but as early as the late 6th century, the island was populated by Croats. In the late 12th century, the famous Krčko-Frankopani dukes emerged, whose descendants were Croatian viceroys and bans. The last in the Frankopan line was Fran Krsto Frankopan.
Tourism was first developed on the island in he early 20th century, with Omišalj being a popular excursion destination. In 1880, Malinska was a destination for the first tourist steamboat. Other towns and settlements, such as Krk, Punat, Baška, Vrbnik and Šilo, became popular with the development of transportation and the connecting with Italy and other European countries. The rest is history.
The Golden Island of Krk abounds with historical monuments, but there are too many to list them all. We will mention just a few that you really must visit, and the rest is up to you.
Malinska: Parish Church of the Assumption of Mary from 1213, with a bell tower from the 16th century, as well as the remains of the Early Christian basilica form the 5th century and the Roman municipium Fulfinum at the Sepen Bay in the Mirina area
Krk: The Church of St. Dunat from the 12th century, the Sacral complex of the Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary from the 5th century, with the church of St. Quirin, who is the town patron saint.
Punat: The island of Košljun in Puntarska forest, the parish church of the Holy Trinity.
Vrbnik: Vitezić family library and the parish church of the Assumption of Mary
Baška: Early-Romanic church of St. Lucy in Jurandvor, which holds the Baška Tablet, the most significant monument of Croatian language and literature.
The island tradition and way of life is connected to sea, farming and cattle breeding. Today, there are seven administrative units: the town of Krk and the municipalities of Omišalj, Malinska, Punat, Baška, Vrbnik and Dobrinj.
There are seven variants of the Chakavian dialect in the Croatian language. There are seven forms of traditions, dances and folk costumes. The number seven is symbolic for the island of Krk. It was populated by Croats in the 7th century, the last duke of Krk was the seventh in the Frankopan line, and the island defended itself from pirates seven times.
The folk instrument of sopile is an ancient wind instrument, which is part of all island festivities even today, often related to Catholic holidays and patron saints.
The richness of the island folklore is presented each summer at the Krk Folklore Festival and the Sopile Festival.
Likewise, the kolede (carol singers) traditions during the carnival season are also well known.
It is impossible to describe Krk in just a few sentences – it is filled with history, tradition, sights, entertainment, good food, wine, and olive oil. The tourist offer is very diverse and unique, so everyone, even the most sophisticated of travellers, can find something for themselves. Active vacation, relaxation, exploring, health tourism – it’s all here! Biserujka Cave, the aquarium, wakeboarding, Edison zip-line, Immortelle farm, the Underwater Park Punat, paintball, cycling, boating, diving, hiking, various manifestations such as Antiquity Nights, Sensa Fest, Fig Days, Rokovo Festival, and others. Make sure to treat your taste buds to the exquisite traditional dishes of the island of Krk and its top-quality wines.
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